The silliness of it all…
I actually don’t eat a ton of carbs, save for those in my vegetables, and popcorn here or there! I tend to puff rather quickly when I eat too many, so I reserve them for serious training days (or just prior.) That said, when I DO do carbs, they are absolutely the complex, contemplative types… The processed ones are far too lethargic, and dreadfully boring! 😉
Sometimes after a workout…and sometimes before…I need a jolt of sugar. I don’t do well with sugar in general – too much fruit is as much a problem for me as processed foods depending on the quantity! But when I do need something sweet, I reach for fresh fruit as much as possible. Red grapes are a favorite, as is pineapple – when they are ripe, the sweetness can completely override the need to have something far less healthy!
That said, I often crave salt after lifting or working out. Well, let’s be honest, I crave it ALL the time! I tend towards low blood pressure, not uncommon with really active females, so salt can be a good thing in my case. But the other day all I wanted was sweet, and this bowl of grapes did the trick!
I find that my body will let me know what I need – my cravings are an indication (typically) that something is in lower supply. Not only did my natural, grape-ity bonbons satisfy my sweet tooth, they helped in the recovery process, as well as with my energy level – happy muscles = happy me! 🙂
Listen to your body, and don’t be afraid to have some fresh fruit around the house – the natural sweetness, fiber and water content can help you stay on track with your nutritional needs and goals, as well as give your body a boost when it needs it! (Not to mention healthy natural enzymes and nutrients!)