beer belly badness

Besides being unsightly, a beer belly is a sure sign of major medical problems already present, or soon to come.  A lot of people joke about it, but its really no laughing matter.
The “beer gut” was termed to describe a protruding belly, (usually a guy’s) from drinking too much beer.  However, now everyone is getting it regardless of beer consumption.  Why is this and why is it killing us?

Its because of insulin, that fat storing hormone that has become our society’s nemesis.  Insulin wasn’t always bad–in fact its REALLY important!  I’m not going to go into a ton of detail and biochemistry on why its good or bad, etc.  I really want to emphasize that the “beer gut” came from beer (originally or as a joke) because its made out of grain, and is basically a processed grain.  It was the first processed grains invented (click here for a quick history).  Insulin helps us store fat when food is plentiful, for times of famine.  Fortunately we are blessed with bountiful food and we don’t need a lot to store.  These fat stores accumulate around the mid-section to protect our most vital organs.  But, when it sits there overtime, it creates a TON of stress on our bodies, by lugging it around (lug around a 10-20-30 lb weight in your purse all day), storing toxins, putting stress on internal organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, adrenals, not to mention the pancreas, from where insulin is secreted.

Nowadays, the beer gut is caused by all sorts of processed grains in the forms of:

  • soda
  • pasta
  • bread
  • cereal
  • alcohol
  • candy

Think about how these “foods” contain grains–corn, wheat or other grain, sugar.  We shouldn’t consume these “foods.”  Sorry, but that’s the truth.

To combat the insulin SPIKE, combine healthy carbohydrate sources like, legumes, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and dairy (if you choose) with protein, healthy fats, and fiber.  Fiber and healthy fats are built in to most of these.  The two key times I think effect your overall success for keeping your body from craving these products are breakfast and the afternoon snack.  Start your day with a protein,fiber, fat rich breakfast.  Then between 3 and 5, when that vending machine craving comes along, reach for celery and hummos, or a handful of nuts.  This will get you through rush hour and to a healthy dinner.

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Thanks!!  Elyse

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