Let your health pursuits change from rules or restrictions to nourishment and balance – because achieving the body of your dreams won’t ensure happiness unless you appreciate what you’ve got right now in the present. This. Very. Moment. Take a moment to just say, “thank you Jesus.” Because no matter where you are in your life, God has been good to you somehow, so reflect on that – it’ll be like a warm sip of green tea for your soul!
For our bodies to become their best version possible, get ready to see yourself and the relationship with food, calories, and weight in a whole new way!
First of all, our lives run on energy… Just like gas in cars and electricity in lights, food is what sustains us.
The word “calorie” is synonymous with “energy.” Calories are how we measure energy. Calories come from 3 types of energy-yielding nutrients, and the percentages show how much of your diet should be made up of them.
- Carbs | 50-60% of diet
- Fat | 30% of diet
- Protein | 15-20% of diet
Provide the body with energy – the body’s gas to a car. Your body’s first choice of energy – the easiest to convert to energy.
Are the building blocks of our body. Tissues break down & build up daily that proteins and vital amino acids repair. The brain, skin, hair, heart, lungs all repair themselves daily, and protein is the tool for that. Protein also fuels the power of our immunity and regulates our hormones.
DO NOT turn into body fat – stop thinking that. Good fats help absorb vitamins and are vital to the health of our heart (which is kind of a big deal.) Fats are the most energy-dense calories (hence why we don’t need very many) and come in handy when you need energy over long periods of time like endurance training.
Our Bodies Use Energy in 3 Ways:
Basic Bodily Needs – internal functions, digestion, sleeping…
Daily Living – walking, talking, thinking…
Excersise – Takes up a small sliver of your energy needs because it takes only a portion of your day.
A good first step is to take a BMR test to see about how many calories your body needs daily, then organize and plan the types of food (carbs, fat, or protein) you need and enjoy to best sustain yourself. Try to plan around a plant-based diet, which is something we will get into later in the series. Don’t tell yourself that eating the bare minimum is admirable, eat for nutrition and strive for a balanced lifestyle, don’t ever let yourself feel deprived! A good rule of thumb is to stop eating when you’re 80% full.
Now you know a little more of why we eat each type of food (Carb, Fat, and Protein) and how much of each food we need to sustain our bodies.