Yes my friends... the weekend is almost here! Time to unwind and indulge. Trust me, I do it too. Work hard, play hard!
I have mentioned that I take Plexus supplements and how they help balance my body. Now I'm not saying that you can eat and drink all you want and take supplements to counteract your binging. We all know that doesn't work. What I am saying is that Plexus is a tool that helps us make the right choices.
Instead of eating a whole slice of pie or bowl of ice cream, we can happily say "No thank you" or take just a bite and not feel at all deprived. We can enjoy a cocktail or two and know that a powerful probiotic will be working to make sure our micro-biome is in balance.
Plexus works to help regulate your blood sugar, reduce inflammation and improve your gut health. Your cravings will decrease, you will have more energy and your body will be able to handle any little indulgences you do partake in more efficiently. Contact me if you want to know more about how Plexus keeps you healthy from the inside out.
Until recently, fat has been stigmatized in the food industry as unhealthy and containing no nutritional value. Why? It turns out that in the 1960's the sugar industry paid for research to cover up the strong connection between sugar and heart disease. The research also blamed fat as the main cause of heart disease and other health issues. These studies essentially allowed the sugar industry to market high fat food as unhealthy. So how do you make fat free food palatable? You add sugar. Lots of it. See the connection? We know that fat isn't all that bad for you, but is it good for you? That is where it gets a little more complicated.
Fat you should eat
Your body needs fat as it's main source of energy. It is essential for major functions like protecting your nerves, allowing your body to absorb nutrients, and promoting muscle and brain development. As with almost anything you eat, the less processed it is, the better. The same goes with fat. The best fats come from nuts, seeds and plants like avocados. Other essential fat sources are polyunsaturated fats like vegetable oils and Omega-3 fatty acid. Fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel are main sources of Omega-3, but you can also obtain them from flax seeds, walnuts and supplementation. Omega-3 in particular has major benefits that include brain, heart and lung development and providing anti inflammatory properties.
Fat you should skip
While you do not need to limit unsaturated fats, you should use caution when consuming trans fat or "trans fatty acids". This type of fat can contribute to insulin resistance, cause inflammation and is linked to increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These types of food include packaged snacks, microwave popcorn, fried foods, and some margarine brands.
To ensure you get good fat in your diet, choose and prepare meals that are based on vegetables, whole grains, and fish. Limit your consumption of sugary high fat food like pastries and baked goods as well as processed packaged snacks and fried items.
Sources: Harvard Health Publications - Harvard Medical School
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