Today many Americans are considered overweight or obese. There are many reasons that lead to this but the most important one is that many Americans are consuming 3,700 + calories per day!!! With a stat like that, we start to look at what the typical American is consuming. We enjoy eating foods that make us feel good which, create dopamine in our brains, the pleasure addiction. Unfortunately, those foods are usually high in sugar (i.e. soda and desserts) or high in fat foods (i.e., French fries and pizza). This is where things get bad because without key nutrients like potassium, calcium, and most vitamins and minerals we develop health problems, including high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
So, what is the alternative? To stay healthy, we have to start making smart choices and getting more bang for our buck. We must choose nutrient dense clean foods, such as:
- Vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts, spinach, and cauliflower.
- Healthy fats, like coconut oil, almonds, and sunflower seeds, which can help lower coronary diseases and give anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Healthy proteins including, grass fed beef, eggs, chicken breast, wild caught salmon, and shrimp. The benefits of these foods are increased muscle, hormone production, and cellular repair.
- Healthy Carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, brown rice, strawberries, and black beans which give us sustainable healthy energy that we need to get through our busy lives.
All these nutrient dense foods can still be considered unhealthy if they are not eaten in the proper amounts. That is where a macronutrient balanced diet or a balanced protein, fat, and carb diet is key to living a healthy sustainable life. When macronutrients are eaten properly our bodies are not deprived, they are fueled to work for us and not against us, to have plenty of energy, lower stress, mental clarity and lose weight all at the same time. This is a lifestyle that takes take to learn so that is why we run a monthly macro challenge. our next challenge starts in September so reach out to us on Facebook for details! Then you can leave the days of eating for pleasure and start eating to nourish your body.
Lisa Dickson and Josh Boettner