Eevee’s resident fitness trainer, Samuel Cranny-Evans sets out to banish some surprising food myths…
Whoever you are, no matter your age or physical condition diet is important. On a literal, physical level, your body replenishes and repairs its cells with the food you eat. You are what you eat. With that in mind, if your body’s cells are technically completely renewed every four years, what would happen to your cells if you ate nothing but junk food for four years? I’m sure you can figure the rest out; your liver would be made of fizzy drinks, your eyes made of burgers and your skin from chips. This isn’t literally the outcome but it is essentially what will happen to your body and its systems.
So what do you do? How can you avoid overloading your system with junk? Well, my first tip for you may come as something of a shock: limit your portions of fruit to two a day – either 2 apples, 2 oranges, 4 plums, etc. You DON”T need 5 fruits a day. In fact, 5 fruits a day would equal something like 100 grams of fructose or sugar. That’s more sugar than you should eat in three days! It can lead to weight gain, hormonal imbalances and even mood swings! Instead aim for 3-4 100 gram portions of leafy green, or brightly coloured veg every day. Things like peppers, courgettes and spinach will serve you far better than apples and pears.
Now the next piece of advice will be equally difficult to swallow: saturated fats are good for you. Ideally, you should aim to consume about 15-20 grams per day. Good sources include full fat milk, butter and organic cheeses. Now I’m sure that right now you might be thinking that I don’t really know what I’m talking about, however, let me reassure you with a few facts; your brain is about 40% saturated fat, and we all know that this organ is quite important. Your nerves (also quite important) are coated in something called a myelin sheath, which is – yep, you guessed it – made of saturated fat. And finally, vitamins A, D, E and K – which are vital for keeping you alive – can only be digested when there are healthy saturated fats in your diet. So R.I.P low fat milk and cheese, and good morning full fat butter and cream.
Now, if you have accepted the above you will probably be thinking “what should I eat now that healthy things aren’t healthy anymore?” Luckily for you, there are a few simple rules to follow:
1) Avoid any foods which are or have been processed by man.
2) Eat more protein – fish, chicken and beef – or anything that comes from an animal and is more or less in its original form.
Make sure you wash all of this down with 2 litres of life giving water every day. (Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water to help reduce any toxic stress on your liver).
3) Finally, look out for hydrogenated fats.
Also avoid trans fats and vegetable oils and any foods containing these products.
So to recap: eat more leafy veg, more protein, and more saturated fats, avoid processed foods and trans fats, and finally, the most important guideline – do your research. Type in “human carcinogens” in to Google and avoid the chemicals which come up, find out about macro and micro nutrients, and stay tuned in to Eevee Life for further details on how to create the strongest and healthiest version of you!
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