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Change your taste for junkfood

How to break out of carb phobia, cut sugar cravings, and change your taste for junkfood.

Are you afraid of carbs?  I consistently coach people on eliminating their fear of carbohydrates.  Usually what happens is we avoid them out of fear that they make us gain weight.  After a few days of avoiding them our bodies simply crave them and unable to stand their absence any longer from our diet we go on a binge of eating all sorts of carb laden foods and usually the wrong kinds.  This then leads to another 3 days of avoidance and as you can see the cycle of having a love hate relationship with carbohydrates never ends.

You know already that all carbs are not created equal. You can see the difference between a bowl of brown rice and a donut with sprinkles. Yet when it comes down to actually eating that heaping plate of brown rice or sweet potatoes, you may – even subconsciously – be gripped with the same fear and consider both of them equally evil. So what do you do?

Eat carbs!!!  Ahhh-but not so fast!!!  The good kind please!!! When you consistently fill your body with sugar and fat laden carbohydrates (donuts; cookies; scones; muffins; nutrient void bread; sugary cereals) our bodies will crave more sugary fat laden carbohydrates.  Not only do we get a chemical rush from the wrong kinds of carbohydrates, it is also our body’s way of telling you it needs vitamins and nutrients!  When we eat quality carbohydrates throughout the day then our cravings for sugar and fat laden junk food will disappear.  Think oatmeal with breakfast; brown rice with lunch; ezekiel bread for your sandwiches and sweet potatoes with dinner, these are the carbohydrates I’m talking about.

Below I’ve included a list of various carbohydrates you may want to give a try!!!

  •  Brown and wild rice
  • Potatoes-any variety (prefer sweet potatoes)
  • Hot cereals, cooked — without added sugar, dried fruits, or nuts
    • 100% bran
    • Oatmeal (regular and Steel Cut Oats)
    • Unsweetened instant oatmeal
  • Pasta, whole-wheat or other whole-grain varieties
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Ezekiel Wraps
  • Popcorn, air-popped-2 cups is one serving
  • Whole-grain, ready-to-eat cereals without added sugar, dried fruits or nuts, and with 4g of fiber or more per serving and no more than 5g of sugar per serving
  • Whole-grains such as:
    • Barley
    • Buckwheat
    • Bulgur
    • Cornmeal (polenta)
    • Whole-wheat couscous
    • Quino
  • Pumpkin; Butternut Squash