Carbs are indeed your friend. Don’t listen to anyone trying to sell you on a low-carb diet. In fact, if you hear the word diet, run! Diets are at best temporary and at worst detrimental to your health.
Carbs should represent 45–65% of your diet daily and they should be the slow-digesting kind, minimally-processed and Low Glycemic. They should come from whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies. They are nature’s energy source and they contain phytonutrients – compounds that are the micro-building blocks of every cell in your body. As your body replaces up to 300 billion cells a day, they do so using the phytonutrients and micronutrients from veggies, fruits, legumes, beans and grains – Carbohydrates!
Carbs also allow Protein and Fat to be used for what they are most needed for – Immune system, tissue repair, hormones, etc. Carbs are replete with the phytonutrients of life, the synergistic components that make everything work. They are full of antioxidants that clobber the bad guys in your body. Enjoy a wide variety in every meal.
Eat 5–7 servings a day. Try to include in all of your meals.
FRUITS & VEGGIES
Essential Principals to Shop By: When choosing fruit with thin skins, be conscious of its source – Organic is desirable. Buy local, fresh and in season. In doing so, you support your local farms as well as maximizing vitamin and mineral content, because produce is harvested at peak ripeness. BUT, that said, even local farmers use pesticides and herbicides. Try to buy organic or ask your farmer!
If buying packaged, we suggest only IQF or Freeze-Dried (which is great for Smoothies) this process ensures maximum nutrition content with no added junk.
LEGUMES & BEANS
Essential Principals to Shop By: Buy raw/dried when you can. Since they are dried, they store very nicely in your pantry. Another benefit is you can control the quality of the water your beans and legumes are absorbing. To rehydrate, wash well, then simply soak in pure filtered water with added Sea Salt or Potassium Salt then boil and simmer down.
Hint – Buy local, fresh and in season as well as from manufacturers who align with a philosophy of delivering their customers only pure and natural ingredients; especially those who control the sources of those ingredients. Remember our founder’s motto – you are what your food eats!
Hint – Legumes & Beans should be minimally processed and as close to whole as possible. When a carbohydrate is kept intact, its score on the Glycemic Index is low, allowing for steady blood sugar levels.
Hint – If given the option, choose Organic first.
Essential Principals to Shop By: Ingredients should be simple and recognizable. When shopping for breads, pastries or crackers, one of the first two ingredients should be Whole Grain, Cracked Grain, or Sprouted Grain. Acceptable grains should be always unrefined and unbleached. Do not ever buy a product with the words Bleached or Partially Hydrogenated on the label. Read those labels!
When shopping for grains and flours, you should be able to identify everything in the package and on the label. The ingredients should be representative of the grain only. No other adjuncts ever need to be added.
Hint – If given the option, choose Organic first. Herbicides like Glyphosate can be minimized that way.