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Published on: 27 Feb 2011 by isy
Last night I went to the Patrick Holford ‘Feel Good Factor” Lecture. Patrick is a psychologist as well as a nutritional expert and he wrote about 30 books on the topic. I own 4 of his books ( The optimum nutrition bible, The low GL Diet made easy, The low GL counter and then I bought his new book ‘The feel good factor last night and still have to read it.) And He is VERY FUNNY!
I found the talk very informative even though some of what he said is frowned upon in my field (dietetics). But I will just sum up the most important points he made (these are the points I agree with).
He defines healthy as being free of pain and as happy and he believes, as do I, that health can be achieved by optimum nutrition. We can all agree that our diet in the 21st century is far from optimum.
He coined the term ‘Internal Global warming’ which basically is about our blood sugar level. So without going into too much detail I’m going to try and explain this concept in layman’s terms.
YOU eat a meal – the Carbohydrates (sugar) is converted to glucose- The glucose increases Blood sugar levels 0 Insulin is released to decrease it.
Now Insulin STORES FAT!! That is the point I need to stress. So it stands to reason that the more sugar you consume the higher your fat stores.
Carbs are not really bad guys here. It depends on the Quality and Quantity of Carbs you consume. For example Simple vs. Refined Carbs. Slow releasing Carbs are better for the body. And always pair a Carb with a protein!
Your ideal plate should be as follows:
Half filled with veg
Quarter with Carbs
Quarter with protein
And a little fat
HE said a lot more but if I start on the other concepts now I may never stop.
Please let me know if you guys enjoyed this post or not. I really want to start a series on vitamins and minerals- About the sources, benefits with regard to both general health and beauty. So let me know if it is something I should pursueJ