The trend to limit carbohydrate intake to lose weight is both popular and effective. Carbs are macronutrients that you can only get from the food that you eat—you can’t take them in a pill. But, from pizza night to your go to quinoa salad to sweet potatoes smothered in butter to your beloved, steel-cut oats in the morning—know this: all carbs register as sugar in the body.
All of them.
Eating too many carbs means eating too much sugar. Too much sugar could make you
- and surly…
Here’s another one for you: cancer loves sugar.
So, before your next meal, ask yourself this: What carbohydrates should I eat?
The answer is: Choose smart carbs for you. To figure that out, here are three things to consider.
Here’s the thing: food discriminates. There, I said it. I said it because you need to know. It’s disappointing, I agree. I feel disappointed sometimes too…
I like avocado and you can’t stand the texture. I like my steak rare and you order yours well-done. I won’t eat protein bars and you can’t live without them and chow them down daily. I love broccoli but you won’t touch it! Your cousin can live on junk food and not gain an ounce. If you even look at a piece of cheesecake it ends up on your belly!
Food discriminates. And, this may be especially true when you are on the road…
Balance…As a fitness coach and a lifelong equestrian, I ruminate a lot on physical balance. Here are a few things I know for sure:
- When practising Tree Pose in yoga, you don’t just find the sweet spot and stay there.
- Contrary to what some people think, when riding a horse you don’t just sit in the middle (like baggage) and hope for the best.
- As you age, your handle on balance starts to fade…So, use it or lose it is truth.
Mindset is everything. I had lunch this week with a woman who is wrangling cancer. Sitting across from her the only radiation I could see was positivity. With her mindset and focus, she is sanguine on her prospects for healing and moving forward. Period. It was palpable and a pleasure to behold. And humbling…
Our visit offered me a great reminder about self-talk. What you tell yourself can lift you up or it can take you down. For me, it helps to have go-to mantras when my monkey mind shifts self-doubt into high gear (and high volume). Here are five, one-liner, motivational mantras you can use to quell negative self-talk:
I punched a girl square in the nose for calling my Dad four-eyes. We were in sixth-grade, she was a bully and I’d had enough of her bad-mouthing my father.
Growing-up, the truth is that I spent a lot of time defending my Dad and I know that my brother Seamus did too.
People didn’t understand our lifestyle.
In the country, my parents threw Gatsby-esque parties that went on for days at their big stone house with the Amityville-like, attic windows.
When we moved to suburbia, the lettered-up pace cars in the driveway, cases upon cases of sponsorship hats, t-shirts, beer, coolers and golf towels in our garage were the talk of the neighborhood for the kids and great fodder for disgust for their parents.
It seemed exciting and wild from the outside but inside, it was tough being Tom Curley’s kids. Unlike many who were paid to love and adore him, we just did. We loved and adored him because he was our Dad and because that is what kids do. It’s supposed to work that way.
Doesn’t it work that way for you…?