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Food is more than calories

Food is more than calories

by Carys Brunner |  1 Apr 2019

How do you see food - as something that gives us fuel, something that tastes good, a chance to socialise?  How many of you would have said health?  Food is exactly that - health.  Everything we eat  provides are body with energy, macronutrients, but also vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and a whole host of other healthy benefits.  A few years ago I stumbled across a simple picture that showed an apple and a Diet Coke, and it listed the apple's calories, 95, and then the Diet Coke's, 0.  Now if we were just looking at calories we would reach for the Diet Coke, but we know that the apple is far better for us - full of nutrients and minerals, and no chemicals and processed rubbish.


As part of my new nutrition programme I am working on with some keen guinea pigs (not literally), I am encouraging the lovely ladies look at food as more than just calories we consume, but actually little bundles of health that we enjoy eating and our bodies out to good use.  For example did you know that eggs help to reduce the risk of heart disease, and choline, which helps to maintain the structure of the fatty structures around our nerve cells, making them vital for reducing our risk of a nervous disorder.  Or that chickpeas are packed with isoflavones, which have a similar structure to oestrogen and so are an awesome dietary addition to those of us struggling with horrible periods and nightmare menopause symptoms.  On top of that they are rich in zinc, which is highly beneficial for skin health and fighting spots.


I find food and its health benefits fascinating, and combine that with my love to look on the positive side of everything (well, most of the time), I want to encourage you to look at how good food can be for you, and how a wide varied diet if better than a calorie counting, food banning diet.  If you would like to learn more about food and your health, come and join my informal first coffee workshop that is all about healthy gut, healthy mind.  Its free and on Friday 26th April at 11am for around an hour, with refreshments and socialness.

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