Let's talk about sugar.
Who here has seen the documentary "Fed Up" on Netflix? I decided to watch it one day on a whim, and it really ended up being 2 hours of scare tactics about the downfall of human genetics because of sugar.
I honestly haven't stopped talking about this documentary in like a week days.
Basically, "Fed Up" is a documentary by Katie Couric about how sugar has replaced fats, carbs, and proteins in our food as a way to make it "low calorie" or "low fat." Since sugar is highly addictive (literally same brain stimulation as cocaine), generations on generations of Americans have been conditioned to be addicted to sugar, even in foods we think are "healthy."
We've been taught throughout our lives that a calorie is a calorie, and if you want to lose weight, just eat less and exercise more. This is technically very wrong! In the documentary, there's an example of 150 calories of almonds versus 150 calories of french fries. The impact on your body and digestive system is completely different if you're eating almonds versus french fries, even though they're technically the same amount of calories. Major companies and the government have teamed up as a way to fight obesity in America, but unfortunately use the philosophy "a calorie is a calorie" to dictate the way they deal with the nutritional value of most food. So, to appease consumers, they're say that a product is "low calorie" or "low fat," when in reality they're reducing the calories/fat but increasing the sugar content.
I'm not saying I'm a health expert in any way, shape, or form but this documentary has got me really riled up.
It's also got me hyper-obsessive about checking the sugar content of the foods I eat. Obviously fruit is a different subject, because they're composed of natural sugars, but things like yogurt, granola, and Lara bars are pumped with crazy amounts of sugar.
It's really sad because you don't really notice these things and they just sneak up on you!
I've been feeling a bit blah about my body lately so I've wanted some new season inspiration to get me back into the swing of things. I'm still doing my Kayla Itsines workouts (love them omg) and have actually taken a "before" picture to compare with my "after" pics in a few months. My major issue is diet because I really do like exercising, but I like pasta more. Thank God for "Fed Up" because I've been extremely conscious of what I'm putting into my body since watching it!
Lol like for the past seven days, but still.
OBVIOUSLY I'm going to slip up and have cheat meals but in general, this is the plan I've come up with based on what I've been reading online about daily nutritional needs.
- Come up with a better going out drink. Guys my go-to drink is a Tequila Sunrise. For those of you who need to be enlightened and try this delicious silent killer of a drink, it's tequila, grenadine, and orange juice. AKA all sugar, literally ALL the sugar. So, need to fix this. Suggestions are welcome. I don't like vodka, gin, whiskey. Really don't like club soda or tonic water.
- Keep grams of sugar to 12 and under per meal, unless it includes fruit. Check those labels!
- Eat dried fruit in moderation. Dried cranberries are one of my favorite things on earth, but unfortunately they're just a super concentrated dose of fruit sugar, and don't really offer much besides that.
- Besides my Friday night bar night, only drink water! I've been really good about this lately. Soda is so bad for you, and diet soda is just as bad, so it's better to just cleanse your system with water and avoid all the gross stuff. I've also given up Crystal Light (sob) because of the sugar and chemicals.
Sidenote: I'm realizing how obnoxious this post sounds and just know that I'll probably eat chocolate cake from Magnolia Bakery like tomorrow.
- Limit dairy and gluten. My body feels like 100% better when I'm not eating a lot of cheese and bread. I've taken the cheese out of my daily salad (something I thought I could never do!) and I only eat Ezekiel or gluten free bread at home. Pasta is an issue considering I eat so much Italian food with my friends but a girl's gotta treat herself sometimes.
- Load up on fruits, vegetables and proteins! This isn't hard. People act like eating healthy is the hardest thing ever and it's really not.
- Pay more attention to the nutritional value of a food, rather than the calories. This is a really important one for me! Since I've been counting calories for the good part of 8 years (that's depressing), I've gotten really wrapped up in placing a lot of importance on the amount of calories that I'm eating. Obviously it's still important, but like I mentioned above. It's better to have 150 calories of almonds than 100 calories of some processed "low-calorie/fat" food!
- Get off the scale. There's this fitspo picture that was in the press recently about this fitness blogger who does the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and it's literally the best example of how your weight really means nothing. There's a picture of the blogger at her starting weight, her goal weight (twenty pounds lighter), and then after putting on muscle (adding twenty pounds back but of straight muscle). Muscle weighs more than fat, remember that!!
Thanks Katie Couric (go Tri Delt) for creating a monster!
Have y'all seen "Fed Up"? Is anyone doing a new workout routine and diet for fall? Let me know! I could honestly talk about this stuff for days!