I’ve been on this ‘no carb kick’ for about a month now and let me be the first to tell you- it is hard… If I’m being honest with myself, I’m not always the most successful when it comes to counting/ eliminating those wholesome comforting foods. If you’re someone that has been going through this you know what I’m talking about. Depending on the extent to this challenge, eliminating “bad carbs” can be easy or very difficult. For someone like me, who is consistently at the gym getting in enough exercise throughout each week, eliminating all carbs is too hard and more importantly not beneficial for the body. In the past five years, the reputation of carbohydrates has swung so wide it’s hard for the average consumer to fully understand what their best option is when trying to lose weight.
Although each person processes foods differently generally, processed more refined carbs like white rice and white bread aren’t as good for you as fibrous carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits. This is also strictly dependent on your portion size, BMI, health conditions, and exercise. I’ve been through many diets, exercise regimens, and supplemental changes over the years. From those experiences, I have had the most luck when I’ve cut back on my bad carbohydrates. It might not be easy to do, but luckily it is easy to separate the good from the bad ones.
According to WebMD, “To meet the body’s daily nutritional needs while minimizing risk for chronic disease, adults should get 45% to 65% of their calories from carbohydrates, 20% to 35% from fat, and 10% to 35% from protein. There is only one way to get fiber – eat plant foods. Plants such as fruits and vegetables are quality carbohydrates that are loaded with fiber. Studies show an increased risk for heart disease with low-fiber diets. There is also some evidence to suggest that fiber in the diet may also help to prevent colon cancer and promote weight control.” Good Carbs, –Bad Carbs: Why Carbohydrates Matter to You
Recipes to Guide- Smoothies & Grains!
I’ve been trying new smoothies recently. It’s been so easy to get all my nutrients in for breakfast on the go! Here is a new smoothie I’ve come across, try it and let me know what you think, with only 4 grams of carbohydrates you can’t go wrong!
I call it, Sweet and Green
What you need:
- 1 1/4 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 ice cubes
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1 tbs of roasted flax seeds *they must be roasted for this recipe
- 4-5 drops(1 tbs) of honey
Blend everything up in a blender. Pour into a glass and enjoy right away.
For all you bread lovers out there! I have found a company called, Angelic Bake House, a non-GMO sprouted bakery based in Waukesha, WI. There philosophy is providing high quality sprouted whole grains including (red wheat berries, quinoa, oat groats, rye berries, barley, amaranth and millet) in every single product of theirs. My favorite product of theirs is the Honey Wheat with Raisins (1 slice= 60 calories, 5 gms of fat, 85 mgs of sodium, 2 gms of fiber, and 3 gms of protein)-WOW!
*Now in major retailers including, Whole Foods, Woodmans and Costco.
Hope all of this helps!