Nutrition 101

A lot of people label food as good or bad. This is not the best way to look at foods, we should view them as having more or less nutritional value. 

When looking at weight, our body is only concerned with calories, you can put on weight eating so-called ‘healthy’ foods and lose weight from eating ‘unhealthy foods’ focusing on calories does not mean that you ignore food quality, the two are not mutually exclusive. 

A truly healthy diet should look like this

Fibre

As well as leaving you feeling full, high fibre foods contain lots of vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body. Fruit and vegetables which are high in fibre will keep you fuller in comparison to fruit juice which is higher in calories. 

Fruit and veg will also replenish liver glycogen, which will keep you from feeling hungry. 

Hydrogenated & trans fats 

Hydrogenation is a process that fats go through to alter their state when turning a liquid into a solid. The problem with this process is that it alters the molecular structure of the oil and a byproduct is created – trans fats. It is these trans fats that are harmful to our bodies. Try to avoid any hydrogenated ingredients and fats. You will see hydrogenated oils in products such as olive oil spreads, margarine and biscuits.

Water 

Being hydrated is very important, a cells hydration also governs its ability to contract – important when exercising. Drinking lots of water throughout the day has massive benefits, not only will it help you to feel fuller, but it also helps to lubricate joints and transport nutrients around the body. However, the body does not have a good hydration warning system as when you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Beware that you will need more water on the days that you are exercising.