The Truth about Healthy Eating


After another visit from Function Jigsaw we had to share some of the hush-hush… actually, not-so-secret facts and advice that our coach, author Debbie Bliss, empoweringly instilled in us last week.

In the second episode of Function Jigsaw’s Fit for Industry programme entitled ‘The Truth about Healthy Eating,’ many of us in the office were eager to hear what Debbie had to enlighten us with having tried out one or two fad diets! And with so much confusion surrounding food labeling, ingredients, sugar levels, vitamin intake, calories, soluble fibre, insoluble fibre, cholesterol, trans fats, poly fats, mono fats, sat fat and total fat (we’d list more but don’t want you gasping for air), it is a mind boggling affair; so much so that many of us give up after just a few days second guessing what we should and shouldn’t eat, when, where, how much and other factors.

TV shows like Food Detectives and The Truth About Food have played their part in exposing the reality behind the foods we eat on a daily basis but even armed with all the facts, we still resort to old (very bad) habits, and what Debbie is great at is reminding us of these facts and using real life examples to back up her points and open our eyes as to why these are so incredibly important to our health, as well as personal individual advice on our own questions and concerns.

Again, we sat around the office together sharing our own experiences, which Debbie used to link in with her talk. We won’t even attempt to reiterate Debbie’s words as it’s something you really need to hear for yourself but here’s just a small sample of things we learnt this week.

1. Protein shakes are not all they’re cracked up to be.

There are actually 20 amino acids in proteins that your body needs. That’s why people take protein shakes to build and repair muscles. BUT our bodies naturally produce 12 of these 20 proteins, so we only need to find the other 8 each day. These amino acids can be found easily in many food sources making protein shakes kind of redundant if you’re not training for a major sporting event.

2. You do not have to eat meat for protein.

We’ve grown up in a world that teaches us that we must eat meat in order to be strong and healthy. Not true. In fact, the worst kind of thing we can possibly consume is saturated fat. And guess where it comes from - meat. On top, studies have shown that most of us can’t even digest red meats. Some of the highest sources of protein come from nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, tofu, quinoa… you get the picture. And in any nutritional chart, protein is usually one of the smallest sections with the majority filled with fruit, veg, bread, pasta and other carbs.

3. There are 8 cleansing foods.

As so many of us have seemingly become obsessed with ‘detoxing’ the body, Debbie suggests eating 5 or 6 of these foods that will do just that (simply topping up the natural detoxing your body does every single day by the way).

Avocado

Garlic

Cabbages/kale

Cranberries

Grapefruit

Blueberries

Root vegetables (especially sweet potato – yay!)

Lemon in lukewarm water (Your body has to work harder to hydrate you with cold water. You are instantly hydrated with room temp water.)

4. Humans are grazers not gorgers.

Back in the cavemen days we overfilled ourselves on whatever was around at the time because we didn’t know when we the next meal would be available. But modern times have made life so simple that it is now most efficient for us to graze all day long. Which is good news so make sure you enjoy it! This keeps our metabolic rate fueled and burning at a regular rate. If we eat at midday and then starve ourselves ‘til 7pm our body is going to start storing fat to keep us alive for as long as possible until we find more food. If we eat like this, our blood sugars will dramatically drop and go through the roof all day long, which is the exact reason why we crave food when we attempt these crazy diets!

The Fit for Industry programme delivered by Function Jigsaw’s Debbie Bliss is definitely one to try out on your employees. See how they fall about laughing, empathise with one another, and feel appreciated having someone show interest in their personal experiences and well-being – we all did.

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