How I Cut Carbs on the Weekend

 

Cutting Carbs.

The truth be known, I couldn’t tell you the last time I had Pizza. Not because I’m cutting carbs. Not because I’m on a diet. Not because I’m working toward fitting into those ‘skinny’ jeans. Nope, none of those. Pizza makes me feel horrible. Sluggish. Lethargic. Yucky. I’ve learned a long time ago to stay away from foods (refined carbohydrates) that don’t provide my body with the energy and vibrancy it deserves. Everyone is different.

Cut carbohydrates? No. Unless you are getting ready to compete in a physique competition; you should never cut carbohydrates out of your diet.  Ask anyone who has done so for any length of time, and they will tell you about the brain fog, irritability, lack of energy and other side effects of carbohydrate deprivation.

They are necessary for (glucose) energy, healthy brain function and fiber, just to name a few of the essentials

The key is to choose the right type of carbohydrates.

The healthiest sources of carbohydrates—unprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans—promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients.

Unhealthier sources of carbohydrates include white bread, pastries, sodas, and other highly processed or refined foods. These items contain easily digested carbohydrates that may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.

A few healthy options include:

-Whole grains
-Steel Cut or Old Fashioned Oats
-Beans
-Whole fruit instead of fruit juice
-Quinoa

Don’t be confused about carbohydrates, but keep in mind that it’s more important to eat carbohydrates from healthy foods than to follow a strict diet limiting or counting the number of grams of carbohydrates consumed.

Keeping a Food Diary is the perfect way to find out which foods make you feel good and which foods create negative effects.  Recording what you eat during the day can help you determine which foods to eliminate from your diet.  A pattern will begin to emerge that correlates between food and mood.  Pay attention.

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