Trying to get that summer body, but having no luck? Do you feel sluggish after eating certain foods? Would you like to feel better all the time? Maybe it’s time to change your diet. Cutting out a few foods can make a world of difference not only in your appearance but more importantly in your health.
Sugars and Starch
Firstly, junk foods must go or at least consumed in moderation. Snack cakes, muffins, and most junk food are high in sugar and starch. Sugar displaces the nutritious dense foods in your diet. It also adds unneeded calories to your diet. Similarly, starches are considered empty calories. Eating too many of these types of foods can lead to obesity. Moreover, refined or processed foods are digested quickly into sugars that are then absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to a rise in blood sugar that quickly subsides.
The consumption of oils, such as corn and canola, have created a higher intake of added fats. Oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are necessary for human health, but the body cannot manage large amounts at a time. Using healthier fats like coconut oil, butter, extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil can help reduce the intake of these necessary acids.
Everyone loves French fries, and though I hate to say this, they are not healthy for us. French fries are high in calories and contain large amounts of acrylamides – carcinogenic substances that form when potatoes are fried, baked or roasted. The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a “major concern” and that more research is needed to determine the risk of dietary acrylamide exposure. (Find more information here)
Lastly, consuming processed meats have a higher risk of detrimental diseases, such as colon cancer and heart disease. Sausages, hot dogs, salami, bacon, ham, salted and cured meat, corned beef all fall under the umbrella of processed meat. The studies on processed meat consumption in humans are all observational in nature. Although this cannot prove that processed meat is the cause to these diseases, the evidence and links between the consumption of these meats and disease is strong and consistent.
Did you know that the number one cause of death in America is heart disease? One of the contributing factors in heart disease is obesity. That’s why adopting a healthy diet is so crucial; it ultimately can save your life. Because a nutritious diet is important, many health insurance companies have adopted health and wellness programs. So when you’re shopping for health insurance, be sure to take advantage of any discounts offered by your plan. Look for savings fitness clubs memberships, nutrition counseling, weight loss programs, smoking cessation resources, etc.
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