The Alimental Code
A few days ago, Talent Executive at WebCreek, Paula Orrego, organized a Google Chat meeting. She presented us with a series of talks dedicated to the topic of nutrition at work. I joined the group of participants, and now share with you all some of the intriguing ideas that I learned in the expository. As the invited nutrition specialist, Laura Cortázar, interestingly compared, “eating well is like programming. Everything has an order and a function, like algorithms, in order to maintain good health.”
- “Coca” for the office. As strange as it may seem, in Colombia, a “lunchbox,” or “tupperware,” is known as “coca.” It turns out that a balanced lunch at the office is important for productivity and our organism’s proper function.
- A “diet” isn’t simply a forced eating regimen to guarantee weight loss. Rather, diet is everything that we eat and drink over 24 hours. According to this definition, different diets exist, according to our metabolism and lifestyle–some inappropriate for sedentary people or those with a different physiological composition.
- A diet is composed of various food groups. There’s no one food that’s more important than another, although we should greatly emphasize our consumption of vegetables. They are rich in fiber, which helps us stay full for a longer time, and with only ⅓ of the calories carried by the same amount of rice or pasta, for example. Our proteins should come primarily from unprocessed meats– rather than hot dogs, nuggets, bologna, etc., which are poor in quality and high in sodium. Fats, the cherry on top of our cake, will hopefully be primarily vegetable-based (seeds, nuts, etc.). And, as difficult as it is for us, we should consume as little sugar as possible, spacing it out over the week or month.
- Overnight oatmeal. Sometimes, we don’t have the time needed to cook meals that meet all the requirements of a balanced diet. That’s why oats, an essential and incredible grain, can help us cover our hunger attacks, or replace the cravings that we all know are delicious but not helpful to our nutrition. Here is the recipe:
Retrain our taste buds. This is very necessary if we want to change our eating habits. We often surprise ourselves drooling over a dessert, or craving some salty, crunchy little snack– but it’s nothing more than a learned habit. It’s been proven that the flavors on our tongues and in our mouths only last a few seconds before disappearing; it’s therefore the brain that vehemently craves chocolate or chips. If we choose healthy snacks like seeds, grains, dried fruits, or vegetables with a bit of salt, lemon, and pepper; we’ll be getting the same stimulus without sacrificing our health.
- Substitutes. The food industry has established nutrition based on consumption. So, if we have patience and intelligence, we can learn to hack the system. For example, we can use greek yogurt instead of cream. The texture is the same and the flavor similar, but we will consume much less fat than is necessary on a daily basis.
- Deficit. If we really want to lose weight, we should be in a caloric deficit. In other words, our caloric intake shouldn’t exceed our daily needs– all this, combined with exercise and a caloric consumption appropriate for our daily activities. For example, if our weekly, Monday – Friday, diet does not exceed 1000 calories per day, we enter into deficit. But, if we then go out on the weekend and drink with our friends, consuming double or triple the calories, the deficit might break, and we start to gain weight and become bigger… well, fatter!
The meeting ended with laughs and supportive glances from the attendees. But something stayed vibrating and resounding in our robust bodies–something informational, of code and algorithms, but ah, also of trembling fats and sugars. At the end of last week, however, an inspired image arrived in WebCreek’s general chat:
And so, in the end, we don’t need to deprive ourselves the blessing of delicious and healthy eating, even while working in an office and in front of many computers. We should simply learn to program our diets, so that the application of health takes effect on us.