White Bread is a "No-No"
Some of these foods may even be harmful to our health. For example, white bread, although it does contain carbohydrates for energy, does not provide any fibre and any vitamins it may contain are added artificially. The lack of fibre in the bread, allows it to be digested and absorbed quickly, sending a surge of sugar into your body. Any sugar that cannot be immediately used will be stored, usually as fat. Since the sugar from the bread is used so quickly, it leaves you hungry for more.
Eat High Fibre Whole Grains Instead
On the other hand, opting for a high-fibre whole grain such as quinoa or brown rice, makes you feel full longer because the fibre takes time to digest and the sugar enters the blood stream at a slower pace. This allows you to actually use the energy from the carbohydrates in the grain and less will be stored as fat. You are also full for a longer period of time, so you end up eating less overall.
Eating Clean = Healthy Weight + More Energy
In Shape Mummy is based on the principles of clean, nutrient-dense eating to maximize energy and help achieve a healthy weight. This style of eating is not only designed to help shed extra unwanted kilos or maintain a healthy weight long-term, but is also beneficial for the whole family. When you eat clean, everyone can eat the same diet - you don’t have to make any special diet foods for yourself or your children. Eating fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains is beneficial for everyone’s health.
How Eating Clean Prevents Overeating
Another benefit of clean eating is that when you provide your body with the nutrients it actually needs, you end up eating less overall. When you base your diet on food which doesn’t provide any real nutrition, your body sends a signal to eat more (generally for sugar!) because the need for vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients has still not been met. Eating clean will allow you to achieve a natural, healthy, ideal weight and optimal energy for those busy days - without starvation or dieting.