The 3 Pillars of Personalized Nutrition
When you think about nutrition, what comes to mind?
Through thousands of client consultations, we’ve found a common trend when new clients are asked about their nutrition habits. The answers are almost always related to the type of food being eaten, the quantity, and the numerous fad diets that have failed to make a lasting change.
The missing piece, and what limits so many from finding long-term success and freedom in their nutritional choices, is a connection to the intention behind eating food.
In other words, we spend way too much time thinking about what we’re eating and not enough time thinking about what we’re eating for. Food is boiled down to grams of carbs, fat, and protein, or a clean vs. a cheat meal. We’ve lost touch with why we eat in the first place.
At OPEX we boil it down to three pillars of intention for personalized nutrition: Brain, Body, and Life.
Brain - Mental Acuity
Food needs to support great mental acuity. This refers to how sharp your mind is and includes memory and concentration. Ever felt sluggish after a big lunch and found it impossible to concentrate through the afternoon at work, or required a nap after a holiday meal? These all too common feelings are examples of food not supporting mental acuity and preventing you from being at your sharpest.
Body - Functional Support
The second pillar of personalized nutrition is functional support. This is food that supports your daily function, whether it be to do yard work, be on your feet at work, carry your kids, have stamina and resilience on work trips, or your regular training in the gym.
Life - A Larger Life
Finally, personalized nutrition supports you in living a larger life. This is food that will support your purpose in life, whatever it may be. Let’s say you love going on long hikes, surrounded by nature, or you take joy in competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or you live for a Sunday morning surf with buddies. This is food that will keep you energized throughout the week and allows you to engage in your favorite activities for a lifetime, instead of always spending Saturday on the couch recovering from the stress of the week. It’s food that helps you thrive through life.
Does the food you eat support your brain, body, and life? If you’re not sure, a great first step is to find an OPEX Gym and meet with a coach who can help you understand what these 3 pillars mean for you, and what nutrition and lifestyle plan can help you fulfill them.
Move with intent.
Eat with intent.
Live with intent.