Back in the olden days we had a connection to the food we ate. We knew where it came from. Just about everything we bought was in season and minimally processed. We recognized and understood the ingredients on the label, if there even was a label. Go look in your refrigerator right now. Without looking at the sticker or label, can you say where any of it comes from? Was it was grown locally (in-season by definition)? How was it produced/harvested? How much processing did it have to undergo? Can you identify and define all the ingredients on the label?
Nowadays, these questions are very hard for most of us to answer. This is bad news for our food buying decision making process. But there's good news: your local farmers market is a great way to re-establish that connection so you can make healthier choices! I had quite an interesting time when I visited one of my local farmers markets....
Picture 22 year old me. Just out of college, first job, living on my own, and exercising like a demon. I would take an intense step aerobics class (remember that?) then leave completely ravenous. I'd make myself a huge dinner or order Chinese and proceed to devour the whole thing in front of the TV. Then I was shocked to discover I gained weight!
But what about people who start exercising as a way to lose weight? Though they try to be cognizant of their movement and nutrition, weight loss is often elusive. Either they slowly gain weight, remain constant or lose much less than they expected.
Researchers have always agreed that most people compensate for the calories used while exercising by:
However, the exact method of compensation (overeating or undermoving) was unknown until now. A new study of the habits of previously inactive people beginning an exercise regimen aimed at getting a handle on just that.
You meticulously count calories, diligently tracking everything that goes into your mouth. Of course you've figured out exactly how many calories you need each day to lose weight. You have a sports watch to track how many you burn. Everything goes onto a spreadsheet or an app like My Fitness Pal.
If you don't lose weight you double down. You start restricting things. Perhaps working out more. But the scale won't move. Or maybe you lose some weight but gain it back (like most people).
As you get more and more frustrated with yourself (and wondering why you're so moody and tired) you rack your brain to figure out what's going on. Well, I have a theory. It's the calorie itself and you should stop counting them.
Cook your greens? GASP! Conventional wisdom told us those nutrients will leach out, so you must eat your greens raw! However, a few years ago I heard that wilting my greens with a little heat will release certain vitamins and minerals that would otherwise remain trapped in the raw leaf. But what about poor maligned kale here? Cooking tempers the bitterness so off-putting to some, and offers many possible flavor enhancements - how else to get those picky eaters to at least get some nutrients? So what is the best way?
You don't have to be an Olympic body builder or train like one to get stronger, move better, be healthier, and feel and look great.
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