Let’s face it, carbs were quick and easy to prepare and they filled me up. But, relying on these as a staple item in my diet, I was feeding my body excess sugar. Our bodies are not designed to have excess levels of sugar in the bloodstream. Little did I know that I was creating an environment within my body where high inflammation was flourishing.
I relied on toast or cereal for breakfast before I left for work, a sandwich lunch and a pasta or rice dish for dinner. Where were the green, red, yellow vegetables whichI now know are so important to eat. They were nowhere to be seen. Apart from a rogue lettuce leaf or slice of tomato in a sandwich that was it!
I have to admit that I still have the occasional craving for some carbohydrates. I think you have to listen to what your body wants. When I do have some carbs I make sure that they are as healthy as possible.
I avoid white bread.. My favourite bread is some thing from the "Biona" range. I particularly like their millet bread or their rye bead with quinoa and amaranth Both are delicious. But they do not toast well so then I resort to healthy wholemeal artisan bread
I substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes which have a much lower GI (glycaemic index) than white potatoes. This includes chips when I want a treat. Sweet potato chips are tastier and lend themselves to many different flavours. Try different herbs and spices. I like chilli or dried mixed herbs.
Instead of white rice I use gluten free grains such as quinoa or wild rice. I do occasionally use brown rice. I particularly like a mix of brown rice and wild rice to give a different texture. Wild rice is in fact a seed.
I rarely eat pasta now. When I do I have whole meal brown pasta. I have tried the alternatives such as pasta made with corn or rice but I am not a fan. I do like Soba noodles. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and originally from Japan. They are high in protein. King Soba are very good. When I was out recently at a restaurant in London I tried a courgette pasta. This was raw courgette that had been spiralized. It was surprisingly good. I am thinking of buying a spiralizer. I want to try this at home.
So now I very rarely have white carbohydrates. I say rarely, as there are some occasions when I eat them. If I visit a friends for a meal and they have included then in their cooking, then I will eat them. After all it’s about being real. I will,however, drop in the conversation as to how they might think of substituting the while carbohydrate with something healthier. It’s a way of spreading the message and they know that I am only acting in their best interests, as well as my own.