This is Healthy Eating, Part 1

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
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    For the Love of Food

    I have to admit that I once got a certain satisfaction from scarfing down foods that wished to do me harm. Fried chicken, a big sloppy double-cheeseburger filled with bad intentions, mounds of ice cream that rival ski slopes. The memory of those tastes are still attractive even years after successful gastric bypass surgery and satisfactory weight maintenance. But fried chicken is poultry’s equivalent of Valentino - it has seductive powers. Strange comparisons aside, healthy eating requires a degree of discipline but the dividends are worth it.

    Why Eat Healthy?

    Healthy eating reduces the risk for illnesses that are caused by being overweight or obese. 

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    Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women. Coronary heat disease presents when fatty substances build up in arteries from a diet low in fruit and vegetables and high in saturated fats.

    An insufficient can also lead to certain types of cancer including prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Fruits and vegetables once again play an important role in prevention.

    Eating low-fat dairy products and lean meats will decrease consumption of saturated fats that contribute to hypertension. Using high amounts of salt will promote hypertension.

    Eat 3 Meals Per Day

    The American standard for meals is three per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You are almost without question aware of that but perhaps do not know why three meals per day is the recommendation. Furthermore, you may be in the habit of skipping meals.

    Meals that are scheduled throughout the day give your body the energy and nutrients it needs to keep you focused and minimize irritability. It also helps with digesting and absorbing those foods that maintain blood sugar levels. 

    Breakfast replaces the energy used while asleep. It is a meal people often miss, depriving themselves of essential nutrients and causing lethargy and tiredness. People who eat breakfast are also less likely to be overweight.

    The energy that was collected at breakfast will be near depletion by midday, and refueling will be necessary. The majority of energy is burned between breakfast and dinner, and lunch provides a halftime charge.

    Dinner preps us for the fast of sleep and provides the body with the nutrients it needs to repair while we sleep.

    Many people believe that skipping meals will help to lose weight, but the fact is that most people who skip meals gravitate toward foods that are high in calories, fats, and sugars.

    Snack Between Meals

    Small, healthy snacks between meals help to prevent overeating at your next meal. Only snack if you are hungry. 

    An apple with almond butter or a green smoothie are good choices as are raw vegetables. Perhaps try some tomato soup or a small green salad with a dressing of extra virgin olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon.

    There is of course more to eating healthy then I have outlined to this point, so please continue to part 2 of this article.

    Living life well-fed,

    My Bariatric Life


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Published On: May 09, 2013