Think back on your life. Okay, that may be a little too deep. Let’s focus on when you started to understand the importance of what you were eating and, even further, how diet affected your body. I call it nutritional literacy and I must admit as a thirty-something grown woman I am just scratching the surface.

woman-eating-fast-food-burger (1)Nutritional literacy’s first purpose is to understand food so that people improve their ability to make informed decisions concerning which foods, and in what quantities, are required to maintain health. This also includes an awareness of which foods to avoid and why.

As a kid, I didn’t really think about it. The menu planning was done for me. As a teenager, I started to explore more kinds of foods but was not thinking if this was “good for me.” I lucked out in college and business school with roommates that could cook. Heck, I married a foodie!

I didn’t think about what was on my plate until about 6 months ago. Why? I am now on a new restrictive diet based on a health issue. This experience has opened my eyes to taking full ownership of what goes into my body. I have to avoid a variety of foods, quite popular foods, or risk the havoc that they will bring into my body.

At the same time, I am learning how to change my diet to avoid problem foods and replacing with healthier for me substitutes. I have just started scratching the surface of learning what a healthy diet truly means and I truly have never felt better.

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