Not to mention this…
(Look at all the beautiful colors – its got me salivating)
Don’t be deceived – this last picture looks very similar to the first picture above, but this one is full of refined (dare I say deadly) white, devilish carbs. Throw out those nutrient-free bagels, chips, muffins, pasta, and breads and replace them with the whole wheat variety.
These days it’s not so easy to tell anymore. Just because something is brown in color or claims to be “whole grain” doesn’t mean it’s whole wheat. In order to weed out the good from the bad you really have to check the ingredients list. Make sure the first ingredient in anything carb-related is the phrase “whole wheat”. If the first ingredient says “enriched” anything put the devil back on the shelf!
Carbs ARE good for you and essential for energy and metabolism. Good carbs are full of fiber (for fullness), essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Don’t be fooled by the marketing blitz’ against carbs. That’s all nonsense.
My Rule of Thumb: the closer it came from the ground the better. So whenever possible, eat rice over bread. And of course, it’s hard to go wrong with fruits and vegetables.