April 19th, 2007 by ~

Carbs

I can’t tell you how glad I am that the carb obsession is over. It had me a bit worried a couple of years ago when we were launching into creating this business. The fact that we had the word bread in the name made certain people cringe with contempt. You’d think we were calling ourselves evilfoodofdeath&cup, based on the reaction.

But hysteria has leveled off and we are back to putting bread and other such carbohydrates in their rightful place. Allow me to give my take on the whole carb paranoia.

There are three basic sources of food from which our bodies derive energy; (four if you count alcohol, but we’ll leave that one out for now.) Those sources are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Standard medical advice for years has shown that an average person should get roughly 55% of their caloric intake from carbohydrates, 30% from fats, and 15% from proteins. These are your options.

So if I fear the carb and therefore reduce it in my diet, what else do I have to draw from? Correct. Just fats and proteins. Increasing both of these for the sake of reducing carbs will not be without effect. What are you going to replace that percentage of carbs with? Bacon? Bacon is low in carbohydrates and is a good source of both fat and protein. But do you really think its going to help lose weight, feel better about yourself and live a better life? This is the logic of being afraid of carbs.

The best diet advice I was given in my studies as an Exercise Science major in college was summarized in two little words: Moderation and Variety. I’ve chosen to live by this guideline and offer it to others whenever possible.

Moderation recognizes a Good Thing when it sees it. It knows that Good Thing exists for enjoyment and pleasure. Moderation is also wise enough to not look to that Good Thing without regard for Overindulgence, for it has such an extreme appetite.

If Moderation maintains its relationship with Variety, it ultimately experiences more satisfaction and delight, for it sees that happiness does not reside in any one Good Thing.

Carbs are not the enemy, but whatever leads to a hurried, anxious life is.

I would be willing to bet that if we were to put our energy toward reducing Stress and Anxiety instead of carbs, I think we would see a lot more happy people.

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