I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve hopped around the diet train more than anybody. If you haven’t followed my blog, I’ve tried many things.
Here is my experience with Medifast
And, most recent, because of stomach issues, I had to try the fodmap diet here.
These don’t include the four or five attempts at Weight Watchers either. But, they were so long ago and I don’t feel like there’s too much to write about.
All Over the Carb Train
Through my path of diets, there’s seems to be nothing more controversial than carbohydrates. And watch out, you think political discussions get heated? Shoot, bring up carbs with a bunch of nutrition zealots – keto people will persecute you for supporting them, and on the other side, people who believe all food is okay will ridicule you for eliminating them from your diet. I’m not saying anyone is right or wrong, but carbs are a hot button topic.
And I’m someone who has fully eliminated them to now being someone who embraces them. Just because I eat them, does that mean they can be part of a healthy lifestyle?
I actually didn’t mind the ketogenic diet, for the most part, it was something I could endure, almost. Eliminating fruit was a tough situation to handle because I am someone who believes you don’t get fat from eating fruit.
What tipped me off the keto train though was my inability to work out. Crossfit and keto are a tough pill to swallow. Yes, people do it, and kudos to them. Here’s the thing though, it takes several weeks to get fat adapted and during that time, life is brutal – keto flu is no joke. I got dizzy trying to work out. If it was only about suffering through those first few weeks, then it might not be so bad. But, every time you slipped up and came out of a ketogenic state, you had to start over. Nope. I’m out. I have enough self-realization to understand that I’m not perfect, I’ll mess up, and then it becomes MUCH MORE than dusting yourself up and picking up the next day. Keto wasn’t for me.
Now, I eat over 250 grams of carbs a day.
Figuring out what to eat has been a HUGE challenge and has required an immense amount of research.
I love sweet potatoes, steel cut oats, and brown rice. I eat them every single day.
Why do carbs get such a bad reputation?
The simple answer is refined carbs. Refined carbs are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, spiking your blood sugar and insulin levels. Most of the fiber has been removed along with many of the nutrients. White bread or white sugar are simple examples – but crackers, chips, cereal area all examples too. Pastries and baked goods, my favorite food category are also in this category.
This is a great article that gets into the more technical and science of refined carbs and what the process consists of when refining carbs. https://bodynutrition.org/refined-carbs/
These are the kind of carbs most people over indulge when they start gaining weight.
These are the kind of carbs that give you that ‘crash’ feeling because the insulin spikes and then when your body has used them, you feel tired.
One of the healthiest and best sources of good carbs are vegetables. I won’t even get into the cooked vs. raw argument because I can’t. I just can’t go there. If you’re not sure what I’m referencing, some super health food guru’s insist that you’re losing nutrients by cooking the vegetables, which may be true, but I just don’t care. There are a select few veggies I’ll eat raw, and it’s not a habit I plan on changing anytime soon.
Legumes, tubers, and whole grains fall into the general good carb category.
All carbs aren’t evil.
At the end of the day, not all carbs are bad. Even if you’re restricting carbs, vegetables have their place in a healthy diet. Beyond that, shoot for whole fruit over juice, brown rice over white, and whole grains over processed foods.
I have created a handy shopping list of good for you carbs! Go through the list to pick and choose what’s best for you and your family. It’s a great cheat sheet to bring to the store.