Chess players think beyond the direct consequence of their current choice. They have to play out, in their heads, variations on the results of their next move, that of their opponent, and so on. Highly successful chess players maintain the ability to potentially see many moves down the line in order to make the best move now.
Most of your food choices should be based on a similar principle. Think of poor health as your opponent. Poor health is a mastermind in metabolic chess. He knows how to tempt you with salivating flavors and textures, confusing you as you decide at mealtimes or snack times. He tries to stay a step or two ahead of your game by downplaying the negative significance of certain choices.
So much of modern nutrition can be viewed as a product of these sneaky tactics:
- drive throughs
- manufactured snacks
- energy boosts
- on the go meals
- labeling lies and marketing campaigns
When you take on the game of metabolic chess with poor health as your opponent, you start thinking about the power of each moves' potential consequences. Taste and convenience are great! But if the immediate gratification then leads to blood sugar spikes, hormone imbalances, the conversion of ingested carbs to fats - you will ultimately lose the game.
Think ahead, to what happens to food after it passes your taste buds and quiets your growling stomach. You have somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 trillion cells and more than 1000 trillion bacterial cells in what you call your body. That's a big responsibility in terms of providing the proper nourishment every day. When your body wakes up from sleep, it needs a jump start, and not just caffeine. Empty calories in pastries and boxed cereals lead to poor health consequences inside the body. The ones mentioned above, but worth mentioning again: blood sugar spikes, hormone imbalances, and the conversion of ingested carbs to fats. Noticeable effects can take years to develop but when they do, the game becomes a war.
You can win, AND still enjoy food. That's next weeks topic!