Carbohydrates – Yes or No?

This year, I have moved to a whole foods, plant based way of eating (I deliberately do not use the word diet) and I want to talk about how it works and how I feel.  I do not call myself a Vegan, but Vegan is a word that represents all of my food.  However, Vegans consume oil and nuts – I do not.  Because this is such a large topic, I want to address it in ‘bite size’ pieces. 🙂

If you have a few pounds on, are dealing with Menopause, are tired all the time or just want to reduce the amount you spend at the grocery store, I hope you will follow this part of Brave Squirrel’s journey.

I recently had a conversation about Carbohydrates with a friend and it seems this topic gets a lot of attention.  When I describe how I eat – I hear, “that sounds like a lot of carbs,” followed up by, that can’t be good for you.  Not all carbs are the same, many foods that are high in carbohydrates are incredibly healthy. Refined carbs however, have most of the nutrients and fiber removed and that is where we get in trouble.  “Carbohydrates are foods that get converted into glucose, or sugar, in our bodies during digestion. Glucose is a main source of fuel for our body. It is especially important for the brain, which cannot easily use other fuel sources (such as fat or protein) for energy. – Source: Harvard Health Publishing

My research this year has led me to some brilliant people.  I am going to start today with Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian. She is a leader in her field. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor.  This little video of less than 13 minutes, does a great job at discussing this topic.

 

 

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