Why do you need a balanced meal?

Why do you need a balanced meal?

By Amy Henry of Venice Nutrition

Sponsor of Atlanta Fatboy

Focus on the three big macronutrients when putting together a balanced meal:  protein, carbohydrates and fat.  Yes, you need FAT!  Protein is all animal products such as beef, chicken, eggs, cheese, yogurt, milk, fish, etc.  The only plant based product that acts like an animal product is soy.  You will see products such as peanut butter and breads that have “protein” in them, but they are considered an incomplete protein and will not act the same way as an animal protein.

Why does this matter?  Our goal is to reduce the impact of food on our blood sugar.  Carbohydrates effect your blood sugar and are responsible for spiking blood sugar, resulting in a rush of insulin in your system.  Not good!  Protein counteracts the effect of carbs on your blood sugar, slowing down the absorption of sugar in your blood.  Carbs include all wheat, oats, processed foods, grains, cereals, fruits and vegetables.  Fat slows down digestion and keeps you satiated. Fat includes nuts, nut butters, butter, oils, avacado, egg yoks. Our bodies work much more efficiently when we balance our meals and keep our blood sugar stable.  You will feel better, act better (mood wise) AND look better if you balance your meals!!

For more information visit:

http://www.amyhenrynutrition.com

or http://www.venicenutritionamyhenry.com

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