007: Rethink Your Food: Part 1
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If you tend to skip a meal, attempted to practice intermittent fasting as a daily habit, not practice good nutrition habits, want to just eat better but not sure how or just need a little more inspiration. This podcast is for you. My goal is to provide you with information to make life happier and healthier. I am on a mission to help women (coach women) combat years of conventional wisdom by way of coaching them through intermittent fasting and nutritional education.
Hi. Welcome. I’m Kay Dorelus, your host of the Good Girl Gone OMAD podcast, a go-to resource for people looking to learn more about their health and happiness through intermittent fasting in a world that constantly telling us to do more, be more and eat more.
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The most common question that I get as an intermittent faster, is how do I start? We’ve all seen success stories on people that live this lifestyle and we’ve seen people get stuck or maybe they didn’t get off the ground because they didn’t “start right”. Whether you are just getting started, fasting for 16 hours, 20 hours, maybe a full day, when you’re ready to eat, whenever that is… that’s the most important part. See! In a world that is constantly telling us to eat, all the time, every advertisement is about snacks and fast food, and grocery stores are packed with sugar rich food .. when your entire world revolves around food, the emphasis that the intermittent fasting community places on food is, “how are you going to overcome hunger?” We live in a world where our lifestyle is not normal and you have to take a little bit of pride in the time that you fast and not giving into eating all the damn time. However, once you’ve declare intermittent fasting as your lifestyle and you get over being hungry and the temptation of food, you entire into a new phase… so I’m really talking to you people that are at this stage now, or maybe you are new to IF and want to know what comes next, this is for you because when you decide to eat after 16, 20, 24, 48 hours… food all of sudden becomes more important. And while you can educate yourself on when not to, what to do while not eat… what to do when you do decide to eat is JUST as important. That window of time that you eat, what is it about food? So I want to talk to you today about food.
What is food?
Seems like a simple questions and the answer should be simply like… “food if fuel”. That is what we’ve been hearing for a while now, right? But is it really? What I want to challenge you with today is to rethink everything, even down to the very definition of food as you know it today. So is food fuel? Yes, but not really. I know that sounds like a cop-out answer but hear me. Food has energy, it has calories, so in that way it is fuel but it is not only calories. It’s much more than just calories. It is the equivalent of that India Are? song “I am not my hair.” I have hair but I am so much more than that one truism. Does that help? So what is food?
Food is micronutrients, phytochemical, fiber, water, molecules, calories. All of which play an important role beyond calories.
Our bodies are made to be smart without us. I mean, can you imagine if we were consciously in control of staying alive, having to remember to breath, to tell our heart to beat, focus our bodies on digestion… functions that happen without us being actively involved just happen and it is by design. Our bodies are built to survive, period! But our bodies are on a path of destruction without a proper diet and without vitamins and minerals in our diet. For example, vitamin C, D, K, magnesium, potassium… are critical to weightloss and we need them to thrive. We typically get these nutrients from a plant based diet. Our body is so intermolecularly connected, that we do ourselves a disservice when the only thing we take into consideration about our food is calories. Come on! Let’s be real, we don’t know food. I mean really, really know food. Now we can identify food: steak, peas, carrots, chicken, potatoes… but we don’t know food. There’s a difference. Let me explain.
We’ve spent so much time and energy measuring food, counting calories and all the mathematical applications that you could possibly do with food that we’ve overcomplicated our way to oversimplify food’s effect on us. Let me say that again, we’ve been trying to figure this thing out that we’ve overcomplicated a lot of things, so much so that we’ve oversimplified the process. Some of us don’t even realize that food has an effect on us. We just think that food fills us up. The impact of food and its function is not just to fill your belly, curb your hunger and help you either lose weight or gain weight… no!
A lot of us have heard that food is fuel but your body is not a car. I know we’ve heard this many times but let me just get you to think differently about yourself. So let’s imagine… well we don’t have to imagine too hard. We’ve all been to the gas pump… most of us have. When you fill up your gas tank with your credit card, that tank will tell you how far you can drive. On a full tank, I think my car goes 430 miles. Let me be honest with y’all, I don’t really know, I just fill up and when the light comes on, I make my way to the gas station, don’t judge me. When your tank is empty, that’s when your drive is over. When you have no more gas in your tank, you’re not going anywhere… better call AAA! Your body is not the same thing. (Ok, can I get a little class participation, raise your hand… How many of you can remember a time when you haven’t eaten a lot but you are full of energy. Great! Now, raise your hand HIGH if you’ve ever eaten way too much, or “filled your tank” to the max and you can’t move at all? All you want to do is lay down and take a nap. Your eye lids are heavy, you can’t focus, you’re sluggish. That was me last night! But a car wouldn’t do that on a full tank of gas. So this proves that these two vessels are not the same, they can’t even be powered the same. These two don’t equal each other and I wish people would stop using this “your body is like a car” analogy. Now I do agree that 93 premium is better fuel than 87 but let’s save that for another day. But you see how you have to start thinking differently about who you are to change who you are. You are not a car! Stop thinking of yourself a car. You’re much more special that some sort of man-made car.
Let’s dive deeper into these well-known phrases that we hear everyday. Here’s one, you are not what you eat! I know… the shock, the horror. This is another one we’ve been hearing about for a long time now and its not entirely true.
Have you ever considered what is means to be human? I think about this crazy stuff and yes you, collectively are one human, living and breathing but you are just a make up of systems and there are living microbiome inside of you that help with digestion and absorption. So you aren’t eating to live necessarily, you are eating to feed the thingies living inside you. And not everything we eat, we absorb. So instead of thinking that you are eating to fill your tank, try eating to feed your microbiome.
Our bodies are incredible, complicated systems. It’s home to millions of bacteria. So if you have 1 stomach but a million living bacteria, what do you think you are really feeding when you eat… your empty tank… or something else?
Yeah, I’m thinking it’s something else. Food is actually suppose to tell your body what to do, not really how to feel. The problem today is that we’ve disregarded this important fact about food and we consume food with our senses. You know.. like our eyes, nose and mouth. All of that is good but FOOD is the information your body needs to get to work. When we eat, we send messages to the body to tell it what to do and what not to do.
It’s orderly chaos. Every food decision we make, or don’t make, is sending a message to your body. Think about what message your food choices are sending. Ask yourself, do you like the messages that you are creating?
So not only does food say a lot about who we are; our relationship with food signals what’s important to you. Your relationship with food might be that you are a foodie, maybe you’re a drive-through regular, maybe you only shop at your local farmers market, are you a global eater, you eat large family meals only, you’re a processed food avoider, maybe a restaurant connoisseur.
It’s good to be aware of what your outlook on food is and the relationship that you have with it. The great thing is that no matter where you fall on the spectrum of food consumption, your food has a story to tell you too.
Your food connects you to the world. Its the only part of the world that we take into our bodies, think about that for a second. Before it ends up on our plate, most of our food has quite an experience before it gets to us right! Unfortunately, over the past decade or so the production of our food is in a crisis. If you’re not eating based on a “farm to table” diet most likely your food is a “from production to chemicals to farm to factory to packaging to transportation to sales model to table” diet. How crazy is that?! This issue that is in front of us today isn’t truly a good food vs. bad for it’s natural food vs. processed food.
So let’s talk about our food as information!
In our world, we have to stay woke because marketing rules! For example, an avocado right now is very trendy. It is our new go-to “healthy fat”. That seems to be the extent of our knowledge of an avocado, eat it… because it’s a healthy fat… 21 grams of healthy fat. But there is more to the story than just it is “more healthy of a fat than a donut” we need… no, matter of fact, we should demand more information about our foods than just numbers. An avocado is a super food, which means when you eat it you are super human. It’s fiber, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, Potassium, Vitamin C and K, and magnesium. Which means it helps to stabilize your blood sugar, there’s oleic acid that improves your cardiovascular system and the folic acid helps control homocysteine levels. What are those? It’s an amino acid and amino acids are the building blocks of protein. But too much protein in your body elevates the levels of homocysteine in your blood. I know protein is trending right now… even when I go out to eat and order a salad now-a-days, they ask me “what protein would you like with that?” What? What protein? You mean meat? You mean chicken, beef, salmon?… like why aren’t we calling our food what it is. Let’s not desensitize ourselves from the origin of our food. I don’t wanna eat protein, I wanna eat chicken. I don’t want to eat protein, I want to eat steak. But that’s another topic I want to talk to you all about at a later date.
So! Back to too much protein! too much protein without metabolic breakdown is the cause of dietary deficiency in vitamin B6 and folic acid… like found in an avocado. So what this essentially means is that you can’t get homocysteine from your diet, it has to be made and vitamin B6 and B12 and folic acid are needed to make it. Why is this important? Because you have to maintain levels of homocysteine. Because cysteine is involved in the way proteins are folded and maintain shape in the cell. There is a strong link between homocysteine levels and heart disease, that avocado is helping you by providing you with folic acid to stabilize the homocysteine so you don’t mess around and get a heart attack! This is important!
You’re probably like wow, I just threw a lot of stuff at you… you may be wondering is it necessary but let me ask you if preventing heart disease is important to you. Number one leading cause of death in the US, we tend to think it’s hereditary but we have food on this earth that is either helping us to prevent it or causing us get it at a faster rate… I think this is the most important thing I heard all day!!! But we are so complacent with this limiting information that an “avocado is 21 g of fat and 234 calories” vs. eat an avocado to increase your longevity because you are going to prevent heart disease for the reasons we just talked about!
I’m only using an avocado as an example. You can take this approach to learn more about the foods you eat.
Let’s just start to demand more information about our food. Think of your body not like a car but more like a library, with shelves and aisles and section filled with books and articles of information written by the most creative and brilliant minds! When you eat you are filling your body with the information it needs to function at it’s highest potential. That’s your body! Go fill it with something that’s going to make you brilliant too!
That’s all I have for you today! Listen Good Girl Gone Omad listeners, I went out on total faith with this topic because I know I talk about intermittent fasting A LOT but whether you practice it or not, I have to help the people of this world think differently about everything we’ve learned including those people who fast. I’m a believer that not eating food is great but eating for information is so powerful. Let me know how you like this episode and how you plan on using your food as information today!
I love y’all.
Let me close by saying that this month is Life Insurance month and I want to make sure you are aware and informed. See at GGGO we talk about intermittent fasting, living a great life and if you heard my previous you know that intermittent fasting has anti-aging benefits… which means we are going to be living longer and healthier. We should have proper coverage for ourselves, not because this is the most sexiest topics to discuss but because we love others more. If you’ve never considered life insurance, which I might start calling it love insurance OR if it’s been a while since you reviewed what you have. Send me a message. I want to start the conversation with you.