Holla Empower-ed People,

Last week we dove into understanding protein intake, this week let’s look at the most demonized macronutrient these days, carbohydrates! Fear not, they can be your fitness friend and activity advocate if you learn to love and use them well!

Carbs: The Unsung Heroes for Everyday Athletes!

Let’s talk about carbs—yes, the very ones that have been dodging bad press like ninjas! Whether you’re training for a triathlon or just trying to beat the crowd to the free samples at the grocery store, carbohydrates are your best buds. Think of yourself as an everyday athlete—everyone exercises in some form, right? If not, you should be, but that’s a topic for another day. It’s time to embrace the energy-boosting, mood-lifting power of whole food carbohydrates!

What’s on Your Plate?

Whole food carbs come from foods that are close to their natural state: think vibrant fruits, crunchy vegetables, hearty whole grains, and robust legumes. These nutritional powerhouses don’t just bring carbs to the table; they’re also stacked with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They’re like the multi-tool of nutrients!

Carbs Are for Everyone!

If you move, you need carbs. They fuel everything from intense gym sessions to brisk walks with your dog. Including whole food carbohydrates in your meals can keep your energy levels steady from start to finish. No more feeling like you’re running on empty halfway through your day!

The Flexible Timing of Carbs

While nutrient timing can be a science in itself, let’s not get too hung up on it. If you’re not training for the Olympics, the exact timing of your carb intake isn’t a make-or-break factor. What’s more important? Enjoying a variety of carbs throughout the day to keep you powered up. Have some oatmeal for breakfast, a quinoa salad for lunch, and maybe some sweet potatoes with dinner. And yes, a banana or a handful of berries makes a great snack anytime!

Carbs for the ‘Non-Competitive’ Competitive Among Us

Not all heroes wear capes—some just carry grocery bags. You don’t need to be sprinting on a track to deserve that energy boost. Whole food carbs are crucial for anyone keeping active, which should be all of us! They help manage blood sugar levels and support your metabolism, keeping you in tip-top shape for whatever your day throws at you.

Striking the Right Balance

Think of managing your carb intake like adjusting the volume on your favorite song—not too loud, not too soft, just right. Depending on your daily activities, you might need more or less, but the key is to listen to your body. It’s smart—when you need more energy, it’ll let you know!

Adopt the mindset of an everyday athlete and let carbs be your steady, energetic companions. Whether you’re juggling errands, powering through a workout, or just having a dance-off in your living room, whole food carbohydrates are there to fuel your fun. Let’s make every meal a step towards vibrant health and endless energy.

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Ready, set, munch!

Coach Christine

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