What is PFC?
PFC is balanced approach to eating, and each letter stands for the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrate.
Today I wanted to introduce you to an eating style that is balanced, helps maintain energy levels, and is perfect for anyone with hormonal imbalances.
Why do blood sugar levels matter?
A key to having consistent energy levels, positive moods, enhanced mental clarity, a boosted metabolism, decreased sugar cravings and avoiding that “hangry” feeling, is blood sugar regulation.
You can maintain stabilize blood sugar levels by eating in balance by incorporating healthy fats, quality proteins, and nutrient-dense carbohydrates every time you eat.
According to a medically reviewed study in the Healthline Library of Hyperglycemia and Type 2 Diabetes, when blood sugar levels are too high or too low, you end up experiencing consequences like increased blood pressure, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings and more. Eating PFC at every meal helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
One way to support your metabolism is by consuming all three macronutrients in balance and in reasonable amounts. Having a serving or two of each (depending on your activity level and gender), is an excellent way to ensure that you’re getting a variety of nutrients and minerals, as well as triggering the ideal hormonal and metabolic responses. Each macronutrient has its own place when it comes to happy and healthy hormones, and each one plays a pivotal role in maintaining balance and order.
Why eat PFC?
All three macronutrients work to support the body, brain, and metabolism in their own unique way.
Protein creates neurotransmitters, which are essential brain chemicals, and if you have ever battled with things like sugar, carbohydrates, or even alcohol cravings in the past, then eating protein may help keep those cravings at bay.
Fat is necessary for a health brain. Your brain needs healthy fats to control your mood and regulate your hormones. When you deprive your body of healthy fats, you deprive your brain of the fundamental building blocks for hormone production, reducing inflammation, and boosting your metabolism. Fats also help keep you full and act as a buffer for carbohydrates, contributing to a slow assimilation into your blood stream.
Carbohydrates give you quick energy because they have the greatest effect on raising blood sugar levels. A reasonable amount of carbohydrates promotes healthy body function by providing your brain with glucose (brain fuel) and your liver and muscles with glycogen (muscle fuel). You even need carbs to trigger one of your hunger hormones, leptin. Leptin is triggered by carbs, and without this, you can eat and eat and eat and never feel satisfied. Leptin is important to keep you from going on a crazy-eating-spree later on.