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Friday Fuel ~ Carbs Are Not The Enemy

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Another new weekly post for you: Friday Fuel

In Friday Fuel, each week I will focus in on one of the Trim Healthy Mama fuel types, discussing its importance, when you should choose to eat it, different recipes in that fuel type, etc.

I am going to start with the E fuel type since it was requested. E (for energizing) fuel is made up of carbohydrates. I know, I know, there is much fear surrounding the eating of carbohydrates, but really, carbs are not the enemy. The problem with carbs only occurs when we eat the wrong kind or too many. Our standard American diet is full of highly processed, refined carbohydrates that go straight into our blood stream as sugar and cause all kinds of havoc in our bodies, including heart disease.

But carbohydrates, as God created them, are needed by our body! We cannot cast off this whole food group just because we have been eating it wrong. So let’s start our Friday Fuel series by learning why carbs are so important to our bodies.

brain carbs

It is trendy these days to forgo carbohydrates in our diets. We are told they are bad, the enemy, the number one way to gain weight. Well, if you are talking about the standard American diet full of refined sugar and refined white flour then you are absolutely right! But, not all carbs are created equal…

We were designed by our Creator to burn both fats and carbs. Eliminate one completely from your diet and your body misses it and suffers! We crave carbs simply because we were meant to eat them!

The wise thing to do is eat healthy carbs such as whole fruit, beans and legumes, grains in their unprocessed form and sweet potatoes. These healthy foods are far more gentle on your blood sugar than refined carbs and can rev your metabolism by supporting your thyroid and adrenal glands and give you the energy you need to function in this crazy world.

Please check out THIS STUDY to see exactly how important good carbohydrates are to positive brain function.

Don’t throw an entire God-given fuel out the window! Learn how to incorporate good carbs in a way that will keep your blood sugar steady and your brain healthy! I’d love to teach you how!

We’ll talk more about E meals next week, but for now, here are some of my favorite E snacks:

  • Apple with 1/4 cup Peanut Junkie Butter (THM cookbook p. 481) or sweetened, plain Greek yogurt with peanut flour stirred in
  • Light Rye Wasa crackers spread with light laughing cow cheese
  • 0% Greek yogurt or low fat cottage cheese and peaches
  • Whey protein or cottage cheese shake made with any E fruit
  • E muffins like chocolate cherry muffins (Trim Healthy Table p. 367)

Want to learn even more? Don’t forget my online fall book study starts on October 30th!  Anyone who participates in this book study will also be eligible for a 10% discount for any of my coaching or class packages that are booked before January 31st, 2019!

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