The Case for Carbohydrates

Hi Three to Five Tribe! As many of you already know, I am all about a high fat diet. I even practiced a Keto lifestyle for a few months at one point in time. Although I loved the benefits I experienced while practicing a Keto diet, I eventually adapted a Ketotarian (plant-based Keto) lifestyle because I missed vegetables way too much.

It’s no secret, but I have an endless love affair with roasted vegetables. Acorn squash, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, basically I heart any and all veggies. However, this didn’t happen over night. After Keto, I developed a fear of carbohydrates since carbohydrates are supposed to be enjoyed minimally on the Keto diet, but the thing is, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Here’s why you shouldn’t fear carbs.


Why You Shouldn’t Fear Carbs

When most people think of carbohydrates, what they are really thinking about is grains. Foods like baked goods, bread, cereal, pasta, pastries, potatoes and white rice. Many of the aforementioned foods are devoid of nutrients, which is why you are left grabbing for seconds and sometimes thirds (been there before). In order to properly appreciate carbohydrates, you need to know the difference between simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates are absorbed quickly in the body, which can lead to blood sugar spikes and subsequent blood sugar crashes, which is why the above listed foods sometimes leave you grabbing for seconds and thirds. On the other hand, complex carbohydrates are found in many nutrient dense foods like fruits, legumes, vegetables (thank goodness) and yogurt. These foods are absorbed by the body more slowly and thereby have less of a hit on your blood sugar levels, which is incredibly important to someone like me who is working to balance my hormones.

Here’s a list of foods that contain complex carbohydrates and thereby should fill your pantry and your plate:

  • Acorn Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yams

Other complex carbohydrate foods include beans, legumes, lentils, oat meal and whole grains.


The next time you are craving carbs, don’t deprive yourself, just take the time to choose the right ones!

Enjoying complex carbohydrates three to five days a week,
-ox

 

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