Let’s Talk About Carbs

Whenever I hear someone say “carbs are bad for you” I want to punch them. I’m not a violent person but when it comes to people speaking ill of carbohydrates I go full Terminator. Some people act like carbs are the devil and I honestly can’t handle it. Carbs are not bad, carbs will not murder your family so take a seat. If you eat pasta at every meal, then yeah you’re probably not going to lose weight. If you eat the right kind of carbs you can still lose weight and be happy because carbs = happiness. I’ll give you an example, a few months ago I did a whole30 reset and I ate potatoes (sweet and regular) pretty much everyday and I still lost 14 lbs. I was able to lose weight because I was eating only whole foods and exercising regularly, the potatoes I ate gave me the energy I needed to get through a day of work and to get through a workout.

When choosing what carbs to eat look for whole grain or whole food alternative, if it comes from nature, chances are it’s good for you, unless it’s poisonous berries, don’t eat those. Try and eat carbs in as close to their natural state as possible, simply put potato chips are not a healthy choice.

Good Carbs: starchy vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, fruits,  greens.

Bad Carbs: soda, sugary cereals, white pasta, highly processed carbs etc.

There are some popular “diets” that promote low carb plans, but they’re just a quick fix, neglecting carbs in the long term is honestly not sustainable #sorrynotsorry. Some long term affects of low carb diets include weight gain, kidney problems, bowel problems, high cholesterol and the list goes on.

Reasons you should put some carbs in your mouth:

  1. Carbs fill you up – the body digests carbs at a slower rate then protein or fat, which leaves you feeling fuller longer.
  2. Increase Athletic Performance – Wanna be better? faster? stronger? eat some f*cking carbs. The body breaks down sugars in carbohydrates to fuel the body, it’s that simple.
  3. More Food Freedom – you can eat a wider variety of foods and don’t have to feel limited.
  4. Brain Health – people who eat carbs tend to have better memories than those who don’t.
  5. Heart Health – people who eat carbs tend to have lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher HDL (good) cholesterol.

Don’t eat a certain way because it’s trendy, eat in moderation, watch your portion sizes and stop hating on carbs.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

Now that it’s officially summer, all I want are salads. Right now I could eat a salad for every meal. Give me all the veggies, all of them. After I completed my first whole 30, I never wanted to buy store bought salad dressing ever again, that shit is loaded with sugar and additives. Living in Canada, I don’t have access to some of the dressings that American whole 30’rs rave about. Today I decided to experiment with some apple cider vinegar and it turned out delicious, it was a party in my salad bowl.

 

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Diaries of a past chubby child: Chocolate covered Almonds

I firmly believe that the main component of my massive weight gain was due to one particular delicious oval shaped food. Chocolate covered almonds were my go-to study food in College. Anytime I was working on a big assignment or studying for an exam I would waddle my way down to the residence cafeteria and pick myself up a container of those bad boys. The sad thing about chocolate covered almonds is that you can eat them at a decently fast pace, before you know it you’ve eaten 100 of them and you’re left to sit and wallow in self pity. Even now when I walk by a package of chocolate covered almonds my heart skips and beat and my breathing becomes heavy. You’d think that because I’ve eaten close to a million chocolate almonds in my life that I would never want to eat them again, but you’d be wrong. In trying to rationalize the amount of chocolate almonds I ate I would tell myself that it’s ok because they’re almonds so they can’t be that bad for you. In reality, chocolate almonds are more chocolate than almond and that’s what makes them so darn delicious. I have more self control around chocolate almonds these days, I usually limit myself to 50, just kidding. I have learned to love almonds without their heavenly milk chocolate coating and they’re actually pretty good.

Sweet Potato Deliciousness

I think the first time I had a sweet potato was like 5 years ago and it was love at first bite. That sweet deliciousness changed my life forever. I usually make them during a meal prep to have on the side of whatever else I choose to make (usually just salad and eggs). Sweet potatoes are an excellent food to help heal the stomach, they’re are also jam packed with nutrients and vitamins. Sweet potatoes contain Vitamin D&C, potassium, magnesium, they can actually ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging, and to top it all off they can help support your immune system. If you don’t have sweet potatoes in your house right now, go buy them, seriously.

img_2227I tend to dice my sweet potatoes up, leaving the skin on because the skin adds more fibre and potassium, and then I bake them in the oven until they’re nice and slightly mushy. I try to change up the spices I put on them each week so I don’t get bored, but I doubt that will ever happen. After I dice the sweet potatoes I coat the bottom of a glass pan with coconut oil, to prevent sticking and to add some extra moisture.

 

I usually add garlic because garlic is fantastic and delicious, dried chopped onion, salt, pepper, and this past week I added some Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan seasoning. At this point I also add in some extra coconut oil to sit on top of the sweet potatoes.

 

I pop the sweet potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees and wait and hour and voila most delicious food in the world is ready for consumption.

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