Wednesday, September 29, 2010
There has been much talk over the years about "Cabs" that they are bad, that they are good, that you don't need them, that you can't live without them, and the list can go on and on. I know my opinion on the matter and I know that it is not shared by all or in some cases even many of those who are Diabetic or have PCOS, but its what I've found works for me so its what actually matters when all is said and dun.
My personal opinion is as follows...
What is low carb? Some say it is not going over 40, 50 or even 60 grams of carbs in a day total. To others it means cutting out any and all processed carbs and only going for natural occurring ones such as what you get from fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and select organic breads.
Well that is one view of the matter my own view of that matter is for myself and myself alone low carbing it is sticking around 130 grams of carbs max in a day, yes 130 grams of carbs to me is what I call low carbing it, why? Simple I've found that if I go under that for extended periods of time in a row that I end up with other issues going on that could mean a trip to the ER, my body doesn't handle going to low for very long, even if I try to do it over a period of months its not something my body can handle doing without consequences to my health taking place.
Then there is the camp for no carbs, this camp I have no idea about really its something that I've just been seeing of late around the net so I don't know much about it, the only thing I do know is that the brain needs carbs to function and not giving it the right fuel from those carbs can lead to developmental and other issues within the brain itself (at least from the studies i've read over the years).
High carb, again that camp seems to have gone almost into hibernation in the past several years, which many people getting on the low carb camp - so much so that every where you look you see low carb this low carb that - that seeing regular food is getting harder in harder. But that high carb camp its still around, it is still alive and I'm part of it in my own fashion. I support eating carbs to fuel the body as necessary but not to the detriment of hurting the body, if that means loading up on 300 grams of carbs in a day for some reason then so be it, if its needed its needed, if it happens because you chose the wrong foods in a day again it happens its not bad its just something that happened that maybe the next day or so you should be watching what you eat in general.
This is why I think that there is no such thing as unhealthy carbs in general, to me its all called moderation - yes sugar is not healthy in general but it is a fast acting carb that can give someone who is diabetic that small kick that might be necessary to keep one from going to low till one can get the right ratio of carbs and protein in to get their levels stable. But that aside nothing dun in excess is good for anyone, at least I don't think that is the case, to me I feel that if eating 150 grams of carbs a day is what works for you then great! If eating 50 grams of carbs works for you well great, just remember it works for you.
As a diabetic I know that carbs effect how my glucose levels will rise and drop, so I have learned though a lot of trail and error what will work for me, it doesn't mean that I have perfect control over my levels because I don't, but I have learned in general what to do to keep my levels within range.
As a woman with PCOS added into the mix, it can make it a harder choice because there are various theories on the matter about those with PCOS needed to do X for their carbs vs Y if you are diabetic or Z if you are both. Add in another medical condition or two or even allergies and the whole thing becomes just that much harder to figure out and work with. Which is why I know there will always be that debate of Low Carb VS High Carb VS No Carbs and so forth and so on.
Well post more as time allows for it, take care everyone