“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Last week we introduced you to the first corner of our Four Corners approach – the corner of Physical Function. This is one of the cornerstones of our approach that helps you progress through a state of recovery to improving their resilience and enhancing wellbeing. Today we are excited to tell you about the next cornerstone of our approach – Nutrition.
As you recover from illness, injury or other setbacks, you need to make sure that your body has the right fuel and building blocks to enhance that recovery. We do not eat simply for energy to keep us moving. Protein, fat, vitamins and minerals that we get from a healthy diet all play an important part in tissue growth and repair, management of inflammation, nerve and brain functioning, bone growth and even the production of hormones which regulate almost every bodily function. Eating foods that do not support these functions, or not having enough supporting food, can really impede your recovery and lead to declining levels of wellbeing. At Proactive, we want to help you to optimise your recovery, avoid re-injury and transform your health, so we see the need to consider your food choices as part of your care plan.
Okay. Now we’ve opened up a can of worms. The internet is full of contraindicating information out there on what we should eat, and when we should eat it. Low carb diet, low fat diet, high fat diet, the Mediterranean diet, the healthy heart diet, low calorie diets, vegan diets, intermittent fasting, raw food diets – the list goes on and on. Why do some people do really well on one of these diets, and some people experience health problems? The simple answer is that we all have different metabolisms and respond to the foods we eat in different ways.
Our approach to helping you with your nutrition is simple. When you first seek treatment or advice around recovery from illness or injury, we will help you with some baseline healthy eating choices. Small changes in your diet that are going to do wonders in supporting your recovery and improving your wellbeing. We will also discuss some specific nutrients that may further enhance your recovery. As you get on top of your recovery, you may want to explore different techniques that will help you to fine tune your approach to eating, to really hack improvements in your health, wellbeing and performance.
To sum up, what we eat plays a huge role in everything to do with our recovery, wellbeing and performance and musn’t be overlooked or under estimated. We know that, and we see its importance in our mission to help you get the best out of your time with us.
But, as I’m sure you know, it’s not the only thing. Next week we will introduce the third corner of health and wellbeing, being Sleep.