Curious to know how certain foods affect your day-to-day?
For those of you that have been following All Day Fit for a while, you’ve likely heard us say that your lifestyle habits outside the gym (like stress, nutrition, sleep, etc.) affect your time in the gym – hence, why we do habit-tracking in our fitness programs! Let’s dive deeper into this… especially for nutrition! The nutrients you consume have a major impact on how your body feels on a daily basis. Keep reading to learn how these 3 macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) help you FEEL your best.
Protein: Fuel for the Body
Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of the body (i.e. your hair, skin, nails, bones, and muscles). Think of your body as an office building: amino acids are the bricks and structure of the building. There are 9 essential amino acids, which need to be consumed through food. Animal proteins contains all 9 amino acids, meaning the kind of animal protein you’re eating doesn’t matter as much because you know you’re consuming most, if not all, amino acids! Plant-based proteins however, have varying levels of amino acids. You can still get all 9 amino acids from your food if you are vegan or vegetarian, you just need to be eating a variety of protein sources. Soybeans are a plant-based protein that provide your body with all of the amino acids it needs.
Carbohydrates: Fuel for the Brain
Carbohydrates are the brain’s main energy source: this is the electricity to your office building! Carbohydrates are also known as glucose, or sugar, which is what our body needs to burn for energy. There are 2 types of carbohydrates (here’s where their misinformed bad rep comes from):
o SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES: these are what we know as sugar, so literally table sugar, honey, fruit and fruit juice, candy, all that sweet yummy stuff. The closest to sugar the food is the more SIMPLE it is for the body to figure out it is glucose and use it for energy.
o COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES are essentially a bulky version of simple carbohydrates. The glucose is wrapped in fiber and makes it a bit more COMPLEX for the body to figure out where the glucose is and use it for energy. Complex carbohydrates are whole grain breads, pastas, crackers, rice, and fibrous or starchy veggies like potatoes and squashes. These take longer to digest and break down, so they make you feel fuller longer and are a more reliable energy source
Fats: Fuel for Function
Fats are equally, if not more, important than proteins and carbohydrates. They make sure the body is functioning at a cellular level. This is the maintenance team behind your office building. Fats make sure that everything is running properly and efficiently. Fats are like carbohydrates in the sense that they can go from simple to complex. These more complicated fats are more nutrient dense, while these simpler fats tend to be more processed, making them less satiating and less nutritious.
Looking for some recipe inspo?
Check out some delicious and nutritious recipes on the ADF blog for your next dinner party or meal prepping session!