I have heard people proclaim, “I am not eating any carbs this week.” “This is no carb week!” However saying you are eating no carbs is not exactly true. You may be limited or not eating certain carbs, but you indeed are taking in carbs when you eat.
Common Misconception about Carbs
Every whole food that you eat has some combination of proteins, carbs, and fat. The key is that they are not processed. That is a big difference to your eating and overall health.
Example of Carbs
We have natural carbohydrates and refined carbohydrates. Research shows that you can lower the health risk of “bad carbs” by consuming fewer refined and processed carbohydrates. Refined carbs have stripped away beneficial fiber. Some examples of these are white bread and white rice.
Whole Grain Carbs
Whole-grain hot cereals like oatmeal and in particular steel cut oats or whole wheat, whole grain, or whole oats cold cereal. Check your labels!
Whole-grain or multi-grain breads
Whole-wheat lasagna noodles and spaghetti or brown pastas or rice products
Quinoa, bulgur, and hulled barley or millet
Whole grain carbohydrate sources contain natural vitamins and minerals, and in addition proteins and healthy fiber remain in their whole-grain state.
Winter Squash (acorn, butternut, delicata, spaghetti, pumpkin, kabocha)
Sweet potato, white potato, parsnips, and yams. And even peas
Beans (black, kidney, white, garbanzo, lima, fava), lentils, edamame, and refried beans (better if nonfat)
A small tip and an FYI – garbanzo beans are also called chickpeas. You make hummus with chickpeas in case you ever wondered.
Cut the Carbs
For sure try and cut the processed and refined carbs. Limit the number of carbs you take in during the day.
Remember that just because something is good, doesn’t mean that more is better!
Know Your Mountain!
I truly believe in the concept that you need to know your mountain. Honestly, I need to feel those people around me and acknowledge how they contribute to me being me. I, in turn, work hard to be there for others.
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