Well-Weight-Wisdom: Cut Crappy Carbs!
Consider this post as me waving a flag that says “Cut Crappy Carbs!” They are the curse to anyone who is trying to live a healthy life and maintain your ideal body weight. There has been much discussion about how carbs can be a hindrance to overall good health and inhibit reaching and maintaining weight loss goals, but, I feel that they don’t distinguish between good and bad carbs enough. So, it is very important for me to emphasize I’m talking about the “bad” or “crappy” carbs here.
I happen to be sensitive to most “crappy” carbohydrates especially if I have them more than once every few days. I experience water weight gain and digestive tract issues that are not pleasant. I have also noticed since entering menopause that eating any type of starchy carbohydrate has a negative effect on me more than it ever did before. It is likely for anyone else who is in pre to post menopause may have the same issues. This only complicates the fact that you really shouldn’t be eating much of them anyway, except for treat days.
Here some foods I recommend limiting to see better well-weight results! …
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Here are the groups of crappy carbs to limit or stay away from completely:
- Baked Goods: Breads, Muffins, Cookies and Cereal Bars to name a few
- Snack Foods: Chips, Pretzels, Corn Products and other high carb and fat snacks
- Starchy Foods: Rice, Pastas and Potatoes – Limit to only once or twice per week
BAKED GOODS – When we are watching our weight, or trying to lose weight, it’s best to avoid items in the baked goods category as much as possible unless they are made with healthier ingredients and little or no sugar. The processed grains, sugar and fat are a lethal, addictive combination and not good for reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight. I include cereal bars and pretzel bread in this category too because many contain too many crappy carbs and have very little healthy benefits like protein and vitamins. Try to limit them as much as possible and only eat them once a week or so.
SNACK FOODS – I have already mentioned pretzel products, but also include potato chips and corn chips in this category, of course. Even the healthier blue corn chips are not as good for you as you might think. I allow myself the organic blue tortilla chips instead of the white or yellow corn versions as a treat, however, they still cause bloating and water weight gain. If you find that you’ve over indulged on snack foods, just reset and get back on track asap. I offer “reset button” programs that are great for resetting anytime. I like to reset every Monday after having too many carbs over the weekend. If you need further encouragement, look at my other blog posts for tips and techniques.
STARCHY FOODS – Starchy carbs convert into sugar in your body, which is not good for your insulin levels. For those who are diabetic (or even pre-diabetic), over consumption of carbohydrates in any form can be detrimental to maintaining healthy glucose levels and in reaching and maintaining well-weight goals. You will think I am crazy when I say that you need to stay away from some vegetables, but, starchy veggies such as corn, potatoes and winter squashes contain a lot of starch and raise your insulin levels which can cause water weight gain and prevent you from losing or maintaining your well-weight goals. Even sweet potatoes can cause a spike in insulin due to their sugar content, but since they also have a high nutritional value (as do many root vegetables), I do eat them once a week.
I also have found that most pastas, even if they’re made from rice or quinoa, are still high in carbohydrates so I do limit them to once per week and substitute spaghetti squash as much as possible. If I eat rice pasta or brown rice, I look for those with a higher fiber content and I eat them as a treat, usually only on the weekends, but not every weekend.
For the most part, I try to cut Crappy Carbs and minimize carb intake to maintain my well-weight goals. You can do it too by being aware of the foods I mention in this post. At the very least, stay away from the processed carb heavy (so called) foods to see better well-weight results and only eat them when you will be active. If you’re really serious about reaching your healthy body weight, please schedule a Personal Coaching Session with me. I will help you create a better eating plan, uncover hidden saboteurs you may not know of and overcome any obstacles or challenges you might be facing. I’ll also teach you to tune into your inner guidance system!
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