Food For Thought

We all get sick, we all have some health issues (none of us are perfect hate to break it to ya! ) I mean let’s be real I refer to myself as the unhealthiest healthy person there is! (RA, new digestive issues, Hypothyroidism to name a few) WIth that said, do you pay attention to what you eat and how it correlates to how you feel? No I am not talking about counting calories and macros so to speak but more so the actual FOOD.

 

Let’s backtrack a little bit, our ancestors how did they eat? They ate stuff that came from the ground, stuff that their bodies were MEANT to eat. Meaning their bodies used the food as fuel. It did not store excess “fake” food it could not use or get confused and cause inflammation and other troubles when processed stuff and additives were ingested.

 

Think on it —– Our bodies are machines —- nutrition is a MAJOR KEY to fitness, weight loss and HEALTH overall. They use certain foods as fuel, certain things defend infection and actually help prevent inflammation. Processed foods CAN CAUSE infection, inflammation, head aches, digestive issues (inflammation) etc. Granted our bodies HAVE evolved since our ancestors but not so much to make them function properly with fake stuff. I mean were not “fake” right?

 

Maybe you agree and you are one of those who have changed their diets, their lifestyles yet still have health problems, immune system issues, maybe something as severe as cancer…. There may not be a direct answer as to why, but many studies do lead to our early years, possibly even when we were in the womb. I for one definitely did not grow up eating grilled chicken and veggies and fish and asparagus every night. My childhood makes me honestly think of one thing—– Dairy Queen Blizzards…. They were my absolute favorite thing, and loaded with probably 96% unhealthy stuff! Now I am not saying that Blizzards caused my health issues today or that no one should ever have one. But a more than once a week thing (true story) definitely didn’t help! And that is just a glimpse to my growing up nutrition habits. Back to the point though —–

 

Sugar and Fatty foods signal our opioid response which stimulates the release of the feel good hormone dopamine. These foods make us feel good (before you crash from the sugar high) just like actual opioid drugs do. That is why you may hear people saying sugar can be and is just as addictive as cocaine. The more you eat of these things, the more your body will naturally crave them which leads to overeating and in turn weight gain. So many of our foods today are loaded with things that will trigger this response, and sadly most food manufacturing companies are well aware and sometimes are behind paying for research that will favor their products to downplay the real problems to consumers. Again these foods (being processed with additives) trigger the wrong things in our bodies leading to inflammation, possible illness, etc!

 

Pregnancy and Food — Another potential big influencer —- When a pregnant mother eats, the fetus is getting the nutrients from that food to help grow, if they’re eating large amounts of processed foods with additives, possibly taking medications or other human derived substances…. Would it be so out of reach to say that something could not stem from that? Tests have been done to show how not everything is left in the womb, some things are indeed embedded in the fetus for their lifetime. “Mothers who eat a lot of junk food while pregnant in a way set up their child to be possibly addicted to high fat, high sugar diets when they are weaned” University of Adelaide .

 

Now NO I am not saying go blame your mom, just a few years ago we had NO idea what we do now as far as food and processed food go, the after effects and long term effects certain additives can have. I am writing this to get you aware, if you have a child, if you want to one day, you can do what is best for not only your health but your child’s as well. Now eating a bad meal here and there is not going to necessarily hurt your immune system but start now and try to practice balance. READ NUTRITION LABELS. There are plenty of healthy options now that don’t taste like cardboard. You can get creative with spices, you can order healthier options when out to eat most of the time.

 

Its your life, your priorities just remember to choose wisely.

 

If you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant and would like help with nutrition, this book is great!      What to Eat When You are Pregnant 

If you would like help with training contact myself or Brady at http://www.Cybfitlab.com for Pre and Post Natal Fitness Help!

Candice@Cybfitlab.com

Brady@Cybfitlab.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming clean….. Eating disorders and Food…. From me

In todays world the media puts so much emphasis on the latest “diet trends” or “fads”, the new workouts celebrities are doing, etc. While some of these are bad, some are not terrible and can work. You hear about those who have food addictions, those whose eating patterns have caused them to gain a substantial amount of weight. There is not as much focus on another type of food addiction, or lack there of, meaning those who are addicted to NOT eating enough, who let NOT eating control them, or even binging and purging. My guess is there is not as much focus because it is NOT pretty, an ugly side to “skinny”. In my opinion a whole lot uglier than those who are overweight just trying to lose. Reality is that both are JUST as dangerous. Obesity and NOT eating can BOTH kill you.

I personally think it is hard for a lot of women to admit they have an issue with food either way (and men for that matter). Why do I feel this way? Well for starters I used to be one of them, and it took me a while to even acknowledge that I was suffering from one of these diseases.

If you follow me at all/ really know me you probably know about my diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthritis in college, and how I used that dark time as motivation and inspiration to hopefully help others. As well as lead me to the career I have now. Truth is there is an even darker time in my life that came before that most people (even some very close to me) do not know about…. For years I have all but blocked it from my brain as if it never happened because it hurts me to think back. Why? I am not completely sure but imagine because I am so much of a different person now than I was then. More often than not now I think the big man upstairs forces us to bring those pains back into our lives full surface, not for hurt but to use for good in some way. I am pretty confident God has been forcing me to face this for a while now so I have finally chosen to do so.

A little history ……

I graduated high school in 2004, was in a good relationship, seemed happy, was a typical teenager. I had always wanted to go The University of Alabama but decided to stay in state and go to Kennesaw….. for a guy (bad choice #1). I wasn’t fat by any means, but I was definitely thick, ate like crap, drank all the time and food meant nothing really to me. Growing up I can remember my mom getting me Dairy Queen Blizzards almost daily (and I still love those btw 😉 ). In 2005 I had surgery on my tonsils and was unable to eat solid food for a while, this caused me to drop weight which I had never really done before. My boyfriend made me feel like it was a good thing SO I figured I was continue to try to lose. I had a job I worked at part time while in school that allowed me to be on the internet a lot. I researched and found information on how if you restricted calories you would really lose weight. So I started counting, I wouldn’t eat over 1000 a day, and weight was falling off! I thought it was great….

I would only eat 100 calorie things most of the time, you can read how I feel about those more here . Long story short those things are filled with absolutely no nutrients a lot of sugar and just plain crap, so only eating 1000 calories a day of basically junk my body was depleted of all nutrients…bad. This continued for a while and I eventually started restricting myself more. Eating fewer and fewer calories. Although I never literally starved myself completely, I let food and calories consume me. If I were to eat 1 calorie over how ever many I was aiming for that day it would eat (no pun intended) me up inside.

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By 2006 I had gotten down to about 100 lbs (I am 5’8 btw (not ok)). I was also planning on transferring to the University of Alabama in the fall. I was still in the relationship but was miserable. Not necessarily because of him either, but because of me. I can remember the look on my moms face when she looked at me, she and other family members would say things but I just brushed them off. I can remember if I was to sit for a while and go to stand up I would see stars, but didn’t think anything of it. After all skinny was what every girl wanted right?

My mom was persistent for a while about me getting help. I finally went against my will but the information I was given changed me somehow. I really do not remember what was told to me unfortunately but I do remember I committed myself to change, and slowly but surely I did. One thing I remember I had to do was drink those nasty old people drinks like Boost or Ensure multiple times a day…. not exactly the protein shakes I like today ha. I also was not allowed to count calories AT ALL. If I was seen adding anything up I would get in trouble.

Luckily for me this worked. It did NOT happen overnight and when I started at Alabama I still had issues with watching what I ate, but thankfully (and this is the ONLY time I would say this) I drank a lot of beer which led to me eating bad late at night…. which led to weight gain. I would say by the time I was diagnosed with RA I was back to a healthy weight.

As a result of everything I screwed my metabolism and thyroid causing me to have hypothyroidism. My metabolism slowed down so much from lack of food when it did try to process what I ate it didn’t process it effectively. Thankfully that was it though and it can be corrected with medicine everyday (but not exactly fun).

Bottom line

We all have vices, no one is perfect. Everyone has gone through some sort of dark time in their life and if you haven’t you probably will…. but I personally think it is how you choose to deal with them that matters. Use them to inspire or help others by learning from your mistakes. It may have taken me about 10 years to open up about this particular time for me, but I have to say that I am extremely lucky to have only suffered for about a year or so with it. I never fully admitted it was anorexia until recently. Regardless I truly believe it helped form me into who I am today. I have come a LONG way and LOVE food now. I seriously do not know how I ever restricted myself in that way. I pride myself in how much I eat now ha…. I have learned to fuel my body with the right foods and how to work with others teaching them the same.

Treat your body right, you deserve it, it deserves it, and you will live a much more fulfilled life. 🙂

If you or anyone you know may be experiencing or going through an eating disorder, don’t hesitate, work with them to get help. It really could be the difference in life and death.

http://www.eatingdisorders.cc