EXERCISE MORE, EAT MORE CARBS?
Within the first week of starting kickboxing classes, I experienced soreness and an increase in weight. I was shocked, but I also didn't care. I did not begin the kickboxing challenge to lose weight. I was doing it to train/trick my body and mind into liking working out again. Why? Well, my friends, because exercise is the worst thing on Earth that we need as humans to thrive. I said what I said.
Looking at the scale, I went up three pounds. I shrugged. The trainer at the studio asked me if I changed my diet.
I said, "Nah, not really. I follow a whole food plant-based diet, so..."
"Oh, okay. But how many times a day do you eat?" she asked.
I paused for a second to think. "Like three times? I may have a snack every now and then."
"Oh. That's why. Your body is storing fat for energy because it doesn't know when it'll get some more. If you're doing an intense workout, you gotta start eating more than three times a day. Try eating more carbs and let's see what happens next week."
Welp. I never thought I'd be told to eat more food and to eat more carbs. Trying to eat more when you're used to only having three meals and a snack is actually kind of hard. I had to train myself to eat between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. Now that I am done with the kickboxing challenge, eating more carbs has definitely helped me cut more fat. The human body is something else.
Exercising sucks, but I know I need it to feel well-balanced. We hold our emotions in our body, and as a Psychotherapist, I need a way to let out the unrecognized emotions I have absorbed from clients and the world.
Anyway. Below is a dish that has all the carbs. Yum.
- Green beans
- 2 russet potatoes
- Handful grape tomatoes
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 Tbsp avocado oil
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Garlic powder
- Pre-heat oven to 425°
- Chop veggies to desired size
- Toss into a bowl
- Add avocado oil and desired amount of sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and oregano
- Mix veggies with seasoning and add a pinch of cayenne (or more if you like it hot)
- Place on baking sheet and place in oven for 30-40 minutes