The idea that all calories are equal, and that restricting one’s self to a certain number of calories to lose weight is so ridiculous I find myself raising my voice whenever I talk about it. We are not manufactured robots, and this notion is so misleading it upsets me. It is downright false, and it is downright dangerous. As a Doctor, I hear of teenagers as young as 9 or 10 are starting to count every calorie they consume for fear that what they eat will make them gain weight.
We should be focusing on how to nourish our body and what kind of nutrients are in the food that we are eating rather than the number of calories in it. Beyond that it is completely benign in every way to focus on calorie input and output.
Mark Hyman explains it brilliantly in his book, “WTF should I eat.”
“The lie we have all been told is that weight loss is only about calories. Eat less, exercise more. A thousand calories of Pepsi are the same of a thousand calories of almonds. Nonsense. This makes no intuitive sense and science has proven that calories that spike your blood sugar and insulin promote weight gain, while calories that don’t spike your blood sugar and insulin speed up your metabolism.”
There is a lot more to it than that and I recommend looking at his website or his book to know more (link at the end) but in short, the only things you need to know in regards to calories is that our body will process and burn calories far more efficiently from unprocessed whole foods than from processed foods. Plus, they will nourish and energise your body.
Giving up ‘diet’ food and drinks and stopping any form of calorie counting was the best thing I did for my mind and body. Now I have the freedom to eat in order to nourish my body with the best nutrients, and the most flavour which I possibly can. I eat as whole and unprocessed as possible and don’t waste any of my precious thoughts in counting calories.
Beloved, give up any ideal of perfection and eat to nurture your body, rather than to maintain or obtain a certain weight. It is the best thing you can do. And something I wish I had started years ago.
There are so many other things to put your mind and focus on rather than how many calories are in your food. It’s unnecessary and inaccurate and as you learn more about nutrition you will get a greater understanding as to why it is a complete waste of time and energy.
Stick to whole unprocessed foods.
Eat lots of plants like vegetables, fruits, and healthy filling proteins. Eat plenty of healthy fats and healthy whole grains. Don’t worry about counting a single calorie. Just eat real food. And lots of it.
- Pesto scrambled eggs and mushrooms,
- Roast vegetable salads with quinoa and nuts.
- Almond with broccolini with some olive oil (or try truffle oil and capers. Eat it with brown rice if you desire.)
- Have healthy proteins with big luscious salads with full-fat feta, an avocado, a healthy protein and a tangy dressing.
- I could go on and on.
Stop the mental caloric mathematics forever.
Count your Blessings – Not your calories.
You are deeply loved
Dr Christine Greenwood
Own Your Health. Eat Well, Think Well, Live Well
Here are some links to helpful articles from my hero in this area:
Just so you know. This is a repost and over a year ago I wrote that I adore caramel macaroons from McDonald’s and carob bears. Guess what, I still like both of them just as much. I am sure this raises my blood sugar and insulin quicker pretty much anything else in the world.
But. I. Don’t. Care.
And every now and then a treat is so fine. Healthy even. If you don’t believe me that McDonald’s can make the nicest macaroons ever than try it yourself.