I have been making some changes in my diet over the past 6 months. Adding back more carbohydrates, specifically from sweet potato, butternut squash, and fruit; while eating less protein and less fat. Above is a picture of my breakfast this morning–> eggs, Longhorn beef/sausage, spinach, sweet potato, green onion, salsa, and avocado (everything was from the Farmers Market too except the avocado). I have been too low carb for way too long. I knew something was not right when everything I used to do was not working.
I was thinking back when I first started doing CrossFit over 5 years ago, and I ate an array of fruit and consumed some sweet potatoes and felt and looked great. Then, my thought process switched to if I ate less carbs, stuck to only greens/low glycemic carbs, and consume lots of protein and fat, I could get even more lean. I mean that is what the research shows. And it worked! Fast forward to 2 years of doing that and it back fired. Adrenal fatigue, not recovering, and gaining weight.
Stephanie, an RD and Trainer with Robb Wolf’s crew, wrote an incredible article– Females, Carbohydrates, and Hormones. You can read the entire article HERE. In a nutshell, she said everything I have been saying while having more research to back it up.
FOCUS LADIES: If you have been eating super clean, on point with your workouts, and still not getting the results you want, then your carbohydrate intake could be a missing piece of the equation when it comes to balancing your female hormones, losing weight, recovering from exercise, supporting your thyroid, boosting your energy, and so much more.
Here I am now with 6 months of adding back some good carbohydrates to my diet and I feel and look better. Clothes that I could not wear last year are fitting again, and my energy is back. I call that a win/win!
Visit the original blog by Megan Parsons: http://showoutlife.com/2014/02/26/focus-ladies/