Should YOU go low Carb?
Everyone is talking about going Low Carb.
Avoiding carbs is the ‘one thing that works’ for most women to lose weight…apparently.
Unfortunately, this way of thinking assumes two things:
1. Carbs are only the white flour, sweet treat kind of things you’ll find in the Starbucks pastry case, bread, pasta or potatoes and
2. Everyone’s body is the same.
In actuality, carbs include veggies, fruits, grains AND the sugary, starchy sweets above.
Secondly, a low carb diet is NOT for everyone. Especially if you have hormone imbalance(s).
For women with High Cortisol or even Low Cortisol, a low carb diet may be too stressful, causing worsening of symptoms and stalling weight loss but if you have Excess Estrogen or Low Thyroid, a low carb diet may benefit you yet avoiding grains may be the key to eliminating your symptoms.
Every body is different so education, guidance and experimentation is key here.
GOOD VS. BAD CARBS
Most modern diets consist almost solely of simple (BAD) carbohydrates – these are the refined, processed grains, white bread, some whole wheat breads, cakes, cookies, crackers, and muffins that quickly turn into sugar in the body – which is why Carbs is a dirty word in the world of weight loss.
These foods cause sugar spikes and crashes and eventually this vicious cycle wreaks havoc on your delicate hormonal balance. In addition, refined carbs deplete nutrient reserves in the body.
GOOD CARBS YOU WANT TO BE EATING:
- Low Glycemic Fruit
- Gluten Free Whole Grains
All varieties of vegetables are an integral part of healing your hormones and your body. Of course greens are natures medicine but another favorite are the sweet veggies such as sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin, winter squashes, carrots, onions, and beets.
Sweet vegetables soothe the internal organs of the body, are energetically grounding and energize the mind. Sweet veggies are a great replacement for refined sugary foods.
LOW GLYCEMIC FRUIT
Low sugar fruit varieties bring pleasure, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants to your diet. Fruits such as berries, cherries, apples, pears, figs, grapefruit, apricots and peaches are great choices to have alone or use as a light sweetener for smoothies and in salads.
GLUTEN-FREE WHOLE GRAINS
Gluten-free, whole grains are the good grains. They contain fiber, B-complex vitamins, essential fatty acids, and a wide range of minerals. Whole grains provide sustained and high-quality energy because the body digests them slowly. They contain strong antioxidant properties, which protect your body and your reproductive organs from free radical damage.
Gluten-free whole grains include: Quinoa, millet, amaranth, kasha, white, brown and black Rice*
*Important Note on soaking grains: Soaking grains for 12-24 hours before cooking them is necessary to reduce the effects of phytic acid, a storage form of phosphorous found in many plants including grains and nuts. Phytic acid binds with iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc in the intestinal tract and inhibits the absorption of these minerals.
You are intelligent and unique! Next time you hear someone going low carb or insisting it’s the only way to lose weight, simply smile knowingly and choose your own path. If they are open to education, tell them what you’ve learned or send them to this blog post.
Wishing you blissful hormonal health!