For some time I have been quite fed up how all magazines, articles and institutions keep informing us how important it is to exercise: exercise more, exercise more intense, exercise and you feel good, exercise and you can, exercise and you lose weight – exercise exercise exercise! Why don’t we get the same wellness banging from nutrition topics like eating? Why is it that nutrition related topics are always about diets, counting calories or avoiding calories, or wondering about good and bad fats, telling us to give up carbs, or to go gluten free, to eat super foods or to go an other extreme diet program that might be trending? Oh why oh why oh why?
Food and sleep
I get this feeling that real health facts seem to get lost underneath all that exercise-wellness-crash-diets-avoiding-carbs-non-sense. Facts like: to survive one has to get two (2) things right: to eat and to sleep. These are the ultimate core pillars our health depends on. If you don’t get these pieces on right places you might not wanna consider (hard) exercise routines. I know this from my personal experience. Our one year old boy has not let us get a good night sleep – for a year. It has been hard to imagine myself running joyfully to improve my physical condition. So I did not even bother to try.
On the other hand eating has played a very important role keeping up my energy levels. On top of all the bad sleeping, if I had been eating on irregular basis, drinking sugary drinks, grasping for treats all day long, I would have made my days very heavy. As well as my body.
Eating regularly has been my secret weapon to optimize my energy levels for the day. Handy tool to remind me about it has been the app we developed: See How You Eat – Your easiest food diary ever. I entered the times I want to be reminded, and every day I am blown away how quickly 2,5-3 hours run by. We hear from our feedbacks that this is the same learning experience our users get. Simple and effective!
Food gives energy!
Eat so you have energy to play. This is what we keep telling children all the time. And true each word. For years I started my days with less than a half a soy yogurt can and few cups of coffee. For lunch I had light salad, no bread. Then in the late afternoon I was hit by fatigue and spent lot of money keeping up my sugar levels by eating candy. Honesty, I must say that it wasn’t till our nutrition app development project that I really started to learn about nutrition science. At the same time I became more aware of my own habits, for the first time ever I guess.