Eats + Education

Another great day at the Southeastern Hospital Fitness Association conference.

Food first: I had my Kashi bar and coffee on the drive, and when I got there, we had a light breakfast. I chose a small breakfast burrito with salsa, some fresh pineapple and cantaloupe, and more coffee!

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Then, for lunch we walked over to Market Square and had lunch at a great restaurant, Tomato Head. I had the Tuscan chicken (roasted chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto) on wheat and blue corn chips with yummy, really garlicky hummus.

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The main presentation today was titled, “Diabesity: Twin Epidemics with a Singular Solution”.

Main highlights:

  • Obesity has increased at an unprecedented rate in the last 50 years.
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes are consistently present together.
  • If you exercise regularly, you have the benefit of “metabolic flexibility”…meaning, our metabolism can adapt to our diet’s varying macronutrient breakdown (how much percentage-wise we consume of carbs, protein, and fat).
  • Fat is the only macronutrient, that, when we consume more, our fat oxidation actually goes down. If we consume more carbohydrate and more protein, our carb and protein oxidation, respectively, goes up.
  • Bottom line- in order to lose weight and control diabetes – the ideal solution is to exercise more and lose weight…ideally by consuming a “relatively” low fat diet.
  • The more we exercise, the more glucose we store in our muscles, meaning that the glucose will not be as readily available to be stored as fat.

Gosh- there was so much great information in this presentation, I could go on and on. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great afternoon!

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2 responses to “Eats + Education

  1. Good points-I think the point about excess dietary fat reducing fat oxidation needs to be repeatedly stressed on.I believe all oils should be used in moderation-including olive oil.I’ve come across so many people who drown their food in olive oil(EVOO et al ) all in the name of health 😦

    • angiesappetite

      Totally agree, Sweta. There’s definitely benefits to having healthy mono-unsaturated fats and omega 3 fats in our diet….but, in terms of weight loss and weight maintenance, excess fat (even good fat) = excess calories.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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