Eat well to feel well: 7 things you should consider before eating
Whilst our bodies need food in order to survive, it is important to give not just food, but Good food to keep it healthy. On the other hand, we should know that the process our body takes to metabolise this food causes stress on the body. When we overeat or feed our body with wrong types of food, we are creating more stress and this could potentially lead to diseases and a short life-span if changes are not made.
When our diet is rich in nutrients, and doesn´t contain processed foods, our lives may be lengthened. For that reason, today, we would like to show you what you should eat and avoid in order to have a healthier lifestyle.
Good nutrition, Eat well, what is all that?
According to Dr. Jaramillo (author of the Metabolic miracle), “Many people believe that eating is the art of chewing, swallowing and being full, but food is living information that the body receives,”. Good nutrition means eating well (what our body really needs), and as a result we feel well. It is certain that there are many products we should avoid in order to improve our overall health (physical and mental).
Let´s talk about what experts say:
7 things you should consider before eating
1.Check labels before buying food
Checking labels is critical to make good choices before buying food. Let me tell you why : “if you read the ingredients, but you don’t even understand half of them, it’s because that product is not real food (good/healthy food), even if it seems like it.”
For example, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a synthetic antioxidant used to conserve food, but studies have classified it as possibly carcinogenic to humans. So, if you read this ingredient is on the list of a product you want to consume, you should avoid it.
2.Insulin, high or low ?
Insulin is in charge of distributing glucose, the energy of the cells, in an appropriate way; also, it regulates glucose levels in the bloodstream. On the other hand, it induces glucose storage in the liver, muscles, and adipose tissue, resulting in overall weight gain. The modulation of a wide range of physiological processes by insulin makes its synthesis and levels critical in the onset and progression of several chronic diseases. In short, insulin is a key hormone for our metabolism. It has implications to overall health. For that reason, it’s important to keep it stable.
3.Fats are not the enemy, just change the type of oil you use
Fats are not only good, but essential for life. Good fats are needed for many functions of our body and brain. You just need to know what fats are good and those that are not.
To have a healthy diet, try to avoid margarines and vegetable oils, like corn, canola and sunflower, since they promote chronic inflammation, “the mother of many diseases”.
Artisanal butter is the best option for those who love butter. Virgin unrefined oils like olive (do not use it for frying) avocado and coconut are good options for cooking. Choose what you like the most.
4.Vegetables, the best carbohydrates
“Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products”, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). So, there are different sources of carbs, but if you have digestive problems vegetables can be a good option for you. On the other hand, experts like Dr. Jaramillo say that “vegetables are the basis of good nutrition”. According to him, we should consume high amounts of vegetables. For example, you can divide your plate like this:
option 1. Vegetables should occupy up to 75 %; the other 25% must be protein.
Option 2. Vegetables occupy 50 %, 25% other carbohydrates, such as potatoes, and 25% of protein.
5.Sugar, more than bad!
Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine! Nobody needs it, because it is not a good energy source. Sometimes we can let it in on our diet, for example at a party or a special occasion. Adults can eat up to 20 grams sporadically, and children, between 2 and 10 years old, can barely eat between 4 to 8 grams. To have a healthy lifestyle, don’t include sugar on your daily menu, not even syrups or honey.
6.Juice is not as healthy as we used to think
Fruit should be eaten in its natural form (raw). When you blend and then strain the fruit to make juice, it loses its fiber, essential for the intestine. In addition, a juice has high levels of fructose (the sugar in fruits), because to make a glass of juice, you will need at least 4 or 5 oranges. Fructose goes straight to the liver, without warning, so you should consume it with caution because your insulin levels may increase!
7.You were eating lead, but you didn’t know
If you want to avoid excess toxic metals in your body, this is the expert’s message: “stop eating canned foods. If you eat chicken or fish, try organic sources. This will ensure that it is lead-free.”
A final word
The cornerstone of good health is good nutrition. When you eat well, you feel well.
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