One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is weight loss. And although there are a myriad of diets out there, one of the most common misconceptions is that you have to banish carbs to get the body of your dreams. This simply is not true. Carbohydrates, or carbs as they are commonly referred to, are very much a necessary macronutrient that our body and brain need in order to function properly. As a matter of fact, go too low in your carbs, and your lean muscle will suffer.
This pumpkin pie was a treat given to me by one of my Pilates clients after my first lumpectomy last November. And yes, it's not a cancer fighting food. It's a celebratory one. "Once in a while a little treat is ok," said my doctors and nurses when I called them about this little slice of pie. Hey, I didn't want cancer again. So this is a case where I was told, it is okay to have your pie and eat it too.
Most nutritionists recommend eating something within 30 minutes after a workout. Your body, after using up its available energy, needs to be refueled. Specifically with carbs and protein—for energy and to repair the microdamage that exercise does to your muscles.
Marconutrients:At each meal/snack if you consume a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbs, you will experience sustained energy. Some call this the metabolic test.Micronutrients:Getting the correct balance of vitamins and minerals into the body at the cellular level is much harder to do. If there is one thing I learned from my degree in nutrition it was the complexity of interactions of vitamins and minerals and the mirad of outcomes from such. What do you do?
We’ve all heard it—cut out carbs to lose weight. Carbs turn straight into sugar. Only eat complex carbs. Never have bread! Put down the cookie, NOW. Sure, there may be some truth to the effects of certain carbs, but the hype has gone far beyond helpful and into the land of false advertisements.
As some of you may already know, this month is Nutrition Awareness Month. The name itself says that we should create more awareness towards nutrition. That could go along the lines of just saying mindful eating.In short, you need to be aware of food. You need to start with the basics and that means you need to know food is just energy. Seriously. Food is nothing more than fuel.
I was asked the above question today so thought I would share my answer. A healthy range for carb intake is 45-65% of your daily total according to your personal preference, performance and satiety (that is you feel full enough at the end of the day). That range ensures you’re getting enough carbs for energy as well as getting the nutrients and fibre supplied by those foods that you can’t get with fats or proteins. That’s a very liberal range to work with.