Yesterday I got the opportunity to something that I never thought I would ever do – teach 3rd graders!
I had the incredible honor of being asked to do a Health and Wellness Summit at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School for 150 3rd graders!
I got to lead them through a kids bootcamp in the morning and then spoke to them about healthy nutrition in the afternoon.
Honestly, I can’t believe how excited and receptive they were. I was truly shocked and amazed for every minute of the day I was there.
Now, I’m not used to dealing with 9 year olds but I knew I had to take the nutrition information I wanted to share with them and break it down and make it as basic as possible – Simple Nutrition.
But when I got to thinking about it, I should probably be doing the same for the adults I share the information with as well.
Well, as I told the students yesterday, we need to keep things as simple as possible because we have a better shot at being successful then if we followed complex or difficult to understand plans. This goes for diet and exercise but also for many things in life as well.
As it relates to nutrition, you should always be focusing meals and snacks on 3 types of foods:
These foods are your foundation and you should always do your best to fill up on these foods first.
To that foundation you can then add other foods as you see fit:
- Whole grains
These foods should all be eaten in moderation.
There is increasing evidence that diets high in animal product consumption can cause heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. While I am not suggesting that we all run out and become vegans, I do believe that we should limit animal products in our diets and view them as a treat to be enjoyed once in a while – sort of like how we view desserts.
This past week I began a journey on a plant based diet. Meaning I try to get the majority of my calories from plants such as fruits, veggies, and nuts. And every once in a while I have some meat or ice cream (which would be almost impossible for me to completely give up).
But because I am basing the foundation of my diet around these foods I know I am getting the nutrients I need and can then treat myself to other foods I may want to enjoy.
Michael Pollen wrote a book called, Food Rules where he lays out 60+ rules for you to follow for optimal health. By the way, he came up with these rules after years and years of research by being an Author of several of the best selling nutrition books I have ever read on.
These rules can be broken down into 7 words:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
What does this mean?
- Eat whole, natural foods. Nothing that comes from a box or bag and was manufactured by humans.
- Don’t eat more then you body needs to live and do the activities you participate in each day.
- The majority of your food should come from fruits, veggies and, nuts.
And if you follow a very basic plan like I have laid out for you here, you should not only avoid developing diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes but you will undoubtedly be able to lose any unwanted body fat and maintain a healthy weight.
Your Friend & Coach,
Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS
P.S. If you want some more information on Simple Nutrition, a basic meal plan to follow, and some great smoothie recipes then you have to check out Craig Ballantyne’s Simple Nutrition Guide by clicking here —> Simple Nutrition.