Posted by Rachel Preble, RDN on Oct 28th 2019
In a world currently obsessed with low-carbohydrate diets like the Keto Diet and the Paleo Diet, it can be easy to wonder if you should be avoiding carbs too. Intuitive Eating on the other hand will beat trendy diets any day.
Carbs are the body’s primary fuel source. The glucose from carbs is transformed into the energy your brain and muscles need to function. If the body does not receive adequate carbs, it will eventually be forced to produce glucose mostly from the breakdown of proteins in the body – i.e. lean body mass. Not. Good. I made the mistake of falling for the claims these diets made, and following a low-carb diet zapped my energy, disrupted my hormones, and made exercising difficult. I also was not very fun to be around because I was usually HANGRY! So, trust me when I say that from both a health and quality-of-life perspective, life is better with carbs in it!
Now that I no longer restrict my carb intake, I like to include snacks into my day, and I’ve been loving That’s it. Fruit Bars! Made with Non-GMO fruit and free of the top 8 food allergens, That’s it. Fruit Bars make the perfect grab-and-go nutritious snack. Each one also only contains two ingredients. So far, my favorite flavor is the Apple + Fig Fruit Bar!
I’m really glad I was able to add That’s it. to my snacking line-up because not only are they delicious, but also incorporating a snack such as these allows me to “Honor My Hunger,” which is the second principle of Intuitive Eating. The principle states, “Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for rebuilding trust with yourself and food.” That’s it. Fruit Bars don’t need to be refrigerated, so I like to keep one in my purse, in the car, or on my desk at work – because you never know when hunger will strike!
Rachel Preble is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) from Safety Harbor, Florida, and currently is working as a clinical RDN at a medical center in Gainesville, Florida. She is a graduate of the University of Maine where she was also on the varsity women's soccer team. Rachel is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health from the University of South Florida. A self-proclaimed weight-inclusive RDN with a passion for intuitive eating, her dream is to one day enter the eating disorder field and help people heal their relationships with food and their bodies.
- 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating. https://www.intuitiveeating.org/10-principles-of-intuitive-eating/. Accessed October 20, 2019.