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Fuelling the machine

The old adage of ‘you are what you eat’ to some extent is true! Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to transform into a doughnut if you consume Krispy Kreme’s on a daily basis. However, what you eat can reflect in how you feel, how healthy you are and how you perform!

Although a calorie is a unit of energy, not all calories are created equal. Where your calories are from will determine how they will react within the body when consumed. We all have a Basal Metabolic Rate (amount of calories burned at rest to keep your body functioning efficiently). We need to take this into account, ensuring that we provide ourselves with adequate fuel for bodily function as well as our daily activities and tasks!

If you compare your body to a car, the principle is the same; you need to put in the right type and amount of fuel into the car to work like a supreme machine.
Can you imagine trying to drive from London to Edinburgh with ½ tank of diesel in a car that takes unleaded petrol?

We all know that if we eat nutrient-dense foods like veggies, we tend to feel more energised and focused. We are also less likely to become ill and will have better digestive health. Why is that?

Vegetables contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals to release energy from foods, antioxidants to protect cells from damage and boost the immune system and fibre to aid digestion. Conversely some sugar, fat and salt-laden processed foods can negatively affect our energy levels, overall health and mood.

How do I fuel?

1. Wonder of water – Facilitates all chemical reactions within the body.
2. 5 a day – Are you eating 5 different fruits/vegetables a day? If not, consider a green smoothie to start your day.
3. Read labels – Red, Amber, Green; find out what fuel is in your food.

Want some more helpful hints? Contact us at wellbeing@peopleplus.co.uk

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