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Food is Good
Bridging the Gap Between Healthy Eating and a Realistic Lifestyle
Chuck Rudolph MEd, RD - Registered Dietitian And Nutrition Coach for Renaissance ClubSport - Aliso Viejo, CA

FOOD is GOOD what most people don't understand is portion control. It's the way to bridge the gap between healthy eating and a realistic lifestyle. One of the little known facts about fat loss and weight reduction is that you must eat. The body runs on fuel. You can give it nutrient dense foods or less nutrient dense foods. It will run on both, but if it does not have any fuel, or not enough fuel then it will not perform well or at all.

When you do not eat, your body senses starvation and shifts into preservation mode, therefore, if you eat too few calories and nutrient deficient foods your body simply slows down its ability to burn fat. Eating small frequent meals not only supports higher energy levels it balances insulin (blood glucose) levels. If you can balance Insulin levels with proper nutrients and daily caloric intake you will have energy all day long and you're less likely to store body fat and you'll build lean muscle mass that will make your metabolism race like a thoroughbred.

We have all heard that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," but do you know why? Well, breakfast gets your body's hormones working so that it can function throughout the day. It provides nutrients to your brain and muscles. You may have experienced a time when you wake-up late and skip breakfast. Then you get busy and before you know it it's 2:00 PM and you have a headache, your eyes start to blink rapidly and a slight sense of nausea sets in..you have reached HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar).

The only way feel better is to eat. This is where the problem starts because your brain is telling you to eat SUGAR, because it needs it fast fuel. So you find yourself eating anything and everything and you're drawn to simple carbohydrates. Plus, you are so hungry at this point that portion control goes right out the door. This excessive calorie consumption now causes a drastic insulin spike to store all these nutrients and causes another HYPOGLYCEMIC reaction known commonly as the 3-4:00 PM CRASH. You could have avoided this completely by simply eating a well balanced breakfast along with 3-4 more small balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.

We all strive to live a healthy and happy life; there is no reason that FOOD cannot be a part of both. I encourage all my clients to eat, and eat nutrient dense foods several times a day for optimal energy. Education is the key, with a little determination; we can all be healthy, fit and happy.

Chuck Rudolph MEd, RD
Registered Dietitian
Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo
Chuckierd@aol.com
949-303-9068

Chuck Rudolph's expertise is directed at weight reduction, body fat loss and enhancing sports performance through simple, yet superior nutrition planning and education. He has developed successful meal plans for top level business men/women, stay at home moms that want to be in shape as well as various professional, college and high school athletes. Chuck has authored and co-authored various published scientific articles that are written for health care practitioners and consumers. Currently, his personal interests involve educating balanced nutrition to coincide with each person's busy and hectic lifestyle.

 

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