Eating low carb can help you lose weight and cleanse your body. Limiting carbohydrates can also help stave off diabetes and obesity. But the best reason to decrease your carbohydrate intake is that you may feel much better physically and mentally in doing so. Many foods that are high in carbohydrates are also highly processed and contain forms of carbohydrate that are especially unhealthy and synthetic. Some of these can contribute to liver and kidney problems and can also exacerbate issues related to excess yeast. Excess yeast can make a person feel mentally foggy or can even contribute to anxiety and depression. Here are 10 foods to avoid if you are on the Living Low-Carb diet.
1. Soda Pop
Even natural sodas have way too many grams of carbohydrates. These types of drinks will quickly pack on the pounds without providing any valuable nutrition. Many of them contain high fructose corn syrup which has been implicated in many serious health problems, is highly processed, and is full of calories in the form of sugar.
These bear mentioning because they can be disguised as a health food in today’s markets. Look at the label. If one cookie has more than 20 grams of carbohydrates, it’s probably best to avoid it since you want to only eat up to 80 in a day depending on your health goals.
3. Protein Bars
Many people see the word “protein” and they think that means “healthy”. Most protein bars contain a huge amount of carbohydrates. For a serious athlete, this might be important. The average person, however, doesn’t need that many grams of carbohydrate.
4. Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt is another very healthy food that becomes unhealthy due to added fruit sugars and honey. Choose a plain yogurt instead and mix in fresh fruit with a bit of Stevia for sweetness.
5. Pasta and Bread
It’s important to avoid all white flour and to eat wheat flour sparingly on the Living Low-Carb diet. Most bread has added sugar disguised as fruit juice, and wheat bread still contains many grams of carbohydrate per slice. Choose a bread or pasta made out of brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, or buckwheat and measure out a serving carefully.
Many people think of granola as a health food. It has many things going for it, but it’s also very high in carbohydrates. Most granola has added sugar and added dried fruit. You can find varieties that are lower in carbohydrates, but make sure to check the amount and measure your servings carefully.
Many cereals are high in carbohydrates because they are mostly grain. Choose a lighter cereal that’s in the form of puffs made from kamut or another grain besides white or wheat flour.
You may be wondering what you can eat on the Living Low-Carb diet. There are many ways to creatively eat low carb while enjoying a wide variety of foods. The best grains are quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. These provide many options to try!