Friday, 1 April 2016


Let’s talk carbs! There aren’t too many people I don’t know, that don’t love carbs. I too LOVE carbs! But let’s talk the difference between the types of carbs. 

Simple carbohydrates: These can be broken down quickly. These types of carbs can spike your sugar levels quickly, but won’t sustain your body and give you the long term energy you need. As well, because these carbs are broken down so quickly, they will get stored as fat easily. I don’t know about you, but I think I’ve got enough fat stored in my body, I don’t want or need any extra!
I'm not saying you can't or shouldn't have simple carbs, just remember everything in moderation. Try and minimize your cheat meals to once a week, where you include your favourite simple carbs. 

Simple carbs can include:

  • Sugar
  • Doughnuts
  • Cake
  • Cookies
  • Jams
  • Candy
  • Syrup
  • White pasta
  • White bread, etc.

Complex carbohydrates: These carbs process slowly. They take longer for our bodies to digest and they don’t spike our blood sugar as quickly, and they generally contain a higher amount of fiber than simple carbohydrates. If you choose complex carbs, they will help your energy levels by giving you more energy and for a longer period of time, AND they will keep you fuller longer because they break down a lot slower.
 If you eat these types carbs, you will be less likely to crave and/or want simple carbs because complex carbs will fuel and sustain your bodies needs. Remember, FUELING your body with food we need is MUCH more important than FILLING our bodies with things it doesn't need.

Complex carbs can include:

  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Chick Peas
  • Lentils
  • Kidney Beans 

So next time you think about grabbing a donut or spreading a bunch of jam that's full of sugar on your white bread, just say NO!