A Little Tidbit On Jerky, Fruit Stix and Weight Loss/Gain
+ Article 2: Insulin resistance and jerky
It's the kind of calories you eat that controls your weight
The body is like a credit card processing machine..... When you insert a valid card ( the right kinds of foods), your body has chemical ways of signaling your brain that you've eaten enough. It's hard, for example, to binge on a natural food that's sweet, like raisins. It will send "stop" signals when you've eaten enough.
But your body doesn't recognize empty, highly processed, or synthetic foods. Your body says "eat more, eat more" until you've consumed far more empty calories than you should. That's why you can eat a whole box of cookies or a carton of ice cream but only a slice of whole grain toast.
As Gary Null says, "You actually can increase your food intake and get slimmer at the same time if you choose the correct foods. The key is to adjust your diet so that you get the most value for your calorie" ( Gary Null's Ultimate Lifetime Diet, p. 120. 2000, Random House, New York).
Like trying to hold a beach ball under water, you can try to lose weight by limiting the number of empty, processed calories you eat, but your working against your body's chemistry, and it is almost impossible to maintain that willpower for long. Natural cravings are just too strong.
When you eat nutrition-rich, whole foods, you can eat more and actually lose weight because you're working with the body's natural control systems. Exercise doesn't seem to difficult because you're getting the right fuel.
Animal and plant proteins tend to trigger satiety (fullness). It's difficult to binge on low-fat protein and get too many calories. that's especially true if you combine protein, like jerky with high fiber foods like raw veggies or a salad.
What about fruit stix?
Whole-fruit Fruit stix act in the body much like whole fruit juices. They contain fruit fiber, which triggers satiety. When you eat Fruit Stix with a lot of liquids, they expand quickly and satisfy you before you consume too many calories.
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Healthy finger food for any Holiday. Make Yours Unique.
Jerky's marinated and smoke flavor makes it a perfect ingredient to add to all kinds of finger foods and snacks for any holiday. Jerky is slow cooked at a carefully controlled temperature for over 24 hours, a process essential to keep it tender and preserve it's flavor. This is the process that even the most devoted holiday chefs rarely have time for.
Our jerky is so tender it can be sliced and diced into all kinds of festive strips and shapes for decorative finger food. Slice against the grain for easier snacking. For trays of healthy hors d' oevres, try these tasty options.
Small jerky shapes make great finishing touches on whole grain crackers or small slices of hummus or cheese. Buffalos are an easy pre-sliced, healthy, un pepperoni solution for tasty little snack sandwiches. They can be sliced into handy little wedges.
Add jerky bits to your nut and cracker party mix.
Sprinkle Buffalo Jerky on festive salads with holiday craisins.
Mix shreds of Buffalo Jerky into cheese balls with red and green accents form pimento or colorful peppers.
Add Buffalo Jerky shreds to your favorite pinwheel recipe.
It may surprise you to see how people who are insulin resis-tant react to food. Those who don’t have insulin resistance watch them with wonder. They think their appetite is out of control. Why? Because those with insulin resistance don’t think about food like you and me. The out-of-balance chemicals in their bodies and their brains literally force them to think constantly about food. Whenever they get close to food, their natural instinct is to devour it. That’s how powerful in-sulin is in their body. The advice from most weight loss systems is to snack on many small, healthy meals throughout the day, but the options for insulin-resistant people are limited. Their “small meals” mean a Cup-o-Noodles, donuts, candy.
Insulin-resistant people need slow-burning, high protein food to slow down the sugar con-version in their body and shut off the hunger chemicals. And they need it a half hour before they are hit with intense cravings or the temp-tations of a huge meal or party buffet.
The same thing is true for diabetics and people who are hypoglycemic. They all crave the empty sweets and starches. But these are the worst possible snacks for them. Their choices are very limited. Nuts and jerky are about the only convenience foods that provide the slow-burning natural fats and protein that will douse the hunger chemicals inside their brain.
But here’s a caution. Don’t wait until you’re ready to devour the whole carton of ice cream before you reach for a strip of jerky. Schedule the snack. Keep jerky in your car or desk drawer and reach for it when your brain sends its first message of hunger.
Most of us don’t understand how unreason-able our body’s hunger chemicals can be. They make us react in ways other people would never think of doing. This intense hunger must be controlled with habits that protect us from ourselves.
So stock up on a variety of flavors from Jerky Direct as a great weight-management hedge.
Here is a bog post of mine that outlines my weight loss program designed by me for myself. It is very strict. Yet a simplistic approach to lower the carbohydrates and sugar in my diet. It is named, New Year's Resolution 2012... You will see why I took this approach when you read the post. Read below: Insulin Resistance and Jerky