So enough already, right? It’s great knowing that we should avoid all these crazy diet plans, but now what? You are probably wondering, if I can’t follow the diets Ellie wrote about, then how am I supposed to eat?
To answer that, I’m starting a new series on sensible daily eating plans. Not only what one should eat but why they should. That’s actually an easy question to answer. We should eat like the well-run machine God created us to be. Are you ready and willing to follow God’s Will?
“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.” (Psalm 119:73)
God created us with physiological engines. You wouldn’t expect a car to run efficiently without gasoline or oil, nor a refrigerator without electricity, so our body needs to generate the right energy as well.
Think of a train’s steam engine. As long as the engineer continues to stoke the engine with coal or wood, the train contentedly moves along. If he falls asleep on the job however, and fails to do so, the engine begins to run out of steam and slows to a stop. Same with us. If we fail to eat regularly, we’ll also run out of steam.
In the morning we’ve been without food for 6-8 hours. If we fail to eat, our brain will determine we are ill and will slow our metabolism so it can disperse those calories when necessary. It can’t comprehend we would want to starve on purpose. It’s protecting us. Therefore, eating mini-meals throughout the day, will naturally allow us to think, move and operate effectively.
Start with breakfast:
Quick energy is what we need each morning so we can wake up our brain, which runs almost exclusively on glucose, a sugar. That means carbohydrates which enter our blood stream in about 15 minutes – but carbs only last for about 2-3 hours at a time.
Have you noticed that if you have a sugary donut, your body is energized but then crashes quickly? You probably get hungry, spacy and perhaps jittery within an hour or two. If you don’t want to crash mentally or physically, consume any high fiber complex carbohydrate such as Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat, Kashi or Raisin Bran (with 1% milk) for quick energy but fiber for sustaining energy. Fiber allows insulin to be released more slowly into your system, thus you won’t get that jittery feeling in an hour.
And I’d much rather see someone add a little real sugar (at 16 calories per teaspoon) than spoon any chemically created artificial sugar into their coffee or tea. Why consume unnatural processed food with absolutely no nutritional value? You’ll become a walking chemistry experiment, ready to erupt with cancer or illnesses when processed chemicals collide!
You’ll need to sustain that energy with a little (2-3 ounces) quality protein which lasts about 4-5 hours in your system. Low-fat, good-quality yogurt with a serving of fruit and sprinkled with milled flaxseed or low-fat ham, Canadian bacon, eggs, 1% milk is wonderful. Even bagels, toast, Buckwheat pancakes or waffles are fine in moderation. But go easy on the syrup or add fresh fruit instead. Add a little peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese spread on your bagel for sustained energy.
Finally, we need to keep our machine well-oiled by consuming good quality fats like real butter, milled flaxseed, coconut or almond milk. (Fat remains 5-7 hours.) Consume a banana, apple with cheese or graham cracker with peanut butter as a mid-morning snack.
It’s all about balance, not lack of willpower! By eating sensibly, the weight will drop naturally. You’ll never starve yourself into natural health and health is always more important than weight loss!