Your Health Is What You Eat

Your health is what you eat.

A simple sentence but an honest truth.  We know this is true for body mass, weight gain or loss, for your energy level and for exercise results.  Think of your body as a fine car. The quality of the fuel you put in equals the performance levels of the different systems. If you eat high processed foods loaded with preservatives, salts, sugars and saturated fats, your body will feel sluggish.  It will process those ingredients at an erratic speed leaving you tired. It does not feed your muscles so that it can repair itself to be able to come back stronger at your next workout.

According to Walter C. Willett, M.D. Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of “Eat, Drink and Weigh Less”, research has seen the effects of food choices on heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, gall stones, infertility, kidney stones and even muscular degeneration.  Dr. Willett states that the health issue surrounds trans fats and the quality of the carbohydrates in the typical American diet.  High trans fat and bad carbs make up 1/2 of the total calories consumed, on average.  The health concern about eating simple carbs is that they convert very quickly to blood sugar. High blood sugar gives those highs followed by lows of energy.

The better choice is to eat whole, unprocessed foods.  Healthy whole grains, high-fiber sources of carbohydrates, healthy oils, less red meat, more seafood and lean meats, protein from non-meat sources like legumes, nuts and low fat dairy are all excellent choices to make for your diet. Also reduce or remove soda from your diet, choosing green tea and water instead.

Make small changes every week by adding more seasonal vegetables and fruits along with the food groups mentioned above. Be mindful of the changes that you begin to feel in your body.

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