Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Real Reason Competitors Carb-Deprive...

I wanted to let you all in on a little secret... it's the truth behind Carb-Depriving. The closer you get to competition, the lower your carbs go (typically). Lower and lower as you get closer and closer. Currently, I have two carb meals per week. Monday night and Thursday night, my meal-6 is a carb fest instead of the usual egg whites & veggies. This makes me happy. I look forward to those two meals during the days leading up, and I am a happy girl for the 24 hours following one of those two meals. The rest of the time...

Last week you remember I was in the dark place. I was absolutely exhausted - physically, mentally, emotionally. On Saturday, I was sitting on the back patio - couldn't have moved if the house caught on fire (well maybe that's an exaggeration, but you get what I'm saying). I've never been so run down & worn out. Ever. And I've given birth multiple times.

Someone who shall not be named (if I don't name him, he can't say I blogged about him and get mad at me, right? Right.) plopped into the chair next to mine, huffed out a sigh and said, "Yeah, I'm pretty beat too."

The fact that I was utterly carb-deprived is the only reason he is still breathing. I couldn't move, I was so tired, I couldn't even get externally mad (just a little nutso in my head, but that's fairly normal).

As I enjoyed my carb meal Monday night and went into the blissful "All is well with the World" carb-haze, my love for those around me expanded and was all-forgiving. Until the carbs wore off and the haze vanished, and that, my friends, is when the lightbulb went off in my head. I got it. This is why we carb-deprive... so we don't have the energy to kill our ... uh-hmm "loved ones" (see, still not naming any names).

Just thought I'd share :-)

Oh... and a quick carb-load recipe for those who need one...

Sweet-Potato/Banana/Oatmeal/Spice Bake

1 cup Oatmeal (plain)
6 oz baked Sweet Potato (no skin for this)
4 oz banana, mashed
1 Tbsp butter
Water to moisten
Spray Oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (pure)
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix the sweet-potato & mashed banana together until well combined. Add the spices and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk the oatmeal & baking powder.
Stir all ingredients together, then add water if needed, just until it's moistened.
Pour into greased pie pan & bake for 30-40 minutes.
Less baking makes a "baked oatmeal" dish, more baking creates a "cookie".

And yeah, it's pretty darn tasty :-)


  1. oh i get it! for the sake of my family i think i better carb deplete or i am SERIOUSLY going to hurt someone!!!

  2. Hahahaha!!! :-) I knew you'd understand!! LOL!

  3. you really have to get that cook book out for us to buy, you'll be a millionaire (unless you already are one)

  4. Wow, that recipe sounds tasty - thanks! Probably a silly question, but is it meant to be one serving? Or 2?

  5. Rene, LOL! Not yet! :-D
    Jaimie, yes - one serving. Crazy right? I LOVE carb day!!!!

  6. Do think it would be good for me to have at least a day or two for extra carbs if I usually eat less of them or are carb days specifically for someone training for comp?

    Luvena (from the KT)

  7. This kind of carb-load is athlete-specific... you should see the men's carb-load meal! HOLY CARBS, BATMAN!! Insane! You can certainly play with adjusting your carbs though, a lot of folks do that, some with success. My personal take is that balance is key. When I'm done with contest diet, I plan to go back to my 33/33/33 ratio - slowly though, but that's my goal.
    It's ok to boost protein, or carb, or fat, once in a while, but generally speaking, anything in "excess" the body will store as fat.

  8. I'm a couple days behind, but that is hilarious!