Hey guys! How are we all?
I don’t know about you, but March has seemed to fly by – I swear it was only New Years last week, and here we are a few days from Easter. Sheesh.
Time really does go too fast doesn’t it? Days, turn into weeks, turn into months – very very quickly!
Last week, I shared with you a revelation I had, about the last month. If you didn’t read about it, you’re going to want to read this post!!
Time stood still, and since then, we have been very very cautious about our spending – in all areas. We don’t want to waste any money!
So this week, I’ve been busy meal planning, and looking at ways that we can save as much money as possible on food (and cut down on a few unnecessary bills too!).
We are definitely going ahead with a NO TAKEAWAY APRIL! And, I’m a bit excited!
I shared with you how much my family loves food, a little too much (obviously), but when set with a challenge with food, I don’t take it lightly.
Pinterest is my friend, my dear lovely friend.
I’ve been finding some good HEALTHY recipes to cook for my little family of 3, hoping and praying that Mister C will stop being fussy and enjoy the ride along with us in April — what’s the chances of that? I sure don’t know!
He really loves his nuggets and chips.
But, as we are on a health conscious kick, especially with being diagnosed with gestational diabetes with this pregnancy (increasing my risk of Type 2 diabetes by 50% – alongside an already existing family risk), I have decided it will be even better for us to transition to clean eating while we are reducing our takeaway, AND I’ll be double batching some meals to prep for #2’s arrival in May. #multitasker
Before we dive into logistics of No Takeaway April, I want to look at why it is so important NOT TO EAT TAKEAWAY.
I’m sure that most of you probably know some of the reasons..
It’s highly processed (the ingredients in these foods are not in their natural form, and have many different chemicals added to them).
The portion sizes are huge.
But let’s look into it further..
Here we go, let’s get into the nasty reasons…
The Carb Load Wreaks Havoc On Your Blood Sugar Levels
The general amount of carbs that are in takeaway foods, are nothing compared to a meal you would make at home. The burger alone can have more than 3 servings of carbohydrates, and a lot of that can be sugar added to the bun, or in the sauce.
Take the “Big M” from the most famous takeaway franchise in the world *wink wink*, with it’s three layers of bun, two beef patties, cheese, and special sauce. As stated by MyFitnessPal, the burger alone has 46g carbohydrates, 9g of which is sugar – this is 3 servings of carbohydrates, compared to your daily recommended carbohydrate serving of 9 (19-50yr olds – Australian Dietary Guidelines).
This alone can wreak havoc on your body as your body compensates with insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels once these foods are digested. Not only that, but adding in a regular fries (42g – almost 3 serves) and a regular cola (36g sugar – 2.5 servings) tallies up the carbohydrate and sugar quota very VERY quickly and before you know it, you’re having a sugar high and you’re crashing quick, and you’re half a serving from your daily intake of carbohydrates just from one meal.
Let’s then take into account that the American Heart Association recommends no more than 100-150 calories of sugar intake a day (Ref). That’s the cola your consuming right there. These spike your blood sugar levels, and doing this regularly increases your chances of weight gain, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes, among other risky diseases (Ref).
It Takes A Long Time To Burn Those Calories
When you put into perspective the large amount of carbohydrates and sugars in these foods, you have to also take into consideration how your body will digest them, and not only do they raise blood sugar levels, but that sugar has to have somewhere to go, and if you don’t exercise to burn it off, where do you think it’s going to go??
My thighs. It usually goes to my thighs.
Regular Big M meal (with a Cola) = 4264 kilojoules = 1018 calories.
How long does that take to burn?? Check it out below!
So looking at walking for example, and the 72.5kg person’s body weight column, it would take 80 minutes to burn off 500 calories, which is just under HALF of the calorie total of the Big M meal. That’s over two hours of work just for one feed, but think of what it does to your body if you DON’T burn it off.
Consuming Salt and Sugar Can Majorly Dehydrate You
When blood sugar levels are high, the body tries to get rid of this excess of glucose (sugar) through urination, and without adequate hydration, you’re very much at risk of dehydration (Ref). Throw in the high salt intake from most takeaway foods (salt makes it yum right?), this also is signaled to your brain to be rid of through urination (Ref), so a double wammy on the body. And, after consuming up to your daily quota of carbohydrates in one sitting, are you really going to go and polish two bottles of water just to counteract it? Blah. Talk about bloating.
Let’s talk about bloating!.. And sugar headaches.. Mood swings.. All that fun stuff!
Because most takeaway foods are highly processed, that also means they are lacking in healthy minerals and vitamins, and one of those good things we like to call fiber, which makes you regular (on the loo).. Add in the dehydration, you’re having problems moving that stuff outta your body! Ouch.. (Ref)
We also have the sugar high, which creates the sugar low, which creates the sugar headaches, and that disgusting sluggish feeling/yuck feeling in your throat/mood swings cause your just so tired from it all!
You’re really the life of the party now ain’t you! hehe
There’s also the scary facts.
Regular takeaway intake and the change in your body processes (stated above), will over time really cause a lot of troubles to your body. Besides weight gain, and obesity, we are also talking the following..
Asthma. Decreased fitness. Shortness of breath. Depression and Anxiety. Skin problems. Changes in bone density and muscle mass (Ref). Heart disease (Ref). Infertility. Type 2 Diabetes. Bowel issues (Ref) (candida infections, leaky gut, hormone imbalances). Extreme fatigue.
The list really goes on..
Painting the picture?
Takeaway foods have been linked to large weight gain around the mid-section, the worst kind of fat deposits you want. Visceral fat clings to your organs and stops them from working effectively. Your liver gets fat and your kidneys have trouble processing. Your bowels get clogged up from all the processed gunk, and from there, your hormones aren’t produced properly so you’re moody, sluggish, having reproductive issues and gaining weight that can lead to premature death from a range of different diseases, reducing your quality of life well before you kick the bucket. It’s not a nice picture.
So, when I think of the $800 we spent last month on takeaway, it really makes me feel sick, like I want to eat a brush to scrub my insides.
Which is why the NO TAKEAWAY APRIL is so important for us to do right now, alongside transitioning to clean, and I want YOU to come along for the ride as well.
Each week, I’m going to be sharing my planned meals for the week (along with the recipes I’ve found off Pinterest, so that hopefully, you will do the same and stop eating takeaway for a whole month! Hehe “whole” (foods) month. Smart.
As I always suggest to friends and family, and have learnt through my studies so far, the best way to become a healthy eater is to slowly transition, instead of jumping cold turkey. This gives you less of a chance to go backwards, and after the month, be right back where you started. It also gives you a chance to realise the impact that certain foods have had on your body – either from the withdrawals, or from the improvement in how you feel!
So, April will look like this.
Week 1 – replace sugar to alternatives.
Week 2 – start eating clean carbs.
Week 3 – reduce dairy to clean dairy alternatives (except my coffee, I need full cream cows milk in that coffee).
Week 4 – look over pantry items and start transitioning to healthier alternatives for cooking ingredients, including spices and powders. Improve fruit and veg intake – a smoothie each day.
Of course, this course of clean events may look different to you, as there will be some foods you may not want to incorporate or your body doesn’t agree with, and just like me, there may be some forms that you don’t want to substitute (as I refuse to do with my milk in my coffee). Each health journey is different! Another way to embrace your ‘YOU’!
So, without further ado (and thanks for sticking around through the nitty gritty facts of disgustingness), if you would like to come along for the ride, or see how I go for the NO TAKEAWAY APRIL, click subscribe on the right side of the blog to grab my posts right into your inbox. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram so you can see any further little posts I write up about my experiences each day.
With each week, starting from this Friday (to help you prep too!), I’ll be sharing a weekly meal plan and information on transitioning to clean, so you can get the best out of it as well!
I hope you will enjoy it, as much as we (hopefully) will! Let’s get healthy together! Woo!
Have you had some nasty experiences with take away, or can’t believe just how bad take away is for your body, let me know below!! I’d love to hear!!
Before changing any health and lifestyle habits, please consult your practitioner. This is not health advice, but merely a reference of healthy foods and what they can do for the body, but each body is different.