Day to day we require energy to move muscles, digest food, make our heart beat, keep our temperature @ 37oC and our brain and nervous system functioning!
Where does this energy come from? Molecular ‘batteries’ called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) that are predominantly created in a biochemical process called the Krebs cycle.
To ensure our Krebs cycle is functioning optimally – turning the fuel we ingest, into the energy our body needs – it is essential that vitamins and minerals are present. The vitamins and minerals act like spark plugs to burn the fuel we ingest.
Refined carbohydrates such as white flour (almost all packaged bread/pastry/pies/baked goods) and white sugar (turning up in almost anything packaged!) have been stripped back to contain virtually no ‘spark plugs’ (vitamin B1, B3, B5, magnesium, iron, chromium, zinc etc).
Refined carbohydrates are the fuel without the spark plugs – ‘empty calories’.
So, without spark plugs the Krebs cycle becomes blocked and in place of energy, our body produces long chain fatty acids (commonly called fat!) and lactate.
Ingesting empty calories (ie: refined carbohydrates) > blocked Krebs cycle > increased fat production and decreased energy production!
A body that is fueled this way puts on weight (in the form of fat) and lacks energy. Without the required energy this body becomes overdrawn and stressed – a terrible place to be!
Some better options when the bread/carb hunger takes control? :
Nuts and seeds – try a mix of almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds,
Guacamole or hummus dip with carrot and celery dippers,
Fruit – the mangos farmers have had a bumper season this year!
Water – it’s highly probable that you are dehydrated and the hunger pang you’re getting is actually your body asking for H20!
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