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Rid your Kitchen of the JUNK!


Article Posted by Joe Kincaid, Jr., April 14th, 2011

Part 2 (of a 3 part series)


It's not rocket science, if it's not there, you can't eat it!

You may lack the willpower to resist that jelly donut at 11:30 at night, but you can probably resist the urge to get in your car and drive to Krispy Kreme. If you don't buy the junk it won't be easily accessible and you will be much less likely to consume it. While I am certainly referring to the obvious culprits such as pastries, chips, ice cream, breakfast cereal, and the aforementioned donuts, you also need to to be on the lookout for staples that are working against you or could be substituted for a healthier option as well.

One thing I tell virtually all of my clients, regardless of their goal, is to cut back on simple carbohydrates. THIS DOES NOT MEAN CUTTING OUT CARBS! Super-restrictive low-carb diets unquestionably do more harm than good. However, attention should be paid to the nature of the carbs you consume, switching wherever possible to complex carbs over simple carbs. Complex carbs are much more difficult for the body to digest and metabolize, so they actually help you burn a minute amount of calories by eating them!

Base your diet as much as possible in complex carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits and stay away from sugary, highly processed carbs that, unless used very quickly to replace spent energy, will be stored as body fat.

  1. Swap out simple-carb staples like white rice and bleached-flour pasta for brown or wild rice and whole wheat pasta. In general, high-fiber foods are more likely to be complex carbs than their low-fiber counterparts. Same goes for bread and anything else with a high-fiber, complex carb equivalent.
  2. Ever heard of the Glycemic Index (G.I.)? This refers to the availability of glucose in certain carbs. The simpler, more sugary a food is, the higher it's G.I. value. These are what are always referred to as "bad carbs" on tv commercials, and I'm ok with that description.
  3. Fresh is the way to go! Cooking fruits and vegetables, by any method, robs them of essential fiber and nutrients, and raises the caloric content by releasing more sugars. Whenever possible, opt for fresh, raw fruits and veggies.

So go through your kitchen and get rid of anything that's getting in the way of your goal of a healthier you. If you can't resist the urge to buy the things you know are impeding your goals, perhaps you should re-examine the level of your commitment to getting fit.


Joe Kincaid, Jr.
ACE, AFAA, and NASM certified

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