Redefining Nutrition: Why It’s Necessary if We Want to Move the Industry Forward
The dictionary defines nutrition simply as “food or nourishment”. Seems pretty straightforward, don’t you think? Especially for something that is so necessary for survival, and not only that, to allow you to thrive and do the work in the world that you’re meant to do.
If nutrition did simply equate to food, life might be much easier. But when was the last time you felt 100% “nourished” by food alone?
The definition of nourishment takes it a step further and is defined as the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.
Closer, but what exactly are those ‘other substances’ necessary for growth, health, and good condition?
You’re probably filling the gaps with substances such as water, vitamins, minerals, etc., but if people are to truly heal and transform through nourishment, we must go deeper than food alone. We must redefine nutrition as we know it.
REDEFINING NUTRITION: WHY IT’S NECESSARY IF WE WANT TO MOVE THE INDUSTRY FORWARD
For too long, nutrition has equated to diet. People have been focusing on physical nutrition for health and wellness. The reality is, you are fed by more than what’s on your plate.
We already touched on this, but when was the last time you felt completely satisfied by filling your body with food? Sure it helps replenish your energy stores and restore your focus, so long as you’re filling your plate with healthy choices, but food alone can’t fix you.
That’s why ITN is redefining nutrition. We saw it as the only way to finally help people experience the full transformations they were longing for.
We say nutrition is anything that feeds you – physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Let’s break that down.
The Institute of Transformational Nutrition teaches Transformational Nutrition, the new science of wellness for the next generation.
More specifically, Transformational Nutrition is the scientific study of health and human wellness in multiple areas including physical nutrition, mental nutrition, and spiritual nutrition so you can transform your health and life at the same time.
You can’t truly be healthy if your life is in shambles, and you can’t actually be living your best life if you’re not healthy. The two go hand in hand.
This method has been studied for over 15 years, practiced by over 1 million people, and is based on over 1,400 studies. Lightly put, it works.
Gone are the days of #wellness and ‘eat this, not that’. If you don’t have the other components of Transformational Nutrition in check, you’ll never truly be healthy.
What you put on your plate is important. Sleep and rest are important. Healthy supplementation and movement are important. ITN is not downplaying any of that. We’re saying there’s more to it than food.
Physical Nutrition is one pillar of Transformational Nutrition, focusing on what actually is on your plate, along with the other components listed above.
This goes deeper into other physical elements such as genetics, the exposome, environmental factors, health history, and more.
Things like your occupation, traffic, education, and climate play into your physical nutrition, as does hormone levels, aging, and oxidative stress.
Mental health and mental wellness are always in conversation these days. People are finally beginning to see the importance of staying mentally well. Transformational Nutrition views this as a key pillar involved in the nourishment process.
Not only does this include mental health conditions, it includes emotional wellness, mind-body connection when it comes to healing, trauma, and more.
ITN looks at evolutionary psychology, a theoretical approach to psychology that attempts to explain useful mental and psychological traits such as memory, perception, and language as the functional products of natural selection.
We focus on the mental environment, or the psychological lens through which you view the world that is shaped by your experiences, environmental factors, culture, and past trauma.
We focus on trauma, an emotional response to a profound, memorable event such as an accident, physical abuse, or events that were minor, yet still emotionally charged.
All of these components make up how you view yourself and the world around you. Once they can be broken down and each piece worked on individually with the help of a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC), you can start to reshape your psychological view on life and health.
Spiritual nutrition is all about your connection with yourself, others, and the environment. This isn’t necessarily religion, but it can be.
ITN views spirituality in three ways.
A relationship or connection with oneself. This seems simple, but the reality of it is people don’t like to be alone with themselves or their own thoughts. That’s why we inundate ourselves with technology and constant distractions, but loving yourself is an important step on the way to total nourishment.
This is the connection and quality of the relationships you have with others. It’s likely no surprise to you how important a support system is, but many people lack these crucial relationships or experience trauma or turmoil in their relationships, where they stay due to the beliefs they’ve created for themselves.
Finding and cultivating caring relationships is key.
A relationship with nature, the physical environment, or a higher being. This is where religion might come in for you, or a simple connection and appreciation for something greater than yourself. This is where you might give thanks to the universe for providing you with food, air, and water, or where you might get out into nature and appreciate it’s beauty.
This connection to something greater than yourself is such an important component to help you generate a healthy perspective and appreciation for why you’re here.
You can easily see that Transformational Nutrition takes nourishment to a whole new level, but this level is what will truly help you nourish and heal yourself. Your body is more than a physical body, you have a mind, and you have a spirit. Every piece of you must be nourished, working together in harmony, for you to truly transform your health and your life.
This is why it’s important and necessary to redefine nutrition. This is why food alone will never fix you, and this is why ITN has set out to change nutrition as we know it, forever.
Remember, nutrition as the world currently views it is defined as ‘food or nourishment’. We say it’s more – anything that feeds you – physically, mentally, or spiritually.
What nourishes you?
While we’re defining things… did you know there’s a difference between a nutrition coach and health coach?