Extreme Makeover: Day 16
The food we eat can be broken down into three major categories: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. By focusing on the right food categories at the right time of the day, you will see some incredible changes starting in your body.
Carbohydrates were designed to be broken down into sugar and used for power by the body. Therefore, carbohydrate intake should occur only in direct proportion to how much energy you put out. In the morning, or before or directly after strenuous exercise, there is a higher need for carbohydrates. However, during periods of inactivity or just prior to sleeping, there is little need to consume carbohydrates, especially in mass quantities. This is due to the fact that high levels of blood sugar created by eating too many carbohydrates can cause pancreatic and glandular dysfunction. Furthermore, unused sugar power will be stored as fat, thus causing problems in the arteries, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other major health issues.
Proteins are found in all foods, but are found most abundantly in animal products. Although protein is a source of amino acids, it is not a good source of power. Most of the body’s tissues are actually made up of protein. Therefore, the amino acids present in protein foods are used for building, healing, and repairing these tissues. The process necessary to digest carbohydrates is different from the process used to digest proteins. As a result, ingesting large quantities of both at the same time will make it difficult for the body to break down and absorb either of them efficiently.
Fats provide insulation and protection for the organs of your body, help store and transport fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K), assist in mineral absorption, and cause fat mobilization. An additional benefit is that fats slow food absorption, which will allow for better blood sugar control, glandular activity, and weight loss. Be careful with fat. Too much fat, even good fat, will make you fat. By adding small amounts of fats and or small amounts of proteins to carbohydrate meals, you can help to create a more gradual carbohydrate digestion.
Action steps for today:
1. Write down what foods you ate today, and at what time in your diet diary.
2. Take the “Food by God List” and determine which food belongs in what category (i.e. potato = carbohydrate, chicken = protein)
3. This week, make a serious effort to follow this food guide: Morning: High carbohydrates, zero-low protein, low good fat. : Low-moderate carbohydrates, low-moderate protein, low-moderate good fat. Evening: Very low carbohydrates (vegetables and salads only), high protein, moderate-high good fat.
4. Continue the Addition Rule.
5. Continue the Replacement Rule.
6. Did you exercise this week?
7. Did you try morning time?