Inactivity, along with poor diet, are largely responsible for premature aging of our bodies. Hormonal production during puberty, and for half a dozen years after, is almost unaffected by poor food choices or inactivity. That is why we cannot see the correlation of inactivity with poor diet as major contributors to aging. Not until we approach our forties do these truths begin to convince us that exercise and diet are so crucial to health and well being.
Overeating causes our bodies to respond negatively, producing hormones that are responsible for fat storage and negating production of rejuvenating hormones like growth hormones or testosterone. The interplay between exercise and diet is a critical union that needs to be choreographed.
What do we know for sure?
- We eat too much – excessive calories.
- We eat too large a meal at most sittings – binging, 2nd helpings.
- We eat poor quality, fast, saturated fat foods – fried fast foods.
- We eat for taste and emotional comfort – pleasure and emotion dictate our appetite.
- We do not see the link between health and diet or performance with food – nutrient content is ignored when making food choices.
What is the easiest way to start the change to a healthy, performance enhancing, rejuvenating, hormone producing diet?
- Eat less calories-smaller portions, baked vs. fried foods, less saturated fat.
- Eat more often-nutritious snacks every 3 hours can replace some meals. Planned meals with lean meat, raw vegetables, and low glycemic carbohydrates.
- Eat more fresh fruit & vegetables-put on your grocery list fresh berries, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, asparagus spears etc… Eat your strawberries, blueberries, raspberries raw and your vegetables raw. When you cook your fruits and veggies you lose a lot of vital nutrients. Instead of salad dressing, use lemon juice on your salads.
- Eat more intelligently by planning your meals from the grocery store to the dinner plate. Have at least the next 2 nutritious meals planned before hand. Balance lean protein with fibrous carbohydrates (vegetables) along with a small portion of starchy carbs. Reduce the use of fats like butter, sour cream and creamed sauces.
- Train your taste buds to enjoy, even relish good food. Try to recognize the subtle flavors’ of a variety of vegetables devoid of creamy sauces and fats that mask everything into a gravy of artery clogging, fat laden stew. Every meal can be a discovery of nutritious foods.
The short course on a quasi-nutritious meal.
- Take one fast food “meal”.
- Add one apple for desert.
- Replace the over sugared, caffeinated drink with mineral water.
- Save some of the frozen, deep fried French fries for your dog. (don’t let the Humane Society know!)
- Take half of the bun to scrape off the condiments (discard this discreetly) and eat the patty and the other half of the bun.
There it is, limited bodily damage plus hydration, fiber and vitamins.
What most people need to do to for a nutritious healthy diet!
- Do your own grocery shopping.
- Do some cooking.
- Read product labels (sodium content, calories, fat, sugar, preservatives, expiration dates etc…)
- Avoid any food that makes you hit the couch within an hour of eating it.
- Not eating while watching television! You need to think on what, why and how much you are eating.
What most people should not do for a nutritious diet!
- Buy diet food or drinks.
- Buy a diet program or book.
- Buy meal replacement shakes.
- Buy meal replacement bars.
- Buy any packaged food that could be used for Halloween treats for kids.
The golden rule of good food-“If you do not have to peel it, wash it, refrigerate it or throw it out within a week of bringing it home…….it is not likely good food”
These are just some basic thoughts of food that can rejuvenate, rather than degenerate our bodies.