Nutrition & Peformance

What is Nutrition?

Essential Chemicals and Substances vital for our existence, maintenance and creation. Food necessary to support life & living.

The 5 Food Groups;

  • Carbohydrates
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Amino Acids
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Water

What is Mental & Emotional Health & Well Being?

An Individuals ability to enjoy life and acquire a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological Flexibility.

World Health Organisation -

‘an individual's realisation of his/her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and contributes to the community.

How to achieve Good Mental & Emotional Health & Well Being

EAT WELL

Physically Active, Self Confidence and Value, Regular contact with Family & Friends, Talk of feelings, Care for others, Control of Finances, Volunteer, Be Creative, Take Timeout, Ask for Help

Mood ;

  • ‘A State of mind or emotion’.
  • ‘An incident of sulking or angry behaviour’.
  • ‘feeling at a particular time’.
  • ‘a distinctive emotional quality or character’

Food ;

  • ‘any nourishing substance that is eaten or drunk or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, promote energy and growth.’
  • ‘Whatever supplies nourishment to organisms.’

Mood Food ;

  • Substances that are eaten or drank that will effect your state of mind, emotions or feelings.

Our Food is our Fuel and without it we cannot exist. With too little, too much or the wrong type, we can function for a while but not efficiently.

Our food is the building blocks of our existence. It creates new cells, fuels and maintains body systems, aids growth and repair , gives us energy, and maintains healthy organs the most important being the brain!

Diet and it’s effect on our Brain.

Our Brain is complex and has several functions.

Our Brains use 25 % of our foods. We require a variety of specific foods for Brain Structure and functions;

  • Carohydrates

    Complex Carbohydrates

    -Slow releasing Energy

  • Essential Fatty Acids

    - Vital in Function and Structure of Brain & Smooth Communications.

  • Amino Acids(Proteins)

    make up the Brains messengers Tryptophan – (converts to Serotonin) Improves Mood, Well –Being and Sleep Patterns.

  • Vitamins & Minerals

    Vital in Promoting and Maintaining Positive Mental Health and are crucial to the conversion of Carbohydrates into Glucose, Fatty Acids into Healthy Brain Cells and Amino Acids into neurotransmitters

  • Water

    Makes up 80% of the Brain and is an Essential Element in it’s functioning.