Leveraging Nutritional Education and Community Engagement to Propel Yourself towards a Healthier Future

By Published On: April 16th, 20241368 wordsViews: 55
Leveraging Nutritional Education and Community Engagement to Propel Yourself towards a Healthier Future | Grain Free Mamas

In a world inundated with fad diets, ever-changing health guidelines, and a complex food landscape, understanding the basics of nutrition is more crucial than ever. An informed approach to eating not only improves individual health outcomes but also empowers communities to make sustainable changes. This article explores the profound importance of bolstering our nutritional education foundations and how engaging with initiatives like A Place At The Table Global Community can guide us toward a healthier future.

The necessity of nutritional education cannot be overlooked. Let’s face it, we’ve not placed very much value on educating our children about foods and their impact upon health. Instead, we have basically ignored this training. According to the World Health Organization, “The prevalence of overweight (including obesity) among children and adolescents aged 5–19 has risen dramatically from just 8% in 1990 to 20% in 2022. The rise has occurred similarly among both boys and girls: in 2022 19% of girls and 21% of boys were overweight.” https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight

Just take a drive around the city where you live. What sorts of building advertisements are our children bombarded with that are laying the groundwork for how they perceive eating? Attitudes and habits are caught. On TV and social media, what are the most prevalent advertisements teaching them? In the United States, TV advertisements from Fast Food restaurants and Pharmaceutical companies dominate. These visuals are normalizing having diseases, being on drugs for poor health, and eating fast food as your regular diet as enticing and delicious for everyone.

Something needs to change because the approach we have been taking isn’t working. The above data proves that. Each of us can make healthy choices commensurate with our knowledge level of what really is healthy and good for us. That said, this ground (what is healthy) is constantly shifting and the new trends that are cleverly ‘touted’ by the latest and greatest health claims, verified by this or that scientific opinion, etc. seem to be ever changing. If you look back at what is the best diet over the past 35 years, there have been wide swings from one extreme to another.

This has created a level of untrust of what is healthy, and for many they simply believe that they cannot eat healthy, it is too expensive, or they will develop health issues anyway so why not eat, drink, and be happy. When your nutritional knowledge foundation is lacking you will become prey for all the cleaver marketing claims and then be continually tossed ‘to and fro’ with whatever new products you are presented with. Not only is this all a lie, but once you have deteriorated your health with all this junk it is harder to make a turnaround. Do we want this to continue to be the food/health legacy we are teaching our healthy children? I think not!

Leveraging Nutritional Education and Community Engagement to Propel Yourself towards a Healthier Future | Grain Free Mamas

Nutritional education lays the groundwork for informed decisions about food that support long-term health and wellness. It’s not merely about choosing ‘good’ foods over ‘bad’ ones; it’s about food ingredients and choices. Understanding nutrients, the body’s needs, blood types/heritage, environment, and lifestyle interact with diet. With chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease on the rise, a solid foundation in nutritional science becomes a critical component in reversing these trends.

A Place At The Table Global Community is more than a forum; it’s an educational resource and a collective that empowers its members through knowledge and community support. It addresses the need for accessible, accurate, and actionable food knowledge. By joining this community, members gain insight into nutrition that transcends traditional dietary advice, focusing on up-to-date information about new products and trends by presenting the pros and cons so that members can then make the informed choices that work for them. It is a non-judgement zone where members interact with each other, have opportunities for webinars, free food knowledge courses, and the platform to share with others what they are learning, have discovered, or even what they are not sure about.

Before one can make informed choices, understanding the basic principles of nutrition is essential. Our world has been here much longer than we have been alive on it. Nature provides us with delicious foods that have been eaten by the millions who have lived before us, yet the newest thinking is that we are smarter than nature. That we know better than nature what is good for us. We now are utilizing chemicals more and more to extract parts of plants and then combine them to appear like something they are not. Do our bodies even know what these new ‘foods’ are or are they being interpreted by our bodies to be dangerous and further turning on our immune systems to fight the invaders, which causes high levels of inflammation?

The knowledge about macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals), and how these impact bodily functions are interesting, and fun to learn about, but in the place of knowing how the foods occurring naturally impact health right away, maybe not. A Place At The Table offers courses and webinars that demystify these concepts, making them accessible to everyone, regardless of their prior knowledge.

 

Through community engagement and shared learning experiences, members of A Place At The Table can learn practical applications of nutritional knowledge. This includes:

Meal Planning and Preparation: Learning how to plan and prepare meals that are nutritious, satisfying, and aligned with personal health goals.

Label Reading Skills: Acquiring the ability to read and understand nutritional labels, helping to make smarter grocery shopping decisions. In the Food Breakthrough: Adjust Your Diet, Transform Your Life book, there is a whole chapter on this that will teach you the basics to get started right away. In the community we have posts that help with new ingredients hitting the market, like the recent approval of APEEL.

Debunking Myths: The community helps clarify common misconceptions about diets and nutrition. Good health begins with your mindset towards what has you looking, feeling, and being your best.

The journey to better health is often challenging when undertaken alone. It can be lonely, and on the days where you don’t want to motivate yourself, you have a community that can encourage you to keep going. A Place At The Table fosters a supportive environment where members can share experiences, challenges, and successes. This community aspect is vital in maintaining motivation and enthusiasm for a healthier lifestyle. It also provides a network of accountability, which is often missing when people attempt to change their eating habits solo.

In the age of information overload, distinguishing between credible sources and misinformation can be daunting. A Place At The Table prioritizes up-to-date, scientifically backed nutritional information. By participating in this community, members are better equipped to navigate the vast sea of available dietary advice and identify information that is not only credible but also applicable to their personal circumstances.

Nutritional education is not just about individual health—it’s also about sustainability. Understanding the impact of food choices on the environment is part of the educational content offered by A Place At The Table. This knowledge encourages more sustainable eating practices, such as choosing locally sourced and seasonally available foods, which can lead to significant environmental benefits.

As we look to the future, the role of comprehensive nutritional education in promoting public health and environmental sustainability cannot be overstated. Initiatives like A Place At The Table Global Community are at the forefront of this movement, providing the tools and support necessary to effect meaningful change. By participating in such communities, individuals gain not only the knowledge needed to enhance their own health but also the power to influence broader societal health trends positively.

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Joining A Place At The Table Global Community is a step toward not only enhancing personal health and well-being but also contributing to a global movement towards sustainable, health-focused food practices. By raising our nutritional education foundation, we pave the way for simpler, impactful changes that promise a healthy future for ourselves and our planet. There is a 7-day free trial for everyone who signs up. Try it out without financial risk. Meet you here.

Margie Traxler | Owner, Grain Free Mamas

Written by Margie Traxler
Grain Free Mama’s is a FoodTech Consumer Product Goods company. We make gluten/grain/sugar free (Edible Grasses Free), dairy free and botanical nut free baking mixes that put the simple back into simply good for you. We also have educational resources to help you on your healthy eating journey. Margie, the Founder/CEO, received her B.S. in Biology from Portland State University. She has 22 years of experience as a successful Restaurant owner. She lives and operates her business in Henderson, Nevada.

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