People often ask me what I eat in an effort to find out if I have some secret to staying lean that they’re not familiar with. I usually end up disappointing them because I pretty much eat everything….some things in moderation, like sweets but I don’t cut anything out of my diet entirely. If I want to eat something badly, I eat it. If I know it’s something that’s not that great for me, I just eat a little but I usually don’t deny myself completely. Over the last couple of days I’ve wanted copious amounts of carbs in the worst way. Given my druthers, I would have had a mound of pasta with butter sauce, potato chips, two tangerines and a blueberry bagel for dinner last night. Yum!
In reality I had all those things but spread out over the day, in small portions and combined with protein sources to slow absorption and keep blood sugar spikes in control. For breakfast I had an egg white omelette, a small piece of turkey sausage and half a blueberry bagel. For mid-morning snack, I had one tangerine with a handful of almonds, for lunch it was turkey and mustard rolled up, a spinach salad (no dressing) with a few tiny tomatoes and snack size bag of potato chips. Dinner was spaghetti (a little pasta with a lot of meat sauce), broccoli and salad (no dressing).
How and when you eat your carbs is much more important than just avoiding them all together. If you don’t want to eat carbs because you feel better when you don’t, that’s just fine but I like carbs and don’t want to deny myself the enjoyment of eating them. I’m living proof that you don’t have to grit your teeth and avoid carbs at all costs. You just have to be a little thoughtful in the amount you eat and what other foods you pair them with.