Although there are different opinions on how many carbohydrates are needed per day and which types of foods contain the best carbohydrates, from my research over the years, here is a list of what I feel are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health. Before I mention the list, some folks do very well on a very low carbohydrate diet (ketosis) and some folks do not. A lot depends on the health of your endocrine system, especially your adrenal glands. Another interesting point is that if you engage in anaerobic exercise, such as sprinting, intense cross fit or other quick and high intensity movements, your body has to be able to access energy from carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates provide good energy for the body and mind and carbohydrates help with brain focus, digestive health and hormonal health. Once you are in touch with your body and mind, you will know how many carbohydrates and which ones to eat on a daily basis.
What are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health.?
- Fresh vegetable juice: Use celery or cucumber as the base and add some carrots, beets, parsley, ginger root, etc. Fresh vegetable juice contains a lot of vitamins and minerals and it will provide for good energy levels and oxygen. Buy a good juicer and make your own juice.
- Fruit: Fruit is a fun food to eat and it contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals. Strive to eat fruit in season and buy fresh when possible. Frozen berries are acceptable. Eat fruit with some protein or fat to keep your blood sugar balanced.
- Raw Honey: Packed with enzymes and vitamins and minerals, raw honey is a super food, if eaten in small amounts. Eat anywhere from 1tsp to 2tbs a day. Raw honey aids in healthy digestion and a healthy immune system.
- Raw or lightly steamed or sautéed vegetables: salads, broccoli, kale, collards, etc. Drizzle with olive oil, pastured butter or coconut oil, add good sea or celtic salt and other spices. Vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and other phytonutrients.
- Potatoes: for when you need a starch, potatoes are great. They are much easier to digest than grains, beans or bread. Eat russet, yukon gold, red, sweet, etc. Add plenty of pastured butter or coconut oil and enjoy.
High cholesterol and blood pressure can be serious health issues and these two markers of health affect millions of people around the world. Modern medicine keeps churning out the pharmaceutical drugs without looking at the root cause of high cholesterol and blood pressure. Modern medicine either blames the body or blames high fat foods and cholesterol rich foods, like butter, eggs, grass fed beef, coconut oil, etc. These foods do not cause high cholesterol and blood pressure. In fact, these foods can actually lower high cholesterol and blood pressure and maintain the proper cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels. The main reason for high cholesterol and blood pressure is the overconsumption of carbohydrates.
A great book to read about cholesterol is entitled: “The Cholesterol Myths” by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD
Enjoy my video below as I explain why the overconsumption of carbohydrates leads to high cholesterol and blood pressure. My shirt is off in the video as I was outside getting some Vitamin D just before shooting the video.
Is a low carb diet healthy? What is a low carb diet? A low carb diet is a diet in which carbohydrate consumption provides for the lowest amount of calories in regards to daily calories from fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The bulk of your calories on a low carb diet come from healthy fat, then protein. A typical breakdown is: 55% fat, 30% protein and 15% carbohydrate. This ratio will vary from person to person. Folks on a low carb diet eat between 25-125 grams of carbs a day. Some folks on a low carb diet will be in a state of ketosis, where the body is running on fat (ketones), instead of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrate addiction is a huge epidemic in society and the unhealthy results are evident. Open your eyes and have a look around, and you will see how unhealthy most folks are.
Carbohydrate addiction is a vicious addiction and it wrecks havoc on your body and mind. All carbohydrates turn to glucose in the body and too much glucose raises blood sugar levels, causes a surge in insulin and a surge in adrenaline and cortisol. This causes weight gain and the body to shift into a permanent catabolic state.
Carbohydrate addiction is the main reason for digestive problems, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, hormonal problems and every other illness and disease in our society.
Watch the video below for more information on the unhealthy ramifications from carbohydrate addiction.