I feel like most people start out on their “health” journey because they want to lose weight. I know that’s what first propelled me into the world of health and fitness.
To give you some background (and get a bit personal) I look back on photos of myself when I was younger and I was never overweight. This isn’t me bragging about myself, this is me saying how hard it is when you are living with a type of “body dysmorphia” like I was when I was younger. I constantly compared myself to other friends, celebrities, models in magazines, etc. and was convinced that I needed to lose weight. I can also be pretty hard on myself, and I decided I needed to fix my “problem areas” that probably never existed.
Welcome to the last installment of #MacronutrientMonday. The last macronutrient we have to learn about is carbohydrates! This is going to be a fun topic because there is a lot of confusion around carbohydrates. Are they good? Are they bad? Do we even NEED carbohydrates? So let’s dive right in.
Carbohydrates only comprise about 2% of our body weight. In general, they come from plant sources (versus animal sources which our protein should be coming from) because they are produced from photosynthesis in plants. Common sources of carbohydrates include grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and sweeteners.
Welcome back to Macronutrient Monday! Fats are one of my favorite things to talk about because there are still so many myths out there about them. Fats are a vital part of our daily diet, but most people are confused about what types to eat (if any) and in what quantity. While some fats are finally being revealed as healthy (hello, egg yolks!) I want to help you understand exactly what fats are, and why we should be eating them.
For the second part of our macronutrient series we are going to move on to Protein. Now that I’m sure you have a nice big glass of water to sip on while you read this post, we’ll get right into it!
I feel like most people probably know that protein is important and a fundamental part of a balanced diet (whether you are paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc.), but I think it’s important to learn about why proteins really are so essential.
Thank you for taking the time and reading my post about the Whole30. Next time I do it (yes, there will definitely be a next time!) I want to try and take some pictures and write out some meal plans.
Today I want to start talking to you about macronutrients. This will be a four part series and today we will address the first one (and arguably the most important one): Water. Calling something a macronutrient really is just another way of saying that these substances are found in large quantity in our body. The 4 macronutrients are: