I love carbohydrates

This below has been taken from the elmhurst.edu website

Basically it says: all carbo(hydrate) is carbon with a water molecule attached to it. We all know you need water to survive.
As you know each carb can have 3G & higher but the typical pint is 3-12g according to science as a serving size for the body
And the carbohydrate contains carbon meaning it’s organic. All organic materials contain carbon. Many chemical-derived foods do not thus will slow down your metabolism. The heat process to burn the carbs.
It’s also best to get the carbohydrate source from plants due to the photosynthesis process because carbon dioxide is converted into carbohydrates for energy.
Pretty cool and a new way of understanding and seeing the beauty of carbs !
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Carbohydrates – Introduction
Introduction:

General names for carbohydrates include sugars, starches, saccharides, and polysaccharides. The term saccharide is derived from the Latin word ” sacchararum” from the sweet taste of sugars.

The name “carbohydrate” means a “hydrate of carbon.” The name derives from the general formula of carbohydrate is Cx(H2O)y – x and y may or may not be equal and range in value from 3 to 12 or more. For example glucose is: C6(H2O)6 or is more commonly written, C6H12O6.

The chemistry of carbohydrates most closely resembles that of alcohol, aldehyde, and ketone functional groups. As a result, the modern definition of a CARBOHYDRATE is that the compounds are polyhydroxy aldehydes or ketones. The chemistry of carbohydrates is complicated by the fact that there is a functional group (alcohol) on almost every carbon. In addition, the carbohydrate may exist in either a straight chain or a ring structure. Ring structures incorporate two additional functional groups: the hemiacetal and acetal.

A major part of the carbon cycle occurs as carbon dioxide is converted to carbohydrates through photosynthesis. Carbohydrates are utilized by animals and humans in metabolism to produce energy and other compounds.

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Carbohydrate Functions:

Carbohydrates are initially synthesized in plants from a complex series of reactions involving photosynthesis.

-Store energy in the form of starch (photosynthesis in plants) or glycogen (in animals and humans).

-Provide energy through metabolism pathways and cycles.

-Supply carbon for synthesis of other compounds.

-Form structural components in cells and tissues.

Photosynthesis is a complex series of reactions carried out by algae, phytoplankton, and the leaves in plants, which utilize the energy from the sun. The simplified version of this chemical reaction is to utilize carbon dioxide molecules from the air and water molecules and the energy from the sun to produce a simple sugar such as glucose and oxygen molecules as a by product. The simple sugars are then converted into other molecules such as starch, fats, proteins, enzymes, and DNA/RNA i.e. all of the other molecules in living plants. All of the “matter/stuff” of a plant ultimately is produced as a result of this photosynthesis reaction.

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Metabolism is increased by taking organic materials and converted into heat to breakdown for energy.

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my cross fit day

My cross fit day starts out by catching the early bus to take my daughter to school but as I hear the rain pour down in South Florida, it motivates me more. 

grab my gear, headset, bus pass, light rain coat … its cold in South Florida 67 is cold. 

She arrives at school 7:40 am… I kiss her goodbye and head out with the Miami motivational sounds of Pitbull and JLo. I run my goal.. not distance, not really time but to beat the bus back to my house. 

I run. Rain coming down… it eventually stops. I warm up, taking off my rain coat and continue to run… looking over my shoulder. I see the bus coming towards me, good now I know I have at lease 25 minutes before that bus catches me. Game on. 

I run through the grass, stop lights (well after stopping for traffic)… passing women waiting on the bus. I smoke pass up the hill, over the bridge… the sun rises the body temp, sweat pouring off my body. 

The sun is getting higher in the day. The motivation of the horns honking, not even knowing if it is for me… I don’t care- but I act like it is. Pushing harder. I look over my shoulder from time to time- I need a rear view mirror! 

Passing LA Fitness and heading through town… No Bus still – awesome! 

I sprint through the last light- forward home! Sprint to my street. 

Now its time for abs and since you don’t want to lay down right after a hard run- for a quarter of a mile I do knee ups- to get the lower abs. I am excited as I post my post workout pic on Instagram. Fit. 

At 36 I never knew that I would be in this good of shape. I thank God every day for my health and I hope that I can inspire others to understand all you need is the motivation, time management and the rest is passion. Get out there and make a difference and make your own story. Inspire yourself… inspire others. 

Only person stopping you is you. 

For breakfast I had my favorite- scrambled eggs and toast. For snack- yogurt. For lunch peanut butter and honey with banana.. I may be from Memphis and yep, we actually eat fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. .. dinner will be a spinach salad- with red bell pepper, croutons, dressing, banana peppers, black beans (protein) no breads now… its after 2pm and not running anymore today. 

I am on a budget but it doesn’t stop me from eating right, working out and getting the job done. 

If I can do it- know that you can do it ! 

Off to work to bake cookies!