Have you ever tried a no carb diet and failed? I did. It was miserable! I love my bagels and pasta and now I can’t have any! I did the no carb diet for about 2 to 3 weeks then I couldn’t stand it any more! I needed pasta and I needed it NOW!!! I binged on pasta and bread and more pasta! It was horrible, the little weight I managed to lose I gained back and more! Why didn’t anyone ever tell me I could have my carbs? Life would have been so much easier!.
Now I have carbs every day. I eat any, and all, fruits and veggies as well as whole grain carbohydrates. These 100% whole grains are amazing and the best part is the variety of all of these whole grains. Have you ever seen black rice? Yes black! Its full of antioxidants and a great source of protein! Farro is another favorite of mine. Cooked in chicken stock for added flavor this has a delicious nutty flavor and is somewhat chewy, tastes great hot or served cold on a salad! Whole grains are all a good source of protein and because they are 100% they have not been refined, processed and stripped of their nutritional value. This is why picking the proper carbohydrate is important. Remember, not all carbohydrates are created equal!
We know our bodies need carbohydrates for fuel. Think of a car that runs out of gas. It just stops until it is refueled. Now our bodies feel that same effect when we run low on fuel. For us we may feel tired and lose our ability to focus on the task at hand. Remember any excess carbohydrates we
consume are stored in our bodies as sugar so it’s important to have an exercise plan in place to burn the rest off. Otherwise, if we consume more than we can burn off the stored sugar turns to fat and can potentially lead to an unhealthy body. Think, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or weight gain just to mention a few. So be mindful about the food you consume.
Now remember we are not talking about cutting carbs out of our diet. Instead lets consider reducing our intake. Studies show that reducing carbohydrates is the easiest and most effective way to lose weight, even better than cutting fat and calories. Benefits of healthy whole grain carbohydrates would be increased energy, weight control, heart health, and a sharp memory, nobody likes to forget things!
Remember to choose 100% whole grains over refined (or processed) grains for complete nutritional benefits. Reducing our carbohydrate intake is something that we want to keep in mind for the long term. We don't have to deprive ourselves that's the best part, it's almost like you can have your carbs and eat it too! Remember make small changes for life long results!