You're a busy person. You don't have time to waste on people who bring you down. Same goes for food.
DON'T WASTE YOUR BITES ON FOOD THAT'S GOING TO WEIGH YOU DOWN
Food that weighs you down is food that sends your blood sugar through the roof only to send you crashing down. For example: toast, croissants, all breakfast cereals, white rice, white pasta, noodles, potatoes, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol.
If your day looks like this:
- Breakfast: toast & coffee
- Lunch: sandwich & fruit
- Snack: muffin & cup of tea
- Dinner: spaghetti with tomato sauce
Your calorie count might be within the limitations but you are going to struggle to lose weight.
ALL CALORIES ARE NOT MADE EQUAL
A poached egg and salad breakfast is definitely higher in calories than toast and coffee. But there are many good reasons why it's on my weight loss programme:
- Eggs are high in B vitamins which help me cope with stress. Stress is a major reason for weight gain because it forces our pancreas to release insulin in response to cortisol & blood sugar spikes. Our liver then takes that sugar and any excess is stored as FAT - particularly around the abdomen. After 2 kids, I don't need to give my body any excuses to pack weight around there.
- The whole meal is low on the glycemic index score, which means - AGAIN - I'm not forcing my blood sugar to spike and my liver to store excess sugar as fat.
- It's full of fibre & water which helps me stay regular. Pooping regularly is absolutely crucial to weight loss.
- It keeps me full until lunchtime. And that's important because snacking can be lethal, unless you have a tupper of mixed veggie sticks waiting for you.
Toast and coffee is a really tasty, comforting combination. That's for sure! We've been conditioned to want it and see it a necessary start to our day. But they are empty calories that send your blood sugar spiking and your adrenals into stress.
We have learned to protect our emotions and mind by not hanging out with people who steal our energy and weigh us down. Why not do the same with our body?
Don't waste your bites.
Thrive Nutrition Practice launches in Spring 2016