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BBJ Fitness Corner | We are what we eat

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WHEN it comes to maintaining one’s health, eating right is one of the biggest challenges one faces, Gold's Gym personal trainer and nutritionist Jerry Diaz said.

When we’re in a big gathering surrounded by other people, we tend to eat more, he said; and when we’re shopping for groceries we usually end up buying junk food.

“Alluring visuals and video ads that are repeatedly shown on social media can trigger a behavioral response,” Diaz said.

He said we should be aware of what triggers emotional eating which is how our body goes into self-defense to avoid stress.

Having access to the right type of food can also be a problem especially on  a small island. And even if the recommended meat, fruits and vegetables are available, it is sometimes hard to resist the temptation of grabbing an unhealthy snack.

Dana Manglona shops for fruits at Joeten Garapan. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr

“When working with my clients at Gold’s Gym, I would sit down and create a program based on the individual’s daily lifestyle,” Diaz said. “From there, we are able to find trigger points and create awareness that will help the individual acquire new and healthy habits when purchasing meals.”

To battle unhealthy eating habits, Diaz recommends drawing up a shopping list of healthy foods and a daily food journal where you record your daily food intake. “Individuals who are on a fitness journey will be shocked and surprised when they log in their meals for at least a week,” he added.

Overall, Diaz said he wants to “avoid unconscious buying or eating which can lead to unwanted extra weight,  heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Being aware of what we eat will help us avoid health risks.”

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