Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a terrific Labor Day weekend. I was laboring at UW Hospital 🙂
This week let’s revisit the topic of food! Today, I would encourage you to take a close look at what your current diet looks like. On Thursday, we’ll continue this topic and dive into energy needs (how many calories you need to consume).
My blog post topic inspiration comes from many different sources.
This blog post topic developed in my kitchen. Drew + I were eating dinner together. He made us a chicken pasta dish with fresh sweet corn grown by one of his co-workers. Drew commented that he was also going to have fruit. And I said, “That is a whole lot of carbs.” He then commented, “fruit isn’t carbs”. After I asked him what category fruit falls into he told me “fruit”.
This is one reason that I love writing this blog. There are a lot of misconceptions about health, healthy eating, and working out.
Why does this topic matter? It’s very important to balance our diets with the correct amount of macro-nutrients (aka carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) for your goals.
A good place to start is learning which category your foods fall into. Fruit does fall under the carbohydrate category Drew 😉
Even excess FRUIT (something most of us think of as very healthy) can keep us from our goals because in excess it could mean we are too heavy on sugars/carbohydrates.
The following graphic has great suggestions for foods to incorporate into your diet and breaks them into macro-nutrient categories.
You can see that fruit included under complex carbohydrates. My favorite complex carbohydrates include oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice, red potatoes, black beans, and fruit!
How many of these foods are you currently consuming? What are your go-to carbohydrates? Are you able to categorize the foods you eat into proteins, carbohydrates, + fats?
If you want to be on a healthier path, what you consume is such an enormous part of that. I’m here to help and excited to continue this topic!
Stop back on Thursday for more information on what a healthy diet should look like. Until then, use the above graphic to help you make a few changes to your grocery list for the week 😉