Exercise is excellent but staying fit and healthy has to do with what you’re feeding your body. Make sure yours is getting the right fuel thanks to nutritionist Kathleen Alleaume.

It’s cold outside. You’ve managed to crawl out from under the doona and you’re finally in the car, running late as always and heading for the local breakfast drive-through. And that’s when you see them. Those people that insist on exercising, in public, in the morning. How do they do it, day after day?

Is it just motivation? A better attitude to life? Yes, and it’s all about how and when you fuel your body. Eat the right foods and you’ll have enough energy. Sounds simple doesn’t it?

Good carbohydrates, often now talked about as ‘Low GI foods’ provide sustainable energy over a longer period of time – creating more fuel for your body, and a constant source of energy. As a leading nutritionist, I can tell you that this is their secret.

While professional athletes talk about ‘carb-loading’, it is not necessary for the majority of us. You simply need to eat three square meals a day and balance the amount of protein and ‘good’ carbohydrates within each meal. Good carbohydrates are those that are slow burning – ensuring your blood sugar levels stay constant. When you eat sugar, your blood glucose level increases dramatically for a short period of time, followed by a ‘sugar crash’. Your body will then crave sugar, which is a dangerous cycle that is hard to break.

It is possible to have a diet full of ‘good’ carbs without a wheat-heavy diet. Try Country Life Bakery’s new wheat-reduced range of breads. Available from most supermarkets, Country Life Bakery is just one little change that you can make to your daily diet to increase your energy levels. Check out www.countrylifebakery.com.au for further information.

So can fitness really be fabulous? Absolutely. Fuel your body correctly and you will have more energy throughout the day – meaning you’ll be better equipped to jump out of bed and go for that run!

Feel free to ask me questions about your diet, I’d love to hear from you.

Kathleen Alleaume is the founder of The Right Balance Consultancy. She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist. For the past 10 years she has worked with hundreds of clients including food industry, corporations, celebrities, executives, coaches and journalists. Kathleen also features on Mornings with Kerri-Anne and ABC radio.