You all know I’ve been taking classes at the university this year (because I won’t. stop. talking. about it). Here’s something that made me go hmmmm as I was sitting there this week…
Almost everything we eat is absorbed into the blood stream from the small intestine with very few exections. Alcohol for example, being the mannerly and generous nutrient that it is, is not absorbed with the rest of our food, but rather it cuts right to the front of the line and is absorbed from the stomach instead. Hmmm – interesting. On a similar note, all the “good” nutrients we take in like amino acids, vitamins, minerals, glucose etc are all absorbed directly into to the blood stream. The only exception is…fats. Fats we ingest are processed and absorbed directly into the lymphatic system instead. Again, hmmm – it seems to me that the exeptions to the rules are obviously the least healthy options and cause us the most health and weight problems.
Don’t get me wrong – I know healthy fats are a good thing – for example the fats found in our vegetables and nuts and healthy fats from fish. But all the other bad fat we eat? They are very, very hard on your body and your immune system. Lest you misunderstand me – we need healthy fats in our diet. Lest you misunderstand me again – 99% of us are hardly in danger of having too few fats in our diet. And certainly none of us needs to worry about maintaining a minimum alcohol intake.
Today’s assignment is to take a good look at what you’re eating and picture your body absorbing it. If you don’t want it in your blood system, (or your lymphatic system), then don’t eat it! Go for that apple! 🙂
You are all stars! I’m so proud of your efforts! Have a GREAT day!