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What! A Diet of Pizza and Ice Cream is not Healthy?

It's swimsuit season that gets me thinking about to eat or not to eat!

The Facts

(coupled with a tall tale)

I just picked up the Carbs up from their weekly counseling session.  Yes, it's hard to be a food that's so misunderstood. The first tragedy of being a Carb is that from an evolutionary point of view they're not necessary. The body has ways of circumventing their usefulness.  By any other name it would be called dieting.  If you eat no carbs your body will break down body fat to use.

Okay, okay, okay Carbs give us energy. Carbohydrates also protect your muscles. When you need energy, your body looks for glucose from carbohydrates first.   Get over it you Carbs, for the most part, you aren't needed.

But if you cannot live without the taste here's a list of healthy carbohydrates.  Post it on your refrigerator door, at least it will look like you're trying.

An apple a day will keep anyone away, if thrown hard enough!

FRUITS (raw)
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Blackberries
Blueberries 
Cantaloupe
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Guava
Kiwi
Mango
Nectarine
Orange
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Raspberries
Strawberries
Tangerine
Watermelon BEANS & PEAS
Black beans
Garbanzo (Chickpeas)
Kidney beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Navy Beans
Pinto Beans
Soybeans
Split Peas
 
DAIRY
Blue cheese
Cheddar cheese  
Cottage cheese, 2% fat
Egg
Feta cheese
Milk, 1% fat
Milk, fat-free
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Provolone cheese
Ricotta cheese
Swiss cheese
Yogurt, low-fat
Yogurt, fat-free

The Conversation

Weighing in about Weight

Desperation is shaving before stepping on a scale.


Since potatoes have eyes, corn has ears and beans have been known to stalk around, you can't get away from carbs.  They certainly have a bad rap when it comes to weight gain, but those are the bad carbs.  I don't have to give you the bad carb list because you probably just ate one. The good news is there are blameless ones.

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NUTS & SEEDS
Almonds
Brazil nuts
Cashews
Coconut, raw
Macadamia nuts
Peanuts
Pecans
Pistachios
Pumpkin seeds
Sesame seeds
Sunflower
Walnuts

VEGETABLES
Alfalfa sprouts, raw
Asparagus
Butterhead lettuce
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chinese Cabbage
Chili Peppers
Corn (sweet)
Cucumber  
Edamame, fresh soybeans
Eggplant
Garlic
Ginger Root
Green Bell Peppers
Iceberg Lettuce
Mushrooms
Okra
Onions
Radishes
Red Bell Peppers
Red Cabbage
Romaine lettuce
Scallions
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Zucchini

WHOLE GRAINS
Bread, whole wheat
Bread, multi grain
Oatmeal, cooked
Pancake, buckwheat mix
Pancake, whole grain mix
Pasta, whole wheat
Popcorn, popped
Rice, basmati brown
Rice, brown
Rice, wild
Rye bread

The Rhyme
Apricots, papaya, cabbage and nuts,
These are the good carbs to keep in your guts.
They give you energy and keep you robust,
They are considered the food chain's magic gold dust.