These days it’s so easy to eat, isn’t it? We can be exposed to literally hundreds of food options on a daily basis. Just walking into a supermarket or a fast food outlet and you’ll instantly see dozens of options.
But is the food you’re eating making regular deposits into your nutritional bank account? What I mean by this is, when you eat are you really nourishing your body?
Pretty much everyone understands the concept of a traditional bank account. Wages and other funds are paid in and your bank balance increases. Bills and other spending goes out and the balance goes down again.
Depending on the rate you spend and how often you have income to deposit your bank account balance is likely to fluctuate up and down over time.
If you’re good at budgeting you may have a little left over each week or month to build up a buffer so that you can enjoy treats and holidays or should anything come along out of the blue like a burst pipe or an expensive car repair you’ve got it covered and won’t need to dip into an overdraft or borrow money to pay for it.
Or on the other hand, you may struggle to make ends meet. Bills seem to come in faster than you can earn money to pay for them, your overdraft is almost at it’s limited and you’re not sure how you’ll make it to the next pay day.
Have you ever considered that the same principles apply in your body?
Every day you consume food and drinks and every day your body uses up nutrients to heal and repair and to perform both vital and non-vital functions. This causes the levels of nutrients to go up and down, just like the funds in your bank account.
Hopefully, if you’re eating lots of healthy foods you’ll be depositing plenty of nutrients to enable your body to put together the right combinations to carry out all of the functions it needs to do each day.
If your diet is mainly processed or convenience foods you may be eating plenty of food but you may not be getting a good amount all of the nutrients you need.
When nutrient levels fall too low and you dip into your overdraft this is when you may experience health issues. The symptoms you experience may be minor and over quickly but if you stay overdrawn for too long chronic health conditions may creep up on you.
Unlike a traditional bank account though the combination of nutrients available in your body is also important. Don’t worry, you don’t need to over complicate things, it’s not necessary to scrutinise all of your different nutrient levels on a daily basis.
Simply start to focus on eating a variety of different plant based whole foods and this will provide your body with the majority of what it needs.
Need help with this?
If you’re concerned that you’re not getting the right balance of nutrients to support a happy, healthy you, I offer one to one nutrition coaching (which can be via phone of video call) and I also run a variety of workshops in my local area, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your unique requirements.