The Importance of Nutrition & Healthy Eating

By Jo Watt

What we feed our body is super important, because what we feed ourselves has the potential to either nourish and energise our body or deplete it. A properly nourished body is a healthy body. Taking time to nourish our body with healthy, nourishing whole foods is an important part of self-care.

So many of us have an unhealthy relationship with food. Myself included. We eat to soothe our emotions, when we are bored, needing comfort, or suffering from addictive eating and cravings. So many of us mindlessly eat when we aren’t even truly hungry, because we have developed an unconscious habit that we are running without even realising. This is why its super important to begin to notice your patterns and get back in touch with your body to recognise when you are truly hungry and learning to stop eating before we feel overly full.

So lets dive into Intuitive Eating. In order for us to truly understand our body, first we have to learn the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger. In order for us to get back in touch with our body and start to love and care for our physical temple, we need to get back in touch with physical hunger. Ask yourself “Am I hungry?” and notice for physical signs such as a growling stomach, low/depleted energy, hunger pain or irritability (yes being hangry is a thing). Firstly have a drink of water (as most of the time we are just thirsty not hungry) and then check in with yourself again 20 minutes later to see if you are still physically hungry. Most of the time we are emotionally hungry if we have been in toxic food patterns for a long time.

So how can we learn to eat better? Simple... Mindful Eating!

Mindful eating is about learning to:

  • Chew your food at least 30 times with each mouthful. By chewing our food we are able to break down our food so it is easier to digest, and we are able to access the nutrients within our food and allow our body to register when it is full. For me this has been a massive struggle for me as I’ve inhaled my food at a million miles an hour. This is why we tend to over eat or go back for more still feeling hungry because our brain hasn’t registered that our belly is full. By chewing our food we are able to enjoy and savour the taste, textures and smells and this makes it an even more enjoyable experience.

  • Consciously eat. By learning to consciously eat, we learn to become more present. Turn the tv off or let go of distractions, and find somewhere peaceful to eat and enjoy the experience. Notice the smells, how it feels in your mouth, the sensations and experience of each bite. Not only will you really begin to appreciate food more but you will also be able to understand your own body better and know when you’ve had enough.

By learning to truly mindfully eat, we begin to connect back to our body and repair our relationship with food. When we can truly listen to our body, that’s when we are taking true care of our self.

So what foods should we eat? Aim to eat fresh fruit & veggies and wholefoods and avoid sugar, processed foods, gluten, dairy and junk food. At the end of the day everything is moderation and its best to just listen to your own body and notice how you feel when you eat certain foods. Do you feel sick after you eat something? Do you feel depleated of energy and sluggish? Do you feel heavy? Does it react with your body and give you a belly ache or Diarrhea? Notice what foods react with your body and avoid them.

To truly have a nourished body we best thrive with:

  • Fresh fruit & vegetables

  • Healthy Fats

  • Nuts & Seeds

  • Meat

  • Raw Foods

By choosing to consciously choose healthy options, you are essentially choosing to nourish your body and give yourself self care and love.

Here’s some ideas for choosing healthier options:

  • ABC Shopping – Choose apples, Avocados, Bananas & cucumbers. All are great snacks and satisfy hunger.

  • Rainbow Shopping – pick a vegetable of every colour of the rainbow! Red, Orange & Yellow veggies have plenty of antioxidants and contain carotenoids, Green veggies are high in vitamin A, C & K. Blue & Purple veggies are even higher in antioxidants.

  • Buy Nuts & Seeds for healthy snack options.

  • Meal Preparation. This keeps you organised, so when life gets busy and you don’t feel like cooking you already have healthy prepared meals you can just grab from the fridge.

  • Avoid the centre aisles and stick to the outside aisles in the supermarket and never go shopping when your hungry.

There are so many different diets and lifestyles that people choose to explore. Personally, I’ve attempted so many over the years and different ones have had so many benefits where they have made me feel good. Cutting out gluten, dairy, sugar and processed foods definitely has its benefits. Check out some of these diets that have personally helped me at different times.

- Ketogenic Diet

- Paleo Diet

- Primal Diet

- Raw Food Diet

What's your favourite ways to nourish your body with food?


Watt Unifies Me does not diagnose, prescribe and treat medical conditions and this blog is sharing information for educational purposes only. Always seek medical advice from a trained and licensed medical professional