The past few days I have been educating myself by watching many food documentaries. I have watched Vegucate (which is very pro vegan), Forks Over Knives (which promotes eating a more plant based diet over meat), King Corn (which talks about the amount of corn in our diet today), and Fat Head (I am mid-way through this video, but it makes it a point that we are in charge of our own food choices).
At this point I am not sure what is the best and most healthy method to get all my nutrition. Honestly, it seems that everyone has their own opinion with facts to back it up. When basically all the facts boil down to eating a balanced and whole foods diet. We need to stop drinking our calories and start eating them with yummy fruits and vegetables.
One of my goals for 2013 is to limit (if not eliminate) my sugar intake. The biggest goal for that is to quit drinking soda. For me, there is something about that yummy bubbly goodness that I just crave. While watching the documentary, Fat Head, one of the commentaries mentioned that soda is liquid candy. I was shocked… but totally agreed. There is so much sugar (and calories) in a glass of pop it is insane! No wonder many Americans (myself included) love their pop!
Did you know that if you drink one soda a day your changes for getting diabetes are double that of someone who only drinks a can of soda every once and a while!? That statistic is nuts! It makes me want to put away the pop permanently… especially since I have a family history of diabetes.
When we drink our calories (see the image above) our body isn’t able to signal our brain alerting us that we are full. We essentially drink ourselves fat through all the beverages we consume each day. This was a total wake up call for me!
I am sharing this with you today, because I learned something new! I hope you did too. And, if you see me running on the treadmill while heavily engrossed in my Netflix food documentary, who knows… it may be the topic of another blog post!
If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you have heard me share that I have been doing a lot of research with many different types of diets. Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, and more are the types I am researching! I have even checked out sites that talk about the metabolic effect of how hormones effect the way our body processes food. Amazing stuff for this science lover.
Basically what I am leaning towards is that I need to focus on not drinking my calories, maintain a whole foods approach to my nutrition (the closer to the earth the better), and listen to my body’s hunger cues. No two bodies and people are alike. What works for me might not work for you.
Now to break the habit of soda. Not that I drink it often or in mass quantities… it is just the fact that I drink it. Some days more than others, and I ultimately am drinking my calories for the day. Those liquid calories go unnoticed and unmarked in my food log… but are recorded by my body and my hips.