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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I just read an article on the NY Times website:

How Exercise Fuels the Brain

Recently, Coach Nancy had a blog post or two about endurance athletes and carbs:

Why are carbs getting such a bad rap?


Still unsure about a runner's needs for carbs..

So there you have it! This all comes down to good news, much to my relief (I've been on a carb mission lately it seems)--- carbs are so very much my friends! Not only for fueling my body, feeding my muscles for all the hard work I ask of them, but also for helping to keep my brain sharp! Yes yes, as with anything, carbs must be taken in moderation (and should be in the form of healthy whole carbs, not refined or processed), but it's good to know that they are not the enemy and don't have to be avoided.

Viva la carbs!

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    Very good info, Candy. I have a book called "Power Eating" that is aimed at strength athletes. The most important nutrient? Carbohydrates! This author knows her stuff. She says that you cannot workout hard enough without the proper fuel.

    3441 days ago
    I heard a teenager at the gym yesterday saying to her friend, "I still eat, I just don't eat any carbs anymore, ever." I wanted to shake her and say "You stupid girl, your body NEEDS carbs the same way it need exercise!" But then I realized that she's a teenager and there's probably no getting through to her and she'd probably say "get your hands off me you fat old hag! You don't know anything!" emoticon

    Thanks for sharing the confirmation we all know but tend to forget sometimes. emoticon
    3443 days ago
    Very interesting--thanks for sharing! I am a big believer in eating a balance of carbs, fats, and proteins. It just doesn't seem healthy to eliminate or drastically reduce any one element.
    3443 days ago
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    I agree with you. Balance is required. You can't live without carbs or protein or fat. It's just walking that line that's difficult.
    3443 days ago
    thanks for sharing these. I liked the one about exercise improving the function of the brain - fascinating stuff!
    3444 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the links. I don't believe in eliminating carbs or fat (healthier fats) but I never know who to believe about the %s. I sometimes play with what Spark recommends but not enough to know if it makes a difference. Add to that, I may exercise a lot but definitely not at an endurance level.

    Love that you shared some good reasons to keep enjoying those carbs!
    It's all about the balance, baby!
    3444 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2012 8:17:25 PM
    Yep... all things in moderation it seems. Thanks for sharing this!
    3444 days ago
    The only reason to eliminate something from your diet entirely is due to an allergy-- as with all things, moderation is key, and if you have a healthier option (whole grain vs. processed) go for it!

    Low carb, low fat, cabbage soup fer criminy-- all these diets do is cause you to yo-yo.

    Enjoy your carbs!
    3444 days ago
    It's always a little scary to me when people get the idea fat or carbs are the bad guy and try so hard to nearly eliminate them from what they eat. Calories In to Calories Out is important to consider, but no matter what, our bodies need all three main nutrient kinds and a mix of all the vitamins, minerals, and such that food provides.

    Good information!
    3444 days ago
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