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LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,597)
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9/23/12 10:41 A

Yes, all carbs are not created equal.
Complex carbs are good! Refined / processed carbs (like in cookies, cakes, candies, etc) tend to not have as much nutritional bang-for-the-buck.

I used to do low carb and while it did work, and to this day I naturally gravitate towards such, I found I couldn't sustain it in the strict sense. Some can. I wasn't one of them. So now, I favor that way but like you, I eat a ton of fruits (even w/ all their fructose) and veggies (most are a lot lower in sugar) and whole grains and I'm still okay! I still eat some of the Atkins products. I do drink a lot of almond milk (lower in carbs than regular) and when I do chocolate, it's often sugar-free or just good quality unsweetened cocoa to dip fruit in.

For me, this works. We all just have to find the way that works with us.

That's awesome about your clothes and tape measure indicating you got this!

SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/20/12 5:48 P

Actually, spinach is very low in carbs, as are most veggies. Spinach has 1g carb/cup (raw). I eat tons of veggies and have no trouble staying around 50g carbs/day. Also, my brain is functioning great, as is the rest of my body. I feel fantastic!

In case you were still wondering what probably sent you over in your carbs on that particular day, it's most likely the pasta. Pasta, like all grains and processed foods is high in carbs. Also, that energy bar would be another food to check.

Did you know there are lots of great low carb teams on SP where you can talk with others about eating this way, join challenges, etc.?

Edited by: SALONKITTY at: 9/20/2012 (17:50)
SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/17/12 1:57 P


You don't need to log your supplements in your nutrition tracker.

Coach Nancy

SHAZG321 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/17/12 1:42 P

Okay, so that is why it is so high, I am not a fan of potato, rice or pasta so i got very worried. I do however eat a lot of veggies, salads and fruits. I am getting this right my scale and tape measure are both showing results. I did however purchase a calcium and magnesium supplement today which does have vitamin D as well. Do I need to show that under nutrition and would it increase my calories on the nutrition report. Sharon

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9/17/12 1:24 P


Carbs are not the enemy. As Coach Nancy noted, your fresh fruit and veggies are loaded with heart healthy carbohydrates. So, if you are eating 6-9 servings each day, yes, you will be high in carbs. And that's okay. Popeye never got fat overeating his spinach and spinach is loaded with carbds.

There really are no bad foods per se. There are foods which we should limit i.e. like fried chicken, brownies, chips, soda, candy etc... those are the types of carbs a person needs to be mindful of when it comes to portion sizes.

Most Americans just don't know how to eat right. Too many think French Fries are a veggie. While it's true that people eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods. QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your health, but your waistline too.

Eat wholesome foods that nourish your body and with time, you will see a change in the scale.

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9/17/12 1:05 P

Hi SHAZG321,

Carbs come from fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy products, not to mentions processed foods--like crackers and pretzels, as well as pastries and candies.

Carbs are the most abundant macronutrient, followed by healthy fats and protein. Because carbs provide us with energy for living as well as brain functioning, unless you are diabetic, most people, regardless of the fad diets floating around out there, benefit from a healthy dose of carbs.

Below are a few links that may help you, too!

Coach Nancy

SHAZG321 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/17/12 12:54 P

I cant understand, I only ate pasta today, no bread no potato and yet i am over on my carbs.
I did eat my eight fruit and vegetables raw and I had a energy bar. But my carbs are high.

Can someone explain the difference between good and bad carbs and if vegetables and fruit are also carbs.


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