Let’s be honest – what you eat is important. Food affects our health, appearance, mood and performance. Just about everything we eat is converted by our body into glucose, which provides the energy our brains need to stay alert. When we’re running low on glucose, we have a tough time staying focused and our attention drifts. This explains why it’s hard to concentrate on an empty stomach. Not all foods are processed by our bodies at the same rate. Some foods, like pasta, bread, cereal and soda, release their glucose quickly, leading to a burst of energy followed by a slump. Others, like high fat meals provide more sustained energy, but require our digestive system to work harder, reducing oxygen levels in the brain and making us groggy.
Food is important, but the more I explore the nutrition and health, the more I repeat: the food is information. Sort of like a script. It tells the “actors” in our bodies how to play.
When we eat, we’re really delivering messages.
• Do this.
• Don’t do this.
• Release this hormone.
• Don’t release that one.
• Express this protein.
• Don’t express that one.
We’re essentially sending instructions that kick off a chemical chain letter.
It’s really quite amazing. Each molecule of food contributes to a beautiful cascade of events, sending all kinds of signals throughout our bodies.
Make hormones! Trigger immune cells! Switch genes on and off! Tell the work crew to clean up and the builders to get on standby!
Lights! Camera! Action!
It’s like the biggest, busiest movie set you can imagine. And somehow unlike many film sets it runs almost perfectly.
But when a person thinks about the food all the time, counts calories or constantly struggling with the temptation to eat a piece of chocolate, it’s not life, it’s a torture.
I am sure that the diet will not benefit if you suffer from it. It’s not diet – its hysteria.You lose weight in hysteria and after you gain weight in hysteria. If you have a three-day diet on rice, then on the fourth day you will eat almost everything. And will begin to blame yourself again.
You need to realise that the food is to satisfy our individual need. It’s communication. It’s set of instructions that you give your body to accomplish amazing things. Even cooler, our thought, feelings, and environment can affect these processes. If we smell a tasty meal, have a positive or negative thought about food (or anything else), are happy and relaxed or worried and rushing… it affects nutrient processing. If during a walk with your friend you’ll be even happier eating ice cream – it’s better to eat it, without thinking how it will affect your shape. When your diet consists mainly of fresh organic foods, small deviations in favour of tiny pleasures will not bring you harm. Of course it cannot happen regularly for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days per week. Furthermore, you can cook at home so many healthy desserts that will bring you joy without remorse.
Even more dangerous obsession with losing weight can become fanatical adherence to veganism, vegetarianism, raw food diet, etc. Each of these areas can make you feel better, but it should not be your religion. Taking one of those systems as dogma people often start to attack others. They see themselves as gurus, although just afew months ago they were eating as everyone else. When they examine your plate, you can see in their eyes pity and disdain.
Remember, every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body. Our attitude towards others and to ourselves is always more important that any diet. Whatever we eat, we should always be sensitive to tastes, habits and desires of those around us. Don’t judge others for their choice to eat meat or eggs or sweets. If you expect others to respect your choice not to eat something, likewise consider their choice to eat whatever they want.
And what about you? Do you follow any diet?
Written By: Olga Loucka, blogger and nutritionist – www.goodfoodclinic.com