White carbs are evil in a paleo diet. One of the biggest obstacles when starting the Paleo diet is in knowing that you can’t eat any more bread, rice and pasta. How are you going to manage? Well there are some simple switches you can make.
Instead of feeling deprived by having to change your food choices, you should welcome this new change instead. View it as a way to get creative and discover some great new foods that you can eat.
The Problem with White Carbs
Who doesn’t eat bread, rice, potatoes and pasta at least once or twice a week? They are a good way to add bulk to any meal and are filling as well. This is very true as all of these foods are high in carbohydrates and low in fibre. While they may fill you up they don’t add much in the way of nutritional value!
Keep in mind too the principle of the Paleo diet is to eat natural and raw fruits and vegetables. Bread is a manufactured food full of additives and preservatives and the same is true of pasta. Potatoes were not eaten by our ancestors as they did not know how to cook them. They were thought to be inedible in their raw state.
One easy substitution can be made by using spaghetti squash as noodles for pasta dishes. Spaghetti squash is easy to cook, delicious and low in calories. You should find that even your kids won’t mind eating spaghetti squash.
Instead of potatoes cook up cauliflower and then mash it. Mashed cauliflower resembles mashed potatoes but has a lighter texture. Serve it with your next roast beef and nobody may even notice the difference.
Alternatives to White Carbs
For stews and meals with sauces serve red or green sliced cabbage instead of noodles, rice or potatoes. The cabbage is high in fibre and low in fat and keeps you feeling full for a long time.
When it comes to summer time eating a burger on a bun is accepted by everyone. On the Paleo diet you will want to cut out the bun – it is a form of white carbs. Makes you feel like you are stripping the burger naked! But there are other ways to dress up your burger that won’t have you feeling as though you are missing out on something.
Substitute your bun for lettuce leaves and wrap your burger up in it. You are still holding your burger in something but you are making a healthier choice. Plus you are not ruining your Paleo Diet.
When it comes to eating breakfast toast seems to go with just about everything. Try eating your eggs with tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms instead. You will feel full and you may just find that you didn’t miss the toast at all.
By being a little creative you can learn to live without bread, potatoes and pasta. Your body will thank you for putting less high white carbs food into it and your weight loss efforts will be rewarded.