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At Spinal Vitality, we focus on Clinical Nutrition:

– Food Intolerances and Allergies

– Parasites, fungus and other bacteria

– Specific Body needs linked with genome and other health challenges.

We recommend a healthy whole food diet.

For your nutrition routine. Think Paleo!

 

We all want to have fun, look great, and feel great…but how do we do it and still have a social life? Attending cookouts, going to the beach, and entertaining friends and family doesn’t always invite the best food choices. High calorie and processed foods like bread, chips, fries, nachos, and other “junk” don’t have to be the staples of our diets. And don’t even mention all the adult beverages with which we are tempted.

So how do we keep from adding on those pounds?
It’s not as hard as you think!

Most of us have heard about the “paleo” movement. It’s the concept that we should be eating what our ancient ancestors ate, like meat, fish, veggies, nuts, and berries. This type diet eliminates grains, processed foods, dairy, and even legumes in many versions. It is a very low carbohydrate way to eat, and I believe one of the healthier diets that has come along in a while.

 

Think about the “hidden” sugars in most of the PROCESSED foods we consume.  This is everything from corn chips and soups. If you are not an avid label-reader, please become one! Most packaged food is not fit for human consumption, with sugars like corn syrup, colors and preservatives, and even neurotoxins like MSG (“natural flavor” in many foods). Most of us don’t know what the ingredients in products actually are.  For example, I recently picked up a package of what I thought was frozen crab legs.  I was in a hurry and didn’t read the label until I got home.  I was surprised to find it was “Krab” made from fish, and had 3 grams of sugar in each serving.  Crab legs?  Sugar?  Since when?  Well, its there to make it sweeter tasting.  So when reading labels, look for any ingredient ending in “ose” (fructose, sucrose, glucose) or “itol” (sorbitol, malitol).  It means sugar.  Sugar feeds yeast, bacteria, inflammation, fat cells, and even cancer.

 

Some of the places you may not be aware you are getting a HUGE dose of sugar:

  • cereal/granola
  • yogurt and milk
  • bread and pasta
  • waffles and pancakes
  • meatballs, sausage, and “krab”
  • gravies and sauces
  • fruit and fruit juice
  • alcohol
  • crackers, chips, other snack foods
  • canned soups, dips, and dressings

So what about “sugar free” foods?

 

Most workout supplements have Sucralose in them.  Sucralose (SPLENDA) is an artificial sweetener that, like aspartame (NutraSweet) and Acesulfame, is fraught with health consequences.
And then we have carbs.  Why are carbs so bad for us?  It’s easy.  When you eat carbs, the body turns it into sugar, and we get a sugar high.  Our pancreas produces insulin to drive the sugar into cells. Excess energy produced is turned into fat.  The insulin drops the sugar level in the blood, and we experience a blood sugar drop which we call a “carb crash”.  We get tired and mentally fatigued so we eat more carbs which creates a constant yo-yo effect, ultimately resulting in more body fat, cravings, and fatigue.  It’s a vicious cycle that is hard to break. As long as the insulin levels stay high from having high blood sugar (by eating candy or drinking something sweet), we will not burn any of the fat we don’t want.  Burning carbohydrates and sugars also uses many essential nutrients, including B vitamins. Deficiencies of these nutrients can lead to more brain fog and fatigue, and even diabetes and symptoms like those with fibromyalgia.

Balancing our calorie intake/ calorie used:
Be aware of how many calories you consume.  There is a simple math equation regarding weight gain and loss.  If you eat more calories that you use in a day, you WILL gain weight. For most people, 1200-1800 calories is plenty to support daily metabolism, and help with weight loss. Upwards of 3000 calories may be needed if you are very active. It’s math.  It’s not rocket science.  There are apps you can put on your phone like My Fitness Pal that you can use to track what you eat (everything, and I mean everything) for a few weeks.  Don’t cheat.  Be honest with yourself.  No one else is looking, only you.  Most of us are amazed at how many calories we eat per day. Overeating is definitely detrimental to our health.