With healthy cafes opening on every street corner and fast food chains cleaning up their menus, it’s now easier than ever to live a healthy lifestyle. Or is it?
Should only people with allergies eat gluten and dairy free products (or should we be doing that too?) Should we stop counting calories, make fat our friend and sugar the enemy? The mind boggles…
Thankfully we’re joined by Georgia Bellas, nutritionist at Fresh Fitness Food to help demystify the confusing and at times, contradictory jargon associated with ‘healthy’ living (whatever that really means)…
When we’re looking at nutritional information, what’s the order of importance between calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs and sugar?
Sugar and saturated fat are two key elements to keep in mind when choosing your meals. Often people think they are choosing the healthier option by going for the ‘low fat’ version, however these meals tend to be higher in sugar to replicate the flavour of the full-fat option.
High amounts of glucose in the bloodstream cause an increased release of insulin, which then moves this glucose out of the blood and stores it as fat. If the choice is between full fat / low sugar or low fat / high sugar, I would suggest opting for the full fat option.
Is the saying “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper” the right way to eat?
Eating a balanced meal at breakfast, lunch and dinner is preferable to provide you with enough energy throughout the day.
The tendency to snack on unhealthy foods or over-indulge at meals as a result of skipping breakfast is quite common, so even something small in the morning to kick off your day is better than nothing at all.
What happens to our bodies when we go for long periods without food, replacing it with coffee and sugar fixes?
Eating high sugar foods causes a spike in your insulin levels, which ultimately leads to fat storage. Simple carbohydrate foods that are high in sugar are metabolised quickly by our bodies, meaning that the onset of hunger is much quicker than if you were to have a meal high in protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Long periods without food can also force your body into starvation or survival mode, storing food as fat instead of utilising it as energy.
Should only people with allergies eat gluten and dairy free products, or should we be doing that too?
Unless you have an allergy or intolerance, there is no significant benefit to cutting out foods or food groups from your diet. Dairy foods are important sources of calcium, which is essential to maintaining bone health.
Those removing gluten from their diet without having ceoliac disease or suffering an intolerance tend to be attracted by the tendency to lose weight as they are essentially removing some of the main sources of starchy carbohydrates as well as the unhealthier cakes, pastries and biscuits from their diet.
However, the important thing to remember here is that these foods are high in calories, sugar and fat, which rather than gluten, are the components contributing to weight gain.
What’s the philosophy behind Fresh Fitness Food?
We are passionate about providing good nutrition to time-poor Londoners – whether you’re a corporate with demanding work hours, a mum of 3 running a busy household, or a performance athlete looking for nutritional support.
Our goal-specific, bespoke nutrition plans are designed to give precision, structure and consistency to your diet to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
This, coupled with a daily delivery of your personalised meals eliminates the time and hassle of shopping, preparing and cooking, giving you back crucial hours during the week.
All of our meals provide a balance of lean protein sources, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and seasonal, fresh vegetables, ensuring that we not only hit your macronutrient requirements, but also the crucial micronutrients you need to stay healthy and function at your best.
We also provide ongoing nutritional support to ensure that your plan adapts to your changing requirements and you continue to see results!