Addicted to Carbs?Tame Your Cravings

pastaIt’s so easy to go over­board on flour tor­tillas, pas­ta, chips and rice. But if you choose the right car­bo­hy­drates and what you eat with them, it can help reduce your crav­ings, help you feel full longer, and can even help you lose weight.

Three Steps to keep your carb crav­ings under con­trol:

1. Choose whole grain foods instead of refined sim­ple carbs. Whole grains, such as corn tor­tillas, brown rice and whole wheat pas­ta con­tain fiber and oth­er nutri­ents that help you feel full and are bet­ter for your health. Whole grains pro­vide B vit­a­mins, omega 3 fat­ty acids and antiox­i­dants.  They also have been found to help reduce your risk of devel­op­ing dia­betes.  

2. Watch your por­tions.  Only a quar­ter of your plate should be a car­bo­hy­drate.  Too many car­bo­hy­drates can add inch­es to your waist­line and raise your risk of dia­betes and heart dis­ease.

3. Always add a healthy pro­tein.  Pro­teins such as peanut but­ter, beans, fish and chick­en, fill you up and keep hunger pains away.  An added bonus is that if you eat less refined carbs and increase pro­tein in your diet, it can help decrease triglyc­eride lev­els and increase HDL’s, the good cho­les­terol.

 

Here are some easy swaps you can do right now:

Instead of this: Have this:
White toast with jam Whole wheat bread with peanut but­ter
A bag of chips Low-fat whole grain crack­ers with low fat string cheese
Bowl of pas­ta with mari­nara sauce Whole grain pas­ta with grilled chick­en
Flour tor­tilla with but­ter Corn tor­tilla with beans

 

 



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