Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Step 4 - Making Healthy Food Choices + Your Brain and High-Fat, Sugary Foods


Step 3 in 20 Steps to a Healthier 2013 was all about making expanding your list of healthy fruits and veggies in your diet.  And with Step 4 I want to take it just a bit further . . .

Step 4 is all about making healthier choices in other areas of your diet.  It's time to purge your cabinets, refrigerator and pantry and toss out all of those foods that are high in transfats and sugars!

Pay special attention to any food that contains corn syrup, sugar, fructose and canola oil as well as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats.  None of these has anything good to offer your body!

Opt instead for natural sweeteners like:

  • Stevia
  • Molasses
  • Date Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Maple Sugar
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Organic Agave Nectar
  • Coconut Nectar
  • Palm Sugar 
And healthy fats like:
  • Organic Butter
  • Ghee
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Walnut Oil
  • Pecan Oil
  • Pistachio Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Cocoabutter
  • Palm Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Peanut Oil

Remember, both sweeteners and fats should make up a small part of your daily diet.  

If you are wondering just how much difference this can make in your picture of health, just read this article I found on these very items . . .

Dr. P 



Study looks at brain chemistry changes caused by eating high-fat, sugary foods


    University of Montreal press release via HealthCanal:
BrainEven before obesity occurs, eating fatty and sugary foods causes chemical changes in the brain, meaning that going on a diet might feel similar to going through drug withdrawal, according to a study published today by Dr. Stephanie Fulton of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated CRCHUM Hospital Research Centre.


“By working with mice, whose brains are in many ways comparable to our own, we discovered that the neurochemistry of the animals who had been fed a high fat, sugary diet were different from those who had been fed a healthy diet,” Fulton explained. “The chemicals changed by the diet are associated with depression. A change of diet then causes withdrawal symptoms and a greater sensitivity to stressful situations, launching a vicious cycle of poor eating.”

The research team feed one group of mice a low-fat diet and a high fat diet to a second group over six weeks, monitoring how the different food affected the way the animals behave. Fat represented 11% of the calories in the low-fat diet and 58% in the high-fat diet, causing the waist size in the latter group to increase by 11% – not yet obese. Next, Fulton and her colleagues use a variety of scientifically validated techniques to evaluate the relationship between rewarding mice with food and their resulting behaviour and emotions. They also actually looked at the brains of the mice to see how they had changed.

Mice that had been fed the higher-fat diet exhibited signs of being anxious, such as an avoidance of open areas. Moreover, their brains have been physically altered by their experiences. One of molecules in the brain that the researchers looked at is dopamine. It enables the brain to rewards us with good feelings, thereby encouraging us to learn certain kinds of behaviour. This chemical is the same in humans as it is in mice and other animals. In turn, CREB is a molecule that controls the activation of genes involved in the functioning of our brains, including those that cause the production of dopamine. It contributes to memory formation.

CREB is much more activated in the brains of higher-fat diet mice and these mice also have higher levels of corticosterone, a hormone that is associated with stress. This explains both the depression and the negative behaviour cycle,” Fulton said.
“It’s interesting that these changes occur before obesity. These findings challenge our understanding of the relationship between diet, the body and the mind. It is food for thought about how we might support people psychologically as they strive to adopt healthy eating habits, regardless of their current corpulence.”


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