We’ve all heard terms like “speed up or increase your metabolism” and we know that it is the process of providing energy to our cells, powering all of the thoughts, movements and actions that we make in our daily lives.
Your Nutritional Choices Will Increase or Decrease Metabolism
Feed your body right and it will respond in a good way; don’t and it will respond in a sad and negative way. Nutritious healthy foods that fuel your body in a good way while helping it run smoothly will provide you with many exciting rewards. By eating right, many people report looking and feeling better as well as fat loss.
Feed your body badly with frequent junk foods and your body will continuously struggle to extract nutrients from this “junk” food. This fight leads to battling the negative response occurring from this lack of nutrients. Inflammation, low energy and weight gain just to name a few.
Certainly, you might get a little energy boost when you eat junk foods but it’s typically short-lived and it comes at a great cost to the health of your body. When you eat more nutritiously, you’ll find yourself enjoying longer lasting energy, feeling and looking better, an increase in metabolism and your body weight stabilizing at a healthy level.
Foods Known to Boost Metabolism:
- High fiber foods like most fruits, all vegetables, whole grains and nuts are some good easy foods to set your focus on. Start to slowly replace some of the unhealthy foods you eat with more veggies, fruits, grains and nuts and you’ll be heading in the right direction.
- Lean protein foods and quality protein supplements are especially good at revving up your metabolism. Be sure to include fish in your diet or be sure to pick a good Omega-3 fatty acid supplement which helps in the reduction of inflammation.
- Green tea is great because it’s full of anti-oxidants, a small bit of naturally occurring caffeine and those all important catechins. Studies have shown it to increase the metabolism and even reduce risks of certain cancers.
Get Your Blood Sugar Levels Steady
Your blood sugar levels are tremendously impacted by the food you eat. You’ve probably witnessed this when putting a sugary drink in your mouth and felt it digesting quickly and felt the surge of energy in your body within a minute. This is because high glycemic foods are digested very quickly and cause a spike in your blood sugar levels.
An occasional spike in your blood sugar for a healthy person is not a big problem. Your body can handle that. The big problem is that this modern day junk food diet many of us eat causes our blood sugar to spike up many times on each and every day that we eat this nutrient deficient junk food.
The trap we get caught up in is that when you eat this crap food, blood sugar spikes. When it falls again, as it always will, and you’re feeling exhausted and hungry for another fix of quick energy, you’ll reach for the same poison over and over again.
Each and every time you eat or drink a sugar laced or starch riddled snack, your causing blood sugar spikes and you need to stop doing this. It’s an endless cycle that you can all too easily get caught up in. These up and down sugar spikes are hard and even damaging to your body when repeated so frequently.
Not only will you be un-necessarily eating more food and calories than your body needs, you’ll be storing the excess as fat and wearing out your body’s ability to maintain healthy insulin levels. The outcome of eating crappy food most days of your life is not pretty.
Some may argue that an apple has sugar in it so what makes that better than sugary treat? It’s because the sugar in the apple or fruit digests differently in your body. Plus, you’re actually putting valuable nutrients in you body, both of which will give you a more sustained and even energy flow without massive spikes in your blood sugar levels.
There are many, many more, but here are some to the top offenders to avoid when you want to gain control over your blood sugar spikes.
Food Choices to Avoid:
- Sugary drinks and juices
- White bread and buns
- French fries
- One minute type rice
- Quick oats
- White potatoes
- Pasta, Specifically White Pasta
- Most Commercial Cereals
- Donuts, Honey Buns, Cakes…
You get the idea.
Those are some of the foods you really want, I mean need, to avoid as much as possible. So, what can you have? You probably already know the answer; not from what you just read, but what you and your body cells already know is true… Fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts and whole grains.
Here’s a short list of some low glycemic foods that can help stabilize blood sugar:
- Sea Vegetables
- Green Beans
- Summer Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Rolled or Steel Cut Oats
- Nuts and Seeds
- Beans and Lentils
You can add in dairy, eggs and soy to the list of low glycemic options if you have no allergic problems with these foods as even a small allergic reaction can trigger inflammation in the body.
If you already read “What is Good Nutrition?” and the last article “Lose Weight with a Good Nutrition Plan” then you have a pretty good understanding of how important good quality nutrition is to your weight, health, happiness, energy level – your entire life.