We live in a “get it fast” world where everything is running at such a fast pace that if it’s not ready right now, it’s too late. It may be true that the only place we are used to waiting is the doctor’s office and the gas pump; everything else is unexpected and unpleasant.
What used to be a family tradition of sitting down to the table for a meal is becoming an endangered species. What happens many times is that we drive through to get our meal or we call it in and they run it out to your car and hand it to you.
Upon arrival home with “convenient” food in brown bags, the family lands on the bags like a gang of locust, grab what they ordered and scatter to different corners of the house. No conversation and no communication not to mention diminished nutrition.
We hear so many things about nutrition that it can be confusing. The FDA changes the guidelines from time to time to add to that confusion. Labels confuse the general public, complicating things further.
What is the most important factor of our nutrition? There are so many things we read about like counting calories and burning calories and fat, the latest findings that we are drowning in Salt and ingredients are in our food that we would never expect. The nutrition labels are hard to read so we stick to the large print that can be deceiving because it is usually there for marketing purposes.
There are four factors when we consider nutrition:
*Quantity of food or portion size
*Quality of food, fresh, local organic
*Timing of meals
*Type of food or what to eat
The most important of these four factors is the timing of meals surprisingly enough. Many people would say that the quantity is a factor with obesity and diabetes but that is only partially true. epigenetics
When we are hungry, that is the optimum time to eat a meal. Because our body is prepared in special ways to receive the nutrition being delivered to it with secretions in our mouth and acids in our stomach.
It is actually harmful for our bodies to skip a meal. This causes undue stress at a cellular level, that stress triggers the production of hormones that make the body hold onto what ever you eat instead of burning it for energy. This is the main reason for belly fat in the overly stressed person.
Our body is looking for a schedule just like nature. Most flowers wait until spring to bloom because that is their schedule. When we program our bodies to eat at a certain time it will hold true to this schedule. The one time food is not available at the appointed time a person will feel like they will starve. That is because the body has found a schedule and that is what it expects.