Way too often I am seeing and hearing that people are under the impression that they have to “earn their carbs.” Does this sound like you? Great, keep reading!
As I am always completely honest with you, I will begin by saying not all that long ago (like, a few years ago), I had the mindset in which I thought I had to “earn my carbs.” What I mean by this is that I felt as though I had to workout and be active in order to eat carbohydrates. On days that I worked out, I would eat plenty of carbs, basically at every meal, however, on the days I did not workout, I felt as thought carbs were unnecessary or that I “couldn’t” have them. Basically, I was brainwashed into thinking that I could only ever eat delicious sweet potatoes, plantains, bananas, apples, or any other form of carbohydrates on days that I was physically active.
Oh, was I ever wrong.
Luckily, today I know better and I understand that my body needs carbohydrates always, on all days, regardless of whether or not I worked out or did anything on any given day.
Today, I eat carbohydrates with all of my meals (read more about what I think a balanced plate should look like here), workout day or not, you will always see some sort of carbohydrate on my plate (and I am not referring to kale, zucchini, cauliflower or any other type of vegetable! I am referring to dense sources of carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, potatoes, plantains, fruits, etc.)
Since switching to this mentality, I have been able to heal my relationship with food, squash my carb fears, increase my energy, improve my sleep quality, balance my hormones, improve my workouts, increase my strength, improve my mood, and more all because I started eating more carbohydrates!
Rest day, workout day, whatever the day, your body needs an adequate amount of carbohydrates to function. And no, green vegetables do not count. The only way you will be able to consume an adequate amount of carbohydrates in a single day is if you focus on these guidelines, which suggest including at least (which means at minimum) 1 serving of dense carbohydrates at each meal (rice, potatoes, yams, etc.).
By doing so, I am sure you will be surprised by the results.
I hope this post inspires you to ask yourself why you feel as though you need to “earn” your carbs if you are one of these people. There is most likely an underlying issue. If you’re able to identify the reason you stay away from carbohydrates, please share below. I would love to hear from you! I would like to create a series of “carb” posts, so if you have any questions about carbohydrates at all, please leave them for me below or email me here.
If, after reading this post, you realized that you have a carb fear, you may want to consider working with someone like myself to help you move past this fear. I work with females every day with the same issues and I would love to help you, too! Please contact me here if you are interested in working with me one on one.