High carb or low carb diet?

White bowl with wholemeal dry spaghetti coming out of it

Low carbohydrate diet? For weight loss? Definitely! You have diabetes? Or blood sugar problems? Up the protein! Get those carbs down. Restrict your fruit. WAY too much sugar. Sadly these questions and answers were how I educated friends and patients :(

So many mixed messages out there! Who do you believe? What information do you trust? For me, Dr. T. Colin Campbell is proving to be more and more credible when it comes to food and nutrition.

The topic today is carbohydrate. The macronutrient that gives us ENERGY. 99% of the carbohydrates we consume come from fruits, vegetables and grains.

Did you realise fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods you can consume? Why then do carbohydrates get SUCH a bad name? Unhealthy Relatives! The highly refined, highly processed simple carbohydrates! White sugar, white bread, white pasta.. processed, junk food. Sadly, food gets altered. Bits and pieces are taken away and other things are added. PROCESSING alters food from its WHOLE natural state. God has created food so beautiful, so perfect. Organic apples, blueberries, figs, dates, bananas, pomegranates, grapefruit, custard apples, pineapples, melon, strawberries... YUM! :)

"When foods are consumed in the unprocessed unrefined and natural state, a large proportion of the carbohydrates are in the so-called "complex" form. This means that they are broken down in a controlled, regulated manner during digestion."

Ohhhh so the TYPE of carbohydrate matters! Whole fruits, vegetables and grains are looking HEALTHY :) What about fat and protein? The body doesn't treat all calories (energy from food) the same.

Our body will do what it is wired to do, what it is created to do. Regardless of how much mental strength we or anybody else has. Ever tried to tell your bowel, "go have a break, have a holiday!" I'm sorry but the process of digestion and elimination is not up for discussion folks. Imagine if you could consciously control your heart beating! One process that falls under this category is regulation of weight and metabolism. Your metabolism is all the chemical reactions that take place in your body. Breaking down sugars in your muscles for energy would be part of your metabolism. The body has certain rules and guidelines it goes by. Again, rules that you can't control or change. When the body receives foods that are high in animal protein and high in fat the body shifts to storage mode. On the contrary, when the body receives foods that are high in carbohydrate, low in fat.. You guessed it.. It burns! Your desire for moving, shaking that booty increases too! Essentially what you put into your mouth, your body will either get slower and fatter or fitter and leaner!