Be Healthier Simply by Making Better Choices Discover heathy alternatives for everyday ingredients.
There is only one reason we need to eat food—for energy. We need energy.
We use sixty percent of our energy to sustain our body at rest; about 100 watts per hour. Thirty-two percent of our energy is used for when we move or exercise. The remaining eight percent is used for digesting the food we eat to make energy. You can burn more calories by moving more and increasing your metabolism by eating whole foods. Whole foods require more energy to digest than processed foods.
Fats make up more than half of the energy our body needs. Fats have over 2 times more calorie energy than carbohydrates or protein. When you choose fats (oils), avoid trans (transformed) fats and limit saturated fats. Look for high levels of monounsaturated fats. And for polyunsaturated fats, go for sources with the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Choose only unrefined oil to gain all the nutrients.
Carbohydrates are our body’s primary fuel for energy. Choose complex carbohydrates because they take longer to break down and provide a more steady, lasting energy. They also promote good gut health.
There’s no reason to avoid the sugar that is naturally present in whole foods. When you’re choosing a natural sweetener for recipes, look for those that have a low glycemic index, so it does not raise blood sugar or insulin levels. Also take a look at sugars from inulin, because they are also a natural prebiotic; so it does double duty.
The ingredients you eat can make a big difference inside your body. They can trigger how much you will eat and what types of foods you will crave more. Excess calories, in any form, can be stored as body fat. So we need to focus on calorie intake and the quality of the food we eat.
Below is Remixology’s list of recommended oils, flours and sweeteners for your pantry. Click on the ingredients to discover more about these alternatives and how they can make a whole, better you.