There are two types of carbs which are natural and manmade. High Fructose Corn Syrup is the #1 worst carb.
Natural carbs are slow digesting carbs. Being natural, they definitely serve as a better choice for deriving energy. Natural carbs have fiber and nutrients. Some of the good sources of natural carbs are wild rice, beans.... black, white, navy, lima, pinto, garbanzo, soy, and kidney, fruits and red potatoes, as red potatoes have less starch in them than white. Choose high-quality carbs instead of low-quality carbs like refined grains and sugary foods. Oatmeal is also a good carb choice.
Man made carbs get digested quickly like white bread, fruit juices, some cereals, etc. Please consider that a diet which is high in carbs can disturb the balance of the blood sugar levels of the body which may result in fluctuations in energy which might leave a person tired and irritated.
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There is no minimum amount of carbs needed by the body. The human body has the ability to break any macronutrient into glucose for energy. I would focus on getting 8-10 veggies/day for micronutrients; this will also provide carbs.
I don't eat a lot of carbs ( low carber ), but the ones that I do, I try to evenly split into the # of meals I eat, and pre-plan them.
So if I eat 30 grams a day, and 3 meals, my goal is 10 grams of carbs at each meal.
If you are supposed to eat 200 grams, and eat 5 meals, then find a way to divide them up. This may be 50 at 3 meals, and 25 at each snack. I think it will be much easier to worry about 25-50 grams at a time, than to try to focus on getting to 200. By breaking down the carbs into smaller goals, you may find it a lot easier. It's not that hard to get to 25 grams for a snack, and if you do those 2, then you are 25 % of the way done, with 25 % at each meal to go.
So start by focusing on getting to 25-50 grams of carbs. Since you have no problem with fat/protein choices, you don't need to focus on them.
if you have some fish, and veggies, try adding a cup of rice. Start by inputting the veggies, and rice, and see if you get to 50 grams of carbs, then add any fat/protein, such as olive oil, and the fish. By making sure you have the carbs first, you won't be short. Sp allows you to track 7 days in advance, but at the very least, you should have tomorrow planned, so you know that each meal has the correct amount of carbs,
I have to do the same with fat, since I eat 60 % fat. Many times I use macadamia nuts, cream cheese, mayo, butter, or more olive oil to move that number to where I want it. You can do the same with carbs. Find some high carb options, that you can add to a meal, so that if you are at 38 grams for lunch, you know to add a banana, or apple ( examples ) to get to 50, without adding much fat, or protein. Use these to fudge the numbers.
Once it is planned, just eat what is in your tracker, when you have it planned.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 5/16/2014 (22:53)
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89 5/16/14 10:44 P
I try to stay under 200 and so far today it is at 156
5/16/14 10:35 P
About how many crabs per day are you getting? What is your daily SP Range?
5/16/14 9:35 P
I am not eating milk or yogurt -- dairy doesn't agree with my stomach . But everything else sounds great I will try adding a little more of each - love baked potatoes and am learning to enjoy them without butter. Thanks for the suggestions
Are you getting daily: 2-3 servings of fruit 2 servings of lowfat milk, yogurt do you enjoy beans, lentils how about baked potato, sweet potato, lima beans, sweet peas,corn or whole wheat bread, pasta, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
5/16/14 8:53 P
I can't seem to get enough carbs. Always have enough protein, fat and almost enough calories. But carbs are always low - any suggestions?
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