How many times have I heard this? There is a perception out there that carbs are pasta, bread, rice. All the “bad” things we take out when jumping on a diet. Here’s the reality of it all: most things you eat that are not protein are pretty much carbs. I am no nutritionist but I know a little about diet. Three important facts to remember:
1. There are good carbs and there are bad carbs. Identify which is which and you win half the battle
2. You need carbs to metabolise your protein.
3. You need protein to boost your metabolism and lose weight / stay in shape/
This has helped me tremendously over the years. Anything coming from the earth cannot be bad for you. Anything made, processed is what you want to avoid, especially anything in cans or packs. I will come back to my sodium story, take a look at what you buy, the label says it all. Always look at the /100g or /100ml numbers so you can compare apple and apple – so to speak… Anything that has more than 120-150mg/100g or ml of sodium is sooooo bad for you.
Now get ready to freak out when you start looking at those food labels because those nice little “diet” crackers will be the worst thing on the shelf, yes sir… they might not have much fat in them, but they contain much worse: salt and lots of it!
The good news is – if you didn’t know it before you do now, this means you are about to put better things in your tummy! That’s the glass half full right there.
Can I just say too, if you looooove the P – pasta or bread – and really miss them, when you’re about to reintroduce them into your diet, simply watch the time of the day you eat them – earlier in the day is better- and the quantity you are going for. This will enable you to at least reduce the impact on your body and still LIVE. I mean you need to LIVE and enjoy LIFE too.
Another thing you may want to look into is having LOW GI foods as you progress through the day. For example if you had to eat a fruit after 4pm, it should be cherries, pear, apple, grapes or peaches for example. Avoid watermelon at all costs!
Just like property investment, what you eat and how you eat comes down to a little bit of education that will make you do the right choices and because there is so much out there, it can be overwhelming. However if you know what will hurt you, start with that:
- low sodium,
- not processed,
- low GI.
Don’t go crazy into one particular diet. Just start small, and shop on the weekend to prepare yourself for the week. Take it one week at a time.
How are you tracking???