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  • Secrets for a Balanced Life # 2
    Eat right - 40% Carbohydrates - 30% Protein - 30% Fat

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    In addition to EM-BALANCE you should try to balance your meals to 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat. Your carbohydrates should come from vegetables, legumes and fruit. Proteins should come from fish, chicken, lean beef or pork. Your carbohydrate (sugars) should come from low glycemic foods.

a. Carbohydrates are sugars

Carbohydrates are sugars. Most people do not know it but breads, pasta and rice are all carbohydrates very high in sugar and should be avoided or kept to a minimum. You can obtain a glycemic index from the Internet or a health care professional that will show foods with high sugar content as well as foods with low sugar content.

b. High glycemic (sugar containing) foods elevate insulin and blood glucose, stimulate fat-storage, exacerbate hyperactivity, stimulate overeating and reduce sports performance. Low glycemic foods do not.

The glycemic index actually measures how much insulin is secreted when the food is digested. Insulin has several roles but its primary function is to remove glucose (sugar) from the blood and convert it to fat. So foods that stimulate high secretions of insulin will store more fat in the body, stimulate overeating and reduce your energy. Foods that say NO-FAT are actually carbohydrates that secrete insulin that in turn converts the sugar to body fat (so the statement NO-FAT just means it does not contain any fat but does not tell you that it produces body fat). Dietary carbohydrates also include the complex carbohydrates starch and fiber. During digestion all carbohydrates except fiber break down into sugars. The body cannot tell the difference between naturally occurring (breads, pasta and rice) and added sugars because they are identical chemically.

c. Eat carbohydrate foods that have a low glycemic index

Eat vegetables, legumes or fruit in each meal and take your EM-BALANCE daily for optimal health. Most starchy foods commonly eaten in North America, chiefly refined grain products and potatoes, have a high glycemic index, exceeding that of even table sugar by up to 50%. By contrast, vegetables, legumes, and fruits generally have a low glycemic index. There has been a decrease in fat intake in this country in the last 30 years. A reduction of dietary fat tends to cause a compensatory increase in sugar and starch intake. Make your carbohydrate consumption a vegetable, legume or fruit in each meal.

d. Both sugars and starches promote tooth decay

Tooth decay may come from both what is in your mouth as well as what is in your blood. The more foods you eat that contain sugars and starches the greater the risk for tooth decay. Frequent eating of foods high in sugars and starches as between-meal snacks is harmful. Studies have shown that when sugar was injected into the bloodstream of rats, the incidence of tooth decay increased dramatically. Thus sugar in the bloodstream may contribute to tooth decay as much as what remains in the mouth.

e. Proteins should come from fish, chicken, lean beef or pork

Proteins are important for the growth, repair and formation of new tissue, as a regulatory transport of nutrients and oxygen and a source of energy. 30% of your diet should come from lean meats. Eating lean meats prevents excess fat intake. EM-BALANCE contains amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins with no fat. These amino acids may help to balance your hormonal system.

 f. Specific fat oils like olive oil and peanut oil may be better for you

Fat is contained in most foods you eat. For cooking oil you should use olive oil and peanut oil. Olive oil and peanut oil have been shown to be more conforming to the body’s metabolism and production of more vital and beneficial hormones that promote better healing, tissue growth and more. Butter and margarine are very high in fat and not necessarily good for you. Some studies have shown butter to be better than margarine so if you must use one of them use butter.

g. You may not need to take supplements like vitamins

Daily vitamin and mineral supplements at or below the Recommended Dietary Allowances are considered safe, but are usually not needed by people who eat a variety of foods. EM-BALANCE contains amino acids, neurotransmitters, and other ingredients that mix with your body’s metabolism to keep you in a vibrant healthy state. Vitamins and mineral supplements can actually be toxic to the body in excess. If taken in excess then the body has to act to remove them, which in turn can weaken the immune system as well as reduce your energy. Try not to consume large amounts of supplements.