Ok so my previous post discussed what is needed for proper nutrition and it basically comes down to having protein, carbohydrates and fats with every meal..
There has been a large shift away from carbs recently and they have been tarred with a similar brush as fats.. But if you look at the physiological role of carbohydrates in the body you’ll soon see why they are so essential.. This quote from my most recent assignment on macronutrients helps to sum it up:
“Carbohydrates are necessary for optimal cognitive performance, to perform best during exercise & to maintain a healthy bowel. Our brain and cells run almost exclusively on glucose, the carbohydrate that circulates in our blood” (McMillan Price & Davie. 2008, p53).
A low carb diet can lead to fatigue, memory loss and headaches, and if accompanied by a high protein diet symptoms of ketosis are not uncommon – In this instance the body burns more fat than carbohydrate for energy and results in the following: nausea, fatigue, bad breath, constipation, muscle cramps and headache.. fun? not really.. Yes burning fat is often the goal of those diets, however it puts stress on the body and hasn’t been shown to be effective long term..
Still with me?
Ok, so don’t freak out – when I said before you need to eat Carbohydrates I meant ‘good carbs’. I didn’t mean white bread, or chips, or cakes – I meant vegetables, lentils, brown rice, wholegrains and seeds, barley and freekeh. I will be posting recipes as I try them using these ingredients, and have pinned plenty of them to my ‘Favourite Recipes’ board on Pinterest..
This also hasn’t been hard to incorporate into my diet – although I have had to overhaul my pantry slightly to include more lentils and grains.. For those living in Melbourne I urge you to check out ‘Spelt Quinoa’ – a gorgeous little shop on Johnson Street, Fitzroy (between Nicholson & Brunswick). They sell all sorts of lentils/grains/quinoa etc by the gram – you just scoop as much as you want and they weigh it for you..
I have really enjoyed playing around with lentils in soups, curries, and salads.. as well as trying freekeh and becoming more addicted to quinoa.
Do you have a favourite recipe or ‘good’ carb treat?
McMillan Price, J., Davie, J. (2008) Star Foods. ABC Books: Sydney.