MYTH: START YOUR DAY WITH CARBS
Have you ever had a bowl of cereal or oatmeal for breakfast and felt hungry less than an hour later? Other than the extreme hunger, constant cravings, and low energy that eating carbs creates, it also leads to a rise in blood sugar, which stimulates the release of your fat storing hormone, insulin.
Also, cortisol levels are at their peak in the morning which helps you naturally wake up. And, its presence in the morning helps regulate blood sugar and facilitate fat loss. However, if you elevate your insulin levels in the morning, by eating carbs, then you blunt your natural cortisol response, increase insulin, and upset your natural hormonal cycles. Not good!
Health tip from a professional: Start your day with at least 30 grams of protein along with some fiber and healthy fats (eg- 3 eggs with spinach sautéed in coconut oil & an avocado or some nuts/seeds). Save your healthy carbs (root veggies, sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa) for 3pm or after when your body is naturally craving them for energy later in the day….still not too much though or your blood sugar will still waver. Each person is different as far as how many carbs, protein and fat they need, but lower (healthy) carb works for more people than not to maintain energy, mood and sleep.
MYTH: Red Meat is Bad For You
Let’s talk about these studies for a moment. What was the QUALITY of the meat? Commercial beef is loaded with antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and other toxins, which poison the body. What else was in the diet of these meat eaters? Refined carbs, soda, alcohol, HFCS??? Nowhere in these studies do they talk about the overall diet. Grass-fed beef contains zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin A- just to name a few. If you eat a grass-fed steak and the other half of your plate is loaded with a fresh garden salad and some steamed broccoli, then guess what? That’s a healthy, balanced meal!!! It’s not the red meat that will kill you. It’s what’s IN the red meat and what you eat WITH the red meat. Boom!
MYTH: Ditch the Yolk and Eat the Whites
Eat egg whites and skip the yolk to cut calories and reduce cholesterol- WRONG! For one thing, we need cholesterol! Many older folks on cholesterol-lowering meds get depression because we need cholesterol for healthy brain functioning. If our bodies don’t get it from the diet, it will actually make it! Smart bods right?! The egg yolk is the MOST NUTRITIOUS part of the egg!! Not to mention egg whites are highly allergenic, especially for babies under 1. The yolk of an egg is loaded with nutrients like zinc, iron, vitamins A, B and D, riboflavin, calcium, iron, phosphorous, lutein (a phytochemical that researchers say is good for the eyes), choline (needed for brain development) and cholesterol. An egg yolk a day keeps the doctor away. High cholesterol is NOT from egg yolk people. High cholesterol is mainly from a high carbohydrate diet mixed with damaged fats (processed foods: soy, canola, sunflower, etc. that has been oxidized through high heat).
There you have my 3 myth busting facts for the day 🙂