How can we possibly be halfway through the week already? I’m definitely not complaining, but I feel like this week is flying! Before we know it it’s going to be mid-October and the holiday season will be in full-swing and then it’ll be 2014. Man!
There’s something I want to clear up here after I received a comment on my last post from a reader. She really opened my eyes to the fact that I left a few important details out of my post on Monday about upping my calorie intake and working on eating more.
1) I am not suffering from an eating disorder. I am not purposely restricting food/calories in my diet and I simply realized that fruits and veggies, while they are nutritious and great for you, sometimes lack in calories. One “huge” salad may contain 300 calories, and I need a bit more than that.
2) What you see on my blog isn’t everything that I eat in a day. I am a habitual snacker and eat constantly throughout the day. My coworkers actually make fun of me because they say I am always eating. I just find my snacks of Larabars, almonds and an apple, etc to be pretty boring and not something that people want to look at day after day on my blog.
3) I am working with an RD to come up with a plan and also to educate myself more on this issue. It is something I feel passionately about and I can’t wait to talk to her on Friday! More on that later next week.
So sorry if I gave the wrong impression on Monday, I hope this clears things up a little bit!
With all of this being said, I wanted to write today about myths/realities that I often come across because I think they’re interesting and when studying for my NASM exam, I learned a lot about the body that I think is pretty cool!
Myth: The average person needs 1,200 calories per day.
Reality: The average active woman (for example, myself) needs around 2,000 calories per day. The 1,200 number that we so frequently see is for those who are overweight, trying to lose weight, and not very active. You need to eat just to function daily: brush your teeth, go to work, walk to and from places. If you are exercising, you need to eat even more.
Myth: Carbs make you gain weight.
Reality: NO. No, no no. This is one of the most frustrating things that I hear because people automatically think carbs make you gain weight. And when they say carbs, they really mean bread and pasta. Do you know that there are carbs in a …banana? Yes. Carbs lurk everywhere and have just been given a bad rap by nutrient-lacking doughy white bread and pasta. Your body NEEDS carbs to function and to perform at a higher level. And they taste good, so there’s that.
Reality: Snacking is one of the best ways to take weight OFF. Snacking allows your metabolism to stabilize and keep going. Going long periods of time without food can cause your body to enter starvation mode, and you won’t metabolize your next meal as you should because your body isn’t sure when it will get its next meal. Also, anyone who says they can go from lunch to dinner without getting hungry is lying.
I am by no means a certified RD or nutritionist…but honestly all of this talk lately has really got me wanting to venture into that career field. I think there is a major lack of knowledge and most people believe everything they see on the Internet and in magazines, which usually is completely off. I love talking with friends, coworkers, even my little girls, about health and nutrition. I’m very lucky in that part of my job requires reading up on health related things, and I probably spend a little more time doing that than I should. ;)
Now it’s time for me to get outside and enjoy the sunshine because it’s a beautiful day and I want to soak up the sun as much as I can!