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Build Healthy Habits By Rethinking Your Carbs

Improve your diet this winter with LiveWell Frederick’s 6-week Rethink Your Carbs Challenge.

You will benefit by:

  • Feeling more energized
  • Better managing your weight
  • Improving your digestive health
  • Reducing sugar cravings
  • Feeling less hungry

How the challenge works:

  1. Register today.
  2. The challenge runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28.
  3. Share and encourage others to join the challenge.
  4. Submit your weekly fruit and vegetable intake every Monday, beginning Jan. 24. One serving is approximately one cup.
  5. Track your progress at the bottom of this page.
  6. Front-runners will get a shoutout at the end of the challenge!

What are carbs?

Carbohydrates, or carbs, give us the energy to move, think, and more! Some types of carbs give us energy that lasts for a long time, while others can lead to weight gain and health problems. What’s the difference?

  • Complex carbs are in some fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. They take longer to break down, so they are less likely to cause spikes in blood sugar. These foods provide us with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You can think of these foods as “healthy carbs”.
  • Simple carbs are sugars. They are broken down more quickly.
    • Natural sugars are found in fruit and dairy products like milk and cheese. They contain protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, so they are a part of a healthy diet.
    • Refined sugars and processed sugars are often found in breakfast cereals, soda, baked goods, and more. These contain calories but have little nutritional value. They can give you a burst of energy, followed by a crash that leads to craving more carbs.

Weekly tips:

knife, plate, and forkWeek 1: Make healthier decisions by learning about and reading nutrition facts labels.

Pay attention to serving sizes at the top of nutrition labels so you know if you’re consuming ½ serving, 1 serving, or more. If you consume 2 servings, for example, the calories and other nutrients on the label will double.

Look for added sugars. These are sugars or sweeteners that are added during the processing of the food. Work on eating less of these.

Eat foods high in fiber. This can help digestion, lower blood glucose and cholesterol, and help you feel full after eating. Many processed foods are low in fiber.

Challenge yourself to learn more and make healthier carb choices!

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