It’s true I’m a big fan of low carb diets. After the changes of made in my life and learning what I’ve learned about how your body uses carbs – and how it converts unused carbs to fat, it’s clear to see that too many carbs can quickly cause a lot of problems.
The reason why this is extra challenging is that carbs are everywhere, and so much of our food consumption contains a large number of carbs, especially the processed kinds (like sugar!).
So, while I do want you to completely avoid as many processed and sugary carbs as possible, there are some good carbs that as part of a balanced diet, should have a place on your plate.
As you can see from the graphic above, there are a lot of delicious carbs that in moderation will help to not only keep the weight off, but in some cases add some vital antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals your body needs.
I advise that the carbs that we’ve identified as Carbs to Keep, still be consumed in moderation, perhaps once per day, with fruits (berries) being the exception. I have berries in my smoothie every morning, and sometimes also add them to my salads for lunch.
There are also some good alternatives on the chart. For example, corn tortillas are better than flour and sweet potatoes are a better option than regular potatoes. And, if you haven’t experimented with legume-based or veggie-based pasta, you don’t know what you’re missing! This is one area I pushed back for a long time, but now I enjoy them often and love it.
Of course, on the ‘evil’ side of the chart of carbs to avoid, we see many of the sweet things we all know and love. But you can fall in love again, with the good side, and I promise it will be worth all the tears when you break up with the doughnuts!
Seriously though, your sweet tooth does not have to imprison you. As you try these healthy alternatives, you will slowly leave the sugary stuff behind. I even drink coffee black now, which is something I thought I would never do. Not only do I do it, but I enjoy it, and you can too!