You are what you eat…
What do we really mean by the sometimes annoying phrase… ‘You are what you eat’?
It is the notion that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food. Nutrients in our food are essential for growth, development and maintenance. If certain elements are missing, our body will decline.
You literally are what you eat!
In which case, in theory, I should look like a piece of carrot cake and bottle of Sauvignon Blanc – that needs to stop! I can feel the middle-aged spread fast approaching.
The history of eating – warriors, Vikings and a tiger’s penis…
History reveals that warriors ate the brains of their enemies to gain wisdom, Vikings drank the blood of bears and wolves to make them more ferocious and in China, men would eat tiger penis to help with erectile dysfunction.
Times have moved on and now a large percentage of the population eat junk food for a boost, for convenience, for speed and not for health. A large majority of people are addicted to carbs and the rush of dopamine they get each time they eat a chocolate bar or pack of biscuits. Me!
Processed food appeals to the taste buds but compromises nutrition…
Processed foods high in carbs, sugar and other toxins can be terribly addictive. That addiction can lead to a multitude of problems – arthritis, diabetes, obesity, cancer, hormone problems and bad teeth. Each ailment can be influenced by nutrition and processing food removes nutrients. Nourishing yourself helps enhance your physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual state. This is turn helps relationships with family and friends and to stay focused with your work.
Your body is a temple, so worship it!
It’s logical that in most cases if you eat a lot of crappy food you won’t feel that great, but if you eat good food you will feel healthier. Your precious ‘temple’ is made up of a brain, skin, bones, organs, cells, muscles, ligaments, tendons, water and veins and as we age, 300 billion cells in our body die every day.
How can we replace those cells?
The food that we eat is fuel for our bodies and it helps to replace lost cells. If we eat and drink toxins all the time our bodies won’t work efficiently. We need to give them the good stuff – water, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
In short, what we eat is central to our health.
Why do we need fat in our diet?
Dietary fats are essential for energy and cell growth. Fat protects your organs and helps to insulate the body. Fat is needed to help absorb some nutrients and produce hormones. Obtaining fats from plants and fish are better for you than saturated fats found in food such as red meats.
Thankfully I’m not a fan of red meat and the thought of being forced to eat a steak fills me with dread!
Do you love a nice piece of steak? Read this…
Find out more about different fats…
Do we really need sugar in our diet?
Your body does need some carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar in your body. Sugar is essential for your body to create energy to survive. Cells in your body use sugar from starches, fruits, and sugars you eat for fuel or store in your body. I confess, my name is Rachel and I am addicted to sugar! Are you like me? Read this article, it might help..
Why should we eat fruit and vegetables?
Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium. Fruit and vegetables can be an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of certain cancers.
I love ‘end of week’ roasted vegetables. I throw all the vegetables that are left in my fridge into a baking tray, toss them in oil and leave them to roast – even spring onions and cucumber!
Is 5 a day enough? Read more here…
Eat your 5 a day!
Is it ok to have alcohol in our diet?
Alcohol can have a place in a healthy diet, the odd glass can help you relax and red wine is a good source of antioxidants. Alcoholic beverages don’t contain any vital nutrients. This is why they are often called “empty calories.”
**If you drink a bottle of red wine, it doesn’t mean you are getting a really good detox!
Are you worried about the amount of alcohol you drink? Have a read of this…
Why do people eat gluten-free food?
Gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. Some people are allergic to wheat, but that is not the same as a gluten allergy. People with certain symptoms might need to be tested for celiac disease, but few people with gluten intolerance have celiac disease. I try so hard not to eat bread but I do love a piece of French bread and a lump of brie! (With a glass of red!)
Does bread make you bloat?
How does eating food affect your teeth?
The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled drinks, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay.
Shh, don’t tell anyone… I lie to my dentist about flossing!
Have a read of this…
Do you take care of your teeth and gums?
How can we help our digestive systems?
Eating a whole-foods diet high in fibre, healthy fat and nutrients is the first step toward good digestion. Bad habits that may affect your digestion such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and late-night eating.
I eat late at night. I need to curb that I think – oh gosh, having written this article I’ve realised I need a body MOT.
How can your eating pattern affect your weight?
Eating six small meals a day can boost your metabolism. Meal frequency certainly can affect your weight loss or weight gain efforts. Through maintaining consistent energy levels you are more prone to move more which will reward your weight loss efforts with a calorie-burning boost.
I never weigh myself… I don’t want to know! I’m in denial.
Find out more about a healthy weight…
How can diet affect mental health?
What we eat may affect our mental health and wellbeing. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients may be associated with feelings of wellbeing. Foods, like complex carbohydrates, that contain soluble fibre can slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream and increase serotonin, the “feel good” chemical, both of which decrease mood swings.
Reading this might help your mental health…
Are you depressed about your weight?
Why should we drink more water?
Water is essential for the kidneys to function. If the kidneys do not function properly, waste products and excess fluid can build up inside the body. Water helps dissolve minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body. It also helps remove waste products and is great for the skin.
Read more about water…
I am sitting with my water bottle next to me as I type.
Why do we need vitamins, minerals and fibre?
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help strengthen bones, heal wounds, and boost your immune system. They also convert food into energy and help repair cells. Dietary fibre is important for our digestive health and regular bowel movements. Fibre can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels and can assist in preventing some diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer.
Piles can be so painful so do try to stay regular!
Find out more about fibre in your diet…
Is caffeine bad for us?
If you overdose on tea or coffee it can increase existing anxiety—even cause anxiety in those who don’t normally experience it. Caffeine acts a stimulant, it triggers the adrenal gland to excrete more stress hormones like adrenaline.
Here’s a very interesting article about caffeine…
Why do we need a balanced diet?
A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance.
Read more… Live well, eat well!
What eating disorders are there?
Anorexia (or anorexia nervosa) is a serious mental illness where people are of low weight due to limiting their energy intake. Some people with anorexia may experience cycles of bingeing. People who have bulimia go through periods where they eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time and then make themselves sick to try to stop themselves from gaining weight.
Find out more about eating disorders…
How many calories should you be eating?
An average woman needs to eat about 2000 and an average man needs 2500 calories.
Read more about calories…
Are frozen vegetables good for you?
Fortunately for those who rely on convenient bags from the freezer aisle, studies suggest frozen veggies have just as many nutrients (if not more) as their fresh counterparts.
Try this recipe…
A healthy hearty vegetable soup.
Are you concerned about your weight? Find out more about how to diet…
Low carb, the 5:2 diet, detox, cabbage soup… there’s no shortage of novelty diet programmes promising to help you lose weight fast. The big question is, do they work? Most do lead to fast – sometimes dramatic – weight loss, but only for the pounds to creep back on again at the end of the diet.
So, in conclusion, you really are what you eat.
Have you got any healthy recipes that you would like to share with us? Drop us a line…
** The content on this site should not be used as medical advice, we are giving our readers information and insights. If you are concerned about your health or need medical advice please see your doctor. If you are struggling with any issues please talk to someone – don’t suffer in silence. **