Cutting carbs from your diet to lose weight and follow a healthier lifestyle? Or maybe you're thinking about eliminating caffeine as a way to detox your daily fix. Before you jump on the next bandwagon diet or throw away your beloved Keurig, consider this……
Cutting Carbs….Not all carbohydrates are bad
Carbohydrates are an important fuel source for our bodies. They provide many essential nutrients that we need for energy.
There are two kinds of carbohydrates, simple and complex. Simple carbs are found in foods like table sugar, dairy, fruit and honey. Complex carbs are starches. Grain, bread, pasta, rice and vegetables like corn, potatoes and peas. Carbohydrates turn into glucose and raise our blood sugar.
Avoid Refined Sugars
Refined sugars are high in calories and lack fiber and nutrients. They also raise your blood sugar faster. It's a good idea to limit the amount of refined sugars you eat.
But carbohydrates from whole grains include essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals our bodies need.
Cutting carbs is a bad idea because your body uses carbohydrates for it's main energy supply. When it doesn't get enough carbs it resorts to using fat and protein for energy, which can cause harmful effects like ketone production and muscle loss.
Eat More Whole Grains
Instead of cutting carbs completely, choose whole grains (brown rice, oats and whole-wheat pasta.) Including a controlled portion of healthier carbohydrates in your daily diet is a smarter way to lose weight.
Check out our carb counter printables below…
Cutting Out Caffeine & Coffee… Wait!
So you're thinking about cutting coffee from your diet to curb your caffeine fix? Did you know…..
- Caffeinated coffee cuts mouth and throat cancer risk by fifty percent!
- It's been shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes
- Drinking coffee can lower your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease
- Coffee lowers your risk of developing depression and can dramatically reduce suicide risk
- Coffee is high in antioxidants. Studies report many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and veggies combined!
So before you give up coffee and caffeine to kick start your healthier lifestyle plan, consider the benefits. Maybe your coffee addiction isn't as bad as you thought!
Low Carb Snacks
- beef jerky
- hard boiled eggs
- dill pickles
- cottage cheese
- string cheese
- greek yogurt
- canned tuna
- peanut butter
- hot wings
- sunflower seeds
- trail mix
Low Carb Fruits
Low Carb Vegetables
Low Carb Wine
Yes, you can find low carb wines too!
- SkinnyGirl Moscato
- SkinnyGirl Pinot Grigio
- SkinnyGirl Chardonnay
- SkinnyGirl Prosecco
- J. Lohr Ariel Chardonnay
- Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon
- Ariel Merlot
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