Let’s Talk About Carbs and Why You Need Them

Today I want to help clarify the mystical, magical, carbohydrate.⁣ So, let’s talk about carbs, shall we?

You said knowing what carbs were more beneficial would be helpful, and also said you skipped eating pasta during the week because you’re afraid carbs will make you gain weight. It’s a food group that you generally restrict and only splurge on because it’s “bad for you.”

But, I want you to know that there’s a difference between carbohydrates.

Some are simple and some are complex.

The carbohydrates that can cause you to gain weight, develop heart disease, and diabetes are the simple carbohydrates.⁣ Things like sodas, juices, syrups, white sugar, white flour, white rice, packaged desserts, packaged crackers, processed food of any type is really going to be your simple carbohydrates.⁣

Most packaged food is made with just white flour which is a simple carbohydrate. There’s really no nutritional value in white flour, none at all. So if you’re eating white pasta, and processed, packaged foods regularly, you’re consuming empty calories. Food that does nothing for you nutritionally. It basically goes right through you, spikes your blood sugar, and leaves you craving more of the same, empty food.⁣

So, if you’re thinking about cutting down on carbs the only recommendation I have is to eat less simple carbs.

Now let’s talk about the carbs that we need, that are beneficial to our health. We need carbohydrates for sustained energy, a better mood, for less stress and anxiety, and for the essential enzymes, iron, fiber, and vitamin E.

To make shopping for carbohydrates simple, here’s a list of some alternative complex carbohydrates that you can eat and not worry about gaining weight because your body needs this nutrient to thrive. ⁣

Complex carbohydrates: ⁣


Grains: quinoa, brown rice, oats, millett, buckwheat, amaranth, corn meal, kamut, barley, spelt, wheat berries, wild rice, rye berries, cous cous, bulgur⁣

Beans: kidney beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, lentils, pinto beans, organic soy beans, (all beans⁣)

Vegetables:  sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, starchy vegetables will beat simple carbs any day⁣ (all vegetables).

*Side note: If you’re diabetic or pregnant the amount of complex carbs you eat/need will be different. So talk to your doc. 💕⁣

Click the links to get inspired by these delicious recipes containing complex carbohydrates!

Healthy Homemade Oatmeal

Apple Chia Muffins

Banana Bread

PB & J Overnight Oats

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

Welcome! As a health coach I help you learn how to feel good about food and healthy living. Your body is your home. Let's hang out and I'll teach you how to be well without dieting. Thanks for being here!

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