But the conversation that is had the most lately is regarding the consumption of carbohydrates. Not just carbohydrates in and of themselves, but it's being broken down more into what types of carbs and all their parts and pieces. Even some of the most natural food sources like fruits and vegetables are being thrown out with the baby and the bath water. I guess people just like to complicate what's simple and simplify what's complicated. The truth of the matter is that you simply cannot go wrong with eating a diet that is based on all natural food sources like vegetables and fruits.
Not all carbs are created equally. It's interesting how there is a clear cut distinction being made between poultry and red meat and even grass fed meat for that matter but when it comes to carbohydrates, everything is off limits. This simply is not a practical nor a healthy way to invest in your digestive health. And I will remind you that your digestive health is the gateway to all things possible within the realm of your physical body. Your body composition in terms of weight management.....your immune system.....and your overall sense of well being depends on the status of your digestive gut health. When your gut is out of whack---you are out of whack.
Your digestive health depends on a diet that helps to repopulate good healthy flora, keep you satiated, encourage REGULAR bowel movements (that's daily, people), optimize your immune system, and keep your body composition at a healthy weight ratio. You can only achieve this goal with a diet that is based on whole natural foods which help to stoke that digestive fire. An emphasis on vegetables, including starch vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes, along with leafy salad greens and other veggies should be the foundation of your diet. I tend to lean heavier on my vegetable consumption but do not frown at my picks of berries and citrus fruits.
When someone is having an issue digesting carbs, starches, fruits, and fibers, it's more of an indication of the status of your bowel health and not the food in and of itself. If apples were actually bad for you, sugars, fructose, carbs, and all.....then everyone who ate them would have a bad reaction. Yes, apples can cause bloating. But it's not the apple but rather low digestive fire that is reducing your ability to digest that apple. And the same goes with most fruits and vegetables. These foods, grown in nature, should go down easily and be absorbed and eliminated with ease and regularity. Anything less than that is an indication of YOUR system being challenged.
I bring this up because we really need to reframe our relationship with food. Of course there are foods within the plant kingdom that I'm not particularly fond of or that don't sit well with me. I have my preferences and my staples and I tend to stick with what I know works best for me. But that's the beauty of it. Within our preferences, there is a whole world of which we can cherry pick (pun intended) what we like, what digests well, and what makes us feel our best.
Eliminating whole food groups based on a study, theory, or what the latest trend is will set you back. You wind up needing to supplement with copious amounts of non-nutrient products in order to meet your needs which is an expense on your wallet and your health long term.
I am not saying you need to eat copious amounts of carbohydrates. It's clear that we all have our own specific needs and preferences. That said, carbohydrates definitely serve a purpose in more ways than just giving you energy. They stoke your digestive fire, improve your gut flora, satiate you, and regulate your elimination cycle.
We all have to find our tipping point with everything in life. Diet is no exception. Find what works for you. But experiment with different sources of carbohydrates while eliminating the processed refined factory made products. Start with fruits and vegetables and from there incorporate starches that agree with you. Play with the amounts that help with your energy and digestive needs. Go from there!!