Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stop Counting Calories!!!!!!!!

          The most important thing about eating healthy is not counting calories, but instead focusing on nutrient dense foods. I feel as though we could see a drastic shift in the obesity pandemic if we stop looking at eating healthy as a burden to our daily routine. View your food as something that is going to help you, medicine if you will. Every time you eat, find foods that will NOURISH your body and the cells that make up your body. 

          Shifting your perspective if you struggle with eating healthy can be the best thing you do. Instead of viewing eating healthy as inconvenient and making excuses as to why you can't, start looking at processed foods, fast foods, sugary foods, etc as food that is going to make you feel low energy, fatigue, bloated, fat, sleepy, depressed, the list goes on..

Nutrienta substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life.

           A nutrient dense food is going to be a food that is kind of like taking a multi-vitamin. These foods are going to be FULL of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, antioxidants. Foods that grow from the Earth. Fruits and vegetables that are very colorful. If you are new to nutrition, the best way to make sure you get plenty of nutrients is to try to eat as many different colors of food produced by our planet. 

Calorie: the approximate amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree.
              For the past two decades or so, a lot of people have been attempting to 'diet' via a method of counting calories, or  Calories in = Calories out.

             But not all calories are the same. The calories you get from avocados, bananas, salmon, seaweed, and almonds do not give you the same kind of energy as the calories that come from a grain-fed beef hamburger high in saturated fat. (some beef is very good for you in moderation)  My goal though, is to challenge people to STOP COUNTING CALORIES.

          Start focusing on foods that are high in nutrient content and less on calorie content.
..besides, counting calories is not really that fun.

Nutrient Dense Foods                      Foods To Avoid

                  Salmon                                                                               Grain-Fed Beef
                    Kale                                                                                  Cream Cheese
                 Spinach                                                                                   Pop-Tarts
                Tomatoes                                                                                 Doughnuts
                 Potatoes                                                                                 White Bread
                  Carrots                                                                          Foods with Added Sugar

This is just a small list of examples, and I am sorry to tell anyone reading this that temporary diets do not work unless you make your diet a lifestyle choice. But that is where my blog comes in. To educatemotivate, and help anyone struggling with not only weight issues, but sleep, gut, headache, depression, etc. Food can and should be your medicine.

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