The Power Of Food

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Its easy to talk about working out… but everything essentially revolves around food. If you eat like crap and you workout, you are essentially doing nothing for yourself. I don’t care what anyone says, to lose weight and be healthy, you must have a balanced diet and exercise.

Listen to how I said that: Have a balanced diet

That does not mean: Go on a diet.

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while where I wanted to talk about food because people get confused on what is eating healthy and what is a diet. The word diet is misleading. Having a healthy diet means you eat healthy all the time. Your diet is what you eat. Being on a diet means changing your eating habits for a short period of time in order to lose weight. Make sense?

A trainer explained it very easily. Calories in, calories out. You need a certain amount of calories based on your height, current weight, and age. There are calculators online. For me, I need about 2100 calories a day to maintain my current weight. If you eat less than that, you will lose weight. 1800 calories will have you lose about a half pound. 1600 calories is about 1 pound per week. Anything less will be counter productive.

A bag of Doritos is 140 per serving, each serving is 1 oz, which they say is about 12 chips. If you eat a 16 ounce bag that is 2240 calories. One large bag of Doritos will actually make me gain weight. If I ate 1/2 of the bag, that is 1120 calories which is cutting the good calories I need. Doritos really have no healthy nutrients. You can eat them but count the calories.

For breakfast this morning, I ate 3 eggs and 2 ounces of cheesy sausage. See. You are thinking you can’t eat sausage while eating healthy. Breakfast is 375 calories. Let’s take breakfast and my half a bag of Doritos. I am 1495 calories. Can you live on 3 eggs, 6 slices of cheesy sausage and a half a bag of Doritos? Trust me… You can not. You will be hungry because you are not eating often enough and you are not eating food that will give you nutrients, vitamins, etc… Will you lose weight? Yes but at the same time, you will not have the energy, stamina, and ultimately your body will shut down because you need more than this.

Most people automatically think that if you to lose weight, you have to eat salad. Iceberg lettuce, the most popular lettuce is 1 calories because it is literally all water. It may fill you up for a short period of time, but why do people who eat salad all the time fail their “diets”? Its because they are not eating the right kind of foods. Just changing your greens adds calories. A spring mix which includes kale, spinach, and romaine is 30 calories. Fine. You want to eat salad. Add chicken or ham, add avocado, add cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, extra spinach. Bulk up your salad. Get your calories. These items will add vitamins, nutrients, and fat. YES… You need fat.

As a diabetic, and this pretty much goes for all people. Carbohydrates ultimately turns into sugar. Carbs from veggies like broccoli and spinach breakdown fast and give you energy from the sugars. Because you burn this sugar faster, these are great for diabetics. Carbs that are from white breads, pasta, and rice take longer to breakdown which will make you sluggish. If it takes longer to breakdown, it means it will ultimately turn into fat and the sugar stays in your blood stream longer.

With all of this said, how can I eat dirty rice? Easily. Change your rice to cauliflower rice. Eat your sausage, eat your meats, put all the seasoning you want. Make one change. I thought it would be stupid and taste bad, but guess what. If you season correctly, it does not because literally, rice has no flavor alone.

Fruits like melons are all water and sugar. Change your watermelons and cantaloupes to pitted fruits like cherries, plums, and nectarines. Low glycemic which means less sugar going into the blood stream. Small changes such as this can even help children. Starting early means less chance for obesity, which runs in the family.

I am going to talk about food more and more. I don’t want to necessarily give you recipes because that doesn’t help one make good choices. Education does. Understanding your food and what you put in your body will help you make the right choices when it comes to shopping and planning your meals for each week.

Your goal is… right now. Go into your kitchen and see what is in there. Make a list of everything I talked about and see if there is anything bad in your fridge or pantry. Think about what you can use that might be a better choice or how to make it a little more healthier. Give me a shout out. Message me here or on Facebook. And if you know something is bad for you, right off the bat… go ahead and toss it in the trash. Its better there than in your stomach.