Tom & Jerry

I’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 🥝, apples 🍏, & berries 🫐….

I also love a good quality, medium roast, organic, one cup of coffee, ☕️ coffee has antioxidants properties too, specially if it’s freshly ground & not gone rancid, however if you are insulin resistant, coffee is not for you, as it can spike your insulin, but that’s for another blog. I add Ceylon cinnamon to mine to help lower any insulin spike

Nuts 🌰 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 it’s all about the ‘insulin’.

So where does Tom & Jerry fits into all of this, I’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 🦠)

Let’s use Tom as the ‘bad’ guy, in this case pathogenic microbes, and Jerry as the ‘good’ guy or commensal helpful bacteria 🦠

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

Tom thrives on Sugar 🍫🍩🍪🥧🧁🍨🍧🍰🎂🍮🍭🍬🍡, processed foods 🍟🌭🍔🍞, alcohol 🍺, while Jerry thrives on fibre, unprocessed vegetables 🥦🥒🫑🥕🧅🧄🍅, fruits 🍏🥝🍒🫐🍓🍋🍍🥑, resistant starches, such as cooked and cooled rice 🍚 potatoes 🥔

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

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