Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

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If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous post, ‘PCOS, Insulin, and Carbohydrates,’ you can check it out here.

*Please keep in mind that some of the items on the ‘Good Carb’ list are not Paleo friendly (if this is the lifestyle method you’ve chosen).

I can clearly remember when my mom switched us from white bread to whole wheat bread. It was a sad day to eat toast. I’m sure we’ve all either had a similar moment or a knowing of wheat bread being a healthier option than white bread. So what’s the deal with this whole ‘good carb, bad carb’ situation?
Good carbohydrates provide your body with very important nutrients; whereas bad carbs don’t do anything positive in way of your health. Don’t get me wrong, they can be very fun to eat, but your internals and your waistline won’t be too happy over time.

When the rubber meets the road, carbohydrate quality is very important. The ‘Good’ ones gives you the phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that your body needs. ‘Bad’ carb don’t give you those things. They are void of these healthy elements are are easily digestible, making you hungry sooner.

Eating high quality carbs are VERY important for women with PCOS because it can help to stabilize you blood sugar and help you to avoid sugar spikes and crashes.

So what foods are considered ‘good’ carbs or ‘bad’ carbs?
Good Carbs
-Whole grain products (whole wheat breads, whole wheat pasta, brown rice)
-Fruits
-Non-starchy vegetables
-Legumes
-Nuts
-Non-sweetend dairy products

Bad Carbs
-Sugars
-Added sugars
-Refined/Enriched products (white breads, white rice, enriched pasta)
-Starchy vegetables (white potatoes)
-Cookies, cakes, donuts, etc.

Next, we’ll look at ways to incorporate more quality carbs into daily eating.

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Happy Blogiversary!

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I can’t believe that it has been an entire year! This has been one of the most exciting journeys I’ve taken and this lovely road still continues. I’ve had the privilege of meeting (via world wide web) some very inspirational, beautiful, cheeky, tenacious folks. I have a lot of fun things in the works that I am super excited about and I hope that you will stay for the ride. Thank you all for your support, encouragement, kind words, internet hugs, and smiling emoticon faces.

xoxo

Before & Progress

I just wanted to throw a little encouragement for “throwback thursday.” My weight gain happened pretty swiftly for many different reason with PCOS being the root cause. I tried everything I knew before I was diagnosed with PCOS. After doing a lot of research, I was able to find out how to become healthy regardless of any diagnosis. There is no trick or easy way out. If you want to be healthy, you have to do the work. Eat clean and exercise. That’s it. Believe in you, do it for you, and start loving you right where you are. If you don’t learn to love you in the body you are currently in, how do you expect to love yourself into who you’ll become? You can do it!!! xo

Before and Progress 7:25:13

30 Days Strict Paleo

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For the next 30 days, J and I are going to be eating a strict Paleo diet. We are currently on Day 8. Ha! As I’m typing this, I just realized that I thought I was on Day 5. I guess I’m doing a lot better than I thought.

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One of my vices is having fruit snacks. The fruit snacks I love are the cheap ones that say Dinosaurs or Sharks on the box. It’s the store brand from the supermarket that costs anywhere from $1-$2. On my last day before 30 Strict Palo was going to start, I may or may not have purchase 4 boxes. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t finish them. I also have no desire to eat them right now. I did have a desire to eat some tater tots the other day, but I abstained.

So, 30 Day Paleo is underway. I won’t be updating how it’s going every single day, but I will continue to post different meals I’ve eaten, recipes, or recipes I’m trying so I can stay motivated and maybe re-inspire myself or others along the way.