Posts Tagged ‘carbs

30
Jul
08

CARBS; How WE eat them.

Yes, we eat them.  Honestly anyone that works out really hard consistently (and we do!)  NEEDS to eat them, you’re not going to get the most efficient work out if your body is regularly carb depleted. 

What kind of carbs?  Whole-grains breads…  Not just ‘brown’ or ‘wheat’ because if you check out a lot of those labels very often, sadly, its cheap white bread with caramel food coloring in it.  No joke….  Its a quick and easy way for the food company to up the price of the product because it’s ‘healthy’.  With bread -The grainier the better.  We love the bread to be almost nutty in texture and flavor.  We eat it with olive oil, never butter, we limit it to a max of two slices and we only ever eat it in the early part of the day.  Yes, that means we NEVER get the breadbasket when we eat out for dinner.  WAAAAYY too easy to consume ALL your calories before your meal even arrives.  You’re tired, you’re cranky…  It’s going to happen!

Why do we only eat it early?  Well we tend to try and ‘front-load’ our carb intake each day, consuming most, if not all of it at breakfast or lunch, giving our bodies the maximum amount of time and opportunity to use it as the fuel for our activities as it’s designed for.  You burn it off during the day when you most NEED that energy and there’s no opportunity for it to be stored as fat on those “problem” areas that everyone on the planet has in some form or another.

For that reason we also love oatmeal around breakfast time….  We tend to eat it with soymilk (keep it organic and sugar free, but the vanilla flavor is yummy with this too) and a good size serving of berries.  It’s so goooooddd… It feels like a treat but you’ve got complex carbs, protein (in the soymilk), and some antioxidant butt kicking fruit that keeps you full of energy until late morning/lunch.  Granola can be good, just be aware that some are VERY sugar laden!! Occasionally we’ll buy the single serve packets of ‘Bear Naked’ and have it with greek yogurt and fruit.  SO delicious..  Which is why single serve ONLY, no temptation to revisit the large granola bag once (or twice or….!). 

We do eat rice on occassion, brown or wild wherever possible.  This is also a major PORTION CONTROL issue, which is where almost everyone falls into the carb trap.  It’s not that they’re bad…  We just eat too much of them.  So if we need a little at dinner Lacey and I will split a portion, or if we’re doing Japanese (so good to eat for the waistline) we’ll ask for the roll to be wrapped with brown rice.  But we’ll focus on the sashimi, order Naruto rolls (where they wrap it in cucumber not rice), lots of salads and veggies – GO the veggie route as much as possible in every meal.  It’s amazing how veggies can really be used as a base for your sauces and proteins as a pasta/rice substitute…  Or go half and half; mix half your normal portion of pasta up with some greens, thin sliced peppers and zucchini or squash.  Try it!

If you like to cook or have a great health/vegetarian restaurant near you try Quinoa instead of rice.  It’s an ancient grain that very few people have allergies/sensitivities to because its not overused in today’s diets. Its nutty and flavorful and extremely nutritious. It’s cooked similarly to rice and definitely worth a try!!     

That’s that.  Next nutritional post will be on VOLUMETRICS….the overall eating style that works best for us!

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25
Jul
08

CARBS; the ones we DON’T eat!

So….do we eat them?  Well yes, sometimes and some types. BUT we avoid the refined, processed kinds of carbs……cookies and cakes and all the obvious no no’s; but also ANYTHING made with white flour.

Bagels are basically donuts minus the sugar glaze in terms of what they do to your waistline, they might be fat free but they’re 3X the size they were a generation ago and have an entire meals worth of calories before you’re even tempted by the cream cheese etc.  While we’re on breakfast carbs…muffins are cupcakes by a different name.  We don’t eat them.  Ever. Nope, not even the bran and raisin healthy looking types. Even they are full of calories in the form of sugar and refined sugar is not the friend of a healthy, lean, toned physique.

White flour is only one minute level above sugar…once you’ve eaten it the body can break it down almost immediately…you get an energy rush and then it’s gone, leaving you tired, cranky and HUNGRY all over again.  It sets up a cycle of craving and the more you eat the more you want, and the more calories you end up consuming overall.  So we just don’t go there.  It might hurt initially (in-fact it did…..for us both!!) but truthfully, the less you eat them and the more effort you make to find interesting alternatives the less you crave it.

We don’t eat pasta or noodles almost ever, yes you can eat the whole-wheat kinds, and they’re definitely the vastly preferable option, but portion control is a HUGE issue with this kind of food.  Just as a guideline; a restaurant serving of pasta is almost always at least DOUBLE the serving size quoted on the calorie listings on the back of a packet of dried pasta.  That’s before you factor in the sauce it’s covered in!  So if you have to have it, it helps to get real disciplined about splitting an order and eating it with a large mixed salad, or vegetables.  We don’t really do white potatoes ever…but sweet potatoes are full of valuable nutrients and we’ll sometimes have them baked or slices grilled with a little olive oil brushed on top as a treat.

We know that not everyone WANTS to eat this way, or isn’t interested in being quite so disciplined.  All we can honestly share is what we’ve learnt works for us and the bodies that we like to have, while being happy, healthy and full of energy each day!

 

Next time I’ll talk about the CARBS we DO eat!  They exist….I promise.

Also appearing soon…..FATS…they are NOT the enemy in our food plans at all but an important part of a healthy satisfying approach to food. 

And our overall approach to food and eating style…..VOLUMETRICS.! 




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