You Are What You Eat
Everyone tries to stay away from the dreaded carbohydrate when it’s not really the bad guy at all! The human body is designed to thrive on carbohydrates.
October 13, 2020
You Are What You Eat!
A Beginner’s Guide to Living Wholesome Through Nutrition
It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the daily rush that we forget to properly nourish our bodies with healthy fuel. After all, the food we prepare and bring into our bodies ultimately becomes assimilated into our cells - our food becomes us! It’s with this realization that we can ultimately sense the gravity of our food choices every single day. If we truly are what we eat, what does your daily intake say about you?
Simply put, food is more nutrient-dense if it contains many micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) per Calorie; for example, kale would be a much more nutrient-dense choice than, say, iceberg lettuce. At the end of the day, your body doesn’t count calories; this is a difficult concept for many people to understand! The human body carries on its functions throughout the day, merely using what it needs at the moment; give yourself plenty of options by supplying yourself with nutrient-rich, delicious food!
Opt for Fiber
One of the greatest concerns among people that diet is always carbs. Everyone tries to stay away from the dreaded carbohydrate when it’s not really the bad guy at all! The human body is designed to thrive on carbohydrates - these are complex chains of sugars that can be broken down into glucose within the body, and the brain runs on glucose! Carbohydrates are a vital part of the human diet, so don’t try to avoid them completely.
What we should be doing, instead, is taking a long, hard look at the carbs we are already consuming. The key to balancing your carbs is to maximize the amount of fibre per calorie in the starchy food you are eating. For example, reach for whole, sprouted grain bread rather than plain white; substitute quinoa or black rice into your stir fry!
Dietary fibre has a magical way of slowing down the digestion and breakdown of carbohydrates in the body; a baked potato will cause a slower rise in blood sugar than the calorie equivalent in white pasta. In addition, high-fibre foods will help you feel full longer.
Eat the Rainbow
It’s quite remarkable the variety of food mother nature has provided to us if we stop to observe; different pigments can help direct you to foods that are rich in certain vitamins and minerals. Generally speaking, blues, reds, and purples are high in anti-oxidants, while greens and whites are high in fibre and iron. Our bodies were designed to harvest! There’s a good reason we have such a vibrant colour vision, so let’s put it to good use!
Consider the Processing
The food we eat is either whole or processed; whole, in this case, means that the food is as close to the originating plant as possible. Processed food, on the other hand, could be things like bagged potato chips (where there is refined oil, salt, and other flavourings and additives) or meat. Some people do not consider meat to be processed food, but when you really sit and think about it, it’s not at all a whole food.
Meat is harvested from animals - when you consume animal flesh, you’re essentially eating converted soy or grass. If we consider the loss in nutrient density, it would be a better choice to skip the animal protein and fill up on quinoa, tofu, and legumes; after all, these were the things we were designed to consume - high fibre, low-fat, zero-cholesterol foods.
If you wish to treat your body as well as possible, eat a colourful, balanced, whole-food, plant-heavy diet. It’s amazing to see how the world is changing today; we’re starting to place more value on our health by monitoring what we nourish ourselves with. You’ve already made it this far! Start a food journal and start asking yourself: “am I eating as well as I could be?” Take it one step at a time, your body will thank you!