The Science Behind Eating Light to Heavy
One of the keys to the Beauty Detox program is eating Light to Heavy throughout the day. Eating in this manner allows you to eat foods in their most digestible order so lighter foods like fruits and vegetables don’t get trapped behind heavier foods such as protein and starches. When foods become trapped in your digestive system, they begin to back up like a traffic jam, and efficient and fast digestion is impeded. The net result is an increase in your body’s toxic load – something Beauty Detox seeks to minimize and ultimately eliminate in order to bring about optimal health and beauty.
Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?
Many people believe that eating this way – having a light breakfast and your heaviest meal later in the day – flies in the face of conventional wisdom stating that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research shows, however, that eating your heaviest meal at breakfast may actually be detrimental to your health.
A study published in the January 2011 Nutrition Journal debunked the commonly held belief that eating a big breakfast kept you satiated and allowed you to eat fewer calories throughout the remainder of the day. In fact, the study showed just the opposite. When subjects ate a larger breakfast they didn’t eat less throughout the day. The calories from the big breakfast combined with the same amount of calories consumed throughout the day in other meals, as well. In other words, those who ate larger breakfasts consumed more calories throughout the day than those who ate smaller breakfasts. The study concluded that those seeking to lose weight could benefit from eating a lighter breakfast.
Another study in the British Journal of Nutrition had a similar result, suggesting that consuming more energy at breakfast inhibited fat oxidation throughout the day. Likewise, the high-energy breakfast group had higher levels of triglycerides, as well as lower levels of the “good” cholesterol, HDL. Simply put, eating a heavier, more energetically dense breakfast actually hampered fat burning and contributed to poor blood lipid profiles.
The Glowing Green Smoothie – A Light Way to Start the Day
While I don’t recommend skipping breakfast altogether as you find in many of the now-popular intermittent fasting diets, I do recommend going light for breakfast. A breakfast full of heavy animal protein, like an egg white omelet, will rest like a brick in your stomach right at the beginning of the day. And then you’ll just eat whatever you usually eat for lunch (whether you had a GGS or an omelet) and so you’re just jamming more heavy foods into your body on a daily basis when you eat that heavy breakfast. Most people eat way too much concentrated protein anyway- which is not a good thing. It’s actually very acidic and aging. So let me say it again: that omelet isn’t doing you any favors.
That’s why the GGS makes the perfect morning meal. Chock full of whole fresh fruits and vegetables, the GGS provides you with essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, phytonutrients, and LOTS of fiber. It’s a great way to continue the cleansing your body started the night before with foods that help fight toxicity and provide high-quality nutrition.
Additionally, because the GGS is blended, your digestive system has an easier go of it. This means the GGS will move through your digestive system quickly and efficiently, giving you powerful nutrition without weighing you down. It also paves the way for you to eat heavier foods as the day progresses, with your most concentrated foods (proteins and grains) consumed at your evening meal when your body has the most time to digest them.
This Light to Heavy philosophy helps in a number of ways:
- It allows you to detoxify naturally and extend your nighttime detoxification into the morning hours.
- It prevents foods from improperly digesting when getting stuck behind heavy foods that digest more slowly, which can result in bloating, excess toxicity/waste storage and ultimately weight gain.
- It supports your body’s natural circadian rhythms.
- It allows your body to use less energy for digestion, giving you more energy for health, vitality, and beauty.
If you’ve never tried it before, spend a few days eating Light to Heavy to see a difference in how you feel. You may be used to the habit of a heavy breakfast, but have 16-24+ ounces of GGS and let your body acclimate. You may be surprised to find that, contrary to the belief that a big breakfast is “king”, you feel light, super energized, focused and vibrant, and can think more clearly.