In the previous blog, we talked about how important complex carbohydrates are not only when you meal prep, but for everyday cooking. When you are starting to meal prep, it may seem difficult to include the RIGHT kinds of food. To properly include the right kinds of carbohydrates it’s important to know the difference between simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Like I said, we explained in detail complex carbohydrates so we will be doing the same thing in this blog except with simple carbohydrates.
So, what foods are considered “simple”? Some of the main foods considered simple carbohydrates include raw sugar, brown sugar, corn/ high-fructose corn syrup found in many processed foods, among various others. These should be limited in your meal prep plan. Although one here and there isn’t going to be the end of the world, it’s best to keep them at a minimum.
While it may seem extremely difficult to remove simple carbohydrates from your diet, it’s fairly easy. Instead of reaching for a soda/juice, try some water, maybe even add some lemon. When you are craving something sweet, replace the sweets with a piece of fruit. Although fruit is still a simple carbohydrate, it’s much healthier and will still satisfy your sweet tooth.
Avoid simple carbs?
Carbohydrates should not be completely eliminated from the diet. The brain, as well as nervous system depend on carbohydrates for fuel. Even simple carbohydrates shouldn’t be removed completely. The only time that simple carbs would be needed is after a workout. Some simple carbohydrates after a workout, in combination with your protein shake would do you good. This would allow your body to absorb the protein better and replenish your muscles for faster recovery.
So why are simple carbohydrates bad?
Simple carbs are considered unhealthy because of how the body processes them. Since they are easy for the body to absorb, they are absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. This leads to insulin rushing to lower blood sugar levels. So, once again you are left with a lower blood sugar which ultimately causes hunger. That being said, this is a cycle your body will continue to go thru over and over and cause you to overeat and pass your daily calorie intake.