Simple Vs Complex Carbohydrates
Weight loss begins with a clear understanding of the role of fats, carbohydrates and proteins play in supporting our healthy and wellness. It is important that these three fundamental components of healthy eating are eaten in proper proportion. Ultimately is you need to figure out how to apply that understanding to your own unique body because one does not fit all.
Fat carbs and proteins are all equally important to the body to function but too much of any these could cause problems such as weight gain or other ailments. Carbohydrates from real food sources like raw fruits and vegetables make us glow inside out fuelling us with energy to get through the day. On the other hand processed carbohydrates spike blood sugar, cause weight gain and inflammation. The right amount of protein allows us to create basic building blocks to power our cells. Too much protein can cause body odour and acne breakouts.
Proper carbohydrates not only fuel us with energy but also keep our weight in check., contribute to healthy heart, keep our digestive system moving, regulate insulin and cholesterol, power our muscles uplift our mood, increase our focus and enhance our overall beauty and wellness. Known as complex carbohydrates.
Simple carbohydrates like glucose, fructose, sucrose, galactose are already monosachrides and are easiest for the body to absorb and digest. we do have a choice to eat natural sources of simple carbohydrates (unrefined) or processed ones (refined). they both raise our blood sugar quite quickly when the body needs energy. The difference is in their nutritional value.
Unrefined Simple Carbohydrates
Unrefined Simple Carbohydrates like raw organic fruits, wild fruits with seeds and honey contain high amounts of vitamins, mineral and antioxidants. Fruits are digested more slowly due to their natural fibre which helps stabilise blood sugar levels and control appetite.
Refined Simple Carbohydrates
Refined Simple Carbohydrates are processed foods because of the temperatures used during processing they lose all their naturally occurring healthy elements like fibre, minerals and vitamins. Often times they end up filled with preservatives and additives which can cause damage to our internal organs. Things like enriched cereals, white bread, white rice, pastries, white flour, pies cakes and so on. If its in a package avoid it. To eliminate cravings for sugar try eating bitter herbs, fermented foods and fresh vegetables.
Complex Carbohydrates such as starch, glycogen, insulin and cellulose digest more slowly because it takes longer for the body to break them down. Complex Carbs can be found in barley, beans, brown rice, lentils, millet, oats, quinoa and vegetables such as potatoes (whole, baked sweet potatoes, butternut and more. Fibre is critical to keep things moving through the digestive system. We need to make sure both soluble and insoluble fibres are available in our meals as they are equally critical. Stick to wild fruits, natural fruit, root vegetables, dark leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds. Choose nutrient dense unrefined carbs instead.
So make smart choices from today its all on you. Be empowered and love your food.