I hope that everyone has had a pleasant week!
As I think of ways to expand ideas around this blog, I thought it might be interesting to do an interview series with some professional individuals who take nutrition seriously. They transfer what they pay attention to in the kitchen to the gym and get fantastic results! Essentially, they are muscular, lean, strong and generally look great. Yes, they are essentially professional lifters after the work day. That being said, you don’t have to spend HOURS in the gym to get major improvements to your holistic health. It is possible to improve cardiovascular fitness, mood, muscle tone as well as the immune system with only modest regular exercise and an increased focus on diet.
As part 1 of the interview series, I asked if I could talk to them (Adam, a medical student, and Audrey, a practicing social worker) about what general thoughts they had about nutrition. The discussion was great and a lot of insights were gained; maybe you could take them into consideration too!
Question: How do you think that focusing on diet impacts general life?
Audrey: It’s HUGE! It impacts physical well-being, as well as mental well-being. Basically good nutrition and a good life go hand in hand. It’s hard to do one with out the other. Maintaining a good diet can help to reduce the likelihood that one might need anti-depression therapy or other mood altering pharmaceutical medicines. It’s challenging though, because it is important to arrange a schedule around eating as well as monitoring what is consumed. There is a balance to maintain.
Adam: Being so focused on diet and weightlifting over the years has been interesting! I have learned control over myself and that contributes to a feeling of control of my own destiny. In other words, if I can do THIS, I can do ANYTHING! But, that means that I have to watch my happy hours, or just not attend them at all. The phrase, “Every 7 pounds I lose, I lose a friend.” may not be far from the truth, because many social events are based around alcohol, or other low quality foods based around high salt, saturated fats and empty carbohydrates. Still my dedication has inspired others, they have watched my focus and gains at the gym and want to replicate what I have done. It is a small way to positively impact someone else’s life!
Pretty inspiring right? Clearly, these two are dedicated to their daytime jobs, yet still find time to emphasize diet. They prioritize it because they want the results.
If they can do it, why can’t you? Anyway can! Go get it!
Tune in tomorrow for part 2 of the interview series when we dive a little into the marketing and labeling of food. It’ll be great! See ya then!