I’m sitting at a restaurant the other night in my hotel … in rainy Pensacola Florida for a conference.
Ended up with this great salad — bed of spinach, topped with avocado, pineapple, papaya, mango, and grilled shrimp.
I was waiting for my food to come and a family of 4 sat down next to me. Mom, dad, and two teenage girls. They apparently had just gotten in from their trip and were starving (as the girls continued to repeat).
Hard not to hear when your tables are right next to each other.
I wasn’t paying attention to what they ordered, but I did notice that when the bread came to the table, the mom pushed it aside between her daughters and said
"NOPE, can’t eat that…I’ll be bloated in my bathing suit tomorrow. And your dad had carbs earlier so no carbs for him either…"
And then who seemed to be the older of the two girls said "Give it back to the waitress — I can’t eat that either."
So now, I’m not going to lie — I was then completely interested in what they DID order since apparently it was a "no carb" day for the entire family.
I didn’t get a chance to hear the entire food order, but I was there long enough to hear the "no carb" mom and dad both order mixed drinks — 1 with soda and 1 with juice.
Last I checked, soda and juice were both carbs.
So it then made me think …
…it’s no wonder there is such misinformation out there and confusion.
Bread is bad. It’s a carb.
Soda, juice and alcohol are OK….because, well, that’s my rationalization and I want that.
Let’s clear the air. In fact, quality bread with some fiber and other nutrients would be MUCH better than soda or juice! Now, I’ll give them credit in that the bread at the hotel probably wasn’t that great…but the "no carbs" statement is the issue here.
Bread is not bad. Too much bread. Of course, not a good idea. Bread without a bit of fiber. Yup, also junk.
And, to be honest, more carbs is not what most people need since most don’t exercise very much.
But the message that carbs are bad and the notion of "no carb" days is crazy … particularly when spreading that message to teenage girls! But that’s a topic for a different blog.
Bottom Line: Eat carbs. Enjoy them. In fact, ‘earn’ more of them through exercise. The more you exercise, the more carbs your body will use. And eat most of your carbs from colorful fruits and veggies. These should be the base of your intake. Then, when you do eat bread or other grain based foods — aim for those that have at least 3 grams of fiber OR MORE!
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