An area of health and wellness that is often misunderstood and depicted incorrectly is nutrition. You’ll hear reporters and media icons make flashy claims about a single, brand new study and it’s shocking, controversial results. The fact of the matter is, nutrition science is always evolving and expanding. A single study with “significant” results needs to be reviewed extensively before reporters should interpret what it means, but almost always, a reporter and their claims are not quite accurate.
What consumers deserve to know is: there’s no quick way to lose weight or make your body healthy. There’s no superfood that cures problems and sheds 100 pounds in 6 months. There’s no single bad ingredient that is responsible for the many chronic health diseases like obesity and type II diabetes. This is all too farfetched.
A healthy lifestyle is an all-encompassing subject. There are multiple factors that contribute to health, like nutrition and physical health, that interact.
Eating a balanced diet is always the best place to start. There’s no secrets: just eating fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains along with appropriate portion sizes of each. But even this is troubling because many revert back to old habits after a few weeks. Like physical health, nutrition takes practice and adherence. When something as complex as a lifestyle change fails, that’s where the quick-fix or new fad diets and solutions reel the “hopeless” in.
Truthfully, you have to start small. Incorporate fruits and vegetables into each meal. Then try 100% wheat bread and cereals after you’re comfortable with that. Once you build your lifestyle to tailor your desires (including taste!) you can make bigger changes, like using ground turkey and chicken as main protein sources. Meal planning and prepping can always help, too.
If you start small and give yourself some forgiveness if you have small setbacks, a well-balanced “diet” becomes your healthy eating habits!
About Heather –
Heather D’Errico MS, CSCS, CFSC, LMT
Heather began BowlFit in 2013 with the hope to provide awareness to bowlers about how crucial training off the lanes truly is. She has been an avid bowler her entire life competing as a collegiate bowler for Robert Morris University, assistant coaching at the University of Central Missouri, and now head coaches at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.
She obtained a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on exercise science and interned with the head strength coach at UCM. She became a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through NSCA shortly after graduation and began coaching athletes at Next Level Strength and Conditioning in Fairport, NY.
In October 2015 she received her certified functional strength coach certification and then went back to school in July 2016 for massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and runs a business called Restorative Bodywork in Rochester, NY that specializes in movement therapy and sports massage.
Heather has also been competing on the PWBA tour the last 3 seasons and continues to use her experiences as a competitive and professional bowler to create programs for bowlers. She enjoys the challenges of making programs specific to each bowler as every person needs to focus on different areas for their performance goals. With that said her training motto is “do no harm” and believes each program should most importantly make a bowler FEEL better and play with minimal injuries/pain.