Are Carbs Really That Bad For You?

Are Carbs Really That Bad For You?

Are Carbs Really That Bad For You?

May 17, 2022

This week we continue our three-part series on macro nutrients, which means, we are going to have an honest conversation about carbohydrates. Carbs are very demonized these days so I mean this in a nice way… they are so important and their importance needs to stop being overlooked.

Last week, we came out and we talked about protein. As I mentioned macro nutrients are the three nutrients that your body needs the most to function at its best. They are protein, carbohydrates and fat.

Today we’re going to talk about carbohydrates and the ways they benefit your health.

What Is a Carbohydrate?

Carbohydrates are one of three macro nutrients. In fact, they are your body’s primary source of fuel.

  • Your body uses carbohydrates to give you energy to:
  • Get out of bed in the morning
  • Walk down the street
  • Walk to your car and drive to work
  • Function during the day

Therefore, carbs are extremely important.

Are Carbs Really That Bad For You?

However, carbs have become very demonized throughout society these days. With all of the diet trends out there, keto, Atkins, low-carb, etc. they have gained a pretty negative reputation.

What’s missing from the context of a lot of these diet situations is what types of carbs were REMOVED when someone goes on a low-carb diet. Chances are… they removed processed carbs and replaced them with healthier options. In turn, this would result in weight loss, feeling better, improved health, etc.

Approaching a low-carb diet means removing your body’s primary source of energy in finding a replacement for it. Therefore, these diets make it hard to fuel your body. There is a new level of exhaustion during the first few days of a low-carb diet, some people even equate it to the flu.

Who wants to feel like that?

Carbohydrates Are Necessary

Our bodies are meant to use carbs as energy to fuel them. Instead of looking at carbohydrates as a bad thing, we need to look at the healthier options for carbs. This means focusing on increasing whole foods while lowering the processed carbs.

Anything that’s in your pantry that comes in a box and has a whole list of ingredients next to it probably is not necessarily a great source of carbs.

However, there are plenty of good sources of carbohydrates.

  • Dairy
  • Whole grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Lentils,
  • Dairy alternatives
  • Beans

The important thing is to be eating the right carbs for your body, not what the rest of society thinks you should eat.

What are your favorites?

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

Are Carbs Really That Bad For Your Health?

Are Carbs Really That Bad For You?

You Don’t Need A Holiday Detox – Episode 15

You Don’t Need A Holiday Detox – Episode 15

November 30, 2021

As many of you probably did too, I had many regrets after opening up social media this weekend and seeing some of the advice that was put out this year surrounding Thanksgiving.

This week kicks off the rest of the holiday season. On Episode 15 of the Be Your Best Self Health Chats Podcast we are chatting about:

  • Why you don’t need a detox.
  • Why you don’t need to skip the mashed potatoes.
  • Why there is no number of squats to do for each piece of pie you eat.

Enjoy the cookies and hot chocolate, the holiday season only comes once a year.

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

Holiday Detox

Are Carbs Really That Bad For You?

Rock Your Health This Holiday Season – Episode 14

Rock Your Health This Holiday Season – Episode 14

November 9, 2021

The more I get to work with moms in their health journey, the more common themes I find. While every person is different, we are all working through this mom life together one day at a time. Maybe it will make you feel better to know you are not alone.

I’m curious, what kind of mom do you most relate to?

First, we have the Consistently Inconconsistent Mom. She knows what it takes to be healthy and put herself first… but the rest of life is chaos and her kids are not quite on board. They will shovel in a happy meal while she makes herself a salad

Can you relate?

Next, we have the Diet Starts Monday Mom. The Diet Starts Monday Mom is burnt out and wondering what happened to all of the energy her friends have. She wants to be a healthy mom but she wonders if the effort of making the changes is worth it. Alas, she tells herself the diet will start Monday… but it doesn’t.

Are you starting Monday?

Then we have Hot Mess Mom. Oh, the Hot Mess Mom can’t remember the last time she did anything for herself. The kids are in charge of picking dinner every night which means a constant rotation of chicken nuggets and pizza. Some days it feels like no one is in charge and life is just pure chaos.

Was it pizza or chicken nuggets for dinner tonight? 

As we are rolling into the holiday season there is one other type of mom that I LOVE to see… the Confident AF Mom. She’s built the foundation for her family to eat a healthy meal most nights, finds energy from the food she enjoys and is able to stay on track. Most importantly, she has figured out a healthy balance where she is able to enjoy treats guilt-free.

5 Tips For Rocking Your Health This Holiday Season: 

  1. Plan your weeks – use the Calm Your Chaos Weekly Planner
  2. Crowd out
  3. Make sure you still have “me time.”
  4. Move your body.
  5. Create an action plan.

I am offering up 10 FREE Holiday Survival Planning Calls. On these calls, we are going to identify the main things that will derail your health this holiday season and help you figure out an action plan to get you through the holidays without gaining 10lbs. After 30 minutes of chatting with me you will have a plan that will help you rock the holiday season just like the Confident AF Mom.

To book your call go to schedule.bestselfhealthcoaching.com

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

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The Comparison Trap – Episode 13

The Comparison Trap – Episode 13

November 2, 2021

Let’s talk about a topic that is so common in the health, fitness, and nutrition industry but also is not welcome in the health, fitness, and nutrition industry.

The comparison trap.

It’s easy to look at somebody next to you and say, “I wish that was me.” 

Getting into the comparison trap can put you in a bad headspace and can truly hurt you in the long run with your goals. That simple little comparison can spiral you down a pathway of, “I’m never going to hit my goal,” or “it’s this just isn’t for me.” 

Social Media & The Comparison Trap

Social media is one of, if not THE main reasons these days that we find ourselves in the comparison trap.

If you don’t watch the news, Facebook Meta has been getting a lot of heat lately for causing the comparison trap in teenage girls. A lot of research has been done that shows how seeing other girls or influencers on Instagram makes teenage girls think negatively about themselves because they don’t look like what they’re seeing.

  • Their hair isn’t perfect.
  • Their makeup doesn’t look like that
  • Their skin doesn’t look like that.

We see all of these filtered lives on Instagram, Tik Tok, Snapchat, Twitter, etc and can get stuck comparing ourselves to what we are seeing.

Yet, we have to remember, it’s a highlight reel.

  • Maybe that girl just spent an hour doing her makeup to cover up this skin that looks just like yours.
  • Maybe she’s using a filter
  • Maybe it’s Photoshop.
  • Maybe her kids are screaming in the background of that photo

It’s a highlight reel and it’s causing a huge problem with our minds.

How To Get Out Of the Comparison Trap

So what do we do when we get down stuck in a comparison trap? A quote that I love:

Don’t compare your chapter one to somebody else’s chapter 20.

I think that fits really well with the health, fitness, and nutrition industry. As somebody who works with people one on one and in a group coaching setting, I meet people all the time who are at different stages of their health journey.

On that note…keep in mind that chances are you don’t know somebody’s whole story. Going back to the highlight reel. You don’t know maybe they’ve been fighting an eating disorder and it’s taken them years to accept their body, despite how skinny they are. Maybe they’re putting in hours a day at the gym

Another way to work your way out of the comparison trap is words of affirmation. Remind yourself that:

  • I am strong.
  • I am confident.
  • I have been working hard.

Most importantly remember how far you’ve come.

In Episode 12 we talked about using small goals that add up to big results. Look back on those goals. Look back at how far you’ve come.

What was your biggest takeaway from this week’s podcast?

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

The Comparison Trap

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Small Goals = Big Results – Podcast Episode 12

Small Goals = Big Results – Podcast Episode 12
Author:Kristin Longacre

October 26, 2021

Picture a meme that I’m sure you have seen going around the internet. It’s a cartoon person standing at the bottom of a staircase looking up. The text below the mean varies depending on where it’s posted. The overall theme is one step at a time.

I love this image as a reminder of so many different aspects of life, business, health, and fitness. To me, each small step is a goal towards my overall goals. In episode 12 we are going to talk about using little goals to make big goals.

Back in Episode 3, we talked about how to set goals that are SMARTER. Part of SMARTER goals also means smaller goals.

Why do smaller goals help us so much in our health?

First starters, smaller goals take the stress off the bigger goal.

For Example, let’s say your goal is to lose 100lbs.  Looking at that seems like a huge number because well, it is and can seem daunting. Assuming you are losing 1-2lbs a week (which is OKAY)…it’s going to seem frustrating and feel like it is taking forever to get to that larger goal.

By setting little goals in the meantime is going to help you achieve that overall big goal.

On the days you’re struggling, it’s much easier to focus on step by step by step, than the entire mountain you need to climb.

Maybe start with a little goal such as losing five pounds a month. That little goal will help you focus one month at a time instead of the next three years that it might take to drop all of that weight.

One of my favorite smaller goals that I like to encourage people to try is to make two new healthy recipes a month. That means cooking in their kitchen two times a month with a new recipe.

If you liked even half of those recipes, that’s 12 new recipes to add into your weekly rotation over a year. Again, small goals make big results.

Sometimes it’s hard to look back and see the staircase we’ve left behind. As you’re climbing those steps, there’s going to be days where it doesn’t feel like progress has been made. There are going to be times where it’s hard to look back and realize you’ve already lost 10 pounds, or you’re already drinking a gallon of water a day and helping your health.

For this reason alone, I think it’s incredibly important to write down your goals. Not to mention, writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them according to research. By putting it on paper you are committing to it.

When you are struggling, pull out your old goals, you will be amazed at how far you’ve come.

A year is going to pass regardless of whether you make changes in your life or not. I’m sure you’ve heard that quote before. Maybe a year seems really really far away. In other words, maybe you’re at the bottom of the staircase looking at one step at a time.

What small goals can you use in your life to move you further up the staircase? ​

 

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

Small Goals Mean Big Results

Are Carbs Really That Bad For You?

Calm Your Chaos With Weekly Planning – Episode 11

Calm Your Chaos With Weekly Planning – Episode 11
Author:Kristin Longacre

October 19, 2021

Let’s start out with the question of the day, why is planning your week good for your health? Planning your week forces you to look ahead to what’s coming.

You Can Get Ahead of Questions That May Come Up Throughout The Week

By planning your week ahead of time, you can get ahead on the many questions your week might bring along such as: 

  • What days do you need to plan your meals ahead of time?
  • Do you need to bring lunch because there’s going to be pizza in the office? 
  • Is your schedule so jam-packed that the only time you have is six o’clock in the morning?
  • When are you going to cook this week? And what nights Do you need to make room for takeout?

Planning Where Your Exercise Fits In Increases Your Chance of Actually Exercising

Research shows that writing something down makes you more likely to stick to it. In this case, we are talking about your exercise. When are you going to work out? Does this week look like the best time is mornings or evenings? Maybe lunchtime?

Don’t just plan WHEN you’re going to work out but how. This way you can come prepared with the right equipment, clothes, fuel, etc. 

Your New Routine Becomes Routine

Planning your week also helps you set a routine, which is something we talked about last week, especially when it comes to your stress levels. 

Having a routine will help lower your stress. Planning for that routine is also going to help lower your stress. 

How Do You Plan Your Week? 

On Sunday night, sit down with a piece of paper, all of your kid’s schedules for the week.

Step 1: Write down a list of every single thing that is going on this week, get as detailed as humanly possible. 

  • Sports schedules
  • School projects
  • Exercise plans
  • Afterschool plans
  • Work meetings
  • Dinner plans
  • Lunch schedules

Step 2: Highlight or circle your non-negotiables. Put them in your calendar. 

Step 3:  Fill in your calendar with what’s left. This is your plan for the week. 

There is going to be stuff that comes up that’s going to throw this all off. However, by having this plan you are going to plan ahead as much as possible so that when these other things come up out of the blue, you already have a plan for everything else in your week. Instated of your entire week getting thrown off, it throws off a little piece of your week, not your entire week.

At first, this process might seem overwhelming. Don’t worry. The more often you do this, the easier it’s going to become. 

I went ahead and put this all on one simple download for you that you can sit down on Sunday nights and fill in yourself. 

Listen to the full podcast for all of the details and MORE ways to manage your stress in the stream above, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app by searching Be Your Best Self Health Chats.

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

Weekly Plan For Your Health Goals