In a perfect world, we would be able to get all of our vitamins and minerals from the food we eat. We would be eating a diet rich in vegetables, which were grown in nutrient dense soil, and we would eat high quality proteins like grass fed beef, pastured eggs and wild fish. We would also be eating a wide variety of foods, including nuts, seeds, fats, organ meats, etc.
Hello all! Today we are going to talk about the difference between being a “sugar burner” and a “fat burner”. This also includes a quick self-quiz to determine what category you fall into!
First off, what do these categories even mean? A sugar burner is someone that runs off sugar (or glucose) for fuel. While this might not sound like a bad thing, this means that your body doesn’t go into your fat reserves when it needs energy because it already has a steady supply of carbohydrates. Being a fat burner is the opposite of this; your body shifts from using glucose as its primary fuel to using fat. This will allow you to go hours between meals, feel full and satiated, and your hormones will become balanced for you to lose weight and keep lean.
I have completely dropped off from blogging lately but I do have some good excuses. A few weeks ago (Memorial Day weekend) I gave my first nutrition lecture! Part of my program as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is to do a community project and I titled mine “Nutrition Outside of the Box”. I went through the different macronutrients and what each of them does, how to build a balanced plate (like my blog post here), how to read an ingredient label (I will definitely do a post on this!), some common nutrition myths and misconceptions, and a green smoothie demonstration (because I’m sure everyone was hungry after I rambled on for an hour). It went really well and I had so much fun! I have an amazing family who is extremely supportive and I think everyone enjoyed it and hopefully learned a bit more about nutrition!
Before I start, I wanted to thank everyone that read and commented on my last post! It seems like that is a post that resonated with quite a few people, and I am excited to write more on the topic.
My life has been incredibly hectic lately. My husband and I bought a house and we moved to a brand new town, and I started a new job at work. I also will have my final for my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner course coming up in June, and then I will finally graduate! It’s pretty bitter sweet for me. On the one hand, I will be happy to stop studying and finally be certified, but on the other hand, I have enjoyed this program so much that I will be sad for it to be over.
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.