Are you hungry? Our bodies have a built in intelligence that if we listen to it, will help us feel our best.
Over the past month, I’ve talked about food, eating and our bodies on my Sunday morning Facebook chats. You’ll find an archive of the videos here.
Here are some touch points from the chats.
Nutrition in food form is best. Supplementation is still important because unless you are eating from your own garden, food lacks the amount of nutrition is had 50 years ago; due to factors that include picking it early to ship it and depleted nutrition in the soil.
Calories are not all equal. Consuming 2000 calories a day sounds good for measurement, but our bodies are not one dimensional. It needs energy as well as fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and even bacteria (the healthy ones) to function optimally. Because of this, 2000 calories of soda does not come close to the nutritional value of 2000 calories of hummus. Choose smart.
Take your vitamin P. “In the absence of pleasurable satiation, one of the chemicals that increases our appetite is neuropeptide Y. It tells us to search for food. It is naturally elevated in the morning, which makes sense because that’s when the body is readying itself for action. Neuropeptide Y is also elevated whenever we are deprived of food. Its presence is particularly enhanced after dieting. Whenever we sink into a low blood sugar state – which usually means we are also in a low mood – neuropeptide Y is increased and signals us to consume carbohydrates.” Yup, that just said you should enjoy what you eat; as if you needed a reason? But many people do. They deny themselves the pleasure of eating and while there are emotional and belief reasons for that, that article says that it is not good for your health.
Your blood sugar is stabilized through eating consistently, (not constantly). You should do your best to eat on a schedule but listen to your body above all. If you are hungry before the scheduled time and drinking water does not satiate you, eat a small meal, even if it is not time yet. and reset the next scheduled eating time. This will also keep the hangry at bay.
Eating keeps you slimmer. Eating helps keep your body's hormones and their receptors normal so that they can communicate properly – think about your stomach telling your brain it’s hungry or full. When you don't eat at regular intervals, your body goes into survival stress and holds on to excess fat.
Eating a combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates at every meal is ideal. Even with the Keto craze, there is still a lot of belief is that fat is bad for you. I'm basing this on the number of no and low fat items still being sold. But your body needs fat to make hormones, use fat soluble vitamins and even for brain and gut function. The better thing is to choose less-processed fats such as nuts, avocados, cold-pressed oils and grass-fed pastured butter.
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