Carbohydrates And Diet
Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel. They are easily used by the body for energy, are essential to the functioning of the central nervous system, and are crucial for intestinal health.
The body converts carbohydrates to glucose. The pancreas produces insulin, which carries the glucose around the body. The glucose is then used for energy. Too much glucose creates fat build up and poor liver function. The slower the release of glucose, the more stable the energy levels. The more refined the carbohydrate, means faster release of glucose and a roller coaster of energy levels. Have you ever hit that brick wall in the middle of the day where you just want a nap? It’s probably from eating too many refined carbohydrates.
We recommend that 40% of your calories be made up of carbohydrates. That doesn’t mean breads, pastas, etc. We want to focus on the natural and healthier version (less refined). There are two types of carbohydrates – simple and complex. Complex carbohydrates are found naturally in nuts, beans, potatoes, yams, etc. Simple carbohydrates are fruits and vegetables. Most processed foods are high in carbohydrates while most vegetables and low-sugar fruits are low in carbohydrates. Although some starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes and fruits like bananas and dates are also higher in carbohydrates. This is why no potatoes, corn, or bananas are allowed during phase 1 of the Liquid Amino Diet.
We recommend you get the majority of your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, although some oatmeal and whole grain bread are allowed in phase 2 and beyond. Moderation is the key to keeping these under control. Health coaches are available to answer questions and take orders at 1-800-980-7208.
Author: Liquid Amino Diet Health Coach Kim L.