I see a lot about people who’ve dieted or lost weigh in the past becoming ‘carb-phobic’. This incredible fear of eating carbs, any carbs for the fear of getting fat.
So when I tell people that I live a lower-carb lifestyle all of the time, I get some pitying glances. I get people making assumptions about my knowledge around the role carbohydrates play in a healthy balanced diet, and I get people who strangely feel sorry for me as if I am missing out on life.
The thing is, as an individual human being, I’m not very carbohydrate tolerant. What that means for me is that I react with food intolerances to MANY types of refined carbs causing bloating, rashes, bowel issues and general unhappiness. So it makes sense that I choose not to eat too many of those. I handle unrefined and ‘real’ sources of carbohydrates much much better so have no real issue with most fruit and all vegetables, so don’t feel any need to limit those. But just by choosing not to eat the carbohydrate sources that upset me, means that my life looks pretty low-carb a lot of the time.
I do not believe that EVERYONE needs to reduce their carbohydrate intake. In fact, I’d love everyone to get a huge part of their nutrition from the beautiful vegetable sources and some of the colorful fruits that we have available to us.
For example, let’s look at the Captain. He is a lean body type, from a strong family generation of lean body types. He is active but not excessively so. BUT, if I try as I have in the past,to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in his diet – he feels awful. He doesn’t have any food intolerances, and handles even processed foods fairly well. So there is no need to try to reduce them from that point. What I do like to do is encourage him (and our boys who are the same) to eat the most nutritionally packed forms of carbs rather than the nutritionally-void mega-processed options.
As a pregnant person, it gets a bit tricky. Lots of the reading material does not support a lower-carb eating style while pregnant. I was worried that what I know from personal experience as a good way of eating for me would be detrimental to a growing baby. So I spoke with a nutritionist and got some confirmation that the way that I eat is still balanced, and healthy and not at all concerning.
It’s pretty simple. I still eat by this principle:
See? Lots of colour, lots of variety and I’m not missing out on anything!
Let me know your thoughts – what do YOU do differently? And more importantly – what have you found that works for YOU?