Nutrient counting is the new calorie counting!

This just in – a calorie is a measure of how much energy is in a food – that’s all!

 

But over the years we’ve been programmed to believe that calories are horrible little things that make us fat, which in actual fact this is not the case at all.

Calorie counting doesn’t take into account what you’re eating, just how many calories you are eating. As a result many people fear fat in a food since the label says it has 9 grams of calories per gram vs 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates and protein.

However, this way of thinking isn’t nutritionally sound. May I suggest that we think about it this way instead:

 

A NEW WAY OF THINKING


An avocado, for example, has about 227 calories and a slice of toast has 75 calories. Which sounds better? Most people would say the toast, but really the high quality, high fat calories from an avocado will keep you full longer and cause a release of hormones that tell your body to burn fat since it has to work harder to break down the fibre causing weight loss.

Sure, a slice of toast at a meager 75 calories means you can eat more, but processed food will tell your body to store fat because of the sugar spike and insulin release following that spike causing weight gain in the long run. So really the avocado is more nutritional and better for you, higher calories and all.

 

WHAT’S THE LESSON?


The moral of the story here? Food is so much more than just calories! Food is information for the body. And this applies to anything we consume. Our bodies receive this energy and information and have to decide how to interpret it and react with it.

For example, according to author Marc David in The Slow Down Diet, “the caffeine will literally tell your heart to beat faster, the bioflavonoids in your berries will instruct the body to keep tiny blood vessels strong and supple, to reduce inflammation and to slow down the ageing process of specific tissues.”

So the true value of food will never be found in calorie counting or on a label. It’s true worth comes from the nutrients it contains and the information it is conveying to your body.


QUALITY OVER QUANTITY – IT’S A CLICHE FOR A REASON


Elevate the quality of your food and you will never have to worry about counting calories again. With the simple idea of “what is this food saying to my body” we can easily determine if what we are eating will cause weight gain, disease or improve the quality of our well being and support weight loss.  Bam! Mind blown, am I right?

 

LIMIT THESE 5 ANTI-NUTRIENTS IN YOUR DIET:

  1. Poor quality fats: hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated oil, fried foods, etc.
  2. Poor quality sugar: any food that contain high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, white sugar, glucose, and artificial sweeteners.
  3. Poor quality white flour: mass produced pasta, breads, cookies, muffins, bagels, crackers, cereals, sugar-sweetened oatmeal, commercial granola bars, chips, pastries and donuts.
  4. Poor quality dairy: mass produced non-organic, hormone-containing cheese, milk, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, flavoured milks, and snack-foods with cheese byproducts.  
  5. Poor quality meat: Fast-food meat, processed meat like packaged cold cuts and hot dogs, meats in frozen prepared food that isn’t hormone free or grass fed. I would add to this that it’s important to limit any meat that is raised inhumanely and not treated with care.

 

REPLACE THEM WITH HIGH QUALITY, FAT BURNING NUTRIENTS LIKE THESE:

High quality fat: Avocado, olives, fresh fish, nuts and seeds, nut butters, free-range eggs and meat, butter and ghee. Cold-press oils like olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, and nut oils.  

High quality sugar: raw honey, maple syrup, all fruit and vegetables.

High quality grains: organic varieties of rice, quinoa, corn, buckwheat, oats, lentil, and chickpeas.

High quality dairy: nutritionists and dieticians disagree about the merits of dairy and that’s because commercial dairy is extremely low in quality. I would recommend keeping dairy products to a minimum and when you do choose to consume it, chose raw and organic.

High quality meat: As best as you can, choose meat that is labeled hormone free range, grass fed and/or organic. If you can go one step further, because part of a local farm CSA and support farmers that are working hard to make sure animals are treated humanely.

About Me

Hi, I’m Tracy! I create food solutions to feed your life goals. I’m a Nutritionist, chocoholic + superhero fan. Mom to three, wife to one, crazy about all four, and food! When you work with me you’ll learn to savour life and nourish all that it has to offer.

Follow Me

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Ready for the truth no one wants you to know?

There actually IS a secret tool to getting healthier.

Here’s another secret:
It DOESN’T involve giving up treats and wine forever.

In fact, the way I’ve been able to keep my family and I healthy for the last decade has been largely thanks to the 80/20 rule.

This week’s blog (link below) is ALL about moderation. The word you hear SO MUCH, but never really know how to practically include in your life.

Also on the blog, 15 DELICIOUS (and I mean actually delicious) vegetable recipes.

No, I’m not going to tell you to make a plain salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Let’s talk about VEGGIES that are delicious and taste like our favourite comfort food.

When we start to rekindle our flame with veggies, we remember how good they can taste and how they make us FEEL.

What’s your favourite FUN way to include veggies in your diet? 

https://tracyhoule.com/how-to-rekindle-the-flame-with-vegetables/

Ready for the truth no one wants you to know?

There actually IS a secret tool to getting healthier.

Here’s another secret:
It DOESN’T involve giving up treats and wine forever.

In fact, the way I’ve been able to keep my family and I healthy for the last decade has been largely thanks to the 80/20 rule.

This week’s blog (link below) is ALL about moderation. The word you hear SO MUCH, but never really know how to practically include in your life.

Also on the blog, 15 DELICIOUS (and I mean actually delicious) vegetable recipes.

No, I’m not going to tell you to make a plain salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Let’s talk about VEGGIES that are delicious and taste like our favourite comfort food.

When we start to rekindle our flame with veggies, we remember how good they can taste and how they make us FEEL.

What’s your favourite FUN way to include veggies in your diet?

tracyhoule.com/how-to-rekindle-the-flame-with-vegetables/
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

I really enjoyed reading your blog on Veggies! I like the different ideas on how to incorporate more veggies. I love grilled veggies the best but also enjoy making casseroles with different veggies! I cant wait to try some of your new veggie recipes....even the butternut smoothie😬!

If you have some nagging symptoms, its possible that theyre related to the foods you eat!

And were not just talking digestive symptoms.

Even things like headaches, joint pain, or eczema can be related to food that youre sensitive to.

How would you find out if there is a food at the root of your issue?

Through an elimination diet!

Elimination diets are just that - eliminating certain foods. Then you reintroduce them back one at a time to see if you are sensitive to those foods.

It’s a strategic process that can be great… but also not so great.

In this weeks blog - link below - I share the pros and cons of elimination diets and my latest recipe - youll never know that it eliminates the most common allergens (because its so good).

https://tracyhoule.com/pros-and-cons-of-elimination-diets/

If you have some nagging symptoms, it's possible that they're related to the foods you eat!

And we're not just talking digestive symptoms.

Even things like headaches, joint pain, or eczema can be related to food that you're sensitive to.

How would you find out if there is a food at the root of your issue?

Through an elimination diet!

Elimination diets are just that - eliminating certain foods. Then you reintroduce them back one at a time to see if you are sensitive to those foods.

It’s a strategic process that can be great… but also not so great.

In this weeks blog - link below - I share the pros and cons of elimination diets and my latest recipe - you'll never know that it eliminates the most common allergens (because it's so good).

tracyhoule.com/pros-and-cons-of-elimination-diets/
... See MoreSee Less

Did you know that your morning coffee can be HARMFUL to your health based on your genetics?

Have you ever wanted to know what you should and shouldn’t eat, based on YOUR specific body?

Todays blog - link below - is ALL about the details of DNA testing AND how to get started.

It looks at your genes and how your diet interacts with them.

We can use nutrition to create PERSONALIZED diets to:

PREVENT certain conditions

Help you understand your INTOLERANCES

Know how your body REACTS to carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals

Build a nutrition plan for OPTIMAL health

 

🙋🏻‍♀️ I know I carry the CT variant of the GLUT2 gene.

This means I have a higher risk of sugar addiction which can lead to developing Type II Diabetes – but it doesn’t mean I WILL develop diabetes. 

 

Ive been able to ALTER and IMPROVE my diet with this knowledge to make sure I live a long and healthy life.

 

So, let’s get started figuring YOUR genetics and health out!

Have you tried genetic testing?

What’s holding you back?

Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️ 

https://tracyhoule.com/benefits_genetic_testing_for_health/

Did you know that your morning coffee can be HARMFUL to your health based on your genetics?

Have you ever wanted to know what you should and shouldn’t eat, based on YOUR specific body?

Today's blog - link below - is ALL about the details of DNA testing AND how to get started.

It looks at your genes and how your diet interacts with them.

We can use nutrition to create PERSONALIZED diets to:

PREVENT certain conditions

Help you understand your INTOLERANCES

Know how your body REACTS to carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals

Build a nutrition plan for OPTIMAL health



🙋🏻‍♀️ I know I carry the CT variant of the GLUT2 gene.

This means I have a higher risk of sugar addiction which can lead to developing Type II Diabetes – but it doesn’t mean I WILL develop diabetes.



I've been able to ALTER and IMPROVE my diet with this knowledge to make sure I live a long and healthy life.



So, let’s get started figuring YOUR genetics and health out!

Have you tried genetic testing?

What’s holding you back?

Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️

tracyhoule.com/benefits_genetic_testing_for_health/
... See MoreSee Less

Pin It on Pinterest