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Not all calories are made equal

Calories may appear the same, but are they really?
This is a subject that has had many different perspectives, it’s very critical to understand the different types of calories and how they effect our overall health. Every individual may have slightly different requirements, but the philosophy of healthy calories apply to everyone.

What is a calorie, really?

Calories and macronutrients we consume from food. Every plant, grain, legume, processed food, meat, poultry, and fish has calories. The calories are broken down into three main macronutrients: Fats | Carbohydrates | Proteins.

Why are we scared of calories?

We associate high calories with weight gain and being unhealthy. Truth be told, calories should never be feared, only the wrong calories should be avoided. In fact, real food contains far more calories than processed foods.

Will fat make me fat?

Fat is an essential macronutrient, and should never be avoided. It helps with digestion of nutrients as well as balancing out hormones. Don’t fear fat, consume quality healthy fats every day. Avocado, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Grass-fed saturated fats are all examples of healthy fats. Be sure to avoid all hydrogenated oils.

Should I avoid carbs?

That’s just crazy, it’s not even possible. Vegetables and fruits all have carbs and it’s necessary to consume these for a healthy balanced diet. Avoiding the wrong

type of carbs is more important then trying to avoid them all together. Think of carbs as a fast source of energy, if you consume them when required it’s for a purpose. Portioning can address the issues with over consumption as we have been trained to do.

Why is protein so popular?

Protein is the king of all macronutrients, we get it from plants, fruits, grains, processed junk food, meat, poultry, and fish. Its sole purpose is to rebuild cells. An average human should consume around 25-35grams of protein with each meal. Be aware that over consuming protein can alter digestion and increase calorie intake.

Are all calories created equal?

Absolutely not! Calories from whole foods usually contain far less energy than processed factory made foods. Quality calories from whole foods provide nutrients that our bodies use to stay healthy. Calories from factory made foods alter our chemistry and make us sick. Note: sometimes you don’t know how it feels to thrive on life until you make the shift.

Calories in, calories out. Translation of this has mislead many of us.

Some people count the numbers going in and believe if you burn more than you consume that means you are going to lose weight. Maybe true under certain circumstances, but this is probably the biggest

misconception. We simply believe that diets don’t last. They don’t work because they don’t last. Most diets focus on insulin responses, controlling carbohydrate intake. Our bodies are more complex than calculating calories.

Wrong calories effect our hormones and health.

A calorie has a direct relationship with our brain and hormones. The brain triggers communication with our hormones informing us that we are full, or satisfied. When you consume processed food, due to the artificial ingredients, our brains signal to our hormones mixed up messages leading us to eat more nutrient poor food and create more health related issues in the long run.

Every bite is fighting disease or feeding it.

Portion your meals to have 4 to 6 oz. of protein depending on your size and weight. Portion majority of the dish with vegetables and quality fats. Natural food is so satiating it would be difficult to over-eat. We always lean toward knowing what calories stand for and how to portion dishes, but never get too caught up worrying if we had one too many calories today. It’s more about quality that will fight disease and help you get stronger. Instead of worrying about calories, move more. Think of our bodies as a whole, and that we would need to align all elements in order to thrive.