Altering your diet can be a challenge. You worry about ever being able to eat enjoyable food again. Here are some ways to cut the carbs but keep the flavor.
So what are carbs anyway? Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients, the other two being protein and fat. Not all carbs are good, and not all carbs are bad. It is helpful to know what to look for as you begin your health and wellness journey. The main role of carbs is to provide the body with energy. However, choosing the wrong kind will only leave you with a temporary high, not sustained replenishment, and lead to weight gain, obesity, and other health complications.
Whole, simple carbohydrates that are good for the body are fruits, vegetables, and some grains. These break down in the digestive system and turn into glucose, which is the body’s energy source. The bad kind of carbs are refined, processed, or complex carbohydrates like pasta, pizza, pastries, sugary drinks, and bread. These provide an immediate rush because they spike the body’s blood sugar, but they provide no sustainable energy and no vitamins or nutrients. They get converted into empty calories and lead to all sorts of weight related issues. They also create more feelings of hunger and cravings, and encourage people to overeat.
So how do you enjoy food without the carbs? You look for the good stuff and learn how to cook shrimp and healthier alternatives in ways that taste great. There are almost no carbs in shrimp, beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and lamb. Add some savory spices and some rich tasting veggies and you won’t ever miss pizza again.
The method in which you cook your food can impart copious amounts of flavor into it as well. If pan frying or baking your dishes isn’t doing anything for you, trying roasting, steaming, stewing, or sauteing. You could smoke meat to give it a bold flavor, or grill vegetables and fruit for a richer quality.
Now is the time to mix up your combinations a bit. Have you ever tried pork with pineapple or strawberries with avocado? There are hundreds of new and exciting dishes just waiting to be tried, or even invented by you. Choose to look on the bright side that you are embarking on a culinary journey, and like a great adventurer stepping into the unknown there will be challenges and rewards along the way.
Use the opportunity to branch outside your norm. Since there are basically no carbs in shrimp or other forms of fish, add them to you repertoire. You will soon be the best and perhaps only chef in town that can offer up some delicious seafood when it’s time for a cookout or potluck.