I know, I know – you’re writing your first fitness blog post about donuts?!
Yes, I am.
When I first started thinking about beginning a blog, I asked my friends for ideas on posts. What would you like to see? Have you tried searching for anything and couldn’t find it? What topics need addressing? My friend joked I should write about the benefits of eating donuts after Crossfit – and the more I think about it, I say, why not? I can make this work.
My angle is (and this will be a common theme on this blog) – health is all about balance. Balance means you aren’t constantly stressing about macros, nutrition, and hitting every workout perfectly. Make time for friends and hobbies that aren’t all fitness related. Be lazy sometimes. Eat donuts.
Now, a lot of people will throw back the Paleo argument (if you aren’t familiar with Paleo, it’s a diet based on what our Paleolithic “caveman” ancestors ate – think nuts and seeds, some fruit, lots of grass fed meats, non starchy vegetables, and no added sugars or grains). Basically, a donut is those last two things combined to perfection. Paleo is often considered the non-official diet of Crossfit; not everyone subscribes, but a lot of Crossfitters do follow Paleo guidelines and find it really helps their energy levels, recovery, and strength. This makes sense! A diet rich in high quality protein, high quality fats, and nutrient dense greens offers a myriad of benefits – sugar, on the other hand, doesn’t have much going for it in a fit foodie’s fridge, and can make us feel sluggish due to insulin spikes.
Time for some nutrition stuff
However, sugar and carbs, once digested, are converted into glucose to be made into energy your body can use. If you eat more glucose than you need at a given time, it is stored in the muscles as glycogen. Your body will turn to its glycogen stores for a boost whenever it needs energy that isn’t readily available from a recent meal. If you have no glygocen stored up, muscle gets broken down instead – and you don’t want that!
Here’s where you can say that there are good sugars and carbs, and bad sugars and carbs, that supply your body glucose with or without a huge insulin spike. But here’s where I say – do what works for you. If that means eating a donut before or after a workout, fine by me – as long as it is balanced with a great diet too.
See that beautiful pile of treats to the left? This is where Andrew and I go, very consistently, after our Saturday or Sunday Crossfit session! This offering to the gods is from an amazing little coffee shop called Fox in the Snow in Columbus, Ohio.
I must say, these donuts haven’t held me back yet! At the end of the day, it’s about calories in vs. calories out, and if your macros are on point within those macros (and you can make donuts fit into them, absolutely), I won’t judge! This is the beautiful concept of flexible dieting, and the way I like to eat. I’ll touch more on what flexible dieting is in a separate post, and what macros are if they’re a new term to you – but for now, eat your donuts.