Carbs Are Back…and Bad

“I just want to do bad things with carbs.”

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Those “bad” things may or may not include polishing off a box of a dozen deep-fried donuts, piling spaghetti on a plate and cleaning the sauce up with garlic bread, or layering your mashed potatoes with creamed corn and gravy.

Carbohydrates are very difficult to control. When one loses control, he or she often feels guilty. Have you felt guilty after consuming a carb-heavy meal? More than likely, you felt sluggish, as well. The good new is, getting rid of carbohydrates entirely is not the answer.

Rather, to better control your intake of those starchy carbohydrates, balance them with the rest of your plate. Have a portion of protein, fruit or milk on the side (yes, other carbohydrate sources but variety is a good thing), and load up on non-starchy veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, summer squash, greens—the more, the merrier.

How much of a starchy carbohydrate is appropriate for you at a meal?

About the size of your fist (and yes, a fist-pump is appropriate at this time). As recommended in this article  from the Diabetes Forecast, compare the size of your fist to your serving of pasta or potato.Your fist can be a helpful visual for an appropriate portion for that starchy something. The higher fiber in these carbohydrates, the better!

It is DEFINITELY possible to do good things with carbs, challenge yourself!

 

Reference: Tsai, A. (n.d.). 5 Tips for Estimating Portion Size. Retrieved July 26, 2016, from http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2015/may-jun/5-tips-for-estimating-portion.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer

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