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Healthy Habits chat @ Insurance House

Healthy Habits chat @ Insurance House

Thanks to Insurance House Pty Ltd for having me over to chat to your staff members this week.  It was a very insightful hour and a half discussing habits the good, the bad and everything in between.  Habits don’t only incorporate food they incorporate all aspects of your life.  Many had healthy habits that revolved around exercise, drinking water, getting up early and eating simple but nutritious meals that contained real food and very little processed food.

I find a lot of people I chat with now days actually eat food because it’s there, this is not necessarily the case at Insurance House.  When a new staff member started she had made a banana cake and took it into the office.  Whilst it was kindly received it was also discussed that the other staff members probably wouldn’t eat the cake as they don’t snack on sweet foods.  This was a pleasant surprise.  Many people eat sugary/snacks as they are riding the highs and lows of the blood glucose levels that are in our blood.  By maintaining your blood sugar levels throughout the day this means you are able to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.  This is done by eating low GI foods, high fibre foods these foods take longer for your body to digest.  This means that the energy we get from the food is released into our blood stream slower than a food that is super easy to digest.

If you suffer from that 3pm energy slump, then look at adjusting your meals to include more nutritiously dense foods rather than a white bread sandwich for example. Have a healthy mid-morning snack, always choose wholegrains over white grains, always choice the whole vegetable or whole fruit and real protein instead of something processed that promises you everything in one little packaged bar of something.  This should help you beat those sugar cravings and quite likely that “hangry” (hungry and angry) feeling so many of us get at the end of a long day.

We also discussed fat, good fats and the not so good fats.  Understanding how certain fats can be harmful to our cholesterol levels whist others can help reduce our levels was insightful.    It’s always a very interesting discussion, as it does come down to the science and the structure of the lipid molecule.  Fat isn’t just fat, there are many types of fats and some fats are essential for our health whilst others can have a detrimental effect on our health.

After chatting about our habits and what we strive for, I can conclude that the staff members at Insurance House don’t live for food, they eat food to live!  They make healthy choices most of the time, follow the 80/20 rule.  You’ve got to allow for indulgences every now.

Many thanks once again to Insurance House, Port Macquarie for having me along.

Have a great day!

 

Food CHAT @ ETC

Food CHAT @ ETC

Thanks to ETC- Enterprise Training Ltd for having me over to chat to a great group of motivated youths who are completing the Transition to Work program.  We had such an engaging morning talking about all things to do with nutrition.

The more I chat with people about nutrition, the more I realise how confused people are by mass media and marketing campaigns.  Nutrition does not need to be confusing and complicated.  During our session we spoke about consumerism and marketing and how that is having a huge impact on our society’s health.  We spoke about diets and the latest trends, I had questions coming my way about paleo, keto, low carb, no carb diets.  We got into the scientific facts about carbohydrates and identified the difference between and what is a simple carbohydrate and what is a complex carbohydrate.

Debunking fats is always a very interesting discussion, as it does come down to the science and the structure of the fat.  Fat isn’t just fat, there are many types of fats and some fats are essential for our health whilst others can have a detrimental effect on our health.  Anyway, it was an awesome session, to have an engaged audience is a positive outcome.

We also got to cook and eat some delicious food.  Last week’s feast was a Thai Beef Salad.

I believe it got the thumbs up!

See this recipe!