If your eating habits are anything like mine, then you’ll understand how it’s only after you’ve had one too many of whatever it is you’re eating, that you probably should’ve stopped. The point is, our bodies weren’t designed to cope with the sheer convenience that we have today of getting food, and it requires conscious effort to stop eating as if the next meal wasn’t a sure thing. At any rate, here are a few things to think about during your next meal:
Red meat red alert:
It pains me greatly to say this, but according to this Time Magazine article eating red meat might be bad for your health, increasing the risk of colon cancer. Lower meat consumption is also be better for the environment, with one set of statistics showing that each kilogram of meat produced takes around 13 kilos of grain, 30Kg of hay and 200,000L of water! (Source)
Nip salt intake in the bud:
Nutritionists are advising Australians to eat less salt – the average Australian supposedly consumes twice the daily recommended intake of salt, which can lead to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease. One of the major culprits is processed food – they tend to be very high in salt content, even if it’s not savoury. Pro-tip: to see how much salt a product has, check out the “Sodium” entry in the nutritional fact box on the packaging.
It may seem unintuitive, but your body may produce more energy digesting processed food than natural food with the same amount of calories (the science of which is very well summarised here). This is because the way calories are measured in a lab is very different to how our bodies convert food into energy. That’s before we even start to talk about what goes into processed food to help it keep longer without spoiling, and to give it an appealing taste and texture. If you think about it, processing and cooking are really just processes by which we make food easier to digest by breaking down fibres and other hard-to-digest materials. Therefore try to include as much raw, unprocessed food in your diet as possible.
Just cut it out:
Conventional wisdom says that it can take the brain up to 20 minutes to register that you’re full. Furthermore, there are scientific studies that demonstrate a link between calorie restriction and longevity (although these are far from conclusive). The takeaway from this is that it doesn’t hurt to simply eat less. It’s good for your wallet too :-)
It’s hard to think about all this when you come home from work tired and hungry, and not many people have the patience to stand around at the supermarket comparing the nutritional virtues between two brands of the same product. Still, a little bit here and there can add up. I’ve been trying to incorporate as many of the above into my diet as possible – all well and good, except my problem is that I need to exercise more (or even exercise at all)!
2 thoughts on “Eating less is more”
NOOO!!!!! Could this spell the end to the Gomez Family Steak Sundays?
Hey you don’t need to become vegan! Although Lingsi was saying on Facebook how she’s reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book on meat, and that’s putting her off…