For most, to define the word valuable is simple. We have an understanding of this word because we have encountered multiple things in our lives that we instantly or grew to value.
The dictionary defines valuable for us as “a thing that is of great worth.” Where value tends to get more complex in our lives is when we are asked to list the things that are valuable to us. For some this list is easy, we start to think of members of our family, fitness, our job, hobbies, functionality, our friends, money, time, vacation…etc. This list could look a number of ways depending on who you ask.
Everyone’s personal values require energy. Energy is required to utilize and enjoy things that are valuable to us. In order to make the best use of time with my family and my friends I need the energy to care for them, listen to them and interact with them. A day at the park or simply helping my child with their homework requires me to be alert and focused.
To perform at my best in my career or within my hobbies, I need to feel refreshed and capable and know that I can think clearly. If I want to get the most out of my workout and be able to have my body function properly throughout the entire day. I need to feel my best in order to give my best.
So, when I have a long list of things that I value and want to enjoy each day, how do I find the necessary amount of energy to be active and successful in all those areas?
We know that food is fuel but what we often don’t realize is the importance of our carbohydrate intake to give us that push to make it through that list. Carbohydrates are earned. The more active that you are the more necessary they are to your day. It’s a common misconception to fear carbohydrates while we are trying to lose weight; and to calm any fear, it’s important to learn about that fear.
Carbohydrates will allow you to push farther in a workout allowing you to get more out of it. They can sharpen your thinking skills and help you stay more focused at work. Also they can give you that extra motivation to enjoy a nice bike ride or walk with your friends and family at the end of the day.
Overall calorie consumption is the number one factor to consider when pursuing any type of body composition goal. But the macronutrient makeup, or amount of calories coming from protein, carbohydrates, and fat is important to understand when identifying what your body wants to help you live your best life.
A trip through the typical drive thru can leave your energy and macronutrient needs imbalanced and cause you to feel a significant energy drop making you feel sluggish throughout the rest of your day. The benefit of simply meeting your energy needs is just another thing that can be added to the list of things that you value.