Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
The green smoothie is incredibly popular. If you search on Google for a recipe for a green smoothie, thousands will appear. I am also infected with the virus and regularly drink such a green powerhouse.
Yet it is true that if I drink it too many days in a row, it comes to my nose that I focus again on fruit and vegetables as it is intended: to chew on it and not to get it through 1.5 liters of fluid to take to me.
Why did I switch to drink these green smoothies? If I have a long or busy working day, then it sometimes comes to mind that I must adhere to the rule of 2 ounces of vegetables and 2 pieces of fruit. With such a green drink I get everything in the morning with fruit and vegetables. I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day. This is really my only reason to drink the green smoothie.
In the beginning the taste and substance of the green drink took some getting used to, but soon I had found the right balance. I vary and play with the ingredients so that I get a variety of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals every time.
Sometimes it tastes better to me than the other time. There are also times when it makes me sick and the green drink is abhorred. I now drink my green brew twice a week for breakfast or for lunch. This way it stays nice and manageable.
If you read the blogs or on the internet about the green smoothie, they are almost nothing but praising words. These range from getting better skin to losing fat. You feel more energetic and it detoxifies. However, it is not only positive and it is certainly not wise to just drink smoothies. It is important for people to chew.
By chewing, saliva is produced which protects our teeth against cavities. It also ensures that our food is split / digested, so that it can be absorbed better in our body. Variation remains the key word.
If you want to lose weight it is wise to eat more fruits and vegetables, because these are good carbohydrates and sugars that are dosed into the bloodstream and therefore have a positive effect on blood sugar. This remains stable.
I therefore always advise you to eat fruit and vegetables as intended and to chew them well. You become saturated faster so that you eat less. If you are going to drink smoothies like a madman, this can sometimes have the opposite effect, because fruit and vegetables also contain calories.
Of course a green smoothie is healthy and especially if you prefer this to a can of coke. Keep thinking about why you drink this and not just to get involved with a hype or other popular reasons. Listen to your body and do everything in moderation.
The great thing about conversations at the coffee table of a BMO is that the atmosphere is casual. The parents and hostesses usually know each other, making conversations easy and more intimate. People begin to tell quickly, the questions and answers come naturally. Examples of problems that parents struggle with are:
In most cases, the core of the answers is upbringing and behavioral. For example, an unrecognized call for attention from the child or (subconsciously) wrong example behavior of a parent being copied by the child. Parents often do not seek the solution of the problem in their upbringing or their own behavior. By naming upbringing / one’s own behavior as a solution direction, they often already feel helped. Relatively simple and easily applicable tips are sufficient.
During the coffee table conversations, the consultation office nurse walks in with the question if I will stop by. He shows me the growth curve of a 10-year-old child with a too high BMI and tells me that 20% of the children from the 7th grade of primary school are overweight. Whether I want to help think about a group approach to get these young people on a healthier weight. Unfortunately, there is insufficient capacity and money to offer each individual child a counseling program that it deserves.
My presence in the BMO always feels like too short; the conversations are inviting and inspiring. Both for the parents and for myself. There is so much to do and to win. I therefore argue for ‘nutritional consultation hours’ in every BMO or consultation office.
But is sugar really the source of all evil? Then we first have to look more closely at facts. Facts in the field of nutrition research are not that simple to figure out. There are many studies. Some good, some bad and some far below the arrow. This applies to both sugar and fat surveys and so on.
Guidelines only arise from investigations when there are enough of them, which are large-scale and have a clear outcome. In the past there were many studies that attributed health issues such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes to saturated fat. In recent years, however, the focus has been much more on sugars and in particular added sugars.
It now appears that not all saturated fats are equal and not all saturated fats are bad for health. For example, the saturated fats in butter have a very different structure and therefore have an effect than the saturated fats in hard margarines. The tunnel vision that once prevailed in the area of saturated fat must now be abandoned. Not all saturated fats raise cholesterol levels, cause cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
At the same time, there is a risk of using a tunnel vision for sugar. Sugar is always bad. If we go in that direction, apparently nothing has been done with the ‘saturated fat is always bad’ fiasco. Not all sugars are bad. It is about the extent to which. It is not without reason that the WHO has issued a recommendation to limit the added sugar intake to less than 5% of the total energy intake. It is a signal and recognition that sugars can indeed lead to major health problems.
Nevertheless, it is important to continue to realize that research from the past is not worthless. There is progressive insight. Some saturated fats are poor in excess. Some sugars are poor in excess. The total picture of the diet ultimately determines the risk of conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Not a single nutrient.
The danger of blaming a single nutrient is that the big picture is lost. A healthy diet goes beyond the amount of sugar. It goes beyond the amount of saturated fat. It goes beyond the amount of salt. It goes beyond a popular speech in a popular TV program. The truth about nutrition does not exist. Nobody knows anyone. And nobody can proclaim it.
We want to walk the road with you to a healthier life. We coach you in an understanding manner and help you keep your balance in the long term.