Carbs "After Dark"
I’m sure you heard it before… we shouldn’t eat carbs in the evening because it might lead to weight gain blah blah blah.
Long story short: carbohydrates are actually best consumed later on in the day since they are quicker to digest and give you quick energy rather than slow sustained energy.
If you think about it… when do you need the most slow released energy? ? If you guessed the morning to afternoon you are correct. That is when most of us need long lasting energy. So it makes sense to eat slower burning fuel sources such as protein and fat at these times.
In the evenings we don’t require as much energy which is why sticking to quicker burning fuel such as carbohydrates is best "after dark". Now this doesn't mean that we shouldn't be eating ANY protein or fat for dinner, it just means that most of us do better with having our carbohydrate-rich meal as our last meal of the day.
Eating food that is slow to digest when we are getting ready for bed can lead to morning bloat, indigestion, loss of appetite and a sluggish body since our organs weren’t able to detox properly through the night due to fact that our body was working so hard to digest our last meal.
Great carbohydrate sources are:
- Sweet potato
- broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts
- beets, carrots
- Brown rice, wild rice, basmati rice
- Beans and Lentils
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