REAL Food Shopping for Carbohydrates


Welcome to the final post in my series on sourcing REAL Food.  If you haven’t already done so, please check out the previous posts on REAL Food Shopping for Protein & Fat.  Today, I tackle carbohydrates!

BEST Source of Carbohydrates

Seems like everyone is “Going Paleo” or low carb right now, but did you know that eating fruits and vegetables is part of (and should be) part of a low carb diet?  In fact, eating lots of colorful veggies is the ONE piece of dietary advice that is promoted universally by doctors and nutritionists. Are YOU eating at least ½ your plate in veggies every day?

My favorite sources of veggies are Cinzori Farms and Nature’s Pace Organics at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. Both farms raise certified organic produce. If you cannot buy organic, try to buy what’s local and in season for maximal nutrition at the lowest price.

But What About Whole Grains?

Contrary to popular advice to eat lots of “whole grains,” they are completely unnecessary in a healthy diet and may even be harmful to those with digestive problems. Yes, they do provide fiber, but a much better source is fruits and vegetables (see above). Just remember to eat mostly vegetables, and maybe just one or two pieces of fruit each day.

If you do want to eat them, make sure that they are properly prepared (soaked, sprouted or fermented). Think sourdough bread! If you want oatmeal, simply soak your oats in water or plain yogurt overnight in the fridge.  Rinse and prepare as usual in the morning. Soaking and fermenting grains has been the tradition for centuries because our ancestors knew that doing so improves the quality of food.  For more on the proper preparation of grains and other foods, please check out the book “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon.

Please AVOID

As with whole grains, sugar and refined carbohydrates are NOT necessary for a healthy diet. In fact, they are quite unhealthy. I promise to write more on this in a future post, but I believe that sugar is the new tobacco. It’s just a matter of time before we understand it as the public health hazard that it is.  Of course, that’s not to say that you should never have sweets. Just make sure it comes in natural form like fruit, and that you consume in small portions (1-2 servings per day) when you do eat it.

Check out the documentary Fed Up (on Netflix) to learn about the dangers of a high sugar diet .  And watch it with your kids, you may be amazed by their reaction!

In Summary

This post completes my series on REAL Food Shopping for Protein, Fats, and Carbs. In summary, here’s what I recommend for every meal:

  • A palm sized portion of animal protein
  • 1-3 tablespoons of added fat
  • The remainder of your plate in vegetables (at least 2 different kinds).
  • Optional:  just ½ cup of non-gluten grains that have been properly prepared (see above).P
  • Purified water either in between or AFTER meals (you don’t want to dilute that precious stomach acid you need to digest food).

That’s it, folks! Pretty simple but not easy if you have been eating most of your meals as refined carbohydrates. It can be a difficult process if you are moving from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a Paleo/Ancestral approach, but it’s so worth it!

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