If I had to describe the word nutrition in one sentence, it would be "nutrition is the key to life". Literally! If we do not provide our body with nourishment, it will perish. However, there are several levels of nourishment that we can attain. Let's use the USDA Beef grading system terms to define. At the top, we have Prime nutrition where our diet and lifestyle provide us with the necessary macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals to thrive in this world. Next down is Choice nutrition where we have to supplement our diet and lifestyle to access all of the necessary macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals to sustain in this world. A step down from that is Select nutrition where we follow a diet and lifestyle to loosely progress towards better nourishment, however we are usually caught in the tangled web of nutrition information available and not sure where to go. Lastly, and I believe this is where most people fall, is the Standard nutrition. People's diet and lifestyle is providing them just enough nourishment to survive, and many have no idea how to access the higher levels of nutrition.
Now I should also start off with a definition of nutrition. As defined by Dictionary.com,
Take note that it isn't until the fourth line that food is the defining term. The first and third lines are the ones to really focus on. It isn't just what you put into your body, it's the whole process of nourishing. Yes, this does include eating, but it also includes sleeping (nourish the body), physical activities like playing (nourish the body and mind), and intellectual activities like reading (nourish the mind). These are important concepts to keep in mind as we discuss ways to reach Prime nutrition.
So sharpen your pencils and take out your note pads, we are about to embark on a journey that will change your life for the better. Over the next few months we will cover topics on diet, examination of different food groups, preparation of food, the importance of physical activities as well as the importance of intellectual activities. And accompanying each post will be a recipe, tested by yours truly :)
Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
- 2 strips bacon, preferably nitrate and nitrite free
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat to desired crispness
Drain off the bacon fat, leaving a glistening layer across the bottom
Whisk the eggs and the water together
Add to the skillet and increase heat to medium-high
Using a spatula move the eggs around until everything is cooked through
Serve immediately with a side of your favorite fruit or glass of orange juice
Breakfast is possibly the most important meal of the day. It doesn't have to be anything fancy; just a few scrambled eggs works just fine! Feel free to jazz is up by adding sauteed veggies, cheese, salsa, fresh herbs... the possibilities are endless!