Protein, Carbs, Fats

PROTEIN

The “building block” to our muscles, bones, skin, cartilage and blood. 

Getting enough protein is something that a lot of people struggle with, but it is SO important to be getting enough into your diet! 

I think a lot of people associate protein with big gym guys smashing it back from a shaker after a heavy workout – and yes, that may be accurate, but everyday humans need it too! 

Protein helps with the recovery of our muscles, which is important for after a training session, but it also does a lot more.

It helps repair tissues, keeps your bones and connective tissue healthy, helps keep you from fatiguing (both mentally AND physically), and helps us to build lean muscle!

Some good, whole sources of protein include:

  • chicken
  • lean red meat
  • whole eggs
  • seafood
  • 0% fat greek yoghurt. Again, the list goes on

Do your best to get some protein in at every meal! Enjoy!  For more information on protein, and how much of it to eat, check out this blog article.

 

CARBS

My personal favourite macronutrient.

I think carbs, like fats, have had a bad rap. How many times have you heard somebody say “well I’m going to just cut carbs completely from my diet” as a way to lose some weight?

Not your best idea. Again, everything in moderation, but carbs are what gives our bodies the energy it needs to do the things we need it to do!

Carbs are our body’s PRIMARY fuel source, they help our brain and organs function, and if we want to be ACTIVE (which, I hope is the plan here), we need them to smash our training!

When we’re looking at getting carbs into our diet, look at options like root vegetables – you’ll get more bang for your buck and get a healthy dose of fibre. If you’re like me and like to have a nice full plate, fill it up with a healthy, hearty serving of veg over your grainy-carbs, like breads/pastas.

Potatoes are your friend. How could you hate a sweet potato?

 

FAT

Most people see it as the enemy, but really, fat is one of our best friends.

To keep it simple: fat helps our bodies absorb essential vitamins (A, D, E and K), it maintains our bodies core temperature, assists in the production of hormones, and it keeps our brain and heart functioning happily and healthily.

When you’re looking for a fat source for your plate, keep an eye on UNsaturated fats. These are the ones we want. Do your best to stay clear of saturated/trans fats.

So, moral of the story? FAT IS OUR FRIEND!

Good sources of fat include:

  • avocados
  • olives
  • walnuts
  • salmon(and other fatty fish)
  • nut/seed butters
  • whole eggs… and the list goes on

Now go out there and enjoy!

~ Christine

True North Training