Our body converts digestible carbohydrates into blood sugar (glucose); our main source of energy. Our blood sugar level will affect how hungry and how energetic we feel and both are important factors.
When we eat refined foods such as cereal, white bread, white rice or other carbohydrate-rich foods that not only have had most of their fibre stripped away but also have added sugar are quickly processed into blood sugar. This creates a problem for our pancreas which has to work much faster to produce the insulin needed to transport the blood sugar to the cells for use as energy.
The result of this is an insulin surge (insulin takes the blood sugar out of the blood and in to the cells) which tells our body that there is plenty of energy available. The body then begins to store the fat instead of using this as the source of energy as it normally would.
The bigger problem here is that the insulin surge causes too much blood-sugar to be transported to our cells and so results in our blood-sugar and insulin levels dropping below normal – and that is when we feel fatigued and hungry and want to eat more and immediately; food being the fuel that the body runs on.
And because we feel so hungry we choose the foods quickest to hand – refined foods, which when we consumed starts the cycle all over again. As you can see, the more this happens, the more fat the body is storing instead of using for fuel; it believes it does not need to convert the fat into energy as it would normally were we to eat a healthy and nutritious diet.
The food that we buy from the supermarket is mostly refined in some way or another and because of this there are far more weight problems than ever before. Refined foods are full of sugars and MSG (which is addictive) all of which make us want to eat more and in fact we feel sometimes that we cannot control what we eat.
You will also find that many foods we buy today, have added sugars; watch out for any ingredient listed ending in ‘-ose’ as they are all sugars, such as fructose, glucose, sucrose… Even fat-free products are supplemented with sugars to enhance the loss of taste.
Any refined carbohydrates will result in the surge then the crash – sometimes referred to a ‘sugar shock’ which drains the body of energy. Fizzy drinks, high energy drinks all contribute to the lack of energy as they contain huge amounts of refined sugars. In fact a recent news item suggested that even our OJ – traditionally thought of as healthy – contains 16 spoons of sugar!
Without doubt, the best food on the market today is organic food. Organic foods are prepared for sale in a complete form usually with nothing taken out, and nothing put in – though you should always check the labels. With all the minerals and vitamins and nutrition needed by the body contained in the natural ratio gives the body the true nutrition that it needs to run at its best. It is a good idea also to leave skins on any vegetables where possible, so that the balance of vitamins and minerals are not interrupted. Do not peel your potatoes, do not peel your apple – consume them in their natural state as this maintains the balance of nutrients in the food as it is needed in the body.
We will always encourage a healthy and nutritious diet with exercise as the best form of good health and wellbeing but we also realise that we live life at a million miles an hour these days, so we encourage supplementing your diet and as with eating good quality foods, we encourage high quality supplements on those days when you are just not able to eat as healthily as you normally would.
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