Ahhh yes. The carb “debate”. They are bad. They make you fat.They are not essential for your body. Anyone else tired of this nonsense? 🙋🏻♀️
✅Carbohydrates are our bodies main source (and first source) for energy. They are broken down to glucose and used as a form of energy for our body, our brain, our muscles....That’s science. Ever notice feeling forgetful or foggy when eating low or no carbs ? Yes, your brain really does need to be fed! .
. ✅Which brings me to...carbs are fuel for workouts. Even though many may think protein is what we should eat for a workout. Carbohydrates give our bodies the burst of energy to FUEL our workouts. They are more readily available to use for energy to work out, unlike fats and protein which take longer for our bodies to break down. When we are done with our workout, yes...we need protein to replace broken down muscle fibers, but also have to replace the glycogen stores that are depleted from the workout! (It all goes back to carbs :)) .
✅ Carbohydrates are not just an energy source, but also provide many other vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and fiber! Whole grains are a great a source of B vitamins, fruit provide Vit C/antioxidants, dairy products are a good source of phosphorus, calcium and Vit D, and legumes are a great source of iron and folate (I could really go on and on with all of the vitamins and minerals they offer!) .
✅ When we deny ourselves of a certain food group, what do we naturally crave? The essential food group we are missing! No white bread. No pasta. No sugar. No fruit. Making carbohydrates “forbidden” continues the diet cycle, obsession until we break and have it, annnnnd let the guilt commence. The cycle continues. Anyone admit to experiencing this or feeling this way? Our diet culture has made carbs the enemy. .
You can incorporate carbohydrates into meals and still reach any health goals you desire! Don’t listen to all the “experts” out there telling you otherwise. Allow yourself to make peace with food while incorporating ALL food groups. Your body will thank you 🙏🏼