Do you love carbs … like bread, crackers, rice, potatoes, and fruit … yes even fruit? I have to say my weakness would be crackers. I LOVE cheese and crackers for sure. Fruit also is one of my staple foods especially in the summer when I can get organic blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries and don’t even mention cherries. When I get fresh cherries, they go in the colander for rinsing and never leave. I must stop myself from eating the whole bunch in one day. The good thing about fruit is it is full of fiber which is good for our digestion and colon. The downsize is the fructose it produces.
Carbs can have a benefit of giving us quick energy. The problem with that quick energy is after our insulin spike, we have a dramatic drop and that’s when we can feel sluggish. Carbs in and of themselves are not bad, although some people don’t respond well to eating them. One thing we had done is bastardized our wheat and we are not eating wheat as God originally designed.
If people would just stop playing “God” and leave food in its natural form, we probably wouldn’t be having these health problems and having to do food eliminations.
What Happens When We Eat Carbs?
When we eat carbs of any sort, our body will break it down into glucose, also known sugar. When this glucose enters our bloodstream, it causes our blood sugar levels to rise. Our pancreas then starts making insulin (a hormone) to help move the sugar out of the bloodstream and into our cells where we use it as energy.
Some people are “insulin resistant.” Insulin resistance is when our body stops responding to the insulin in our body. Our pancreas is creating the insulin, but our body is ignoring it and not moving the sugar into our cells. Hence, we end up having high blood sugar which then can lead us to multiple health issues … one of them being Type II Diabetes.
What Are the Dangers of High Blood Sugar?
Not only does it make you feel lousy, but it can cause the following:
- Mood issues
- Weight gain
- and then, Type II Diabetes
Is the Only Option to Remove Carbs from Our Diet?
I believe no. I believe everything in moderation. I am not an advocate of removing any one food group from our diet unless your body is reacting from it. But even then, once you get your body back in line with health, you more than likely can add that eliminated food back into your daily diet.
Eating every food group in moderation is the best path to take. Also, eating organic as much as possible is a very wise move. But understanding grains and the various ways they market it will be helpful in deciding what you should eat. The Chart below from myfitnesspal, I found to be very helpful in understanding the various types of grains. I hope you find it helpful also.
If you would like some help, having “clean” food in your pantry and refrigerator, just let me know. I would love to work with you and help you change your lifestyle towards health and wellness.
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