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.
I always find it interesting to browse the online forums of health and fitness websites. It gives me an idea of what kind of questions are on people’s minds. Typically on these forums you’ll have someone new to fitness ask a question and the forum members give their feedback. One particular discussion I saw recently peaked my interest. The question posed to the group was “I’m having trouble meeting my daily carb recommendations.
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.
Whole grains are awesome foods. Did you know that people that eat more whole grains have a lower body mass index, lower total cholesterol and lower hip-to-waist ratio? Also, they contain fibre which lowers risk of certain cancers and can help in lowering blood pressure. But whole grains aren’t just good for your body, they are good for the environment too! As a less processed food, whole grains save on CO2 production.
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?
Even though I have exercised pretty much all my life, I haven't always eaten right. When I was younger, nutrition was something of a mystery to me. All I knew was what I had heard…fat was the devil! So, I avoided fat at all costs. I loaded up on pretzels and every packaged fat free product advertised in the grocery store. It didn’t matter what I ate as long as it didn’t have fat. But what I didn’t know was that I was actually loading up on carbs, calories and sugar that eventually turned to fat. What?
WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?Good question. Sometimes there are so many things that we have to do, it’s difficult to keep track of it all. Break it down into steps, and make sure your workout time is at the top. Once you’re squared away, you are better able to go forth and tackle the rest of your day. Remember, you run your day, not the other way around. (This is important this with the holiday season approaching!)A couple of tips to help you on the way this season –