Are Carbs Really the Problem?
Bread seems to be the enemy and is constantly blamed for weight gain! But is it really the bread’s fault? Balance is key and maybe it’s time to re-evaluate what you are eating!
The body needs foods from ALL food groups in order to function properly and efficiently. The exception is when you have an intolerance or food allergy to certain types of foods. If you choose to go gluten free, remember that cakes, cookies and treats still have carbs and it’s not a free for all. Unfortunately quick fixes, like going gluten free in order to lose weight, doesn’t have lasting results. On paper it may look easy, but building new habits and strategies takes time and patience.
What if your day looked like this: cereal or toast for breakfast, a wrap for lunch, cereal bar for snack, a homemade muffin, pasta for dinner and maybe popcorn at night? By my count, that could total 8+ portions of carbs for one day and that’s way too much! Crazy how fast it adds up.
So, what’s the solution? What can you do to include your favorite carb foods? I tell my clients to aim for 3-4 portions a day (combined with healthy choices/portions from all the food groups!) – it’s doable!
Here are 4 tips that you can try now:
1. Choose your breakfast depending on what lunch, dinner and snacks plans are. If you’re having carbs at those meals, like pasta for supper, your breakfast should be more protein based and/ or with a healthy fat source. Ex: yogurt with fruit or eggs/ cottage cheese with sliced avocado with tomatoes and cucumbers.
2. Do you love your oatmeal or a piece of toast for breakfast and don’t want to give them up? No problem! Try having a salad and protein for lunch and save those carbs for dinner. Or, just enjoy one carb serving at each of your other meals.
3. Are you a bread lover and sometimes would like a piece for a snack? Why not choose a whole grain or seeded bread and have it with some protein (an egg, cottage cheese or 1 tbs. peanut butter) to boost the staying power. This can definitely be a 4 portion carbs day.
4. Do you need a cereal bar to tide you over in the afternoon? Why not change things up and try some different options like fruit, yogurt, hummus and veggies or some almonds?
Moderation is key. This is not about being on a diet. If you had more carby items one day, so what? If you ate everything in the bread basket but didn’t want to, don’t beat yourself up over it. Move on and just be more mindful the next day! 80/20 rule RULES!
As always, I would love to hear from you!
Please share your ideas in the comments below or send me an email/ message if you’d like to chat more about this:)