I know I get it… We are all busy. The obligations we have just increase daily. Some of us are so busy that we stash food in our car just in case we don’t have time to eat, we skip meals because we scheduled ourselves without a food break and we try to make “the healthiest chooses” while we grab our meals in a drive through setting. Below are some statistics that may make you second guess the way you look at food.
Statistic 1: Your Gut has a Brain. You have many nerves in your gut. These nerves communicate to your brain what is going on. There’s no way around you consuming high fatty foods without your body reacting to those foods. Your brain will be notified that your stomach will not digest your source of energy the easiest way. You may experience stomach pains, slow digestion and/or a sluggish feeling. This could cause you to not function the best that you can! YOU want to be the best you can be for yourself and others!
Statistic 2: Food is Fuel! Think of your body like a car. We NEED Protein, Carbohydrates, Good Fats, Vitamins and Minerals. These are the ingredients that our body uses. Our bodies can try to use low quality protein, low quality carbohydrates but just like a low quality oil for our cars- our body will react eventually. Our cars don’t run as well and neither will our bodies.
Statistic 3: Recipes are important! We all have recipes from our great grandparents, grandparents and parents. We cherish those recipes! They help us make the exact same foods that we remember growing up on. If we change that recipe even slightly it may taste different, may not cook/bake properly or may look different. Our bodies need a high quality and unique recipe as well. If we don’t get the amount of protein we need, we may not understand why we are lethargic after a workout. Know your bodies unique recipe. For general information refer to my three blogs called Beyond Basal Metabolic Rate.
Statistic 4: if you eat with someone you are benefiting your health-not just socially but physically. Having a meal with a friend causes you to slow down and may even result in eating less. You have the accountability of your friend who is watching your food choices and the desire to eat slower due to breaks of talking during your meal. It’s a win…win!