Carbohydrate Choices

The Paleo diet is not a low carb diet, however it is lower in carbs compared to your average Western diet. Today's society consumes far too many carbs and usually the quality of these is poor. 

The majority of meals prepared nowadays are made up of cereals, breads and pastas which hardly have any nutritional value.

Once you modify your way of eating to a Paleo diet, your body will flourish because it will be allowed to utilise fats as it's primary fuel source and this will provide you with a balanced and longer-lasting energy. No more sugar highs and crashes from eating too many carbs, and you won't have to eat every hour to stop your blood sugar levels from dropping and resulting in you feeling cranky. 

Better Carbohydrate Choices

When you follow the Paleo diet, grains are omitted which means that most of the carbs you ingest, will be in the form of:

  1. Vegetables - especially starchy vegetables such as pumpkin, sweet potato, parsnips and beetroot. 
  2. Nuts - cashews, walnuts, macadamias, almonds etc.
  3. And all fruits.

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How much and what type of fruit should you eat?

Fruit is important in the Paleo diet as it offers a broad range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. However do not make the mistake of eating too much as this can cause weight gain.

Vegetables should be the starting point of all meals, then healthy proteins, some good fats and a small amount of fruit. Always remember that balance is key!

How to enjoy your fruits

Choose the more sugary types of fruits like bananas as part of your meals for pre and post, longer type workouts.

Choose the lower glycemic, higher fibre fruits like berries for when you're eating a meal away from training. For example:

  • Raspberries whizzed in protein smoothies; or
  • Blueberries scattered on top of salads.

You don't need to eat fruit everyday, but the option is yours on how many carbs you will need to feel that you are functioning well. This will depend on your output of energy levels, ie. exercising or recovery from any illness/injuries. 

When you are eating sufficient protein and fats with your meals, you will be using fat as your main fuel source and will not need to snack constantly. In this way, maybe less fruit will be needed.

Poorer Carbohydrate Choices

Cereals, pastas and breads are all eaten in excess and are nutritionally poor.

Soft drinks, energy drinks, cakes, lollies, chocolates and all those 'junk foods' are very poor choices. They are calorie dense and also nutritionally poor.

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Stay away from 'sugar free' and 'diet' foods and drinks. These are loaded with unnatural sweeteners and chemicals that can be damaging to your health. Most of these types of foods are industrialised, and studies have shown that consuming them can lead to greater weight gain and can increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke.

How to eat nutrient dense meals

Consume real foods!

Make sure that you have a healthy animal source of protein for every meal, couple this with vegetables, fruit and some natural fats. Know where your food comes from and buy from the fresh supermarket section Or read every label if you need to buy from any another section. 

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