Science + Food = Health
I have often wondered how food affects us and what is a good and bad reaction to food for our bodies.
I would like to share some of the information I have learned over the years.
There is much talk in the media about diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
How to control it, why are these diseases such a problem and what you as an individual can do to be healthier.
All great conversations so how do you determine what works best for you?
We all know that high consumption of unhealthy fats, sugar and junk food will result in weight gain, possibly diabetes and heart disease.
Just giving you the calorie content of food is not enough.
We know that most fast foods have large amounts of salt and sugar in them yet we continue to run to McDonald’s and Timmies.
Why when we know the consequences are bound to be a poor choice for us do we continue to poor money into these industries?
Is it an addiction or are we just to lazy to really stop and think about the consequences?
I think it might be a combination of both.
It is so simple to rush out the door and hit the drive thru on the way to work or hockey or where ever you are headed.
I have been guilty of doing this myself.
Well, what happens when you grab that bagel, muffin or breakfast wrap?
You might be surprised that it actually sets you up to fail all day long!
Sounds unbelievable right?
Let me explain.
When you grab your favourite bagel on the run you are actually starting your body off with a large amount of sugar.
That is what the bagel breaks down into in your body.
Most people are not aware that complex carbohydrates are broken down to sugars by their bodies.
That would include bagels, muffins, toast, most cereals, pancakes etc.
Your body has been fasting all night.
Yup, all that time you have been sleeping your body has been working hard to repair any damage that has been inflicted on it during the day.
Hard at work bodies require protein to maintain their health.
Why do you think most athletes have diets that contain protein in larger amounts than the rest of us?
Protein helps feed our bodies, helps with everyday repairs, builds muscle and helps with the production of red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout our system.
Sounds like a pretty big job yet most of us chose to ingest foods that spike our blood sugar and have our bodies working all day on the wrong fuel source.
By giving our bodies a wake up with sugar we are set to have spiking blood sugars all day long.
What does that mean for you?
Bouncing blood sugars are a sure way to drain us of energy, lower concentration and have us sleeping poorly and making bad decisions.
I am not just talking about food choices but life choices as well.
When we are tired we exercise less, we don’t spend time with friends and family and our choices at work can be faulty.
We second guess ourselves based on how tired we are, how long it is out of our way or whether there is going to be an opportuntity to get a quick bite along the way.
There are plenty of choices and I will be discussing a few that I have found along the way in my journey to health.
I will also be breaking down some common ingredients you will find in your kitchen and how including them in your diet can give you a much-needed boost, the healthy way.
I hope you enjoy this series and I would love to hear back from you.
Let me know if it helps and how as well as how you have incorporated some of these suggestions into your day.
Looking forward to hearing from all of you!
To your health!!