Lets look at the western diet, the 3 things that people have issues with when it comes to digestion.
Wheat – Gluten – Lactose
Lets look at a traditional western breakfast.
Cereals with milk, or Toast.
All 3 are present.
Yeah thats porridge too.
Multigrain, wholegrain, all these words are to make you think ‘oh this one is healthy’.
I love this one, oh but Andrew my breads Gluten Free – that doesn’t mean its good for you, it can in most cases mean its worse. Food companies are putting out propaganda to lead you into purchasing their product without guilt.
Where they remove gluten they will replace with other shite.
We have seen this before with Low Fat and Sugar Free.
Gluten is no exception, amigo.
Lets look at a few other basics
I am a big fan of introducing REAL foods into peoples diets, you know, the old fashion stuff that rots and breaks down.
If a food doesn’t break down sitting in your cupboard you can bet your digestive system is going to struggle.
The FORTIFICATION process of cereals is where food companies refine it and remove enzymes from their food to STOP IT BREAKING DOWN, this is to improve shelf lives and improve their sales.
This food now also removes nutrients. Which is why you were eating it right?
(they add iron and riboflavin in powder form so they can put extra on the box to make you buy it too)
All at a detriment to your digestion.
You’re feeding this to your kids too!
(who now are having more gut problems than ever before)
But why’d you care about digestion (and the gut)?
Your digestive system and your immune system work closely side by side, well in fact all your systems do.
If you put your digestive system under strain you’re directly affecting your immune system too.
Which in turn is going to have an affect on your endocrine system (which is all your hormones)
Now ladies, you can appreciate how a slight flux in hormones can alter your mood.
Gents, when you leave the gym with your testosterone through the roof feeling great and like the alpha male of the gym wanting to beat your chest like a Gorilla.
These are small changes in hormonal levels yet a big knock on affect to how you feel.
Lets think about a hangover, where in turn you’ve really put your systems under strain though lack of sleep, lack of recovery, toxins… to name a few.
I’ve had hangovers where I feel like I am going to die!
What goes into our digestive track has a HUGE affect on how we FEEL!
If you’re going to take home anything from what I just said let it be this:
Hormones sit at the centre of how we feel, our ability to lose fat and build muscle!
Look at the side of a cereal box!
Its a HIGH CARB FOOD CHOICE
Its a LOW PROTEIN FOOD CHOICE
For the rest of your day you’ll be chasing your tail getting that levelled out.
Almost everyone I meet has too many carbs and not enough protein in their diets.
Whether for fat loss, muscle growth or healthy living.
Cereal is an awful choice.
Yet it sits at the epicentre of our western diets.
Wait: The early rising heroes who are up “too early” to make eggs.
In my opinion: you’re better off skipping breakfast and going straight to lunch (albeit a bigger one), your digestive track will thank you for the greens and meat/fish/poultry with low GI carbs and you’ll feel a hell of a lot better.
Ok Ok Ok I’m finishing up now, this has been longer than I anticipated!
Cereals, oats, grains, breads all shoot it up, way up.
Where Insulin has to bring it down, way down.
You go hyper (too high) where you feel pretty good about the food.
You go hypo (too low) where you feel tired, sluggish lethargic and reach for another espresso pronto.
Insulin is our storage hormone, where do you think its going to put all that excess blood sugar?
Especially if you’re sat on your arse all day.