A few months ago I was contacted by Koge Vitamins to review their vitamins, and I’ve been using their products ever since! I will be posting my review of the company and their products coming up soon, but for now I have the pleasure of sharing this guest post from Andrew Lenjosek, the co-founder of Koge Vitamins. Andrews thoughts are certainly inline with my own, so I was happy to share his article.
Enjoy the read and thanks Andrew!
How to Make Your Food Work for You
by Andrew Lenjosek
Here’s a small post about ‘optimized eating’ which is a huge passion of mine and something I got interested in after needing to find the most effective and efficient foods to fuel my body. Before I get into what optimized eating is, it’s important to know a little background on micronutrients and nutrition: Micronutrient is a term used to describe the vitamins and minerals that the body needs in very small quantities. The ‘micronutrient’ quantities necessary for survival and optimal functioning are very different from those needed for ‘macronutrients’ such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
The main role of macronutrients is in the delivery of adequate calories needed in a day. I sometimes feel for calories because they have a bad connotation with people counting and restricting them thinking that they are ‘bad’. However, calories are necessary for life and give us energy to go about our days, meet the metabolic needs of our brain, and give our muscles the stamina they need to be active. Optimized eating is all about optimizing the calories you consume by ensuring they provide the right amount of energy as well as the micronutrients needed for cell function. It’s about micronutrients and macronutrients.
When planning meals, grocery shopping, or eating I try to stay mindful of:
- The type of calories I am consuming: Carb vs. Protein vs. Fat in ratio of 50:30:10
- The micronutrients present in those calories by insuring they have an optimal amount of vitamins and minerals per bite.
Focusing on these two simple areas shifts the focus of ‘healthy eating’ from ridged calorie counting to a strategic optimization of the type of calories and their micronutrient benefits. We are lucky to live in a part of the world where healthy food is widely available, so why not make the most of it? Stalk up your fridge with food that gives you the energy to get the most out of your day and the micronutrients to keep you functioning at your optimal level.
Some of my favorite nutrient dense foods include:
- Almonds & Pumpkin Seeds
- Blueberries & Strawberries
- Spinach & Kale
Co-Founder, Koge Vitamins