What's the deal with Carbohydrates?
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
CARBOHYDRATES!!! A word that has been targeted as evil by dieters around the globe! So, what is the real scoop on carbohydrates?
First, carbohydrates are everything from sugar and fruit to vegetables and grains, and they are the ONLY energy source our brain uses! Ever gone on a diet where you just ate protein and fat? Felt woozy, dizzy and had troubles with your memory? That is because your brain was starving, and had no source of energy to draw from.
There are slow burning carbohydrates, and fast burning ones, so let's dissect those a bit more.
Slow burning carbohydrates, otherwise known as Complex Carbohydrates, don't spike your insulin levels (increasing your blood sugar levels too fast), and take your body longer to digest, so a great source of energy for a longer period of time.
Complex carbohydrates are things like: Brown rice, Quinoa, Oatmeal, Peas, Beans, and Vegetables.
Fast burning carbohydrates, otherwise known as Simple Carbohydrates, have a tendency to spike your insulin, and are digested and used for energy very quickly which can cause you to not only be hungry faster, but can cause you to crave more carbohydrates!
Simple carbohydrates are things like: Fruit, Candies, and anything with added sugar, alcohol and most junk food!
There is a 3rd kind of Carbohydrate that mimics a simple carbohydrate because the body processes them in the same way as a Simple Carbohydrate, and those are called Starchy Carbohydrates.
Starchy carbohydrates are things like: White rice, white flour, white bread, sugary cereals, and pasta, noodles and pretty much anything made from white or whole wheat flour are all examples of refined/starchy carbohydrates. Ever feel starving a few hours after sushi? That is why!
So what to eat, and when?
Rule of thumb, for more energy, better sleep, and a leaner body, consume ALL of your carbohydrates before 3pm. That is with the exception of vegetables (the non-starchy kind). Your body has the time to utilize the carbohydrates as energy, to bring your blood sugar to normal, and not store any extras calories!
All carbohydrates are good for us in moderation (very very moderate on the simple and starchy carbs!), but the bulk should most definitely come from complex carbohydrates as our body not only benefits from these nutritionally, but they do not increase our insulin levels drastically like the others do, which has a multitude of other health benefits too!
My personal eating habits have also eliminated grains, for the simple fact that I feel better without them! Play around with the foods you eat, see how they make you feel, the feeling is the clear indication as to whether your body is jumping up and down for them, or not! Energy vs sleepy and bloated, that's the golden ruler!
~ Monika xo