Why You're Starving on a Full Stomach

Why You're Starving on a Full Stomach

I just ate, so why am I actually considering stealing candy from a baby?

By Cliff Harvey | 14th April 2016

Many of us are starving. Sure, we have enough calories (sometimes too many) but we’re starving for essential vitamins and minerals.

Relax, relax. It’s not just because you pigged out on Macca’s at 4am last Saturday. A lack of variety in our diet, nutrient-depleted soil and a longer food chain all have a part to play in this predicament.

But comfort eating surely doesn't help. Image: No Strings Attached, Giphy

But comfort eating surely doesn't help. Image: No Strings Attached, Giphy

And stress. Stress is a big one. See, in the modern world, we can’t simply respond to our stressors, fight to the death and have it over and done with. Living in a constant state of “fight or flight”, whether it’s from a social, financial or emotional standpoint, creates high levels of residual stress. To counteract this, we need a diet rich in B vitamins, magnesium and zinc.

Unfortunately, the way our food is grown and distributed doesn’t help. Intensive farming practices have depleted the micronutrients in soil, which used to be passed along the food chain.

Now, rather than eating locally-grown produce, we source food from a global market. Many vitamins and minerals begin to break down when exposed to heat, light and air – an effect which is only increased the further food travels. By the time the food gets to our plate, it has a much lower nutrient content than the same food would have several decades ago.

Decades ago, through choice and necessity, people ate a greater variety of seasonal foods. These days, we often eat three or four types of vegetables on a regular basis, many of which have similar nutrient profiles.

Luckily, there are several ways that we can reclaim these lost nutrients. If you want to improve your diet, here are the things you should be doing:

1. Eat six serves of vegetables per day

Remember to increase the range of vegetables you eat as well as the quantity.

This may be your biggest problem. Image: Simpsons, Giphy vegetables simpsons

This may be your biggest problem. Image: Simpsons, Giphy

2. Eat two to three serves of berries per day

Berries are nature’s multivitamin. They are packed with highly antioxidant compounds that help to reduce visible signs of aging and the effects of inflammation associated with cancer and heart disease.

3. Eat more superfoods

Regular use of a high quality greens product (such as Good Green Stuff) is a great way to pack more nutrients in.

4. Eat organic

Organic foods provide higher levels of secondary antioxidant nutrients.

5. Make super-smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to boost the nutrients in our diet. Start with a high quality protein such as Clean Lean Protein and add berries, vegetables and Good Green Stuff along with healthy fats such as macadamia oil or coconut cream for improved brain health and energy.

Image: Giphy

Image: Giphy


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Article by Cliff Harvey

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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