It’s important to know what to eat to remain healthy. So stay away from the junk if staying indoors and working out must serve a purpose. Yes, you’re protecting yourself from a virus, but are you inspecting sneaky, harmful calories?
Let’s begin with what not to throw into our shopping bags.
Sugar in All Shapes and Forms
Sugar can hijack every diet or workout plan. Your brain releases chemicals when that sugary good feeling floods your senses. A voice inside your head grabs the microphone and tells you to eat more and reward yourself. Say hello to serotonin and dopamine.
They swirl around a fixed path in your head and send a message to your brain. This makes you do more of whatever you’re doing, and this is known as a reward system.
That’s why it’s difficult to stop gobbling, gulping, and even thinking about sugary treats. You become programmed to eat like a robot, and the deal becomes sweeter when these treats mix with salt and fat.
Fats by themselves cannot lead to addiction. They’re our buddies and a dependable energy source. Sugar turns a good source of fat into a bad source of fat. Bad sugar.
Now Onto Our What-Not-To-Shop-For List
We have 5 g of sugar circulating in our blood. Anything above that is cause for concern.
- The average chocolate bar (one bar is roughly 50 g) = 14 g of sugar—sure, we stop at one. That’s already three times more than what’s in our blood.
- The average, so-called “health bar” (one bar is 38 g to 50 g) = 7 g to 9 g of sugar. “Healthy, sure! Let’s have another in that case.”
- The average fruit cake/swiss roll pack = 27 g of sugar (per 100 g). Yeah, the math doesn’t work in our favor.
- The average carbonated beverage (100 ml) = 9 g of sugar. “But of course! We stop after two sips.”
- The “so-called” sports drink (100 ml) = 6 g of sugar. “Because it’s healthy, we can have more!” Hmm…for all the ades, they don’t aid much.
Carbohydrates is a different name for sugar. All forms of carbohydrates break down inside your body to turn into glucose, and glucose = sugar
- The average packet of chips (50 g) = 25 g of carbohydrates. But when no one can eat just one, what do you think happens?
- The average packet of namkeen (40 g to 50 g) = 25 g to 30 g of carbohydrates. We all know how these disappear.
What to Eat More Of
Reach for quality sources of protein. Turn your head toward meat, eggs, and dairy. You need adequate protein intake for a ton of tasks your body performs on a daily basis. It’s not just for bodybuilders.
Yes, it wouldn’t hurt to carve an extra piece of chicken breast if you’re exercising at home.
Add This to The Bag
As a mental exercise, read the nutrition label of every item the next time you visit the grocery store. Keep in mind the total amount of sugar in your body. It might help you keep things in and out of your shopping bag.
Be safe out there!