Most of us know what foods fall under the carbohydrate umbrella because we’ve been told to avoid them! I’m here to help you rediscover carbs and welcome them back into your life. We’ll start by categorizing your carbohydrate sources with a fun, little descriptive classifier: carbohydrates grow. This macronutrient includes grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes and sugars. Yes, sugar is considered a macronutrient because it comes from a growing plant called sugar cane! The foods listed below are just a few examples of where these macronutrients can be found and why they fall into our classifier of carbohydrates grow:
As Americans, the carbohydrate category encompasses the bulk of our diets. Whether you shop mostly for fresh fruits and veggies or tend to veer towards the sugary cereal aisle, carbohydrates reign supremeTheir sugary reign is for good reason, too. Carbohydrates are the preferred energy source for our brains and bodies. Carbs are responsible for providing fuel for working muscles and the central nervous system. They enable fat metabolism and prevent the body from choosing muscle for energy.
We’ve all experienced a day of low-carb dieting. You lack energy, feel lethargic, and your mood is less than ideal. These symptoms are a result of your body using other sources to energize and fuel you. Forget for a second about good carbs and bad carbs and just challenge yourself to explore all carbohydrates. Which ones do you like, which ones give you the most long-lasting energy, and which ones are easy on your tummy? Try a variety and take notes on what you discover.
See the plate method illustration for a good illustration of the balance of carbs, protein and fats in a healthy diet.
Click here to read pt. II of this series, “Macronutrient Guide: ‘Face’ing the Facts of Protein” or go ahead and check out pt. III, “Macronutrient Guide: Eat Fat to Burn Fat”
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