Nothing White

November 28, 2011

“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.”
~ Micheal Pollan from Food Rules

After coming off your food hangover from the holiday weekend, getting back on track {eating healthy} sounds like a daunting task.  If you ate all kinds of desserts, sweets, white bread, mashed potatoes, etc. over the past few days, you will want to make sure to
read this blog! 

I love the quote above because it is kind of funny, but so true! “Nothing white” is a great rule to live by….NO white bread, flour, sugar, pasta, etc. These are simple carbohydrates and should be avoided. Most everything white is refined and processed and there is nothing healthy about either. In fact, the additives used in processing these foods make refined/processed foods addictive! They lead to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular problems and a host of other problems.  Simple carbs spike insulin levels, which cause calories to be stored as fat instead of being used by the body for energy.

How often have you found yourself eating carbs and then a little bit later you crave more carbs? If this is you, you’re not alone and there is a very real physiological reason why you crave more and more.  There is a connection between increased insulin production, serotonin levels in the brain, and the increased desire for more carbs.  More to come in a future blog about sugar/carb addiction!  The point is, stay away from white, simple carbs so you don’t crave them.

Food for Thought:  Carbohydrates are your main energy source.  Therefore, it is incredibly important that you get the proper form of carbs so you keep your body fueled every day.  A better alternative is to choose complex carbs such as whole grains, whole wheat, brown rice, oats, quinoa, sweet potatoes, etc. Complex carbs are much better for your body because they have more fiber and nutrients and provide sustained energy throughout your day. The whole truth is that whole grains are healthier. Whole wheat flour has 25 percent more protein, 78 percent more fiber, and 93 percent more vitamin E than refined flour.  Choose your carbs wisely!

For further reading, check out the book Why Can’t I Stop Eating? by Debbie Danowski & Pedro Lazaro, M.D.

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