15 days - We're on the homestretch now!
Here is my Daily Success Log Entry for August 1st. Note: Food portions are approximations. Veggies are local. Meat is local, 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. Poultry & Eggs are local & pasture-raised:
- Sleep Time & Quality: 7.5 hours.
- Exercise: 5,516 Steps (2.2 Miles) and 16 Hours of Good Posture.
- Mood & Energy: Excellent
- Breakfast: Frittata w/ Eggs, Ground Beef & Sauteed Greens, 1/4-C Almond Flour, 1/2-tsp Baking Soda, 1-tsp Cream of Tartar.
- Lunch: Zoodles w/ Meat Sauce (Ground Beef, Sautéed Greens, Tomatoes & Basil from garden). Leftover from Saturday's dinner.
- Dinner: Zoodles again.
- Snacks: 1/4-C Roasted Pistachios.
- Notes: Felt the best so far!!
Refresher on Food
So before I address the crucial question of "Why We Crave Sugar", I think is a good idea to backup and set the table with some essential terms that will be helpful in understanding the concept of sugar.
You may from my Recap of Day 4, I introduced 4 terms: "Calories", "Macronutrients", "Micronutrients", and "Nutrient Density". So for a quick refresher:
Calories are the energy contained in food. Macronutrients are the components in food that carry these calories. So macronutrients make up the bulk of our diet because the calories contained in them provide the energy our bodies need to function (brain activity, physical activity and basically to grow and sustain life).
There are 3 main macronutrients: Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fat. Protein and Carbs each carry 4 calories per gram. Fat carries 9 calories per gram. This means that the ratios of fat, carbs, and proteins listed on the nutrition label of food will be equal to the calories provided on that same label.
With the Day 4 Recap, I provided the nutrition info for 1-Cup of chopped carrots:
- 0 grams of Fat (0 x 9 = 0)
- 12 grams of Carbs (12 x 4 = 48)
- 1 g of Protein (1 x 4 = 4)
- And guess what? 1-Cup of chopped carrots have 52 calories! So hopefully this all makes sense.
Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, organic acids, trace minerals, and phytochemicals that are also components of food. But they occur in smaller quantities (micrograms). Which explains the prefix "micro-" as opposed to "macro-" 😉 Micronutrients are important because they nourish our cells. Micronutrients also enable the cells to create energy and metabolize macronutrients more easily.
Let's pull these 3 concepts together to make sure we're all on the same page. Food is made up of Macronutrients (fat, proteins & carbs) and Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.). The Macronutrients carry calories (energy). And the micronutrients nourish our bodies and help metabolize calories into energy that the body needs for normal functioning. Boiling this concept to its bare essentials: Food = Nutrients = Energy = Life. Got that?
Finally "Nutrient Density" refers to the proportion of micronutrients in food compared to the calories of that food. So food that is nutrient dense provides more nutrients than calories. And if Food = Nutrients = Energy = Life. Then food that is nutrient dense is good for our bodies.
This is probably a good place to stop for now. I don't want to overload you with too much. So I'll let you digest this for a while. And will get to the real meat of the matter. Tomorrow I'll discuss "What Is Sugar?" And then I'll start breaking down "What Happens to our Bodies When We Eat Sugar."
Kick Sugar To The Curb!
If you decide to take this challenge, please let me know. I have received so much support and positive energy from you all. That I would like to return the favor :-)