Chicks…as you might have guessed from the ominous title of this post, we have Drill Sargeant Jodi
on our backs, ah… in our face, um…with us again today! And this time I feel like she snuck into my head and pulled out my Big. Fat. Secret.
…Hi, my name is Misty,
and I exercise because I love to eat…
Looks like I’d better start getting real. Read on for Jodi’s
bullshit shining words of wisdom. If it makes you feel better while reading, any and all swear words are welcomed and highly encouraged… In fact, you can get real creative with it if you want – just be sure to tell us what you come up with so we can be sure to use it later too! lol
….Motherfelching, doucherockin’ flurpleglurph….
“I just ran for 3 miles, now I can have anything I want to eat!”
Hmm, I think we have all felt at one point that we “deserved” a treat because we workout. (Yes, I have done it too. Misty says, thank Jesus! She’s only part robo-girl!) But…you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.
First off let me say that I love seeing exercise and fitness being promoted more and more in society. Yet, that isn’t enough. What we put into our bodies does count. Think before you eat. Check your portions. Know what you are eating. A calorie isn’t a calorie - a 100 calorie apple will treat your body different than a 100 calorie chocolate bar. Darn!! Take care of your fitness, but also – and even more importantly – take care of your nutrition.
What should I eat? How much? Very common questions…….let’s try and break it down a bit….
Fruits and Vegetables! YES!!! Eat! Eat! Green veggies are great and give you body plenty of the nutrients it needs. So eat away!!
Fats: Fats are used as the last source of energy and give you the extra boost when your body has already metabolized the carbs and proteins for energy. So, don’t be afraid of fats, just choose the right ones. Avocados, almonds, peanuts and flaxseed oil are healthy options.
Carbohydrates: We all love them and crave them from time and time. But, if I could make one recommendation in the carb department, it would be to switch all your carbs to whole wheat and whole grain. White carbs, or bleached flour, are purely simple carbs (high in sugar). As a result they will raise your blood-insulin levels. Try eating: whole wheat products, brown rice, beans, oatmeal, and apples. I found it was easy to make the switch by slowing adding it in……..maybe make pasta with half wheat and half white, then eventually switch over completely.
Protein: Protein is a part of every cell in your body, and no other nutrient plays as many different roles in keeping you alive and healthy. Protein is important for growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, ligaments and other tissues.
Your body can use protein for energy, if needed, but it’s best to eat carbs for that purpose. The easiest ways to get protein are from meat, dairy, and legumes. The average person should get 15% of their calories from protein, depending on activity level.
So, if you take one thing from me today……remember proper nutrition can make or break your fitness goals and should never be taken for granted….you can’t out-train a bad diet.
So, tell me, what are your biggest challenges when is comes to eating healthy????
(Next month……..how to stay in shape and eat healthy as we enter the holiday season.)