Healthy living starts in the kitchen
AKEY principle that we have at Kaizen Exercise Physiologists is to create healthy life choices. This includes more than just exercise. In fact we’d have to say that what you eat has more of an impact on your health than exercise.
You literally are what you eat. Steve Grand (artificial intelligence inventor and researcher) states that "every cell in your cell is replaced every seven years". The building blocks that you use to replace and maintain cells come from the food you eat. If your diet includes large amounts of junk food and artificial flavourings and colours there simply is no way that you can build good quality cells.
Like the old saying goes, you can’t build a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Improving the quality of your food will improve your body and your health.
Three steps to improve your diet:
Eat only food
Go to your cupboard and get three packets of pre-prepared food such as soup mixes, sauces, biscuits, chips, spreads. Read the label and see how many of the ingredients you identify as food.
How many of the ingredients are listed as numbers eg. 220, 621? Do you know what a 621 is? Have you ever seen one growing on a tree or in a garden? Additives, preservatives and artificial colours and sweeteners are usually added to make the taste, texture or colour more ‘appealing’ to the buyer. They have no nutritional value and a growing number of people have sensitivities to these artificial ‘non-foods’. Fatigue, upset stomachs, and headaches are common side effects.
Recommendation: when shopping, compare labels of different brands and choose the one with the most real food on the label. Eat unprocessed foods
If your bread is white and fluffy it literally has had all of the nutrition and goodness stripped from it. When wheat is processed into white flour, the bran (which is high in fibre) and the wheat germ (high in minerals and vitamins) is removed. Pasta has also had the same fate. Eating a diet high in processed food will leave you short on vitamins and fibre which are essential to keep you healthy.
Recommendation: choose wholemeal options whenever possible. Eat vegetables and whole grain foods rather than breads and pastas.
Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet
Dr. Joseph Mercola who is a prominent physician and health expert believes that it is more damaging your health to be addicted to sugar than to smoking.
Let’s look at example of what drinking a can of coke does to the body. A can of Coke contains approximately 40g of sugar. This is 10 teaspoons of sugar – an unhealthy amount of sugar to be eating in my view. Drinking a can of coke will cause the sugar levels in your blood to go through the ceiling. The hormones in your body, in particular insulin, react by increasing your fat stores and rapidly lowering your blood sugar. This ‘sugar crash’
If your diet includes large amounts of junk food and artificial flavourings and colours there simply is no way that you can build good quality cells.
makes you hungry again (and fat!). The process repeats when you eat more sugar. If you are looking to maintain or lose weight, eating high amounts of sugar will be very counter-productive.
Recommendation: reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. Check your labels again. Items advertised as low fat food are often very high in sugar – watch for this.
Improving your nutrition is an important step to help you build a better body.
Remember – you are what you eat.
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You are what you eat.
WELLNESS With Hamish McMichael