We live in a society where creative marketing dominates our every day choices in life. From our fashion, to our interests and hobbies, and all the way to our food choices, we are constantly bombarded with limitless options and fancy advertising campaigns. With regards to food, mankind’s progression in manipulating chemicals, processing flavors, and harvesting preservatives has steered us away from what our body really desires – to eat good old fashioned whole healthy foods. In fact, as our mastery in science grows, we get further and further away from the healthy foods and essential nutrients that our bodies really require. Unnecessary weight gain, deteriorated health, and elevated stress have never been as rampant as they are today. And yet there is a simple, natural solution to combat these ailments – to eat the right nutrients from whole, healthy foods.
As a diet coach, the vast majority of my clients suffer from unwanted weight gain year in and year out, without even knowing the reason why. Often, their response is, “But I eat healthy foods all the time!” Unfortunately, when I dissect their eating patterns and habits, this usually isn’t the case. Their diets are often filled with an over-abundance of processed foods disguised as healthy foods, and what many of them don’t realize is that processed food is chalk full of calories and lacking in essential nutrients. Choosing whole food eating (i.e. whole vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, and organic proteins such as fish, chicken, red meat, etc.) would provide you with the opposite – healthy foods full of quality nutrients and low in calories. When the body is deprived of these essential nutrients, your body craves more eating, and this leads to a vicious cycle of always succumbing to your cravings. Eating these whole foods on a regular basis allows the body to stay closer to its natural set points of weight and body fat composition.
Whole, Healthy Foods Maintain INTERNAL Balance
Our bodies rely on everything working in harmony for optimum living. Whole foods that are full of nutrients provide this balance. Insulin levels are a great example of what can get thrown out of balance when consuming refined, processed foods such as sugar, white bread, white rice, baked goods and chemicals. These foods, which lack in nutrients and quality, cause extreme spikes in insulin. Typically, insulin is secreted in the bloodstream when we eat, helping to sweep broken down food sugars out of the blood stream and into the cells. Regularly eating highly processed foods causes insulin to flood into the blood in massive amounts. If this occurs too regularly, our bodies soon start to ignore these massive insulin spikes, which can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. When the nutritional balance of a processed food is removed, the internal balance inside our bodies also gets compromised.
A body constantly living off of “anti-foods” (such as white flour, processed foods, saturated fats, sugar, etc.) also leads to overload on your liver. The liver has to work harder to break down these no-nutrient food substances, causing an elevation of stress as well as a stress-hormone called cortisol. When cortisol levels get too high in the body, it can lead to an increase in abdominal fat as well as decreases in lean muscle mass, energy levels, immunity, recovery and weight gain.
So choose wisely when it comes to the foods you eat. Nothing can ever replace whole food eating, because it is what nature intended for us to consume. While we should certainly celebrate our success in scientific breakthroughs and advances in technology, there are some things that nature has always intended to stay pure – food. High quality, healthy foods full of nutrients keep our minds clear, our bodies healthy, and our lives in harmony.