Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

You Can’t Work Your Donut Off

“If I eat less and work out more, I’ll lose weight.”

I used to believe that too. And then I realized that it was not working for me. I looked around the gym that I was at more often than I was home and realized that that was not working for a lot of people. And then, I learned the truth.Contrary to popular belief, calories in does NOT equal calories out.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you just can’t exercise that donut away.

Why not?

When you look at a donut, literally, just look at it, your body prepares for you to eat the donut by releasing a hormone called insulin. Through digesting the donut, all the sugars and processed flours in that donut are converted to glucose. Glucose is the fuel that our bodies use to function. When there is too much glucose at once in your body, as when you eat a donut, the insulin takes all that extra fuel and stores it in the fat tissue.

Besides the processed flour and sugar in that donut, there are all sorts of artificial flavorings and other chemicals that have been put in that donut so that it can look nice and shiny and just as “appetizing” at 7 a.m. as it does at 3 p.m. and still retain its “freshness.” Those chemicals are being used in chemical reactions throughout our body and causing certain genes to be turned on and other genes to be turned off. Food is information for our body. The information found in a donut is going to be very different than the information found in food that was grown on a farm. The food found on the farm is filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber which all provides information to the cells leads to a healthy body. The information from the chemicals in the donut will lead to inflammation in the body which, in turn, will lead to heart disease, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, IBS, just to name a few. It will also lead to insulin resistance and, eventually, diabetes.

What is Insulin Resistance?

If you eat a donut every day or as more than an occasional treat. If you find yourself consuming cookies or a candy bar frequently to “just get through.” If you indulge in a small (ahem!) bowl of ice cream almost every night after dinner. All these habits result in putting a strain on your body. Eventually your cells decide that they are full; they have too much glucose in them and they are not going to accept anymore. The pancreas is confused because there is still plenty of glucose to be put away but the insulin can’t do its job because the cells are fighting it. This leads to the pancreas straining to put out more insulin even though there is already plenty.

The result of all this extra sugar is damage to blood vessels including the little teeny tiny ones in your eyes which leads to vision problems including blindness, an overload on the kidneys which results in your kidneys failing, damage to nerves which leads to neuropathy, and more. Excess sugar reeks havoc on the whole body!

Think Before You Eat!

The next time you want that sweet treat, think about it. What you put in your body is with you for a lot longer than the moment it crosses your lips. That food becomes you on a cellular level. So, instead of that donut, try a hot bowl of oatmeal topped with some beautiful berries a little organic butter or coconut oil and a little maple syrup if you need a little more sweetness.


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