Slow Carb How-to, Part 1

Originally I thought this post should be called, “Slow Carb No-No’s” but that would send the wrong message. In this new way of facing food, I look at eating as a choice. Some choices are a non-option 99% of the time. Some choices are a near 99% yes any time. Nothing is completely, 100% off-limits. This leaves me open to accepting hospitality and celebrations where I might have little choice in what is served. My birthday is later this month and I am certainly looking forward to some cake. 🙂

But that’s just it, I can look forward to special things instead of having them nearly every day.

That being said, here is how I am choosing Slow Carbs. The first listing is what I emphasize, like and know how to cook:

  1. Sweet Potatoes – “Boil’em, Mash’em, Put’em in a stew” I love them just baked, with a little brown sugar and butter. Not an every day thing…but 3x a week is plenty.
  2. Grains – Quinoa is my favorite, with barley and millet a close second.
  3. Oatmeal – for breakfasts or a post-work out snack. I make the linked recipe with raw honey instead of apple juice concentrate.

Next, here are the carbs I will not necessarily choose, unless I have no other options:

  1. Brown rice – Never really found a brand I liked and takes too long to cook.
  2. Pasta
  3. Bread, of commercial production. Homemade only very occassionally, in small slices.
  4. White potatoes – I need a nap after eating them, so that means the sugars are broken down too fast.
  5. Breaded and fried meats.

The next obvious choice distinction is with sugars. The list is limited as to the Yeas:

  1. Raw Local Honey – Helps out the oatmeal and herbal tea treats.
  2. Stevia – Approved for diabetic use. I only use the packets for green tea.

The Nays are rather obvious:

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup. This leaves out soda, ice cream, cookies, chocolate milk…etc.
  2. Chocolate – Again, not 100% off limits…but I really don’t want it. Really.

I hope this gives you all a better picture of what my (our) slow carb life is like now.


3 Responses to “Slow Carb How-to, Part 1”

  1. 1 alana June 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Have you ever tried agave nectar? That’s supposed to be low glycemic, too.

    You are inspiring me. I ought to eat that way…

  2. 2 Paula June 2, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Good job on choosing good foods. You mentioned not finding a rice you like. Have you tried the Basmati organic Brown Rice?
    Best out there!
    Also, I remember you askign for info on cds to learn to sing hymns.
    I just found an awsome site. Check them out.

  3. 3 Shiafatima June 3, 2008 at 3:51 am

    hi dear sister

    i left this message here in the hope that you see it and answer me via email as it’s your new post and probably you will see the comments posted here sooner than in your older posts. can you email me back so i can have your email and tell you something in email? iam rather shy in telling my heart for example for you in public lol; i mean i have something that i like to say in an email and just you read it.

    i’m your sister from Iran

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