Mad Carb Disease!

Written by Kim Beardsmore

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Whether you're trying to lose weight or just want to eat healthier, you may be confused byrepparttar 131475 news you're hearing about carbohydrates. With so much attention focused on protein diets, there's been a consumer backlash against carbohydrates. As a result, many people misunderstandrepparttar 131476 role that carbohydrates play in a healthy diet.

Carbohydrates aren't all good or all bad. Some kinds promote health while others, when eaten often and in large quantities, may increaserepparttar 131477 risk for diabetes and coronary heart disease.

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates come from a wide array of foods - bread, fruit, vegetables, rice, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, corn, and cherry pie. They also come in a variety of forms. The most common and abundant ones are sugars, fibers, and starches. The basic building blocks of all carbohydrates are sugar molecules.

The digestive system handles all carbohydrates in muchrepparttar 131478 same way - it breaks them down (or tries to break them down) into single sugar molecules, since only these are small enough to absorb intorepparttar 131479 bloodstream. It also converts most digestible carbohydrates into glucose (also known as blood sugar), because cells are designed to use this as a universal energy source. This is why carbohydrates can make us feel energetic. Carbohydrates fuel our body. Your body stores glucose reserves inrepparttar 131480 muscles inrepparttar 131481 form of glycogen ready to be used when we exert ourselves.

Carbohydrates arerepparttar 131482 highest octane -repparttar 131483 most desirable fuel source for your body's energy requirements. If you don't have an adequate source of carbohydrate your body may scavenge from dietary protein and fat to supply glucose. The problem is when you've depleted your stores of glycogen (stored glucose in muscle and lean tissue) your body turns to burning muscles or organs (lean muscle tissue) and dietary protein or fat to provide blood glucose to supply energy needs. When this happens, your basal metabolic rate drops because you have less lean muscle tissue burning calories and your body thinks its starving and cuts back on energy requirements.

So you should continue to eat carbohydrates discriminately selecting those which haverepparttar 131484 greatest health benefits.

The carbohydrates you consume should come from carbohydrate-rich foods that are close torepparttar 131485 form that occurs in nature. The closerrepparttar 131486 carbohydrate food is as Mother Nature intended,repparttar 131487 greaterrepparttar 131488 density of other vital nutrients. If you are looking for health-enhancing sources of carbohydrates you should choose from:

Managing Cravings with EFT

Written by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

There are several ways to manage cravings. You can:

Attempt to stop eatingrepparttar food you crave entirely (out of sight out of mind). Modify your eating habits around a particular food, i.e. cut back onrepparttar 131473 quantity or how often you indulge. Use EFT to endrepparttar 131474 attachment you have to this particular food.

1. Stop Eatingrepparttar 131475 Food you Crave Eliminatingrepparttar 131476 offending food entirely is rarely successful. We can only limit ourselves for so long before we go crazy, eating everything in sight to make up forrepparttar 131477 deprivation. This also introduces deprivation and control issues, which many have trouble with leftover from childhood. Would it be better to learn to enjoy your favorites without losing control around them?

2. Modify your Eating Habits Modifying your behavior can be successful, but it can also be difficult because even though we want to change, it seems that despite our best efforts, we still find ourselves cravingrepparttar 131478 same things, day after day. It isrepparttar 131479 "how" that stops us. How can we change a behavior that is a habitual response? How can we stop doing what we don't want to do? There are literally thousands of diet and weight loss books and most offer nothing more useful thanrepparttar 131480 "eat less, exercise more" advice. If it were simply a matter of doing what we know we should do, there would be no obesity epidemic, but it's not that simple. We need to know HOW.

3. Use EFT to endrepparttar 131481 Attachment to a Particular Food EFT is often helpful to diminish or demolishrepparttar 131482 cravings. It can be your HOW. How to change habits that you want to be rid of, how to create new, better habits, that support what you want, instead of what you don't. EFT is simple to learn, and effective.

If you don't yet know how to do EFT, read this brief explanation, then download and printrepparttar 131483 worksheets, instructions and reminders all in one convenient PDF packet.

4. Stop Talking Yourself Into It

You've said you are going to stop nighttime snacking, and thenrepparttar 131484 voices start, "I've been good all day, I deserve a treat, just one won't hurt..." You're basically talking yourself into it, and then you're off and running torepparttar 131485 kitchen. Most of us find that once we say yes to that voice, there's no holding ourselves back.

As soon as you realize you are doingrepparttar 131486 "talk myself into it" routine, start using EFT immediately. Catching yourself inrepparttar 131487 act is difficult at first, but if you keep an open mind, you will start to notice. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can instantly perform an EFT procedure on yourself, and get quick results. You don't need to wait until later, untilrepparttar 131488 atmosphere is just right, or until you are alone or somewhere you can relax. You can do it while driving, you can do it in a crowd standing onrepparttar 131489 corner.

Examples of EFT for Ending Cravings

The first round you might noticerepparttar 131490 craving is somewhat reduced (or it could disappear entirely), but it will likely be lessened. Once you have done one round, re-rate your desire forrepparttar 131491 food, and if it is still high (more than a six), do another round of EFT right then:

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