Take a moment to think back to when you were very young. Do you remember the reaction you would get from your close circle of elders if you refused to eat your breakfast? The trademark response you would get from your parents, teacher or school bus driver would be ''breakfast is the most important meal of the day''.
The idea of missing your breakfast was be your own worst enemy, putting the success of your day in jeopardy. If you want to feel at the peak of your optimal health, performing all daily tasks at their best, you may not want to neglect missing breakfast, so its believed. [Malcolm Gladwell would on the other hand disagree with general well known thought]
What Goal Does Everyone Share For Their Health?
From the many patients I see, what is the unified health goal most people wish to accomplish from their Neurofunctional Chiropractic Assessment? Most would imagine that the objective is to be ''pain free'', but its close.
The most common goal patients have worldwide is to lose weight. Being a universal concern, it's not a billion dollar industry for no reason. Better health outcomes are associated with less adipose tissue and abdominal fat and having a “healthy” weight is well, healthy. If somebody is committed to losing weight or simply restore good health, an extensive plan including a reorganized fitness and diet program is best, accompanied by the right mindset and plenty of rest.
In terms of nutrition, I believe that breakfast, lunch and dinner are not the most significant meals to think about when losing weight, but more importantly what happens in-between.
Look at it from this perspective: you are very dedicated to reorganizing your diet and maybe even consulting a trainer or dietician that has got you committed to nutritious meals threes to four times a day.
All the food groups are covered, your calorie intake is optimal for your needs, your protein intake is sufficient and you have even considered your gut’s health. Great!
However in between these meals it is easy to consume up to 500 or even 1000 calories of nutritiously empty foods when you add up the lattes (150 cal), muffins(110+ cal), afternoon snack, and dinner that includes dessert (a lot of calories) and a glass or two of beer (150 cal) / wine (120 cal). These “treats” and snacks become meals in and of themselves. Not only do these calories add up, but most snacks also lack any nutritional contribution and are typically hyperglycaemic.
Replacing, and in some cases cutting out the meals in between the major meals, can be the easiest and bring about the most profound health changes.
If you are already working hard to change your health by improving the quality of your meals, this might be the final piece of the puzzle.
If you do not know where to start, the in-between meals might be the easiest concern to tackle first.
Pack a healthy lunch for those in between snacks and drink moderate and socially!
The Easiest Six Ways to Make a Monumental Shift
- Take your coffee or tea “black” and without milk + sugar / sweetener
- When it comes to sweets, muffins, croissants, be like Nancy and “just say No!”
- Make dessert a piece of fruit
- Always have some vegetables (and hummus!) or nutritiously dense food packed for a snack.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners because they might make you hungrier than you really are.
- Less alcohol at night means fewer calories and a better sleep.
This is nothing revolutionary but I think it is really important to step back and make sure that there are no missing pieces holding you back from reaching your goals.
If you think that your health is holding you back or want to feel and perform even better, Dr Alex can help.
Dr Alex is a chiropractor and neurofunctional acupuncture provider practicing at Park Road Healing Arts near Yonge and Bloor. He helps people to achieve more from their bodies by restoring and optimization function of the nervous system. If you are looking to improve your health in general or have specific concerns like neck or back pain, headaches, poor posture, numbness and tingling or chronic sports injuries, he looks forward to helping with compassionate care.