Tom & Jerry

Iโ€™m blessed. Occasionally I get spoilt by either my son or husband, as they treat me to breakfast in bed, usually after a well deserved hard working week.

I often have low sugar, antioxidants, vitamin C rich fruits, like pomegranates , kiwi ๐Ÿฅ, apples ๐Ÿ, & berries ๐Ÿซโ€ฆ.

I also love a good quality, medium roast, organic, one cup of coffee, โ˜•๏ธ coffee has antioxidants properties too, specially if itโ€™s freshly ground & not gone rancid, however if you are insulin resistant, coffee is not for you, as it can spike your insulin, but thatโ€™s for another blog. I add Ceylon cinnamon to mine to help lower any insulin spike

Nuts ๐ŸŒฐ too are a source of healthy fats, fibre & is a vegetarian source of protein. Eating nuts with fruits, will lower any insulin spike as well, you see itโ€™s all about the โ€˜insulinโ€™.

So where does Tom & Jerry fits into all of this, Iโ€™ve always used Tom & Jerry as an analogy for my patients, to explain how different foods you ingest, can either feed Tom or Jerry (good or bad ๐Ÿฆ )

Letโ€™s use Tom as the โ€˜badโ€™ guy, in this case pathogenic microbes, and Jerry as the โ€˜goodโ€™ guy or commensal helpful bacteria ๐Ÿฆ 

Every bite of food you ingest, feeds Tom or Jerry, either directly or indirectly via a process called cross-feeding

Tom thrives on Sugar ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿง๐Ÿจ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿก, processed foods ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿž, alcohol ๐Ÿบ, while Jerry thrives on fibre, unprocessed vegetables ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿง…๐Ÿง„๐Ÿ…, fruits ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ‘, resistant starches, such as cooked and cooled rice ๐Ÿš potatoes ๐Ÿฅ”

So next time you eat any foods, think for a moment, am I feeding my Toms or my Jerrys!!! xx

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