Nutritional Balance

In a world where the green mermaid and big golden arches can be found at every street corner, we easily forget the way to attaining healthier meals. In a way, it’s like cheating in a relationship. We know the formula to a healthy outcome but of course that route takes extra work so we choose the easy way out. If there’s any relationship that deserves to be addressed, the one you have with your body should not be cheated.

One thing to always keep in mind when it comes to making healthier dietary choices is PROTEIN. Protein takes priority in it’s delivery to repairing body tissues, muscles including the heart, internal organs and skin. Over the years however, the protein portion in Western diets has dropped which contributes to the rise of obesity. This is where cheating is evident! Foods made from industrialized extracted sugars, starches, and salt are easily accessible and we fail to recognize that our bodies are not adapted to chips, cakes, frozen meals and sugary drinks.

Anthropology 101- Hunters and Gatherers (aka: Neanderthals, the first humans) diet comprised of 20% protein. Protein = survival = reproduction = evolutionary success! There is something to be said about this hunting/gathering formula that has been replaced by agriculture’s stressful demands. When humans turned to agriculture as a means of living, population increased which created this rushed process of getting food to mass populations. Humans now have this conflicted relationship with nutritional balance and to top it off, fad diets and media entertainment don’t help.

It pays to learn how to speak the protein lingo. However, navigating your way through the balance of the protein/carbohydrate/fat fair can be the tricky part. Essentially, nutritional balance eliminates the battle between appetite systems. Achieving the correct nutritional balance of proteins, carbs, and fats is way more important than measuring your meals based on calories. Nutritional Ecologist from the University of Sydney, David Raubenheimer, conducts various lab tests with mice in order to investigate how the balance of carbs and fats affects our health. He advises, “A simple rule for healthy eating is to avoid processed food- the closer to real foods the better.”

Each person needs a different amount of protein, carbs, and fat to satisfy nutritional balance. Sometimes crunching the numbers ourselves can be difficult but making an appointment to find out what those numbers are is super helpful! A single evaluation with a nutritional expert can wake you up and get you started in the right direction.

At the core of it all, awareness in what you eat can be saving. When it comes to nutritional health, don’t cheat!

If a Neanderthal wouldn't eat it, think twice.

If a Neanderthal wouldn’t eat it, think twice.

Good Sources of Protein:
Turkey
Chicken Breast
Tuna
Salmon
Low fat cheese- cottage cheese or mozzarella
Pork Loin
Lean beef and veal
Tofu
Beans
Eggs
Yogurt, milk and soy milk
Nuts and seeds