Over Fed BUT Undernourished

Obesity is a major public health problem and rates among adults in the UK have almost quadrupled in the last 25 years, with 62% of the UK population being overweight. And at the same time we are a society that are starving our cells of vital nutrients. Why?

Because we are eating more processed foods, and less whole foods.

Processed food are energy dense, yet nutrient poor. They have been mechanically altered.

When you eat white bread, white pasta, cakes or pastries, it causes your blood sugars to spike, then a few hours later they will come crashing down. One of the bodies key functions is to keep blood sugars within a tightly controlled range.
When you consume quick releasing sugar or foods that are converted into your sugar, your body release insulin to bring the levels back to normal. Insulin acts like the key to open the doors of the cells to store the sugar. If you have been abusing this system for a long time, our bodies become resistant to insulin, needing more and more of it to have the same effect. Evenutally the body will be resistant to insulin, and you will have high levels of sugar in the blood and insulin. This is known as type 2 diabetes.

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TIPS TO UNPROCESS YOUR DIET
  1. Start your day with a protein rich meal and some healthy natural fat. This will help keep you fuller for longer, stabalize your mood and curb cravings. My favourite are overnight oats with fresh berries, rye bread with poached eggs, or omelette with smoked salmon. 
  2. Always keep healthy snacks with you. This will prevent your blood sugars dropping to low and therefore increasing stress and cravings for sugar and junk food. Mine include nut butter, energy balls, trail mix and hard boiled eggs.
  3. Write a meal plan - this means that when you are tired and more likely to choose processed 'quick' energy foods you have something to fall back on. ( You can download a fre template from my resources section) 
  4. Remove all highly processed food from your house.
  5. Come up with five simple meals that you can make as a staple meal.
  6. Keep frozen veggies in the house at all time.
  7. Set up an online supermarket account.
  8. Add lots of herbs and spices, that will add new and exciting flavours to meals.
  9. Keep pre-prepped fruit and veg in the fridge or on the kitchen counter for when you need to snack.
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