August 24, 2016

Carbs, Carbs, and More Carbs!

Such confusing times when it comes to carbohydrates!  Low carb, Paleo, Ketogenic what’s good? what’s bad? When? How much?

Carbohydrates are one of the 3 maconutrients with protein & fat and are absolutely necessary for good health.  But with all the information out there it can be really hard to know what to do.

Here’s the absolute best approach I share with my clients….Prioritize your carbs by eating in this order of the best to worst. Eat more of the good stuff and avoid or rarely eat the worst stuff.

Here’s the list the best to worse: greens – lettuce/romaine/arugula/chard,etc, all vegetables, all fruits, all legumes (beans), steel cut oats, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato, white potato, pasta, white rice, honey, fruit juice, highly processed foods, candy, sugar. So, if eat greens & veggies 70% of the time oats/quinoa/brown rice/pasta 20% & the rest about 10% you’re doing great!

Also, here is something every important…PORTIONS!  You can pretty much eat BIG portions of veggies & greens because they’re so low in calories & High in Nutrition.Fruits are good too but think of them as Nature’s dessert.  Beans, oats, pasta, quinoa, brown rice are good sources…but watch your portions and read the labels. Honey in your tea, sugar in your coffee should never be more than 1-2 teaspoons and don’t have 4 cups of coffee!. If you love chocolate or apple pie or a milkshake, that’s ok but limit yourself to 1 – 2 per week as a reward for eating good all week and working out and watch the portion!

So, don’t fear the carbs….just be smart about them.

Mark Hill

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