31 Jan A Fascinating, Fickle, Fear of Food.
There are all different types of eaters.
Emotional eaters. They might use food as a source of comfort when sad, happy, or anxiety filled.
Over eaters. They have a tendency to gorge themselves. They eat fast and a lot at once.
Snackers. They pick at foods all day and seem to always be hungry.
Fearful eaters. They are afraid of food. It causes them anxiety to even think about what to eat, but that seems to be all they do. To them it seems no matter what they eat, they gain weight. Then the fear sets in and they stop eating very much during the day and gain weight. This kind of fear can hold a person prisoner with indecision. They start to feel food is the enemy. These eaters are more likely to always be “trying” the latest trendy diets. They over analyze their food way too much. They choose seemingly healthy foods, but are not eating enough throughout the day so are basically starving their body. This in turn will pack on the pounds faster than you can flip an egg.
It’s a rough road to be on and they are not happy being held prisoner in this area.
Metabolism 101: It likes to be fed.
Here is a partial Wikipedia description of METABOLISM, but pay closer attention to what I highlighted in RED.
“Metabolism (from Greek: μεταβολή metabolē, “change”) is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. The three main purposes of metabolism are the conversion of food/fuel to energy to run cellular processes, the conversion of food/fuel to building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates, and the elimination of nitrogenous wastes. These enzyme-catalyzed reactions allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The word metabolism can also refer to the sum of all chemical reactions that occur in living organisms, including digestion and the transport of substances into and between different cells, in which case the set of reactions within the cells is called intermediary metabolism or intermediate metabolism.
Metabolism is usually divided into two categories: catabolism, the breaking down of organic matter, for example, by cellular respiration, and anabolism, the building up of components of cells such as proteins and nucleic acids. Usually, breaking down releases energy and building up consumes energy.
The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable reactions that require energy that will not occur by themselves, by coupling them to spontaneous reactions that release energy. Enzymes act as catalysts that allow the reactions to proceed more rapidly. Enzymes also allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes in the cell’s environment or to signals from other cells.”
Food = Fuel = Energy!!!
As we age, the fueling of the body needs to occur at the correct times, the correct amounts, as well as fueling it with the highest nutrient levels for it to function as the magnificent ball of energy it is!
Remember my mantra: Real food rots.
The better quality of the food/fuel, the higher the fat burning efficiency (energy)! The lower the quality, the more fat producing.
But, but, It’s GREEN!
Yep! The dark leafy stuff, (romaine, spinach, dandelion greens, arugula, kale, collard, chard), and vegetables of all color, make and model. Eat them. Juice them. Force it down if you have to. Your body must have these nutrients to be and feel healthy. I’ll be honest, I am not a big veggie fan but I eat them. However I will juice anything down to a liquid, make it taste delicious and slurp it down gratefully and willingly. Wow, do things pop when I drink (or eat) my veggies – my hair, skin, eyes and whole body feels powerful and healthy deep down in my cells!
One of the main health benefits of vegetables is their high nutrient content. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals that contribute to growth and the maintenance of good health. Many vegetables are high in potassium, which is important for healthy blood pressure. Various vitamins, such as C and A, help keep eyes, skin, teeth and gums healthy, fight infection and promote wound healing. Perhaps most importantly, vegetables are rich in a particular group of nutrients called antioxidants, which fight cellular damage. Cellular damage is how we age. It’s called oxidative stress and we all have it. It’s about being Proactive and not Reactive.
A MUST EAT!
Choose fruits that are lower in glycemic indexes such as apples, berries: blueberry/raspberry/blackberry/strawberry, red grapes, grapefruit, lemons. Roam around your produce aisle and check it out! You don’t need to buy a whole bag of something, just start small and pick one to try. If possible, put it out on the counter so you can see it. I tell people to eat fruit when you usually get your sweet craving (if you have one that is!). Make a note to eat just one piece of fruit per day and pay attention to how your body feels!
There’s Power in the Poultry!
When it comes to meat, it doesn’t get much leaner than poultry — in particular, the white meat. Chicken and turkey are both high in protein and low in fat. Three ounces of chicken breast has 7 grams of fat and 25 grams of protein, while the same amount of turkey breast has 6 grams of fat and 24 grams of protein. My Favorites: BOTH of these. If I am not eating top quality chicken, I am roasting a 8-9 lb. turkey for the week to pick from! Delish…
Fish in your diet as a protein source is a viable alternative to land animals (although not my particular favorite) Low-fat, or non-oily, fish include cod, canned tuna, tilapia and snapper. These have the advantage of being good sources of protein, but also low in calories. Oily fish are higher in fat and calories, but can also be beneficial for health. The average adult should aim for two to four servings of oily fish per week, with good sources being salmon, mackerel and herring. Please, please, PLEASE buy the HIGHEST OF QUALITY when you purchase fish to eat!
If you don’t eat your (red) meat, you can’t have any…!
Once in a while you just have to have a steak! Am I right? Or am I right? I prefer a filet personally… but a bone in? Ahhh, now that’s a treat! Aside from picking lean cuts, there are several other ways you can take to ensure your meat is as good for you as possible. Get the good stuff: No hormones, no antibiotics! Trim excess fat, grill rather than fry, or roast meat on a rack to drain excess fat. As much as possible, avoid processed meats such as pastrami and poor-quality burgers and sausages with a low meat content.
The mindset needs to change, you need to have the experience my clients do when they start eating correctly. A HUGE “Ah HA” moment occurs when they do. Their energy soars and they start to actually LOSE lbs. on the scale and feel lighter. Remember: Don’t eat for the size you are, eat for the size you want to be! Portion sizes are the same for you as they are for me. PERIOD.
Notice too I have never mentioned supplements to replace any of these nutrients found in high quality food. Most people are not “deficient” to the point where they need supplements. Your body doesn’t respond the same to nutrients in FOOD as opposed to a supplement pill saying it’s giving the same benefit.
Know this: IT IS NOT THE SAME. Your body needs actual FOOD to break down and go through all the processes of metabolism listed above.
The mind and body need to have the experiences in order to learn what it takes. You can’t just say it, you need to do it.
Hugs and Blue Skies,
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