Wow, I can’t believe that it’s already Wednesday! Did you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day? I had a wonderful evening with my hubby! When I woke up yesterday I had a dozen long stem roses, Hersey’s kisses, and pink tulips waiting on the kitchen counter for me! I couldn’t believe it, not because my hubby doesn’t do nice things for me, he does, but I wasn’t really expecting anything this year. He was so sweet to me and still makes me feel special every year! I hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s day too!
Well, you all know it is Workout Wednesday! I have a little bit of healthy advice to share with you! When making food at home or eating out try to AVOID the white stuff! If you don’t know what I mean by white stuff here is a small list to get you started.
- White Bread
- White Sugar
- White Pasta
- White Wraps
- White Rice
- White Pizza Crust
- White Rolls
- White Muffins
- White Baked Goods
- White Bagels
- White Potatoes (not bleached but are quickly absorbed within the body leaving you hungry faster and raising insulin levels rapidly).
The two most fiber-rich and nutritious parts of a wheat seed are the outside bran layer and the germ (embryo). White flour is highly processed and is therefore missing both of these components! These two components of wheat help to slow digestion and absorption of grains in our system (so that we don’t spike our blood sugars) and also are very nutritious. We should be eating grains that still have these components! Insulin is our body’s tool for sugar management. The more of these types of foods we eat the faster/more intensely our blood sugars rise and the more insulin we eventually need to pump. The issue here is that insulin promotes the storage of fat so the more we produce the more fat we are going to store. A book I have been wanting to read, is called “Suicide by Sugar”, by Nancy Appleton; its about how sweet white stuff represents one of our biggest dietary hazard
I challenge you today to eliminate white flour and white sugar from your diet. You should be consuming only 100% whole grains for the carbohydrate portions of your meals. Always remember to read the labels and look for 100% whole grain. Be careful, processed white flour also goes by the names: “enriched wheat flour” or “wheat flour.” Don’t be fooled! White bread is “dead” bread!
I hope this information is helpful and even though it may be a bit overwhelming start small!
P.S. Be sure to workout today! I got my workout in a 7:30 am!