Understanding Glycemic Index

The term glycemic index may not sound like something you would use on a daily basis, but it is fairly simple in concept. It is a measure of the blood sugar in your body after eating a food that contains carbohydrates. Over the years, people have continued to try to control their blood sugar by counting their carbs in this way, but primarily in an effort to have control over their energy levels and to maintain more lasting quality from meals. Continue reading Understanding Glycemic Index

How to Time Hack Your Snacks

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Part of the success in planning dietary programs can come from the knowledge of how long foods “last” in the body. Imagine being able to decide what you really need to eat based on the time you have?! And, you can! Continue reading How to Time Hack Your Snacks

What Foods Make You Feel Satisfied Quicker and Longer?

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

All foods are made of protein, fat, and/or carbohydrates. The meals and snacks that are the most satisfying, and keep you feeling comfortable the longest, are comprised of all three. Continue reading What Foods Make You Feel Satisfied Quicker and Longer?

How Does Your Body Use Carbohydrates?

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

The role of carbohydrates in the body includes providing energy for working muscles, providing fuel for the central nervous system, enabling fat metabolism, and preventing protein from being used as energy. That said, carbohydrates are the “preferred” source of energy or fuel for muscle contraction and biologic work. Continue reading How Does Your Body Use Carbohydrates?

The Truth About Carbohydrates

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

If you are among the many club members who are trying to put together the right combination of foods to match their dietary and fitness goals, then you may find it confusing today for you to figure out just how to add just the right amount of carbohydrates. In truth, much of the confusion has come from the “lay press.” For as long as we all can remember, Carbohydrates have been counted on as a necessary part of the plan for diet and nutrition for all ages. Carbohydrates also are a major source of energy and should account for 50% to 60% of your calories consumed daily.

Today, the confusion comes from the idea that many news writers suggest that all type of sugar-contained in food may be bad for you. And, furthermore that, some of those “naturally” occurring foods that contain carbs may put you at risk as well. Over the next few blog posts we will examine these thoughts and see where the real truth is about CARBOHYDRATES. Continue reading The Truth About Carbohydrates