OK. Whatever. Keeping the main thing the main thing: I’m eating a more balanced diet. I’ve been doing a super job with my efforts to keep a nutritiously balanced breakfast, and it’s even trickling out to the rest of my day (well, lunch at least. Still have that evening mindless eating to get a handle on…and that’s another conversation to be had). My lunches have generally been better, as have my snacks. So I’ll throw out a little analogy that I like.
Your metabolism is the “fire” within you. It’s the system that’s in charge of utilizing the fuel you ingest to “heat” you the most efficiently as you go through the day, perform your life and sports and mundane stuff, too. You need the perfect fire to last the day. Ask a dozen people how to build the perfect fire, and a dozen answers you’ll receive. But the basics are still this:
You start with the twigs. They ignite quickly, but don’t last very long. Sometimes we want the fire to ignite more quickly…we add paper…and that flame burns out even faster! These are like your carbohydrates. If they are in your system, you’ll use them, and you’ll use them quickly. You need them…your brain loves them for fuel!
Then you add some protein. Lots of choices here…animal and plant. Like kindling, we don’t access the proteins right away, so you still need the carbs to get the party started. Once burning, however, they will last a little longer.