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The Benefits of Carbohydrates for Energy

Alixe Faubert

Feb 15, 2023

Carbohydrates have gotten a bit of a bad reputation in recent years, with many diets promoting low-carb or no-carb approaches for weight loss and improved health. However, the truth is that carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient that play a crucial role in providing energy to the body.

Here are just a few of the key benefits of carbohydrates for energy:

Sustained Energy: Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for the body, providing quick and sustained energy to power your workouts, daily activities, and even mental processes. When you eat carbohydrates, they are broken down into glucose, which is then used by the cells as a source of energy.

Improved Endurance: For athletes and active individuals, carbohydrates are particularly important for improved endurance and performance. By consuming carbohydrates before and during exercise, you can help to maintain your energy levels and push through even the toughest workouts.

Better Mental Focus: Carbohydrates have also been shown to improve mental focus and cognitive function, making them an important part of a healthy diet for students, and anyone who needs to be sharp and alert throughout the day.

Stabilized Blood Sugar Levels: Consuming carbohydrates regularly can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent fluctuations in energy. This can be especially helpful for people with diabetes or other conditions that affect blood sugar regulation.

It’s important to note that not all carbohydrates are created equal. Simple carbohydrates, like those found in sugary foods and drinks, can provide a quick burst of energy but can also lead to rapid crashes and fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, such as those found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, provide sustained energy and offer a range of other health benefits.

Examples of Complex Carbohydrates: Legumes (lentils, black beans etc), oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat bread, barley, potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes, apple, berries, bananas, and many other plant foods.

In conclusion, carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient that play a crucial role in providing energy to the body. By incorporating a variety of complex carbohydrates into your diet, you can help to maintain your energy levels, improve endurance and focus, and support overall health and well-being.

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Alixe Faubert
Plant-Based Nutrition, Intuitive Eating, Gut Health
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After dealing with my own gut issues, food sensitivities, and mindset obstacles, I was inspired to study holistic health. Although I was always interested in health and wellness growing up as an athlete, I suffered from a severe concussion at 15 and this was a pivotal moment for me in my health journey. I realized the link between all aspects of health, how our body keeps the score, and how our pain, gut problems, and patterns can be traced back to specific moments. I work with clients by looking at all aspects of health (“food off the plate”) as well as nutrition and mindset to find an approach to empower them to take back their health and feel their most confident selves. My coaching method starts by Identifying your "WHY", beliefs, and patterns. Then, we will Reflect on your blocks. Lastly, by working together we will create actionable steps to incorporate into your life, and shortly after, YOU will Become.

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