What Is The Latest Buzz?
What are the latest trends happening?
Have you heard the term intuitive eating or mindful eating to some? Where does this term come from and how was it developed? Intuitive eating has been proposed as an eating style that fosters a positive attitude towards food, the body, and physical activity. So no this does not mean if your body is "craving" fried chicken every day that you should adhere.
Did you know that intuitive was developed to combat eating disorders? Our society has a very skewed look regarding food sometimes. We place food into 2 categories - good and bad. How unfortunate because food is meant to be enjoyed.
Some statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):
The overall prevalence of binge eating disorder was 1.2% from 2001-2003.
The overall prevalence of bulimia nervosa was 0.3% from 2001-2003.
The lifetime prevalence of anorexia nervosa in adults was 0.6% from 2001-2003.
The focus on treatment is getting people suffering from these diseases more in tune with their bodies and their relationship with food. This practice is also used for the general public and there are Registered Dietitians who specialize in this practice.
Can this be misinterpreted by people to overeat or eat processed foods? Absolutely. But using the term eating a balanced diet can also be misinterpreted and misconstrued. So before being disregarded, more information should be provided and read. It is an actual practice that seems far fetched to some, but guess what? Way back in the day, sugar was used as a medicine and the thought that it was bad for us was also considered "crazy".
All You Need to Know
Have you heard of digestive enzymes? For some people with GI (stomach) issues, upset stomachs and indigestion is a constant occurrence. Think being lactose intolerant. There is medication that can be taken to relieve discomfort and is most likely given by doctors and other medical professionals.
However, there has been an increased market for these, and some of these enzymes are sold over the counter. This might seem like a great idea, but these pills are not being regulated like their prescribed counterparts. Not to mention, many people are not aware of how they can interact with other medications and how they might affect someone's physiological status.
What have you heard?
THE KETOGENIC DIET CRAZE
I’ve been avoiding this topic for some time now but this trending diet isn’t going away anytime soon. So what exactly is the deal with "the keto"?
Many are looking for a quick weight loss solution and some are trying to vary their already low carb diet routine. But what exactly is this diet and why is it so popular?
Our bodies thrive on carbs for energy.
When we are in a ketogenic state or when the body is in ketosis, the body breaks down fat instead, to use as fuel. This might seem like a logical and best plan, but remember, OUR BODIES NEED FAT. This idea to rid ourselves of fat isn't realistic. But understandably, many people think of losing weight so naturally this would be appealing.
So once you decide to go on keto, there is some math involved. Here is the breakdown:
High in fat: 80% or more of total calories will come from fat
Moderate in protein: 10-20% of total calories from protein
Low in carbohydrates: 5-10% of total calories from carbohydrates
Did you know that the keto diet was mainly used to treat epilepsy before? Especially for children whose medications were not effective. Also some studies have been done on the positive effects on those with type 2 diabetes.
Some unpleasant side effects of keto can be GI issues typically constipation which is unsurprising especially since whole grains are cut out (FIBER). Also too much animal protein can put a strain on the kidneys.
What are the foods that can be eaten on keto? Sorry but this diet is not an excuse for all the red meat and bacon you can eat. HEALTHY FATS are encouraged.
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