Hi friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are enjoying the delay of winter (at least it has been delayed here in Upstate, NY!) This past weekend my parents came up from Maryland to visit me and JJ. We had such a relaxing weekend and they even helped us out with the house. I had to coach on Saturday and I was welcomed home by my mom cooking up a storm in the kitchen, AHH there is nothing like a homemade meal from the mama! She inspired me to make some homemade sausage patties (recipe coming soon). It sure made me a little homesick but I was happy to have them here and am now looking forward to some more family time in a few weeks around the holidays. Anyone traveling this holiday season? We sure are!
While I could chat about family and the weekend, since my mind is clearly still on weekend time, even though it is CLEARLY Monday, let’s get nutrition-y, shall we? I have been thinking a lot lately (okay i’m always thinking) about the media and public obsession with calories. When I chatted with Jenny last week on the podcast she mentioned her favorite word was “qualories” and so I wanted to dive a little deeper into that term. I have never been one to count my calories, just not a priority and frankly drives me a little crazy. I could probably guesstimate how much I eat in a day but I can tell you a) no 2 days are ever the same and b) what works for me won’t necessarily work for you.
What are qualories you ask? They are the QUALITY of calories you are consuming, not the QUANTITY. Yes, one can argue that the quantity of calories does matter, but we tend to focus WAY too much on that and way less about the quality of said calories. Most people are of the belief that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie and I am here today to tell you, that it ain’t so! Alright, so now everyone wants to fight me and tell me I’m wrong, hold up just one second.
Would you say that one calorie of a fast food burger is the same as one calorie of a delicious, fresh picked local carrot? What about a pop-tart versus an apple? I would guess most of you are saying NOPE not the same. While yes, they are both one calorie (or should I say 1 kilocalorie), they do not provide the same nutrition. A fast food burger comes with baggage that needs to be left behind at baggage claim while a carrot GIVES you a gift that you were not expecting at said baggage claim. Weird analogy aside, a carrot (or replace that with any real food) has MORE than just calories to offer you. Real food, you know the good stuff, has vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and MORE in each and every bite. Real food is your insurance plan. Fast food? Not so much.
If you start focusing on the QUALORIES that you are putting in your body and not just the calories, you will start seeing health changes. Sure you might be able to get a donut to fit in your daily calorie budget (and I’m knocking on donuts) but is it providing you with health and nutrition? Most likely not. I’m not here to be the food police and tell you what you can and cannot eat, because let’s face it you are all adults and can eat whatever you choose. Now you have to dig deeper and find out what you should be eating to help you feel the best you can possibly feel and know that what you are eating does not necessarily work for everyone else and vice versa.
Start reading food labels and look for foods that ARE ingredients not ones that have a science experiment FOR ingredients and you will be a step ahead of the curve Focus on qualories and just like in life when you focus on quality the quantity falls into place. Soon enough you’ll be a qualories queen 🙂
Alright, I have only just begun opening this can of highly Qualoric worms, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for more on the topic of quality over quantity and the importance of it all.
So before I elaborate further, I want to know what you think about “qualories” in the comments!
Have a happy and healthy week!