Importance of Proper Nutrition in your 20s
Importance of Proper Nutrition in Your 20s
By Marlie Blaise
Your Body Is a Temple
I was 23 years old when I realized that proper nutrition sets the foundation for a healthy mind, body, and soul. As a law student, I gained ten pounds from enjoying the free lunches that the school I attended offered through various organizations. Unsatisfied, I decided to make a change and I started off by doing a 30-day challenge where I followed a specific nutrition plan. After 30 days, I noticed a drastic change – not just in my physical results, but in my overall health and wellness. My energy level enhanced, but most importantly, I did not feel as heavy and sluggish as I felt when I would have fried foods daily.
I believe that my fellow millennials can relate to the unhealthy lifestyle I was living in my early twenties. Especially, college and graduate students who are always on the go. They are in and out of classes throughout the day while, some, work part-time jobs and are involved in extra-curricular activities. Thus, students tend to eat out a lot. That was me. My day started at 8 am and ended after 9 pm – how would I find the time to incorporate proper nutrition into my schedule was the question I asked before starting my challenge. I will admit that finding the time is hard. But when I asked myself – what good is working on all my goals if I don’t have a healthy body to fall back on in the end? This question really got me thinking deeply about everything that had to do with my nutrition.
You see, as the bible states: “[d]o you not know that your bodies are temples . . .” in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. If we run our bodies down in our twenties, those bad habits will eventually catch up to us in our 30s, and 40s. Take Steve Jobs for example, he died at 56 and from his death bed he wrote, amongst other things, “At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.” With that being said, we must be wise and form healthy habits that will not only keep us young and vibrant while we are in our twenties, but that will propel us to dodge sicknesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease as we age.
One healthy habit to form in your twenties is incorporating healthy eating habits. Eating is essential. For us humans, it is a necessity. We eat several times a day. So, I challenge you, to eat right – whatever that entails for you. While there are several beliefs that exists about what is considered “eating right”, I think that we all can agree that it requires cutting back on fried foods, fats, and sugar and it entails the incorporation of lots of water, fruits, and vegetables. For my fellow millennials that are all wondering “where do I find the time?” – it’s called meal prep.
I learned how to meal prep when I started my challenge two years ago. Now, as a young professional, I still incorporate meal prepping into my lifestyle. On the weekends, I commit three hours to grocery shopping and prepping my meals for the week. I take my meals to work. This prevents me from instinctively buying unhealthy foods.
For me, this started with a 30-day challenge, which in then turned into a lifestyle change, and successively turned me into a Virtual Wellness Coach. Now, I coach others on how to live healthier lifestyles. By focusing on nutrition, I have had the opportunity to help my clients lose over 40 pounds, gain healthy muscle, and live/maintain an overall healthier lifestyle.
I challenge you if you haven’t already done so, to make a change in your health that will help you live a healthier lifestyle. Start with your nutrition and build your journey from there.