Nutrient Dense Versus Calorie Dense

Nutrition Basics With Workout Anywhere

Are you eating the right fat burning foods? Discover how to eat more, healthy foods in order to lose weight, feel great and live a happier lifestyle.

Americans are constantly being bombarded with images and advertisements of unhealthy fast food.  This has helped contribute to the American food addiction crisis that nearly 70% of Americans suffer from. Even worse, diseases like obesity, diabetes and cancer are linked to the typical American diet consisting of calorie dense foods.

It doesn’t have to be this way. One can literally eat more nutrient dense foods, lose weight, feel great and reduce risk of the main three diseases above.

Eating more food and losing weight? That’s crazy talk!

It’s true. Only a fraction of calorie dense foods is used as nutrients by the human body. However, nutrient dense foods have a much higher absorption rate, which means the body runs more efficiently and has energy and the means to repair, regrow and function at a higher level. Not sure what calorie dense or nutrients foods really are? Watch this video.

How do I take action steps towards losing weight and feeling great?

Don’t fall into this unhealthy fat trap our society is stuck in.  Now is the time to become educated on what you are fueling your body with and choose nutrient dense whole foods over calorie dense foods.  Regardless if you are overweight, underweight or at the right weight, if you are not eating plenty of nutrient dense foods, your overall health is in jeopardy.

The human body runs most efficiently and is at optimal health when eating nutrient dense foods.  These foods are leafy greens, fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.  Some would say dairy is also in this category, but there are so many people with intolerance’s to dairy that I am going to suggest avoiding it as much as possible.

When you eat fresh fruits and veggies you are giving your body antioxidants which will boost your immune system and can ward off disease and cancer.  Nutrient dense foods are loaded with nutrients and are lower in calories then calorie dense foods.  Calorie dense foods are high in calories with fewer nutrients and are highly processed, which can be toxic to your body.

Foods to avoid. A.K.A fat storing and disease promoting foods

Calorie dense foods consist of white breads, fried foods (in animal fats and oils), candy, chips, boxed foods and the list goes on (basically your typical junk foods).  Sadly, most Americans eat more items out of the calorie dense list then the nutrient dense list due to convenience and calorie dense foods being subsidized as a cheaper alternative.

Don’t just take our word for it…

The documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” is about one man’s struggles to change his life before it’s too late.  This video is also the perfect example of the power of replacing calorie dense with nutrient dense food.  In this video the man has an autoimmune disease, he’s overweight and miserable.  As well, the video starts with him showing off his bucket of daily required medications.

So, completely motivated and at his whit’s end, he gives in to a Raw Juice fast.  For sixty days he juices in place of his formerly beloved calorie dense meals.  Raw juices extract an abundance of phytonutrients from fresh green vegetables and fresh fruit.  The power of the phytonutrients, antioxidants and live enzymes can repair, impove and act as disease fighting shield for the human body.

Within two months the narrator and start of “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” was cured from his disease, obesity and unhealthy lifestyle.  If you need some motivation to help you get started on consuming nutrient dense foods and avoiding junk food, I suggest watching it.  Here is the link to Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead.

So give it a try! Juicing is an excellent way to get plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit into your diet.  It is simple and refreshing.  Persoanlly, I have found that ginger root is the magic ingredient for fabulous flavor.  If you place about a thumb size of ginger in your juicer with handfuls of spinach, kale, carrots, celery, kiwi and an apple your juice will be delicious.  You can also add wheat grass to your juice or in a salad to increase your nutrients and its amazing health benefits.

Another great additive to Juicing is Wheat Grass.  It looks just like green grass and you might wonder why anyone would want to eat it.  The reason is because of the long list of health benefits this veggie can provide.  The list of benefits that is provided by www.rawgeneration.com will give you some insight into the wonders of wheat grass.

I hope that it gives you some motivation to start fueling your body with highly nutritious foods.  Please share the health benefits of eating nutrient dense foods with your family and friends.

But wait, there’s more! Disease fighting nutrients

What exactly does chlorophyll do for us? (It may be simpler to ask what it doesn’t do for us…)

 Chlorophyll:

  • – increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure.
  • – is rich in enzymatic activity.
  • – stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood.
  • – improves digestion while it normalizes stomach acid levels.
  • – cleanses the blood, organs, and gastrointestinal tract.
  • – neutralizes toxins in the body.
  • – helps purify the liver.
  • – fights tumors and neutralizes toxins.
  • – cures acne and even removes scars.
  • – alleviates skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis,
  • – prevents gum and tooth decay.
  • – keeps hair from graying and can restore natural color to your hair.
  • – keeps the bowels open and prevents constipation.
  • – is healing for blood disorders of all kinds.
  • – can remove heavy metals from the body.
  • – arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.
  • – stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting problematic obesity and indigestion.
  • – restores alkalinity to the blood and regulates body homeostasis.
  • – lessens the effects of radiation.
  • -can help restore fertility.
  • – helps tighten loose and sagging skin.

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About The Author

Coach Jessica

Jessica & Justin Rundle are Spokane natives and the founders of Workout Anywhere (a Northwest fitness training app for busy parents, by busy parents). In addition, the two are the official strength & conditioning coaches for Mt. Spokane High School. To Learn more about Jessica and Justin Rundle, click here: Meet Team RundleFit.

1 Comment

  • Greg M.

    April 23, 2013

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