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Great blog Shawn.
Welcome! I'm from Southern Illinois. Most of us are reformed carb addicts or are working on it. You might do better with a more moderate carb diet like South Beach or Paleo or Primal.
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Personally I've never known anyone who is completely free of carbs.
However I know that when someone actually eats no carbs whatsoever, their body makes what is needed by way of gluconeogenesis. themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/gluco
Those white carbs (and others) you mentioned can be detrimental to your health if they are consumed in excess, since they are addictive they usually are consumed in excess. They’re also the main contributors to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and others.
With low carb you lower the risk illnesses; you’ll also likely experience improved mental concentration and dental hygiene, reduce muscle and joint pain, control headaches and prevent gastrointestinal problem. If you restrict carbs and eat CLEAN you’ll suppress your cravings and overcome emotional eating.
I love my fruits and vegees, I even know those that follow the paleo eating style who are complete vegetarians, see their delicious foods: pinterest.com/martic24/vegetarian-pa
o/ . Although most following the paleo style are meat eaters :-)
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Great discussion on carbing. Everyone is definitely the same. Maintaining the strategy is the most important. Its not a diet. Its a lifestyle for your life, till death do you part.
Some propose the 100 carb barrier each day. That is very light. Some Diabetics swear they are off carbs for life. Your body requires carbs so these extremes concern me. They may work in the short run, but may result in a splurge down the road, which unravels all the good you have invested in.
to the team! I think over time of cutting back the processed and replacing them with more veggies and whole grain types, you may find that hovering in the 100-150 range of carbs is very doable. But there is a learning curve on figuring out what works for you and is sustainable over time.
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For me, the trick was to get free of the white food. Once I had been off of it long enough, it lost much of its appeal. In fact, most of that tastes way too starchy, not to mention how bad I feel if I eat more than about a bite of any of it.
If you can stay away from it (and pretty much anything sweet) for at least a month, you will find your tastes have changed to the point where most things taste a bit sweet and sweet things are way too sweet. At least, that's how it went with me.
I love white food
You get the idea...
I am attempted to reduce the processed carbs that I eat. I did a 100 carb a day diet a couple of years ago and was absolutely miserable. It worked, but it is not (or was not) a lifestyle that I could maintain for any duration.
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