Get More Energy From Better Carbs

photo-1431536037963-5c282b753c25I’ve learned the hard way that lower quality food = faster digestion = more eating.

Bread in particular is a deceptive food. Even if it says “whole grain,” chances are it’s 90% highly processed flour, which digests quickly and leaves you hungry for more.

A trainer at my gym, who went from being slightly chubby to sporting an absurd 8 pack in several weeks, told me that his diet was simply “cut out bread” and the transformation took care of itself.

Instead of crushing bread all the time, opt for oatmeal, sweet potatoes or brown rice. Serve them with vegetables and meat. Dress them up with some sea salt and grass fed butter.

Here’s the thing about willpower: It doesn’t work at all. You’re better off eating as much as you want of good foods, which will fill you up better anyway and help you to eat less.

Here are the 3 easiest recipes I’ve found for complex carbs:

Baked Oatmeal – 2 cups of oats, 2 cups of milk, dash of sea salt, dash of cinnamon, dash of stevia powder. Add half a cup of fresh or frozen berries. Stir all the ingredients into a pot, and bake at 375 degrees for 30 mins. Keep the leftovers for snacks/breakfasts for the next few days.

Baked Sweet Potatoes – Get a huge sack of sweet potatoes. Put all of them on a tray and stick a knife at least halfway into each one. Bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour. To serve, slice one open and put a dollop of greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Alternatively, cut off the ends and mash them up in a large bowl with a splash of maple syrup, a few dashes of sea salt, and a few tablespoons of grass fed butter. You can freeze them in portion-size freezer bags and defrost to have mashed sweet potatoes whenever you want.

Brown Rice – Get a huge bag of organic brown rice. I don’t have a rice cooker, so I use the microwave. Put 1 cup of rice and 3 cups of water in a closed container (lid unsealed) with a dash of sea salt and a splash of organic vegetable oil. Cook on High for 10 mins, and on 50% power for 20 mins. (I’ve recently changed the ratios to 4 cups of rice and 10 cups of water, cooked on high for 10 mins and at 50% for 1 hour, and it comes out just as good – I serve the leftovers with various meat/vegetables throughout the next 3 days.) You may need to tinker with the ratios depending on your microwave strength.

None of these recipes involve stovetop monitoring and stirring. You have better things to do than watch things cook. Instead, fire up your appetite with this 10 minute ass-kicker of a workout.

All of the above can be made more fancy. But if you’re like me, you don’t want to spend unnecessary time running around the kitchen and potentially chopping off your pinky.

Once you get used to eating minimally processed and nutrient-rich carb sources, your body won’t let you go without them.

Enjoy your skyrocketing energy levels.

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