#foodiefriday ~~ Why cut carbs?

 

This time of year there is always a lot of hype over diets. Well, now days its all the time. You can barely watch tv without a diet commercial with some star claiming they lost a bunch of weight. Trouble is a year later you see them heavy again after their contract seems to be over. I have tried Weight Watchers but never got big results. I stayed hungry and miserable. I do like a lot of their recipes and incorporate them in meal plans a lot. I haven’tt tried the ones where you buy their foods and eat only that.

Low carb has always worked better for me. I am a meat eater and can easily give up breads and sweets. There are no carb where you completely give up anything but protein and vegetables, the there are low-carb or diabetic diets too.  Low carb doesn’t always mean no carb.

We need some forms of carbs to get energy. We can get that from carbs in fruit, and slower burning carbs such as whole grains.  Our bodies need the fiber.

Last week i talked about ancient grains and was asked a good question. Are they low in carbs. I decided to look and see.

Quinoa is said to be good for a low carb diet as a few other whole grains. But if following a plan like atkins or south beach it i s in the later stages.  On Paleo ancient grians are permitted.

Here is an interesting article I found http://www.livestrong.com/article/260060-the-best-grains-on-a-low-carb-diet/

I have Hypoglycemia… that means my sugar tends to run low causing energy sapping me leaving me feeling tired a lot.  I need to add some good for me carbs like grains and eat them with a protein to keep my body in balance.

Whole grains don’t have to be scary. Add barely to some soup, Chia to just about anything,http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/chia-seeds

The recipe for chia pudding is at the end of the article. I have to admit I haven’t quite come to terms with the texture of chia in my smoothies.

Back to Carb counts and whole grains.  Quinoa nets about 17 grams per 1/2 cup  but  packs a nutrient punch and a high ratio of plant-based protein.. if you are on a plan that has 30 grams or more  you can get by with a serving  or perhaps cut the serving in half.

So the answer is it depends on the phase you are in and the particular diet. These grains are higher in fiber which can be deducted as well.

I have found cool recipe doe pizza using cauliflower. I have nto tried it but thought I would share since I do love cauliflower.  I do like it riced as a side dish and roasted with differnet seasonings.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/katie-lee/cauliflower-pizza-crust.html

 

I think some cooked chicken or bacon or italian sausage on this would be good.

This week I am back to endurance  with my personal trainer and  adding 15 mnutes a dy to my tread mill. so far I havent lost any weight and its frustrating. I will lose four pounds then put them back on.  Oh well I will perservere and hope eventually the weight will come off or at least some inches.

Do you have a favortie lowcarb trick or tip?

Comments

  1. Not the best idea to read this post on a fast day. I am now officially starving! 🙂
    Speaking of which, that’s my low-carb tip. Once a week I fast for 24 hours (approximately). The weekly absence of calories that would normally be consumed during breakfast and lunch adds up–negatively–to yield a gradual loss of weight. If you can get the hang of it, the discipline helps you deal with situations where a meal might be delayed, while traveling, for example. Good luck with your admirable goal!

    • Cathy Brockman says:

      Oops sorry about it being your fast day! That is a good idea. When I was younger I did something similar but now I have low blood sugar and can’t skip a full day. You have some serious discipline. I admire that

  2. Excellent and informative post. I also do low carb and find I feel better with it. Some of the aids for low carb, such as the cauliflower pizza crust and the oopsies really are delicious and provide those taste treats we might otherwise miss. Thanks for the post.

    • Cathy Brockman says:

      I plan to try the cauliflower crust. I have heard of the oopsies but not tried them yet either. Thanks for stopping by.

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