are we really what we eat?

Are We Really What We Eat?

Are we really what we eat?

There is a lot of focus on eating well and working out to lose weight, remain slim, be healthier etc.

But there’s a whole lot more to the picture than being able to fit into your skinny jeans, or run a half marathon. While those are amazing achievements, especially if you’ve struggled with your weight or health, I’m so pleased to say that there are so many more ways that your life will be improved when you make the switch to a healthier way of living.

You’ll be happier!

The things you fuel your body with seriously affect your mood, your mental health and your emotional well-being. This means that eating more of certain foods, and eliminating others will change your brain chemistry so much that you might never have mood swings again, you may have more patience with your spouse and kids, enjoy better focus and concentration at work, or just generally be a much more glass half full kind of person.

Reduce/eliminate: Refined carbohydrates, processed sugar (and any of the many forms it can take), fast food, sodas, fruit juices, syrups, baked items, white bread, pasta and rice.

Eat more: Meat (grass fed and finished, organic), fish, eggs, seafood, vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, green beans, Brussels sprouts.

Healthier skin, hair and nails

We really are what we eat, and it’s no coincidence that a weekend binge on junk food and candy results in breakouts all over your face. I know you don’t want me to connect these two, but there’s no hiding it I’m afraid. I guarantee that once you start eating clean and you see how much your skin glows, your hair shines and your nails don’t break, it will become a bigger addiction than reaching for that cheeseburger or donut.

Hair and nails are made out of the same thing in our bodies – a mix of proteins called keratin, collagen and elastin, which the body needs to keep them healthy and strong. These proteins are in foods such pork, red meat, seafood, broccoli and red peppers.

Reduce/eliminate: Sugar, starchy bread, pasta and cakes.

Eat more: Healthy protein such as lean meat and fish, eggs, vegetables (especially red peppers).

More/better sex!

Now I can’t guarantee you will have more or better sex – that’s between you and your partner! But I can say that the changes in your sex drive are so strongly linked to your food intake, that I’m sure you (and them) will notice a difference!

High antioxidant levels in your blood stream has been linked to higher sperm counts in males and increased libidos for both males and females. So try to boost your daily antioxidant intake with some minor dietary changes.

Reduce/eliminate: Fried food (deep fried chicken, French fries), greasy and processed meats, processed foods, soda and anything containing sugar.

Eat more: Berries (especially strawberries), avocados, almonds, sweet potatoes (air frying is best), sesame seeds and watermelon.

See any similarities here? It’s not rocket science and you don’t need to have a degree in nutrition to see that anything processed, fried or covered in sugar is never going to be good for you. Loading up on healthy meats, fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds, berries is the way to go for a healthier, sexier, happier life.

About the Author Melissa McAllister

My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 43! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 27 years and married for 22 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 18 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 16 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 10 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

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