5 Pillars of Health: Nutrition & Food

A healthy body and mind is are about so much more than eating your fruits and veggies and getting a workout in. Achieving functional health requires addressing the 5 Pillars of Health: sleep, exercise & movement, nutrition, stress management, and relationships & community. When they work in tandem, these pillars can be the fundamentals to a strong body and a sound mind.


The old saying, “You are what you eat,” holds true when it comes to analyzing how nutrition and food play a role in our overall health and wellness. Diet is just one piece of the puzzle, but it is an important piece that can impact every other aspect of your being. How we feed our bodies and the way we choose to nourish ourselves has a direct impact on how we feel physically, mentally, cognitively, and emotionally.


The Connection Between Nutrition and Health

The foods we eat directly contribute to how we feel in both good and bad ways. It’s no secret that eating more fruits and vegetables is important, but simply accepting that fact may not do you much good if you don’t understand what’s behind it. There is a clear connection between nutrition and health, not just in terms of what you eat but in how your body processes what you eat.

You may have noticed that as a kid you were able to consume tons of processed foods and sweets with little to no effect on your performance or waistline. Sure, one too many lollipops may have sent you into a sugar rush, but that wasn’t something you prioritized as a tot. That’s not to say that nutrition in infancy and childhood isn’t important; rather, its negative effects may not be quite as visible until adolescence and adulthood.


Role Of Nutrition And Food

As we age, the role of nutrition and food becomes increasingly apparent. Nutrition is crucial for strong immune systems, safe pregnancies and childbirth, disease prevention, weight management, strong bones, heart health, and longevity. To live long, healthy, happy lives, we need to feed our bodies right!


How Diet Affects Performance

Whether or not you’re an athlete, diet affects performance in every way, shape, and form. Nutrition and food can impact cognition, mental acuity, physical ability, emotional wellbeing, sleep, and even our connection to community and relationships. From our ability to remember words to the weight we lift in the gym, the food we eat can affect it all.

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The PLMC Approach to Nutrition & Food

Rather than labeling foods as good or bad, we think about how the foods we eat will make us feel. Most food serves a purpose; whether that is to provide nutrients and vitamins or to taste great, there’s a reason we eat! The key is to establish a relationship with nutrition and food that supports longevity and health from a holistic standpoint. Upon deciding to work with the PLMC, the first thing you’ll notice is how different we are from other healthcare providers. We’ll never throw a blanket solution at any perceived “problem.” In fact, we see health as a measure of function rather than the absence of disease.

Prior to your initial visit, we’ll have you fill out a brief yet thorough questionnaire so we can gather valuable information about your personal health history, your wellness goals, and any lifestyle changes that may impact how we work together. This will help us create a personalized program designed just for you. Work with us to see actual change, results, and improvement in your function of life through your relationship with nutrition and food. Contact us today to get started.

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