Intuitive Eating

Macronutrient review: Carbohydrates

January 28, 2015

Self-Paced Course: Non-Diet Academy


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A Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with a master's degree in dietetics & nutrition. My passion is helping you find peace with food - and within yourself.

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The definition of a nutrient is that it’s something your body has to have, and eventually without it you’d die.  Therefore there is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” nutrient because we have to have them all.  We are going to spend the next 3 days looking at the macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, fat.

Carbs are your body’s favorite source of fuel. Ideally, 50-60% of your total daily caloric intake should be coming from carbs.  

Things carbs do for your body:

  • Energy
  • Protein sparing (they prevent your body from eating its muscles and organs for energy)
  • The ONLY source of energy that your brain can use.  It needs a continual supply since it can’t store any glucose.  
  • Increase the serotonin (“feel good” chemical in your brain)

Tomorrow we'll discuss protein.


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