Current Canada & USA Food Guide

For years we have been advised:
It's "calories in- calories out" that must be equal (or less) to have proper energy expenditure (and not gain weight).
Lower saturated fat intake helps avoid weight gain and arterial plaque
Adhere to the Food Pyramid - eat many servings of "healthy whole grains"
Exercise frequently to burn off fat/calories

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Many of us who have followed these recommendations have only seen our weight go up and our health go down.
Most people think the problem is that they eat too much and do not exercise enough. Yes, exercise is good for us (especially for brain function), but it does not burn off a lot of weight. Weight gain is more a matter of hormones driving the body to store incoming food as fat. The big culprit is the hormone INSULIN. When insulin levels are high, the signal goes out for the body to store the energy as fat. It is interesting to know that you can still gain weight (as fat) even though you are not getting sufficient food to maintain energy levels for your daily activities. This situation often leaves one continually tired & lethargic but still gaining weight. As grains, cereals, sugar and fruit are digested as sugar, the body levels of insulin are spiked high in order to deal with the problem of too much sugar in the bloodstream (approximately 1 teaspoon of sugar is the average amount our entire bloodstream can tolerate at any time). A simple glass of orange juice has around 10 teaspoons of sugar. Combine that with 2 slices of whole wheat toast (equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar) with jam (add another 2 or more teaspoons of sugar) and the result is 22 teaspoons of sugar which is a huge sugar load for just 1 meal. Your pancreas is then forced to pump out adequate insulin to get the sugar (glucose) into our bodies cells with the excess converted into triglycerides (fat) which is quickly shunted off to our bodies adipose tissue (fat storage cells). Also note that the fructose portion of our typical sugar intake must be metabolized by our liver and most often ends up as the fat that coats our internal organs (the most dangerous stored fat of all).



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On The Lighter Side…..

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