Why are fruits and veggies better than high fattening foods?

This post is inspired by my Biology class that just started up. I have always hated the sciences and barely made it through each class. Now for my Elementary Ed degree I have to take a few of them. So I decided to have an open mind – and I actually learned something!

This question (blog post title) may seem obvious and to an extent it is. We all know the nutrients in fruits and veggies supersede those of high fattening foods (DUH!!) and that they have fewer calories. No brainer, I know. However the value of a calorie in fruits and veggies is worth a lot more than the value of a calorie in high fattening foods.

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I wanted a better way to explain to those trying to lose weight exactly what it means to gain fat – the real affect of the high fattening foods on our bodies. When my professor explained all of this to us in terms of energy, something clicked and it made so much sense to me! I will do my best to explain it a lot simpler than he did!

The foods we eat, healthy or not, are made up entirely of atoms and bonds. To keep this simple, lets think of the atoms as O and the bonds as . If you look at a fruit in terms of atoms it probably looks like:

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Therefore, our bodies can instantly break it down for energy to be used immediately. (Ever wonder why coaches tell athletes they can eat fruit in the middle of a game?) This is also why people on a vegetarian diet need to eat a little more regularly than others, because the energy they get from their foods is used up immediately causing them to be hungry sooner.

A food such as rice might look like this:

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Here, our bodies need to break down the bond before they can break down the atom for energy. Because there are 2 atoms(or more), there is more energy but it takes longer for the body to break it down. (This is why athletes eat meals high in carbohydrates the night before a game or race).

Both structures (or my attempt at structures) are both very simple. Both are also foods (or foods similar) that are low in calorie and fat. They give our bodies good energy.

Now check out the structure of a triglyceride, or a food high in fat. I had to find one, because drawing one using a keyboard would have been impossible:

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See how many bonds that have to be broken before our bodies can even start breaking down the atoms for energy? Beyond that, the amount of energy created is more than we use up doing daily activities.

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So unless we workout or use up that excess energy it is stored in our bodies as fat. And we will probably eat ANOTHER meal, with more energy to break down, in the amount of time it takes to break down this energy.

Now, the bond above that I created for the rice might be a little bigger, just as the high fat structure might be a little smaller. However, I hope you can see the complexity of the high fattening food as opposed to the rice or the fruit.

For me, it made so much sense. I hope it did the same for you! I wanted to explain it without scientific jargon so ANYONE can understand. It is easier to grasp these concepts without having to look up every other word!

Like or comment if YOU learned something from this post 🙂

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30-DAY VEGETARIAN CHALLENGE!!!

Over the last couple of months I have done a lot of reading about the health benefits of a Vegetarian diet. For clarification purposes, a vegetarian is someone who does not consume meat but may occasionally consume dairy and/or fish. Different people are comfortable with different levels of consumption of dairy and fish and it is a completely personal decision. A vegan, on the other hand does not consume any animal products whatsoever.

Check out this quick video on the benefits of a vegetarian diet!

 

 

I have been consuming a vegetarian diet since this past January (almost 7 months) and I feel absolutely fantastic! Not only has my energy level skyrocketed, but being a foodie by nature it allows me to eat a ton a food every day!

Many doctors, like the gentlemen in the video above, are huge advocates for a vegetarian diet for many reasons. Some even promote being a vegetarian during the day and eating a meal with meat at dinnertime. Even that is said to increase health! The problem with switching to a vegetarian diet is most people jump into it without doing the proper research. We do get some valuable protein and iron from animal meat. These are two important nutrients that people seem to lack when they go meatless. However, they are very easy to replace with the right foods! When I first went vegetarian I had to do boatloads of research to ensure I was consuming enough calories every day, getting enough protein (which is actually a lot easier than it seems), and especially getting enough iron!

BUT  I am here to make this process a whole lot easier! I am starting a 30-day VEGETARIAN CHALLENGE! With my help, and the help of Shakeology, I challenge you to experience the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

How does Shakeology help?

Shakeology offers a vegan option for two flavors of shakes; chocolate and tropical strawberry. They are dairy-free and soy-free! By purchasing and committing to Shakeology for one month, you are guaranteed at least one meal per day that is full of essential nutrients for a vegetarian. Shakeology also helps increase energy and aids in weight loss, if those are your goals as well.

How do I help?

Well, if this isn’t obvious already I will elaborate. I have DONE all the research and am living a much healthier vegetarian life! As your coach for this challenge I am here for support; nutrition tips, recipes, recipe ideas, along with all the encouragement needed to help you discover the benefits of eating vegetarian.

What do you need to do to join the challenge group?

  • Email me (cassimalec@beachbodycoach.com) or Facebook Message me (www.facebook.com/cassi.malec) to find out how to purchase Shakeology and join the private Facebook Group dedicated to this challenge.
  • Commit to eliminating meat for 30 days and drinking a Shakeology shake once per day.

Start Date: July 8th

Spots Available: 10

You Get:

  • One vegetarian meal per day – Shakeology
  • One – on – one guidance and support via the private Facebook Group (or via email if you do not have Facebook)
  • Group support from others also participating!
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!! – if you are not satisfied with your results I will give you your money back for your purchase of Shakeology!
  • Nutrition advice, recipe ideas, my recipes, and other ideas/experiences that make the transition easier!

If you decide at the end of the 30 days that eating a vegetarian diet REALLY isn’t for you, there will be absolutely no hard feelings. I am not a preacher and am not trying to “convert” you by any means for any moral reasons whatsoever. I am only trying to give people an easy way to switch to a vegetarian diet without having to search all over the web for healthy replacements. Why reinvent the wheel? If I can help get YOU to a healthier YOU, that is all I am aiming for!

GO VEGGIES!! 🙂

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