This week, in my Health & Wellness Coaching Certification classes, we’re learning about carbs and the effect they have on our system. I learned some interesting things I was unaware of and thought I’d share with you, my beautiful followers. Thank you, by the way. I’m thrilled you’re on this healthy journey with me.
Let me start by saying I think every one of us has all if not at least 2 of these common goals for themselves:
- Burn off stored body fat – yes, please!!
- Build or preserve muscle
- Increased energy…I want to be able to do what I want, when I want to. Not when my body tells me it has enough energy to do so
- Improve strength/endurance – to be able to play golf, play with your kids, etc
- Get sick less – Amen!
Ok, with that said, let’s get back to carbohydrates. Carbs get turned into glucose when consumed. Our bodies make approx 120 grams of glucose a day on its own. You could go your entire life not consuming carbs/glucose and live a very healthy life. What?!? Seriously?? My body doesn’t need a big bowl of pasta?? No, it does not – our bodies, as I mentioned, make the glucose (our main source of energy) we need to stay healthy, all on its own, without added grains, pasta, rice, your morning bowl of cereal, etc. Start to think of additional carbohydrates as an elective fuel because you just don’t need that much.
When we consume too many carbs/sugar/glucose, our insulin levels spike. When you eat carbohydrates and your blood sugar rises, your pancreas releases insulin to bring blood sugar levels back to normal. Insulin helps glucose get into your cells so your body can use it for fuel/energy. High insulin is a sign of insulin resistance and can lead to problems with glucose control (diabetes). Sorry, did I bore you to tears? I didn’t mean to. So, let’s go back to one of my first comments – honestly, your body produces its own glucose. Adding additional glucose = fat and a taxed pancreas and liver. Just cutting down on sugar and grains can have a lasting, positive effect on your body!
Mark Sisson teaches about curbing our appetite for carbs on his blog Mark’s Daily Apple. (An apple has approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates, btw)
Mark feels that if we consciously start consuming less carbs, our bodies will start grabbing fat and energy from existing fat cells and as you continue to curb your carb intake, your body basically, in my words, starts to eat its own fat. Now I’m interested, aren’t you?
Technically, the cells in our body see there are no food/carbohydrates coming in so they start to consume fat within themselves. I love this! I’ve started, this past Monday, eating a more Paleo friendly diet. This is Thursday and I am thrilled to announce I’ve already dropped 2lbs.
Have any of you tried the Primal Blueprint? Or eaten Paleo and had great results? Have any of you curbed your carbohydrate and sugar intake and felt you had more energy? Or, have any of you eaten this way and it didn’t agree with you? We’re all in this together so I’d love to hear from you.