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Understanding Nutrition…huhhh?

on August 2, 2014

This may sound crazy coming from someone who actually studies Nutrition but I never could quite grasp the whole MACROnutrient vs. MICROnutrient concept…until now. If there’s anyone else like me that’s never wanted to admit that, well then, this post is for you (the light bulb is about to come on and it’s so simple, you’ll never admit you didn’t get it LOL)

Optimal health requires that protein, carbohydrates, fats (known as MACROnutrients: Nutrients required for our bodies in the highest amount), vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients (MICROnutrients: Essential dietary elements required in only small quantities) be supplied to the body in the right forms and in adequate and balanced amounts. The human body requires the three MACROnutrients (proteins, carbs, and fats)! Proteins supply energy, as well as provide the structural components necessary for growth and repair of tissue. Carbs and fats function to supply energy.
MICROnutrients (vitamins and minerals) are needed in minute quantities by the body, but are essential for normal growth, muscle response, health of the nervous system, digestion, production of hormones, and metabolism of nutrients. Vitamins often act as coenzymes and minerals constitute bones, teeth, soft tissue, muscles, blood and nerve cells. Vitamins and minerals can be supplied by a varied diet of whole fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, fish and animal by-products.

I’m sorry, but did you just have a V8 moment like I did? HaHaHa

Stick w/ me now, don’t go away…

Food is the foundation of a lifetime of health and wellness! But the real question regarding food is what constitutes a healthy diet? A lot of most of the time our foods have been compromised by big industry, this is where supplements can become essential. I try to eat right (at least 85-90% of the time) but I always take AdvoCare supplements to implement for those times (15-20%) I’m not always on track!

The modern diet consists of processed, additives, preservatives, sugars, etc (things we NEED to avoid!)…

Over the last 100+ years whole grains have been routinely processed removing most or all of the nutritional content (take wheat for example: no longer is it the “healthy” grain God intended it to be, agricultural business has made wheat a “storehouse” of sugar and “other ingredients”, it is a hybrid of so many different things; chemicals added to increase the crops, toxins added to keep the bugs away, preservatives added to make it last longer once harvested). The past 2 generations have grown up on highly processed fast foods, they’re convenient and cheap! Hello, McDonalds…$1 menu…need I say more?

Modern dietary intake has been:
*Increased sugar, refined grains and flours
*Pasturized, homogenized, skimmed dairy products from antibiotic and hormone-laden cows (THIS **my opinion only of course** is why our children are physically maturing at the age of 10 and appear to have adult figures by the time they reach middle school! If I weren’t trying to be discreet I would’ve said I blame said hormones for these 6th graders having bigger boobs than mine 😉 )
*Unhealthy fats (hydrogenated oils)
*Soft drinks
*Junk foods (no complex carbs, fiber, or essential vitamins and minerals)

In Genesis God tells us, “I have given you every herb bearing seed; every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; every green herb; every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; venison; goats..” and this is just to name a few

Our bodies require protein, carbohydrates AND fats!! You should not remove these from your diet!

Healthy proteins are made up of chains of amino acids (the building blocks of organs, muscles, nerves, enzymes and hormones). They combat bacteria and viruses trying to invade our bodies. Only animal proteins are complete protein sources (meat, eggs and dairy contain all 8 of the essential amino acids). Recommended animal proteins are properly raised beef, lamb, buffalo, venison and elk, and other clean red meats; fish with fins and scales; chicken, turkey and other poultry raised free range.

Carbohydrates provide energy needed to drive bodily chemical processes. Healthy carbs can come in the form of fruits and vegetables, raw honey and sprouted grains.

Fats are a necessary part of a healthy diet! Avoid “low-fat” and go w/ healthy fats! These healthy fats are building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters and a component of the myelin sheaths around our nerves making it possible for firing electrical messages that help us think, hear, see, feel and move. Did you realize your brain is 60% fat? Our brains need fat for connecting brain cells and making sure signals get through. Fats cushion our organs, they slow down food absorption, making you feel full longer and they’re needed to absorb and use vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Healthy fats can be found eating ocean caught fish (salmon or tuna), in cod-liver oil and omega-3 eggs. Also grass-fed, free range or organic meats have from 2-6 times more omega-3 than grain-fed meats.

Whole, nutrient-rich foods are key to healthy diet~
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I’m an AdvoCare’r, THM’r, Essential Oils user..having to remind myself to eat Clean but not obsess about food when I don’t. I’ve always been a “Live to Eat” kinda person and I’m trying learning to implement the “Eat to Live” mentality. If you eat 90% clean then don’t obsess over the 10% “treats” just keep in mind to SPACE it out, don’t have all your 10% “treats” at once 😉

I ain’t gonna lie, I AM NO EXPERT! I’m a learner in the process haha. Having completed my FNS Certification and still wanting to know more, I’ve started taking classes to become a Biblical Health Coach 🙂 Only through God’s grace have the changes in my health been made possible~

…stay tuned…

If you’re looking to supplement your clean eating w/ good supplements, consider using AdvoCare and feel free to contact me with questions or visit http://www.chellespark.com
If you’re interested in Essential Oils and don’t know where to start consider our Introductory to Essential Oils Kit

 

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of Essential Oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of essential oils, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

The information on this site is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

 

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