It is so important that we minimize the amount of highly processed foods we are consuming, as the foods we ingest have such an immense impact on our bodies.
The foods we eat can determine whether we play into, reverse or fight disease, aging and hormonal issues.
In the simplest form: Your body is made up of cells; proteins and fats. Carbohydrates are fuel for these cells.
In order to function optimally, we need to fuel our bodies with macronutrients: proteins, fats and carbohydrates (along with fibre and water).
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. You need micronutrients: vitamins and minerals, to encourage hormonal balance, balance blood sugar, boost energy, neutralize free radicals and to promote proper digestion.
People are always so quick to blame genetics for their health issues.
While genetics will always play a role, what about epigenetics? This refers to your gene expression being determined on the environment you put them in.
I often hear people in the fitness industry try to justify that “there are no good foods, and there are no bad foods”. The only way that statement is correct, is because those “bad foods” aren’t even real food.
An artificial fat is not the same as a natural fat. The fat from highly processed potato chips cannot be compared to fat from an avocado. The mimicry of highly processed artificial fats fit into the receptor sites where natural fats should be going, which starts to activate genetic expression for problems (not to mention damage to our guts, where over 70% of our immune system is located).
There is not one specific diet that works for everyone, but I will always recommend eating more whole food based options.