Eating for good health requires eating a majority of high nutrient to calorie ratio foods, such as those listed in this food pyramid by Dr. Fuhrman. The good news is that you’ll find a variety of delicious foods on your journey to better health and a disease-resisting lifestyle.
We are a society obsessed with losing weight and dieting. In fact, we spent about $40 billion annually on weight loss programs, according to Rebecca Reinser of Business Week.
Restricting calories and using fad diets may work….temporarily. The problem is that your body resists, and any weight you may have lost is found again.
The problem is less how much we eat (although the super-size-it society is problematic) but what we are eating. The below graph shows what happens when we eat a typical carbohydrate based breakfast of cereal, toast and fruit. Our blood sugar is spiked resulting in a corresponding insulin spike. When our insulin levels rise, our bodies go into fat storage mode.
The increased insulin level results in a rapid decline in blood sugar so tiredness and hunger set in. We crave carbohydrates once again, overeat, and the cycle continues, leading to glycemic stress.
Glycemic stress has a negative effect on our whole body, causing an imbalance of our hormones, our brain chemistry, and our immune system. We lose insulin sensitivity, develop chronic inflammation and ultimately many of us end up with a chronic degenerative disease.
Healthy Lifestyle Solutions
Start by developing a few simple healthy habits. Never skip breakfast, and make sure it includes protein, complex carbohydrates and heart healthy fats. One easy option when you are not used to eating in the morning is to drink a USANA Nutrimeal shake in the morning.
Enjoy more fresh, nutrient-rich whole foods daily, including leafy greens, apples, broccoli, citrus fruits, and berries. Avoid processed foods and nutrient poor foods, such as sweetened breads and sodas.
Choose snacks such as olives, nuts, plain popcorn, hummus dip with cut up vegetables, yogurt, or string cheese.
Remove crackers, chips, pastries and sweetened drinks from your house. Make your environment safe from your cravings.
Consider a 5 day sugar-busting cleanse. USANA’s RESET program eliminates the carbohydrate cravings and allows you to focus on changing your eating habits while your body stabilizes blood sugar and begins to increase insulin sensitivity.*
The RESET is not a diet, but a jump start to a new healthy lifestyle. You can find this sugar-busting cleanse on my website at: www.robinthomas.usana.com
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