WHAT IS A LOW CARB DIET?
The definition of a low-carbohydrate diet varies. Just about all foods contain carbs, we need them, and other macronutrients, to convert to glucose in our bodies and access as energy. In this context, I mean a diet that is choosing lower carb options, and has a high vegetable, bean, pseudo-grain, seed and nut content as opposed to grain and potato content. Choose low Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) foods, as these will break down slower in your body and be more available to use, rather than breaking down fast, not being used much and then being stored as fat. Processed foods are high GI and GL, low-processed foods, whole-foods, fruit and vegetables are naturally low GI and GL, and are always the best option for everybody. It is the balanced diet that is important, fruits such as bananas may be high carb, and high GI and GL, that’s okay, it is nutritious, filling and good for you. You need energy. Enjoy it. Don’t over-think these things unless you have to.
my advice is to keep it simple, life is complicated enough!
For me, and other joint pain sufferers, a relatively low-carb diet reduces pain. Also as a type 1 diabetic, and a very sensitive one to boot, my blood sugar levels are easier to manage the less carbs I eat in my diet. That is the reason I personally try to keep the carbs I eat low. I do eat a lot of fruit, and I’m a great believer in fruit being a wonderfully healthy and generally fantastic food. If you are type 2 diabetic, until you have gotten it under control, I would advocate limiting the fruit you eat, and also other carbs too.
The Whole Food Rainbows recipes show the carb choices I make, such as replacing grains with pseudo-grains, which is good for me as a coeliac, and also supports me in reducing my pain and inflammation, and on my journey striving for optimal health ♥
Please do share your experience of avoiding a high carb diet, or thoughts on the matter, feel free to leave a comment or to contact me.