Think you can eat anything you want and sweat it off at the gym? Think again! Unfortunately, it is a myth that you can eat like crap all week as long as you get your cardio in. Those bad carb habits are keeping you from getting the results you expect from your fitness routine.
According to Sara Haas, R.D.N., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics via Daily Burn, “Eating a calorically dense, high-carbohydrate meal or snack makes sense for a competitive cyclist about to endure a 100-mile road race, but it doesn’t make sense for someone who is about to take a two-mile jog around the block.”
Eating good carbs and living a Good Carb Life truly isn’t about restriction but about choices. You don’t have to say goodbye to the food and flavors you love in favor of living a healthy lifestyle! If you’ve managed to fit in your favorite fitness activity, whether it be a daily walk around the block or a full on spin class, then you know it IS possible to enjoy living healthily. Think of your diet as an extension of this.
Good Carb choices are the road to success for your fitness routine. Prepare to be shocked at how fun it can be to keep the healthy momentum going!
Start strong! Squeeze in some last minute energy before you head out the door. You know, that extra boost of confidence you need to make it to the end of the block, the song or the timer? It comes straight from good carbs!
Keep apples or bananas in your pantry for your pre-workout snack. The options are endless! Eat it on the way there, or sit down for a few minutes of peace and eat it sliced with some peanut butter. Full of natural sugar, fiber and starch, apples or bananas are the fuel you need to start a successful workout.
Weekly Meal Prep
Get ahead of the game! Making good carb choices during a hectic work week can be tough, even if there are easy and flavorful options at your disposal. The same goes for a workout, but you’ve managed to pencil that in each week. The fact of the matter is, when you only have a couple minutes between meetings, or are exhausted on the ride home, the drive-through can be pretty tempting.
One good way to shake this idea from your mind and avoid the instant regret you feel once you finish your “value” meal? Meal prep! Take advantage of a lazy Sunday afternoon by starting a new ritual.Head to your favorite grocery store and pick out your favorite meal staples. We’re talking fruits, vegetables, grains and more that make up a balanced good carb meal (psst… Need help grocery shopping?) Pack your week’s worth of meals in cute containers and you’re all set. You’ll love having something delicious to look forward to each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it won’t undo your workout!
You know that extra boost of energy and endorphins you get after a workout? Take advantage of this and host a spontaneous get together! Keep it simple and focus on light hors-d’oeuvres.
Impress your friends with your culinary imagination and pair a new cheese with our mole bread. While they’re in awe at the flavor and sophisticated tastes, you can shock them with the truth — those hors-d’oeuvres they’ve been enjoying are healthy too! Who knew? This could be the start of a new tradition.
The Good Carb Life is all about living life to the fullest. It’s about feeling your best so you and experience all the beauty life has to offer, from enjoying simple meals with friends to having the energy to reach new goals.
Are you looking for a manageable way to ease into the Good Carb Life? Come learn about the 30-Day Carb Challenge!