Sugar, somewhat unfairly, has a bit of a bad rep. But it’s not too surprising why. With little redeeming nutritional value (other than providing us with energy) it’s the perfect dietary villain. But just because a food group isn’t abundant in micronutrients & minerals does not necessarily make it bad. Sugar actually makes up the backbone of our DNA; it powers our cells, stores energy for later and feeds our good bacteria. We can’t blame one chemical or food for all the health problems we have, and yet that’s exactly what we’ve done.
What are Net Carbs?
When you eat foods that contain carbs, your body’s enzymes break them down into individual sugar molecules to then be used as energy by the body. Net carbs, or digestible carbs as they’re also known, refers to all carbs that are absorbed by the body.
Sodium is a mineral that plays an important role in our health. In fact, even minor fluctuations can have a major impact on our bodies, so concentrations of sodium are tightly regulated by the body.
There’s one really essential component of nutrition & health that often goes overlooked. Any ideas? It’s what most of us are not drinking enough of. WATER! Reports suggest that up to 75% of the American population fall short of their daily hydration requirement so we’ll hazard a guess and say that you’re probably not drinking enough either. Don’t worry, we weren’t drinking nearly enough in the beginning either!
What is the 800 gram challenge? Well unlike most macro coaches out there, we strive to teach people practical nutrition habits that they can use to maintain their health and body composition, even when they’re not able to weigh & measure or track. If you’ve read our last few blog posts, you’ll know that we’ve been focusing on balancing the notion that “you can eat anything you want,” with ensuring that your body still gets all the essential vitamins & minerals it needs.
What are some best practices to tracking with your significant other? Or what if your partner doesn’t even track macros!?
In this week’s episode Jason and Roz answer all of your questions about tracking (or not tracking) with your significant other.
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that is not readily digestible by the body. Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber is mostly kept in-tact and so it doesn’t increase the amount of sugar molecules in your blood. In fact, fiber helps to regulate the body’s use of sugars as it slows down digestion so that sugar molecules are released slowly into the blood stream, helping to keep hunger and insulin production in check.
What is Fiber? How much do I need?
In this week’s episode Jason and Roz break it all down for you – pun totally intended! Here’s a quick summary of what we discuss:
…As soon as I implemented some of my “5 A Day” and started pooping again, I started feeling Healthy AF and continued to see more improvements with my other measurements – progress photos, the number on the scale, my performance in workouts and how I felt throughout the day. I was still eating boatloads of cereal and even expanding my horizons trying food like Frosted Mini Wheats and Trix but I was also making sure I got a daily dose of fruits and vegetables.
If you haven’t already checked out my introduction to Food Matters – Why Quality Counts then go read Part 1 first.
…I had a pretty captive audience owning three CrossFit affiliates so more and more people started asking for my guidance with their nutrition. As I started helping more clients and friends, it became apparent to me, that people’s nutrition was more about fixing relationships with food than simply losing weight. Fixing that relationship & rectifying common misconceptions was actually the key to their success with weight loss.