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You Can’t Out-Exercise a Bad Diet

By Kelli Irwin – Exercise is essential for so many facets of health and longevity. It helps increase the density of our bones, improve and maintain the elasticity in our skin, increase the flow of synovial fluid to cushion our joints and is a deterrent for numerous ailments, including cancer.

Avoid processed or sugary foods. When our blood sugar spikes too high from excess sugar, or too low from skipping meals, our bodies move into a state of shock. In those moments, whatever we eat will be stored as fat, rather than processed as it should be. This will diminish the level of leptin in our bodies and the ability to burn fat.

My advice:

  1. Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast!
  2.  Snack in between meals to moderate blood sugar levels.
  3. Eat primarily whole foods that have not been processed, which removes the majority of their nutrients. Vegetables, fruits, seeds/nuts and low-fat sources of protein such as fish, eggs, turkey, etc.
  4. Plan ahead! This is probably the most important. Often we don’t think to pack healthy snacks when we are on the go; as a result, we often are relegated to quick, easy, highly processed food, devoid of nutrients.
    Eating excess amounts of sugar or simple carbohydrates can substantially affect our moods and energy levels in a negative way. Don’t fall into this trap.
  5. Get sufficient sleep, so your willpower will remain intact. When we are tired, our willpower is significantly diminished and we often reach for junk food.

By Kelli Irwin