Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Food IS.....

Finish this statement: "FOOD IS _______?"
This phrase is most commonly used by people when they are referring to feeding your body. Food is fuel.. OR is it ? You might even get the analogy: your body is like a Ferrari and you need to give it "optimum" fuel for it to run properly. Funny thing about that statement is food has a lot more qualities to it than just "fueling" your body. Food has macronutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, and fats and food contains “energy” or “calories”. Or, perhaps most correctly, “chemical bonds that, when broken, are used to create ATP or energy. But food also includes micronutrients, phytochemicals, zoochemicals, water, and more.
Your body is a complex machine. There are so many intricate parts of the puzzle that science and years of learning your body you can figure out what your body needs. Think about the time when you tracked calories but at more than you should and lost weight. Or that time that you ate less and gained more? Your body has a way to regulate the food you eat and utilize it for what your body needs. All food isn’t created equal, and what we eat isn’t necessarily what we absorb.
This means that the fuel, or calorie, value of food outside the body isn’t necessarily the same as the value inside the body.The body will extract nutrients to keep you alive by any means necessary, often making tough compromises along the way.Much of our digestion and nutrient extraction is done by the trillions of microbial critters living in and on us. If you take the time to organize your bacterial environments, they can show your individual gut flora “microbiome”. By changing your microbiome, it then changes how you digest and absorb nutrients.
Food is information.When we eat, we’re really delivering messages. Do this.Don’t do this.Release this hormone.
Don’t release that one.Express this protein. Don’t express that one. We’re essentially sending instructions that supply the rest of the body with the process that it needs to perform.
Every food decision we make sends a message to our body.
Every food choice is an opportunity to direct, shape, and remake our health. Our body composition. Our performance. Our well-being.

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