Healthy liv­ing starts in the kitchen

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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

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