Is Food your Foe?

You either make food your best friend or your worst enemy, you might be wondering that how can one make FOOD their worst enemy? The answer is simple. Overeating or consuming unhealthy or consuming at the wrong time.  In Medical terms, we call it eating disorders. 

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a range of conditions expressed through abnormal or disturbed eating habits. These generally stem from an obsession with food, body weight or body shape and often result in serious health consequences. In some cases, eating disorders even result in death. Individuals with eating disorders can have a variety of symptoms. However, most include the severe restriction of food, food binges or inappropriate purging behaviors like vomiting or over-exercising. Although eating disorders can affect people of any gender at any life stage, they’re most often reported in adolescents and young women. In fact, as much as 13% of youth may experience at least one eating disorder by the age of 20.

We often get midnight cravings which are not a bad thing at all but if we consume food in an unhealthy amount, it can backlash in a bad way. 

Eating a large meal can affect your sleep, your weight, and your organs over the short and long term. Sometimes it’s taste, sometimes it’s a habit, or maybe it’s stress. But chances are, at some point, you have over-eaten.

When you eat, your body uses some of the calories you consume for energy. The rest is stored as fat. Consuming more calories than you burn may cause you to become overweight or obese. This increases many chances for health issues. 

Overeating — especially unhealthy foods — can take its toll on your digestive system. Digestive enzymes are only available in limited quantity, so the larger the amount of food you eat, the longer it takes to digest. If you overeat frequently, over time, this slowed digestive process means the food you eat will remain in the stomach for a longer period of time and be more likely to turn into fat.

We often hear our adults saying that they are feeling bloated or “ghabrahat horahi hai” and we ourselves feel like there’s gastric acidity rising. It all connects to our eating habits or eating at the wrong time. Overeating can even impact your sleep. Your circadian clock, which controls your sleep cycles, causes your sleep and hunger hormone levels to rise and fall throughout the day. Overeating can upset this rhythm, making it hard for you to sleep through the night.

Food on Time

What does food have to do with time? Time has a great role when it comes to eating food and what to eat on what certain time period. 

Our meals are divided into 3 main time sectors. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And it’s important for us to obey the timings for every meal. Together with exercise, eating a healthy diet in the right proportions and on time can also help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol levels and blood pressure and decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes which is extremely common in Pakistan.

It benefits us in many ways, now this is something not many people are aware of. The truth is, leading a disciplined life will ensure that you will lead a long and healthy life. And yes, we understand that discipline for us Pakistanis can be difficult because it requires a lot of self-control, but the result is worth it. If you lead a disciplined life, you do not have to worry about regular meals or diet plans. You will sleep on time, eat on time, work on time and rest on time because your body has the ability to adjust itself according to a disciplined schedule.

Healthy food, healthy life! 

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