Carb Has Been a Dirty 4-Letter Word.

by Dr. Julia Carlson, DC

January 7th, 2013 / in Low Carb, Nutrition, Paleo / 2 comments


7 - The arrival of sweater season has coincided perfectly with my new habit of eating every carb I can possibly wedge inside my body

Is this you?  It was me.  I was eating carbs over the holidays like a shopping addict buys Manolos.  Okay, in Eau Claire, more like a redneck shoots squirrels and puts the tails on the antenna of their Bronco.  Sorry if that offends you, but it’s a suitable analogy.

Not that there is anything wrong with carbs.  On the contrary, a person who works out like I do – twice a week – needs them the day before workouts to replenish carb stores in muscles.  And possibly in between, but mostly then.

Here’s the thing about carbs:  they are not bad.   They never were.  I hate that Great Grains commercial where the women lying in the field of grains act like they don’t know what to believe.  Since I don’t think that grains were supposed to be consumed by humans, I guess I don’t agree.  However, I do think that it is confusing to a lot of people.

Carbs are only bad if that is the majority of macronutrient you get, if you don’t exercise, and if your goal is to lose weight.  Then it gets broken down into even more confusing sub-categories!  Here is a good guideline for eat carbs:

  1. Eat carbs the evening before you are going to work out.  Not before a workout, but the night before, sleep and then workout the next day – doing at least moderately heavy resistance training as your method of exercise.
  2. Don’t eat carbs except for vegetables on the days you don’t work out, unless you are working out the next day.
  3. Get your carbs from fruit, vegetables and sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.  It is healthier.
  4. Eat carbs right after your workout – you have a 30 minute window, so eat 20-30 g of protein and some high glycemic carb like a banana with spots.
  5. Focus on protein.

Easier said than done, but doable.  The longer you deprive your body of carbs during the inefficient times of day, say anytime before noon (unless you work out in the morning, in which you would then eat carbs after a workout) the less you will crave them.  This isn’t rocket science, but those cravings can be STRONG.

So, get back on the wagon.  It won’t leave without you, because you’re the only one on it, but just get on it.  That reminds me of Oregon Trail.  Did you know you can play Oregon Trail on Facebook?  Not as cool as the old IBM game in the floppy drive, but hey.




by Melissa Green

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Just have a question for you. Jesus ate grains and He created the world and everything in it, and everything He created is good.(At least He did for those that believe). So why shouldn't we eat them? I eat paleo and have been asked this question and was wondering how you would respond. I choose not to eat them because mostly I feel better when I don't. I did answer the person regarding this question and was just wondering what you would say :).

by Dr. Julia Carlson, DC

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Melissa, I don't believe that what we call grain now is what Jesus intended for grain to be. I think that our government has allowed entities like DuPont, Monsanto, and Cargill to create grains that are shadows of former grain that would exist without hybridization and genetic modification. And, there was just a study done in Great Britain that uncovered the genome for wheat. Since all other countries outlawed GMO foods years ago, we will be subjected to it in our food chain the soonest...which will be even further from what it was supposed to be. Also, we have to look at the disease rates and genetics of humans that did eat a lot of grains in those times...were they all that healthy? China eats a lot of rice, but they also eat a lot of fermented vegetables. Who's to say that combo didn't create the best scenario for their culture. Mostly I just believe that people are so sedentary, they really have limited use for the amount of carbohydrates that grains deliver - a sedentary lifestyle could benefit from literally NO grain in the diet and getting 50-100 grams of carbs a day to stay lean! I'm like you though too, I just feel better. Hooray for plantain pancakes! :)

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