Should you stop eating carbs? The short answer is a NO! We’ve been talking about balance this month. Today let’s specifically talk about nutrition.
All too often, when we’re going after a health/fitness goal we throw our nutrition OUT of balance by eliminating entire food groups. It’s especially tempting when you see nutrition gurus all over the internet telling you to do it.
You might get some short-term wins… but over the long term? Not so much!
Your body is an incredible organism that needs a wide variety of nutrients to function at its very best. We’re talking about carbs, proteins, healthy fats, and fiber — all of which give you vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. Every food group provides different and equally important nutrients.
When you eliminate an entire food group, you miss out on these key nutrients.
Take carbs, one of the first major food groups to get tossed out. In their whole, unprocessed form, carbs are our body’s main source of energy and provide nutrients like fiber, iron, and B vitamins.
Cut them out completely and you’re likely to feel tired, and blah. You might even feel like you have the flu. But it’s not just that.
When you deprive your body of an entire food group, cravings can kick in… which can lead to overeating… which can lead to more restrictions, and on and on!
Here’s the good news — you can escape this cycle and still reach your goals!
- Include all food groups: Strive to incorporate proteins, carbs, and fats in your meals. Remember, fats aren’t the enemy — they help your body absorb vitamins and protect your heart when chosen wisely (think avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds).
- Listen to your body: Intuitive eating encourages you to tune in to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and also notice which foods make you feel GREAT and others, not-so-much.
- Make conscious choices: Choose whole, unprocessed foods most of the time — preferably the ones that help you feel energized and satisfied! Go for whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats.
- Seek professional help: Work with a certified nutrition coach (like the one we have on staff!) if you’re unsure about making changes to your diet or have specific questions about covering all your nutritional bases.
Remember, it’s not about perfection — it’s about balance.
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