By Caty Millburg
Many of you may be asking yourselves, “What can I do to eat healthier?”. There are so many different resources available out there and it seems like they are all saying something different, so who is right? It can be hard to filter through the information, but referring to several sources including your doctor, your local nutrition expert, and articles printed in esteemed journals ( which can be found on the internet as well) such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition or the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Here are a few tips when searching for ways to incorporate healthy eating into your daily routine.
The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly and severely certain foods can increase your blood sugar. This is especially important to be conscious of because when our blood sugar is continually being spiked, our bodies react in several different ways. The first is what is often referred to as a sugar rush when we feel a high level of energy and then eventually we end up feeling tired, which unfortunately can start the cycle all over again. When we continually do this to our bodies over an extended period of time, we can cause our bodies to become less insulin sensitive and our bodies cannot accurately take in the sugar for use in energy production. A decrease of insulin sensitivity can also occur when we have excess fat storage. The key to the glycemic index is choosing foods that are considered low on the glycemic index most of the time. These foods are also often considered complex carbohydrates.
Portion sizes are probably one of the leading causes for weight gain in America. The average portion size given at restaurants and such has more than tripled since the 1950’s, and unfortunately, so has the American waistline. With the average number of times families in East Texas are eating out, it should come to no surprise that their idea of a healthy portion is skewed. The United States Department of Agriculture has recently released MyPlate which is targeted at teaching American’s healthier eating habits. More information can be found at www.myplate.gov.
Lack of exercise and movement can only worsen the problem. There are many recent programs designed at getting people motivated to get active. Michelle Obama and the NFL both have programs that specifically target getting children to play actively for at least 60 minutes daily.
The key to a healthy lifestyle is finding something that you can incorporate for the whole family. Here at BalanceDiet we offer a wealth of knowledge designed around getting you and your family healthier and in better shape. It has never been more important to get our families excited about health.