Why I DON’T believe in Low-Carb Diets.

Low carb diets are STILL SO popular, why?!! Because they result in quick, semi-easy weight loss that is noticeable. This is all true, but what is really going on in the body when we restrict our carbohydrate intake and overly allow our protein consumption? Most people don’t really care, they just want the weight loss, but is it worth what it’s doing to your body? Is it worth gaining all the weight back once you go back to eating normally again? Here is why I DON’T and NEVER will believe in low-car diets:

The weight you lose is water weight and you can literally breakdown your muscles!!!

Eating HIGH protein and LOW carbohydrates forces our bodies into a starvation mode because most of our tissues, including the brain, prefer to use glucose for fuel. This is supplied by carbohydrates. When we deprive the body of this type of fuel, it has to go elsewhere for that energy.

When there isn’t enough carbohydrates to convert into energy, the body is forced to used stored energy found in the muscles and liver. This creates the breakdown of muscles tissue.

Muscle is mostly water, so as you break this down for energy, you will lose weight FAST in a short period of time, but you’re losing muscle! Sure, you’ll look skinner, but you haven’t lost fat, just muscle! We work so hard to keep muscle, to build muscle, and to tone muscle, yet you’ll break it down like that when you deprive your body of carbohydrates! Crazy right?!! I agree.

It can be DANGEROUS!

If you do this type of diet for a long period of time, the brain will eventually run on fat stores for fuel. This is what you want right? WRONG! This is called ketosis and is dangerous and unpleasant.

Ketosis can cause irritability, headaches, and can make the kidneys work much harder. It can also cause heart palpitations and other heart issues.

You aren’t getting the nutrients you need.

When you cut way back on carbohydrates you restrict plant-based foods which are full of nutrients and other preventive phytochemicals and antioxidants (protect against cancer and other diseases). k

Good Luck Keeping the Weight Off when You Go Back To Eating Normally Again!

Another thing about these diets is they are unrealistic and won’t last lifelong. Because of this, when you start eating carbohydrates again, you will start seeing the pounds return + more than before! Yo-Yo dieting or losing/gaining, losing/gaining is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your body! There is no consistency and the body is constantly having to work to get back to where you take it to.

What it really comes down to and ALWAYS comes down to is when you restrict something healthy and eat TOO much of something healthy (in moderation) you are missing out on balance and nutrients that are needful, hence why they are here on earth in the first place! You will lose if you cut things out.

Think balance and moderation in ALL things and remember that slow and steady wins the race when it comes to your diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle.

A couple of things to watch out for when it comes to knowing if a diet is good or not:

1. Does it promise a quick fix?

2. Does the diet require you to restrict or eliminate a healthy (in moderation) food?

3. Does the diet go against what is known to be healthy (in moderation)?

If you answer YES to any of these, you should re-think that diet and look back to balance and moderation in all things.

*Parts of my information for this article was found on http://www.webmd.com

 

To Cleanse or not to Cleanse, that is the question…

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Cleanses! They’re everywhere! They promise weight loss, detoxification, and other health benefits. There are lots of different ones, but they all require you only juice, or hardly intake any calories while drinking lemon water with cayenne pepper and maple syrup..yuck.

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When I was 19 years old, I did the Master Cleanse Diet or Lemonade Diet with my best friend, Ouida. This cleanse requires 10 days of no food! Not only do you drink this awful lemon water mix with maple syrup and cayenne pepper, but you also drink laxative tea both day and night. What?? How is that healthy?

Let me explain how the body works when it comes to digestion. When we eat a whole piece of food like a piece of fruit or slice of bread the sensors on the tongue trigger the pancreas to secrete insulin into the stomach. The food then starts to  turn into usable glucose or energy. Because the whole fruit and bread have fiber and other nutrients in them, it takes the stomach longer to break it down. This is good. What happens is glucose is slowly let out into the blood stream releasing energy slowly and steadily. During the whole digestion process, the body is continually receiving small amounts of energy to help keep the energy and sugar levels nice and steady.

Now, let me explain how the body works when you drink a juice. Juice is a processed form of fruit and vegetables. It is already a liquid right? So, when it enters the stomach, the body starts to digest it and realizes it has skipped a huge step and it starts to freak out in a way. It screams to the pancreas that it needs more insulin for glucose. Now, since the breakdown/digestion step was done for the body, energy is almost instantly released into the blood stream. The person who drank the juice will feel an instant energy surge and high. The problem? This energy is very short-lived. Within 30 minutes of the juice being drunk, energy levels are going to go dooooooowwwnnnn.

Why does this happen? Well, because the breakdown/digestion process was done, the body asked for too much insulin and because the juice was changed to glucose too easily, the stomach now has too much insulin causing the blood sugar level to drop too low. So, what do you do? Drink more juice of course! What happens then? Yup, you guessed it. The blood sugar spikes too high and then again, drops too low. This pattern of too high and too low is very hard on the pancreas and can eventually cause damage.

Now, what if you drink juice with food, does this make a difference? YES. Why? Although the juice is releasing quick energy, the body is still busy breaking down the whole foods and slowly releasing this energy, so while the blood sugar may drop from juice alone, it won’t with the whole food balancing it out.

What did we learn?
Eat your food, don’t drink it.
Eat foods high in fiber and other nutrients.
Don’t drink sugars alone, but instead pair them with whole foods.

If you follow me on Instagram @healthyyouhappyyou then you know that March is National Nutrition Month and that I’m posting daily nutritional tips every day. Today is Try A New Healthy Recipe.

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Instructions:

•Cook 2 large chicken breasts in the crock pot with 2 T. of olive oil for 3.5-4 hours on high.
•Boil 8 cups of water and add 2 cups of lentils to it; turn down and simmer for 20 minutes.
•Sauté 3/4 sweet onion and 6 large cloves of garlic with salt, pepper, & thyme. Add 2 large handfuls of kale and let wilt; about 10 minutes.
• When the chicken is done, add that and the lentils to the sautéed mixture. Let simmer 5 more minutes, drizzle soy sauce over the top and serve. YUM!

Healthy, Easy, Inexpensive