I talk a lot about relationship with food and our bodies so today I want to touch on a piece that is really connected to all of this: our relationship with exercise. We live in a society where the 'ideal body' involves sculpted muscles and low body fat and we hear all the time about the benefits of activity. While there are many health benefits to activity, there is a dark side to all of this that we don't talk about enough: compulsive exercising.
I know what you're thinking- most people sit too much...
I'm super excited to introduce my first guest blog post here at Pulse Nutrition YK! I've written about carbohydrate timing and I wanted to do a post on protein timing but I realized my friend Kirsten Oilund RD had done such an amazing job already on this topic that there was no point in re-inventing the wheel!
Before we get started, let me take a minute to tell you a bit about Kirsten! She and I actually went to nutrition school together back in the day but I didn't get to know her well until we worke...
Recently I talked about fuelling before your workouts but what about during and after? I get the question fairly frequently from clients if they need to eat during activity and/ or immediately afterwards for recovery. The answer really depends on your activity, how long you're being active for, and if you have another event you're participating in within the next 24 hours. It also depends on you and your body because everyone is a little bit different! Keep reading for more details!
I've been talking a lot about our relationship with food lately and I want to bring another piece to that. One of my passions is sport nutrition because truly fuelling your body in a way that gives you the energy you need to do the movement that brings you enjoyment is such a powerful thing. In our society, carbohydrates seem like they have become public enemy #1 and this is hurting our ability to enjoy being active!
Tell me if this sounds familiar: you're going to the gym and being mindful of what you eat to try to become more fit. The thing is, when you go to the gym, you always feel exhausted and have a hard time getting through your workouts. You’re getting enough sleep, eating enough protein and maybe even taking pre-workout supplements but you're still struggling even though you're not over-training. The most probable cause? You're not eating enough carbohydrates.