Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Carb Controversy

I've been doing some research today on low-carb diets and the information that is out there is very conflicting. Low carb is bad, low carb is good, but what is the truth? I think it's somewhere in the middle. But here's the question that's sticking (pardon the pun) in my mind... are the problems associated with high carb diets a result of glutenous carbs or all grain based carbs in general? I've read so many success stories, some of them eliminate grains altogether, some only gluten, some eliminate sugars also, and some cut out casein too as it's very close to the gluten protein. So what works the best? What's the healthiest? What are the long term affects? It's so confusing and frustrating and difficult to figure out. I also was reading an article this morning about milk and the mal affects of pasteurization and the increase in raw milk consumption. It's overwhelming all these new studies. If I was a "normal" healthy person, I wouldn't care. I'd say "life's too short! eat what you want!" but I am not a normal healthy person. I am in search of the ultimate healing diet. The one that will allow me to get off these meds and live and achieve the most normal healthy lifestyle I possibly can. So what's a sick girl to do?!

4 comments:

Vittoria said...

I think it's all personal. I seem to do well on a gluten free, refined grain-free diet largely based on the Blood Type Diet. If your already doing a lot of research I recommend you check it out. It's done wonders for me.

Allie said...

hey jen -- i think i told you, but I had been doing The Abs Diet (from Men's Health Magazine) and I think it's a really good, healthy way to eat. I followed it exactly for a few weeks, and now I'm sortof doing it, but also cut down the amount of carbs I eat, and try to eat less then normal -- and it took me a few weeks to cut down the amount of food I eat -- and I'm at about 9 lbs lost, i'm trying to get to 15..... i would check it out..

Jenny said...

Thanks Allie, I was wondering how you were doing on that, I'll have to check it out!

Cynthia said...

yeah i agree that it is personal. I know that my body doesnt respond well to refined carbs ... but whole grains like oats and brown rice, etc dont have the same effect. I have a friend who swore by raw milk but i was never brave enough to try it...