Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”
Nutrition Tip #17: Earn Your Carbs
If you are looking to lean out, cutting carbs down is one way to do it. But for those who are highly active, you need glycogen replenishment from dense carbs like squash or sweet potatoes. Timing it to have a good chunk of carbs post workout is a great way to flush your system with the carbohydrates it needs and wants.
I will throw a sweet potato in the microwave at the gym on high for 7-9 minutes and by the end of class, it is steamed and cooled enough to eat. One day after a tough workout, I was lightheaded and felt exhausted. After a huge sweet potato, mango, and dinner, I felt great and had the best sleep that night. Post workout carbohydrates are a beautiful thing.