It's Fitness Friday today. I'm linking with Sandy at God Speaks Today for this week's health information.
Since I spent time at the Pritikin Center several years ago, I subscribe to their newsletter.
Today I read one of their articles about an ABC news segment. Dr. Robert Vogel is professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. He is also the chief medical director of Pritikin.
Two ABC journalists went to the University of Maryland and met with Dr. Vogel. They conducted an experiment to see the impact of one high fat, high calorie meal.
The journalists began by having their blood drawn. Then they sat down and indulged in a 3 course meal. This meal consisted of the following:
- Cheesecake Factory's Mac and Cheese appetizer
- Applebee's Quesadilla Burger
- Chicago Grill's Mega-sundae
The total calories for this meal were a whopping 6,190 calories and 187 grams of saturated fat! Can you believe it? And saturated fat is the kind of fat that can clog your arteries and believe me, that number is very high.
How many of you eat 6,000 calories in just one day ...much less one meal?
Two hours following the meal, the reporters' blood was again drawn. It looked quite different in appearance than before the meal. Instead of their blood being clear, it was cloudy with a fatty substance look to it.
The reporters also felt sluggish after consuming this meal. Gee, I wonder why?
We may think that one mega-meal is OK. But I think we need to consider the damage these types of foods do to our bodies. And we often underestimate the calories we're consuming each day.
It's a wonder why we're seeing more heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity today.
Let's consider what we're putting into our bodies. I can be as guilty as anyone, particularly when I'm really hungry or stressed or tired. But I'm getting to the point where I am planning ahead what I will eat so I can make healthier choices for my heart and health.
If you'd like to view the short video of the ABC segment, you can link to it here.
So, on this Fitness Friday will you consider the eating habits you are forming? Your children and grandchildren learn much from you. How about making the choice to begin to eating healthier?