We have been taught to be obsessed over the caloric content of food. Personally, I find it to be misleading and a waste of time. Seriously, have you ever tried to keep track of every calorie that you consumed in a day? It is a full-time job, and it is totally unnecessary.
But how can that be? Energy in minus energy out determines whether your waistline grows or shrinks! Well… that has been one of the presiding philosophies for a long time and it is difficult to let go of because it seems so logical. Here’s the thing: it is not totally accurate.
It is easy to think of your body as being similar to a car. You put fuel (energy) into it, it converts that energy into physical motion, and as a result waste is produced and released. Any unused energy is stored for later use. In a car, the fuel remains in the tank; in our bodies, the energy is stored as fat. This type of thinking leads to the energy in/out calorie-counting methodology for determining how weight is gained or lost in our bodies.
However, this model is too simplistic. Unlike your car, your body is organic—it is a wet machine. It is self-sustaining, it has healing capabilities, it is comprised of trillions of cells, and it is an entire ecosystem in and of itself!
Did you know that you have more bacterial organisms in your gut than human cells in your entire body?1 And, all these cells and organisms are communicating with each other and your brain to keep you safe from harm, sustain your life, house your spirit, heal your wounds, cleanse your insides, and follow your marching orders all at the same time. It is fantastically amazing!!!!!
Our personal ecosystem, which could be likened to the earth’s ecosystem, requires a balance of many variables to maintain itself and function optimally. When any particular element strays too far from equilibrium, something goes wrong. You catch a cold, develop a chronic disease, develop dementia, etc.
In order to maintain a healthy equilibrium, your body requires a combination of water, fat, cholesterol, vitamins, minerals, salt, bacteria, and other substances to function, as well as a certain amount of activity and rest. And in order to function optimally, it requires a very specific combination of these things.
One way to ensure your body is getting what it needs to function optimally is by getting regular exercise and eating a nutrient-dense diet that excludes processed sugars, processed foods, unnecessary toxins (like pesticides, chlorine, genetically modified substances, etc.), or other foreign or unnatural substances.
In other words, provide your body with what it needs, minimize your exposure to toxic substances, exercise, and get adequate rest, you will look good feel good, and your weight will automatically adjust to the ideal range, and you won’t have to waste another moment obsessing over calories.
I hope you found today’s newsletter interesting and insightful. Thank you for reading!!
Yours in health and well-being,
1. Wenner M. Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells Than Human Ones. November 30, 2007. Available at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-humans-carry-more-bacterial-cells-than-human-ones/.