Quality ‘fuel’ for your bodyFriday, 16 December 2016
Written by Karissa Woolfe, Accredited Practising Dietitian
When thinking about nutrition it’s helpful to use analogies, such as talking about the body as if it were a car. Here we can think of the role of glucose as our ‘petrol’ and our metabolism as a car’s revs.
Eating regularly timed meals keeps our ‘revs’ up and prevents our fuel tank from ever running empty. Skipping meals on the other hand, makes our car run sluggish and prone to bulging panels (weight gain).
The quality of the fuel you choose to fill your tank with impacts on how well your engine runs, the number of kilometres to the tank, the pressure through your valves (blood pressure) and your oil levels (cholesterol & triglycerides). It can even affect your gas emissions!
In this analogy, an Accredited Practising Dietitian is like a GPS navigation system or NRMA Roadside assistance. Our role is to help you identify areas of your eating that could be modified and help bridge the gap between where your health is now, to where you want it to be.
If you are into tinkering, a great way to ensure good quality fuel goes into your tank is to don your overalls and get hands-on in the kitchen. A recent survey found 66% of men regularly experiment with new recipes and 42% more are cooking more frequently at home. The popularity of cooking shows like MasterChef appears to be the spark to ignite this passion.
At all times, remember you are in the driver’s seat and decide how fast or slow you travel along the road of behaviour change, and whether you implement our suggestions or choose your own route.
We highly recommend checking in with a reliable and friendly mechanic (your health professional team) on a regular basis to keep your car and diabetes management plan well-tuned.
If you have any questions regarding diabetes management you can contact the Diabetes NSW & ACT Health Professional team through the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.