Good morning SOTGC readers. How many of us battle with eating healthy so we feel and look good, but struggle because we are so busy? Whether its juggling two jobs along with night school, sending the kids off to school, attending a meeting that runs two hours late, or all of the above, we are all faced with the challenges of meeting the demands of daily life while doing our best to honor our bodies. What can we do to reign in the chaos of life while giving our bodies nutritional support?
We can restore order to our diet by consciously choosing what we eat. Leading a busy lifestyle means we may not always have the luxury to adhere to healthy routines that keep us operating at our best. But the first place to start is to become aware of what we are reaching for throughout our day to satiate ourselves. Why do you reach for the food? Is it due to boredom, anxiety, emotional hunger, or true hunger? Whether for fat loss purposes, or simply to implement a healthy lifestyle pattern, becoming aware of the reason is a good place to start. When we know why we eat, it is easier to modify our caloric intake to what we really need without any of the excess.
The size and timing of the meal can hinder or support our blood sugar and fat burning abilities, both of which are important for weight maintenance. When the body detects there is not enough glucose (either from skipping meals or worse, from starvation diets), or receives a large load of glucose (from large meals loaded with starchy carbohydrates or processed sugars), inflammation can be triggered, thereby impairing fat metabolism. Eating 3 smaller meals with 2 healthy snacks in between is easier on the body than the traditional 3 large meals a day. The bloodstream sees a gradual glucose load in the bloodstream as the meal breaks down, rather than a large glucose load, which puts stress on the pancreas. Eating breakfast is important for healthy fat and glucose metabolism because it sets the stage for how the body metabolizes for the remainder of the day. Eating too late in the evening can also impair fat metabolism. Skipping meals is unhealthy as it disturbs the body’s glucose rhythm. For the person on the go, eating smaller meals may actually be easier and the key to doing so is setting the intention.
Stay tuned for the second part of eating healthy, where we go over what we can start eating to begin contributing to efficient fat metabolism, a healthier weight, and a deeper well of energy to conduct our busy routine.
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