What we eat matters. As much if not more than how active that we are. Simply because it affects everything else that we do.
According to the web, the definition of “nutrition” is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary to health and growth. So technically anything you eat could be labeled as “nutrition” However to be healthy and nutritious is completely different. We have to take into consideration that what we eat will affect all aspects of our lives. For instance, our energy, our risk of cancer and other diseases, a big one is diabetes, our fitness levels, our brain function, our depression or lack of. And so much more. So I would say that it is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
I know that in our harried worlds we really like our convenience. To cook a meal from scratch is almost unheard of. Its just too easy to run by somewhere and pick up dinner on the way home from work, school or wherever you have been that day. Who even thinks about going home to cook a big meal every evening!? Not me!! Or it wasn’t until recently.
I have just a month or so ago got a certificate in nutrition. Now I am not a nutritionist, nor do I have a college degree in nutrition. I do however have a certificate in nutrition and have done quite a bit of studying on the subject. And I would like to share just a little of the insight with you. If you don’t mind.
In her book “Deep Nutrition, Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food” Catherine Shanahan, M.D. says, “The most important single idea you’re going to come away with is that there is an underlying order to our health. Sickness isn’t random. We get sick when our genes don’t get something they expect, one too many times. No matter your age, meeting these genetic expectations will improve your health dramatically. Of course, this doesn’t all happen overnight. The longer you continue to provide your body rejuvenating nutrition, the more benefit you will enjoy.
It is essential that you learn to recognize two toxic substances present in our food that are incompatable with normal genetic functions, sugar and vegetable oils. These are not just toxic to people who have food sensitivities or certain medical conditions like leaky gut or prediabetes. They’re toxic to every living thing.
Food is like a language, an unbroken information stream that connects every cell in your body to an aspect of the natural world.”
I know its seems confusing but it’s really as simple as putting good food in and getting good health out.
Let’s talk a little about sugar. We all know that sugar is processed and has little nutritional value and is not good for us. But let’s talk a little about why. According to “Deep Nutrition” if you have your fasting blood sugar tested and it is above 89 you may have “prediabetes” a condition in which your cell membranes have become too rigid to take in glucose as fast as they normally could. Which could eventually lead to full blown diabetes. What makes cell membranes stiff? MegaTrans instigate free radical damage, nutrient deficiency and sugar. So there’s just one reason to cut down on sugars.
I will touch a little on vegetable oils here. This is just scratching the surface but just so that you will know how really terrible these are for our health. According to “Deep Nutrition” Dr. Shanahan states that vegetable oil is the lipid extracted from corn, canola, soy, sunflower, cottonseed, safflower, rice, bean and grapeseed. It does not come from broccoli and is found in almost all ready-made foods. Unfortunately, refining these oils ultimately destroys both healthy PUFAS (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and their complementary antioxidants, converting them into distorted, unhealthy molecules. So what was once healthy in the seed isn’t healthy in the bottle.
Vegetable oils contain mostly heat sensitive polyunsaturated fats. When heated these fragile fats turn into toxic compounds including trans fat. This process distorts the fatty acids in vegetable oil so they can no longer assume the typical five or six sided geometry. Our enzymes pick up these distorted fatty acids and then can’t let them go which hampers cellular function so profoundly it can kill your sells. And if you eat enough trans fats, cellular dysfunction will impair so many cells in so many tissues that the cumulative effects will disrupt basic functions (like blood circulation or your body’s ability to fight infection) and eventually kill you.
These are just a few reasons to pay more attention to what we eat on a daily basis. I encourage you to do your own research, read “Deep Nutrition” or at the very least read labels of the things you buy at the grocery store. Of course if you stick to fresh fruit & vegetables, clean chicken, beef and other meats and avoid all processed foods, that will certainly help in this area. Plus cooking most of your foods at home using good fats such as olive oil, peanut oil, real butter, coconut oil etc., will go a long way in improving our health.
And of course as always, get up and move. Keep walking and exercising!! Keep moving.