If you asked me what carbohydrates were, less than a year ago, I would tell you that there were very high levels in bread, pasta, potatoes and rice, but I couldn't tell you how they affected me and my health. I didn't know they could be all that bad. So what are carbohydrates? I've taken the following excerpt from the website: www.shape.com
"Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients in food, and you need them for energy and fuel. The others are protein (for muscle, hair, skin, organ, and tissue repair, as well as immunity) and fat (for organ cushioning, vitamin absorption, and growth).
What happens when you eat a carb?When you eat carbohydrates, they get broken down into sugars (glucose, fructose and galactose) and are either quickly used for energy or are stored as glycogen in your liver and muscles for use later.
How fast they get broken down depends on the type of carb you eat. Simple carbohydrates quickly get broken down into your bloodstream and give you a supercharge of energy, but leave you at a low later on. Classic examples: Fruit juice, white bread, white rice, cereals with little fiber, bagels and candy.
Complex carbohydrates contain less sugar and also have fiber, so they're broken down at a slower rate. These carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These are the ones that also help keep your cholesterol levels and weight under control. "
There is so much to learn about carbohydrates. I cannot explain it all here. What I have learned is that carbohydrates are consumed as sugar by your body. You have to do your own investigating. Due to my own poking around, reading, and research, I have chosen to reduce my intake of carbohydrates. I've mostly elimintated bread, white rice, potatoes, and pasta from my day-to-day eating habits. Every morning, I used to eat bread in some form (either toast, english muffin or bagel). At lunch, many times I would have a sandwich, equaling more bread and tons more carbs. And my dinner would include at least one side of rice, pasta, or potatoes (if not two). Can you see how many carbs I was consuming? And these carbs were turning into sugar in my body!
I am not saying I will never eat bread, potatoes, rice, pasta or sweets again. That would be totally untrue and I wouldn't want to deprive myself of a treat once in a while. I've just replaced those high carb foods with healthier options including more vegetables (which I love anyhow) more chicken, beef, pork, eggs, and fish. I feel so much healthier and I am very proud of choosing this healthier lifestyle for myself and my family!
There are many advantages to this new change in diet. For one, dinners are so much simpler and less time-consuming. But there is one distinct disadvantage to this new low-carb lifestyle - the fact that I won't be baking as much. If you know me, you know I love to bake...the sight and smell of baked goods just makes me happy. So although, baking and high carb dinners are on the backburner these days, I promise to still treat myself, once in a while!
Let me share some of what's been cooking around here these days...
Chicken Tika Masala
Chinese Fried Rice - not rice at all ; it's really made with grated cauliflower & scrambled egg!
Thank you to Sandy for sharing this trick with me. And it's delicious!
My yummy lunch - roasted asparagus with chopped garlic
Roast turkey breast, with roast beets and snowpeas
Italian Sausage Stir Fry
This one is NOT low carb. I made this hot milk cake on Saturday, because after all, if I don't bake, I am not ME. You can find the recipe on Susan Branch's blog. The link is on the right hand side of my page.
Thank you for stopping by! I always love to hear from you and I appreciate all of your comments. Happy Monday! I hope you have a wonderful week! xo