We all know that the food choices we make every day have a direct impact on our health, but did you know that when you eat can also dramatically improve your health and overall quality of life?
Dr. Michael Roizen, chief medical consultant on The Dr. Oz Show, walks us through why eating at certain times, when combined with eating well, can have great impacts on our overall health.
According to Dr. Roizen’s book, What To Eat When, timing is everything. He says that when we eat is as essential as what we eat in helping to maintain a healthy weight, preventing diseases and living a long and healthy life.
Here are some scenarios from Dr. Roizen’s book that can help you curb the cravings.
When you’re hangry
Rather than indulging in high-sugar and high-sodium foods like ice cream, French fries or chips, Dr. Roizen suggests grabbing a bowl of popcorn or roasted chickpeas, even carrots and hummus for that satisfying crunch.
When you’re on a first date
Contrary to popular belief, there’s no real science behind oysters and asparagus leading to an increased libido. Try having some dark chocolate and red wine (yes please!) or whole grain toast with avocado (less sexy but still good!) All these will satisfy your hunger while also giving you the energy you need for date night.
When you’re having hot flashes
Hot flashes occur due to changing levels of estrogen, and as we age, these levels go up and down like a pogo stick resulting in surges of blood which make us feel hot — and not in the good way.
Dr. Roizen says increasing soy intake with foods like soybeans or tofu can have an impact on the amount of hot flashes you experience. He also says that a Mediterranean diet of vegetables, whole grains and (more) red wine can actually help control the long-term effect of hot flashes.
When you’re nursing
You cannot overstate a mother’s role in the development and growth of her children. One of the most fundamental influences comes from a simple biological process of nursing: the passing of nutrients from baby to mother. If you choose to breastfeed, what you eat while you are nursing is what your baby will consume.
Dr. Roizen says new moms should be cautious to sub out salt that isn’t iodized – and instead to sub in salts found in snacks like seafood and seaweeds. Coffee and energy drinks should be limited and instead replaced with herbal teas. Swap your bottled water for tap water as you need to replace the minerals that you have passed on to your baby. Lastly, swap out junky processed stuff like doughnuts and croissants for food like hummus and veggies.