The Carb Complex…

The Carb Complex…

High carb, low carb, no carb, carb loading…

WHAT THE CARB?

Which way is a girl to go?

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The dreaded thought that is either never talked about, or talked about how to avoid it! So, lets talk carbs!

Carbohydrates are the fuel or gas per say that you ingest or put in your car to have energy to go from one place to another or one activity to the other. With that being said take a step back and let that sink in.

Having a hard time wrapping that around your head, go grab a snack (nuts, seeds, grains, greens, fruits or vegetables) then come back.

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Okay, now that you can focus, let’s get back to it. Carbohydrates are fuel not only for your muscles, but your BRAIN! Your brain uses complex carbohydrates to maintain focus and to think and to keep you safe! Now I said it. Complex Carbohydrate. So now that I said it, let’s break it down. Simply put you can breakdown carbohydrates into 2 categories, “simple” and “complex”

SIMPLE                                                           COMPLEX

White bread                                                              Whole grains

White pasta                                                               Nuts

White flour                                                                Seeds

Sugary cereal                                                            Legumes

Candy                                                                         Leafy greens

Soda                                                                            Fruits

Refined or processed versions                             Vegetables

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While both are broken down and used for energy, the simple version does not have the fiber or vitamins and minerals that your body needs to sustain function. With the simple form you will get a boost, but then quickly crash and need another “fix” to feel the same energy and focus, and if you are not eating “carbs” at all, your body is sluggish, tired, over stimulated yet unmotivated and concentrating on something will take forever, let alone if you are running on a treadmill or have heavy weights above your head.

 

Real, whole food is essential for your best potential. Forbidding an entire food group isn’t the answer. Empowering yourself to enjoy  your food and creating  a wonderful new relationship is a recipe for success.

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Thoughtfully,

Tracey

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The Relationship of a Lifetime

As a mom, you I am sure are like me in that you will do anything for your kids to have the best life ever! You sacrifice all that you are when they are born just for them to survive.  As time goes on you readjust your life to make sure they are happy and healthy and hitting milestone after milestone.  These little beings have all the love and support in the world

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We teach them the ABC’s and 123’s, we enroll them in dance classes or take them to ball practice and run around daily keeping them busy and learning everything!  Then on the way home we just settle for whatever nourishment is closest and fastest.  Leaving the impression that food is just food and as long as you get something to eat, you will be fine.

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What if we redirected that relationship and made it more powerful for them.  Intriguing them with wonderful aromas, having even more energy than they already had and challenging them to notice how good they feel, not only with their bodies, but with their minds and their entire being.  Introducing quality protein for their brains and body!  Encouraging complex carbohydrates that will also feed their brain and have so much clarity, they make it through their day making amazing decisions!  Respecting the relationship that they have with food will last a lifetime!

Here are just a few mood elevating foods that are not just for adults!

Blueberries… introducing them through going and picking them, to showing how cool the color can change from blue to purple.  These sweet little cuties pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and the anthocyanin’s which color the berries, delivers nutrient dense health benefits.

Walnuts… as with any nut/food these days, make sure there isn’t an allergy.  Walnuts are a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These are the “good” fats that we want!  They decrease depression and anxiety, sharpen our focus, and help with regulating our moods.

Spinach…this leafy green is amazing!  This complex carbohydrate has iron, protein, vitamins and minerals.  Can be a fun way to introduce carbohydrates that are not the white, starchy, sugary kind.  And its fun to eat with your fingers!

Quinoa… this little protein goes a long way in growth and repair.  Replace white rice with this wonder of wonders.  Adding some of their favorite flavors with the quinoa is another way to include their decisions.

Honey… real, authentic, sweet for any oatmeal or snack.  White sugar is linked to cancer, obesity, depression and many other health hazards.  Educating about sugar addiction will save lives

images1The relationship of a lifetime.