Slide background

To Carb Up Or Not To Carb Up

There always seems to be talk in the press about the ‘new fad’ diet….. whether it’s counting calories or eliminating certain food groups.

You’re left wondering who and what to believe.

You know what though, just keep it simple and LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY, as YOU know YOU better than anyone else. Start to see food as ‘fuel’ for your body instead, and ask yourself….

Is the food on your plate going to nourish you or not?

That’s it really, just keep it simple by eating ‘real whole food’.

In this initial process of ‘tuning in’ to your body and understanding what it actually needs, sometimes we can be pulled off into a different direction, by our bodies current addictions to certain food groups.

e.g.  morning coffee fix, alcohol, believing that bread and pasta will ‘fill’ us up, sweet after every meal.

Sometimes in this instant, it is better to eliminate food groups and start a fresh with a clean slate. By doing this it’s easier to understand your body as well as seeing if you’re intolerant to certain food groups.

So start with eliminating all processed food, gluten, diary and sugar from your diet. By doing so you will be removing your addictions to certain food groups and begin to have more energy throughout your day.

Do I need to carb up?

In running circles it’s still common practice to ‘carb up’ the night before a long run or major race.

If when you listen to your body, you feel it needs carbs, ensure that they are organic whole foods – e.g. brown rice, quinoa, fruit and legumes as opposed to carbs that are made from white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and white rice

As an example when I was training for my marathons, I omitted pasta and replaced it with brown rice and felt much lighter when I ran.

There are many marathoners that still ‘carb up’ on pasta and pizza the night before a race, as there are marathoners that run mainly fuelled on a paleo food – Dean Karnazes as an example.

So that said, be your own judge of what’s best to eat for you.

If you are looking to reduce your ‘bad’ carb intake during the day, below are some suggestions.

  1. Wheat bread – swap to ‘paleo’ bread made with almond meal
  2. Soft drinks and juice – swap to water, kefir or herbal teas
  3. Pasta and white rice – swap to cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles
  4. Pre-packaged/bottle sauces – swap to homemade sauces
  5. Chips, crackers and biscuits – swap to nuts and seeds, ideally activate them, as that adds digestion more.

Be prepared with making some simple snacks for work

Here are some snacks that you can easily prepare to eat at work. They are guaranteed to keep the chocolate, chips and soft drinks cravings away.

-       Nuts and seeds

-       Bliss balls

-       Hard boiled eggs

-       Fruit

-       Raw vegetable strips and homemade hummus or gucamole

For more healthy snack recipes - Healthy Meals For Runners

It’s Just Another Day Or Is It?

Picture this, you wake up, meditate, go for a walk on the beach and on your walk back home past the cafes, you notice the time, yep it’s pretty much the same time you pass the cafes, and see the same people sitting at the same tables, with the same coffee reading today’s newspaper.

And I think to myself what was different from yesterday?

Is it Groundhog Day?

Is it just another day?

What changed?

It gave me a flashback of when I used to commute on the train in the UK, and I would get the same time train, get on the same carriage and sit in the same seat……and watched the same people board the train and sit in their same seats every morning. One time I sat in a different seat ‘someone else’s’ for a bit of fun, before they boarded the train…. boy did that rock the boat.

You see as people we are all creatures of habit…. Yep you are too.

Yep you might buck and scream and say no not me, you don’t understand, I’m different, I’m an individual, I do what I want each day, I don’t fit in with the norm….. Maybe….

And yet you still have your habits throughout your day, take a look and see how you go about your day, was it different from yesterday?

So here’s the thing…..

Agreed the example above was just a small section of the day, and it’s not just about going to a cafe at the same time every morning and reading the paper with a cuppa, or commuting to work and sitting in the same seat everyday.

This is an example of how habitual as humans we are and then we carry that forward to the rest of our day with how we treat our partners, family and co-workers, the work we do, our finances, how we spend our time.

Agreed we all have habits.

Is it true for you to, take a look at your day?

Check in and ask yourself the following

-       Are they supporting you or not?

-       Are they moving you closer to achieving your goals?

-       Are they moving you closer to where you want to be?

If they are, then great if not……

Let’s look at it another way

Are you 1/12th of the way there yet? 

What I mean by that is that we’re pretty much at the end of January, and you’re not getting January 2016 back again.

So thinking about the goals that you set at the start of the year, how are you going, are you kickin’ butt with them, or have you let your life take you in another direction, and instead you’re putting the demands of others before yourself and YOUR life.

What’s more important to you?

There’s no right or wrong here. Just be honest with yourself and what you truly want in your soul.

Every single moment of the day we have an opportunity to choose our thoughts, our actions and our results. What are you choosing?

So if you want to make it happen and start afresh in February with your goals, then come and join me in my FREE 21 Day ‘Make It Happen Challenge’

We can do this together.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It… Do It!

Sue xo

Get your free copy of 'Beginner to Half Marathon Training' and weekly tips to feel fitter, healthier and energised.