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Feeding Our Body, Mind and Soul

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By Xochtil Wilson,
Bachelors in Dietetics, 15 years plus in Nutrition Education, Health Coach and former GCU student

Food, once upon a time, was scarce and for survival.

Do we nurture ourselves to be healthy or simply to exist? It’s been 100 years since the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided nutrition guidance to Americans. We’ve seen multiple “food pyramids” displaying sample images of foods we should include in our daily diets, the recommended amount of physical activity for both children and adults and even foods we should limit or exclude all together. As efforts have been made by not only the USDA, but also the Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the many who provided feedback to these agencies, a new MyPlate was created. MyPlate is an updated nutrition guide that accommodates to varied lifestyles and limits phrases that exclude nutrients that, for some, are necessary.

We are bombarded daily with nutrition advice and images of what a healthy body should look like. There is no turning on a social media outlet without seeing an ad pop up for some slimming or detoxifying tea, juice or powder. Celebrities have fallen prey of this game. Why? Because the food industry has become lucrative. There is a massive push by giant forces from the agricultural industry that targets specific populations with specific nutrition items and guidance. It is our responsibility to become aware of the truth.

So, are we currently nurturing ourselves based on what we need and know is good for us? Or is it based on what is being forced down our throats by an industry that has monopolized our health and wellbeing? We know our grandparents, their grandparents and every grandparent prior lived, survived throughout history. One quick Google search will give a glimpse on how we began life farm to table to the manufacturing food industry back to the significant movement of farm to table. The manufacturing food industry has provided us with safety measures to keep our food safe through the transport and shelving processes at our local grocery stores. However, we have at times surrendered our will to the excellent marketing abilities of said industry.

Feeding our body, mind and soul should not be dictated by any industry or celebrity/YouTube icon. It should be decided based on our need to live well and healthy, regardless of your shape, color, sex, race and or social status. You know your body better than any doctor, but if it helps to speak with one or many, do get a different opinion. Do and find what is best for you. Disconnect from trying to conform to what society dictates you should put in your body.

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About Xochitl Wilson
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Xochitl Wilson is an Arizona State University alumnus whom also attended Grand Canyon University for 3 years. Her passion, education and professional experience has allowed her to work with children ages 0 to 5, K-8 and adults alike.

Most of Xochitl’s work has served the disparate communities in Maricopa County. From Diabetes education, Childhood Obesity Classes and General Nutrition to both children and adults.  Xochitl’s desire to help those with limited community resources specifically with nutrition has been her driving force to continue working in the area of health and well-being.

Xochitl currently participates with the Health Improvement of Maricopa County Action Lab, primarily with Food Initiatives and Community Advisory Board Member of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.

In her spare time Xochitl enjoys working out, is a novice yogi and loves reading health books. Xochitl appreciates spending time with loved ones and friends.

Xochitl’s dream is to some day eradicate hunger in the world but is focused in Arizona for now. She hopes to inspire others to loving themselves and viewing at food as medicine and not a reward.