Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day 2: Whole Grains



Day 2: Whole Grains
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The simplest health choice to make is often the one that gets ignored: switching from refined carbs to whole grain.

Let me break it down for you:
-White rice, bread, and pasta is only 1 step away from turning to sugar in your body. Your body literally breaks it into sugar.
(which means that instead of having a spaghetti dinner, you could have just had sugar cookies topped with sauce. yuck)

-carbs aren't bad for you. DO NOT go on a no/low carb diet. Your body needs it as fuel.

-whole grains are digested slower. (and your body knows it's carbs, not sugar)


So....
1. Get whole grain bread. Don't complain about the taste. You're only whining because you have a sweet tooth for the white (sugar) stuff.
2. Switch your pastas to whole grain. (except spaghetti or angel hair. It doen't hold together. I still haven't found a brand that I like. If anyone else has, PLEASE TELL ME!)

3. Use brown rice. (Anyone that thinks white rice tastes better than brown is CRAZY!)

4. Give whole wheat flour a try. (It MUST be refrigerated! It goes bad, so buy only small amounts at first!)


Facts
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1. Whole grains help prevent Type 2 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that is almost COMPLETELY preventable! If you have (or have a high risk of) diabetes, not switching to whole grains is dumb. Simple as that.
2. Reduces constipation. (excellent source of fiber!)
3. Helps maintain a healthy weight.
4. Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.



Pretty big impact for such a little change, don't you think?


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