Over Caloried, Under Nourished

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My meals typically consist of a protein, a carb, and a small serving of frozen or canned vegetables. Actually, that’s my dinner. My lunch is often just protein and carbs. And breakfast? Protein and carbs. I’m definitely not getting enough vegetables or fruit in my diet and despite being 120 lbs., I’m probably a bit malnourished.

Diabetes runs in my family. So does cancer and heart disease and hyperthyroidism and asthma and various other diseases. I have hyperthyroidism and asthma. I also sometimes get panic attacks. My whole life has pretty much been about going to the doctor and taking medication to solve my problems. I have no one to blame anymore. I’m 29 years old and still live on macaroni and cheese and pizza. I do try and incorporate vegetables (I actually love broccoli and spinach), but I don’t eat nearly enough of them.

More than several people in my family have Type-II Diabetes. And when it comes to holidays, what do we have? Cakes and cookies and pies and sweets (sure they cook with fructose or a fake sweetener, but it’s still carbs that spike your blood sugar levels). We have a table just for soda in our house that’s up year round. It’s terrible and it’s so tempting all the time. The more I learn about it, the more I realize how big of an impact food can play on diseases. I know it can’t prevent every single one, but there are plenty that it does help with. Enough to scare me straight into eating kale and goji berries.

I recently started watching a few documentaries on Netflix about eating healthy and why food is so important to us. I’m also a pretty big fan of MasterChef (the Australian version is better than the American, FWIW). I’m not a foodie by any means, but I do enjoy cooking. So I’m going to do something about it.

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Apparently, our bodies need over 40 different types of nutrients. These include vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids.

I’m definitely not saying we should all turn vegan. In fact, the essential Vitamin B12 is only found in meat, fish, and eggs. The point is that we need a variety of foods to get everything we need to be healthy and this is my first post into a new era of food for me. Hopefully it will inspire others to eat healthier, too.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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