Refined carbs and refined sugar have been proven to not be very good for you. In fact they are really harmful to you and can help develop, help cultivate and lead to many many health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and so much more. Go ahead…we can all cry together! Because who doesn’t love carbs and sugar?!?! I’ll be honest, I never really used to care about how many sugars or carbs I consumed in a day. I could take down a whole pan of brownies or batch of cookies with ease. I was never extremely overweight but I definitely reached a point where I wasn’t as comfortable with how I felt because of the extra weight I had been gaining. *Sure 3 kids later definitely wreaks havoc on your body but still, I knew I could be making better choices.
I ran Cross Country & Track competitively for 10 years. I even had a scholarship to to a Division I college for running. I would run more miles in 1 week than most people would prefer to in 5 years! (maybe even more depending on the person, ha!) Because I was so active I really just didn’t need to worry about what I ate (or so I thought…if only I could go back, lol).
I graduated college 10 years ago, 2006, and have honestly run maybe enough to make up a whole month since then. I graduated and checked out on fitness. Well now at the ripe old age of 32 and 3 kids later I have seen the problem with decisions I’ve made over the past 10 years (let me say, that’s a bit depressing. How the heck did 10 years go by sooo fast?!?!?) My hubby was in the same boat. Our stories are pretty similar…we both gave up on working out and just got busy with the mundane tasks of life and didn’t necessarily worry about how many carbs or sugars we were eating.
A year ago he decided to cut out fast releasing carbs (i.e.: bread, pasta, etc…aka all the good stuff) and refined sugars during the week and then one day on the weekends he would have a “free for all day” and be able to eat whatever he wanted. In a matter of 6 weeks he lost over 20 pounds and has kept if off since. **and he hasn’t been following that same type of eating regimen always. He has simply trained his brain and body to have different cravings.
Being the wonderful, loving wife I am, I gave him my all for 3 days and decided it sucked too bad and quit and tried to get him to quit about 23 times a day. But he never did! He held strong and told me that he was going to lead by example and that one day I would join him (I married such a wise wise man!)
Well, let me tell you friends, that day has come. For the last several weeks I’ve been eating SLOW carbs (beans, etc) not FAST carbs (breads, pasta, etc) and have given up on sugar. I still allow myself to have fruit because I have a sweet tooth and giving up on all sugar seems like the end of the world for me. I can honestly say that I feel so much better and am not craving any of the crap food I used to eat regularly. Yay!!
Earlier this week my hubby texted me from work saying he really wanted a BLT (bacon lettuce tomato sandwich). But…it was during the week and we “can’t” (I say that loosely) have bread during the week. So I got busy looking for a bread recipe using almond flour. My hubs came home, tried the bread, fell in love and ate 3 BLTs!! And didn’t stop talking about how good the bread was until the next morning! Let me share the recipe with you! ***Almond flour is kind of hard to find. It’s easy to find Almond MEAL Flour…but you just want regular Almond Flour, like this.
Almond Flour Bread: Low Carb & Gluten Free
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- 2 ½ cups almond flour (not almond meal)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then add honey, and vinegar
- Stir wet ingredients into dry
- Scoop batter into a well greased 7.5 x 3.5
- Bake at 300° for 45-55 minutes on bottom rack of oven; until a knife comes out clean
- Cool and serve
I was able to slice through the bread super easy with my Calphalon Bread Knife. If you don’t have one, I would highly recommend getting one. Otherwise, when you use a regular serrated knife, it squishes the bread and is really hard to get nice even slices.
If you would like to learn more about how Carbs and Sugar affect our health I highly recommend these two books:
And the book that turned my husband’s thinking around 180 degrees and made him decide to take charge of his health…
The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman”