Author: Lauren Timmerman

Calorie Counter

Have you ever looked at a bag of baby carrots, and wondered what makes them so different from those “100 calorie” snack bags advertised throughout the supermarket? Well, 100 calories of carrots is not “equal” to a 100-calorie pack of Oreos. Every day you see and hear ads for different foods plastered throughout the digital world insisting, “calories count”, so be sure to eat the 100-calorie snack packs, and drink Diet Coke. Yes calories count, but what matters so much more are the nutrients that come along with them- or lack thereof.

Nut Butter Blueberry Muffins
Nut Butter Blueberry Muffins

Plants take up nutrients from the soil. Then those plants- fruits, vegetables, and even herbs, serve as vessels for our bodies to take in these nutrients from the dirt. Everyone’s body needs an array of nutrients to conduct specific metabolic reactions in order to breath, speak, and live. If we aren’t able to reach the threshold of all the nutrients needed, we certainly won’t be in immediate critical danger. Our bodies are smart enough to have programmed certain mechanisms that will kick into gear in case we become low on certain nutrients. For example, if you’re low on calcium, your body may suction a small amount of calcium from your bones to continue the use of nerve signaling. If you’re low on biotin (B-vitamin), your body will use what it has for the important function of energy production and sacrifice providing it to bright eyes, shiny hair, and long nails. There are millions of reactions that happen inside of us everyday. Heck- we have about 37 trillion cells in our body that take part in these reactions! Food is just one special part that provides the tools necessary for us to make these reactions happen. What you eat matters. Continue reading