Every year, media bombards us with books and celebrity accounts of how the latest diet is revolutionary and could be the key to solving all of our health and weight related concerns. Unfortunately, this billion dollar industry is capable of luring us in when we are in our most vulnerable state. The standard human diet has changed drastically over the last 100 years across most of the world, and media has done its’ share in fueling a lot of these changes. Particularly in America, a significant proportion of people’s diets are comprised of processed foods, and the focus on the importance of whole food nutrition has seemingly slipped through the cracks.
At NUNM we stand by the belief that food is medicine and not simply a source of fuel. We recognize that each individual has a unique relationship with food that can be deeply rooted in tradition and bound by emotional ties. We will not be debunking fad diets, suggesting methods of healing, or attempting to persuade changes in eating patterns. Instead, our goal is to highlight the benefits of mindful eating as well as whole food nutrition and its positive effects on health and wellness with evidence based research.
This blog is written and designed by NUNM’s Masters in Nutrition program, a whole foods based educational approach to diet and nutrition. Every contributor is part of the program, student or instructor, and uses acquired information from doctors, nutritionists, registered dietitians and peer-reviewed research. As part of the learning process, we present information as a means of relaying brief overviews of nutritionally relevant topics to the greater public. Self-research is always encouraged and consultation with a primary care physician is recommended before implementing major dietary changes. We’d also like to add that the term “diet” can sometimes be misinterpreted as we often see it used to suggest food restriction for weight loss. Diet for the purpose of this blog and information that we’d like to share will be used to discuss styles of eating, not ways in which one should seek transformation. With that, we’d like to go right into our first topic!
Authors: Kendal Kubitz and Kari Sager