I meet so many people who are just starting
their Brian Warrior journey, and a lot of them readily admit that they crave
carbohydrates—typically the high-glycemic refined kind, such as cookies, bread,
and pasta. Getting over carb cravings is one of the first major steps to enhancing
the health of your brain and body.
carbs lack nutrients and are low in fiber, and they sabotage your health in
numerous ways, including:
carbs work on the neurotransmitters in the brain to keep you coming back for
more even though you know they aren’t good for you. For example, they raise
serotonin levels and increase feelings of well-being, especially in people who
are naturally low in serotonin. To put it simply, eating simple carbs keeps you
addicted to simple carbs!
are not the enemy. They are essential to life, and I do not recommend
eliminating all carbs from your diet. Low-glycemic complex carbs, which are
found in unprocessed plant foods such as vegetables, boost your health in the
addition, low-glycemic complex carbs are not addictive., so you can eat them
without the temptation to overeat them.
of my favorite complex carbs, which I recommend to Brain Warriors, are sweet
potatoes. They can be a wonderful addition to the diet for most
people as they are very high in beta-carotene, manganese, b-vitamins,
vitamin C, and fiber, and have been found to improve blood sugar
regulation. Other carbs that fuel your brain and body include yams, pumpkin, and
butternut squash, in addition to many veggies (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and
asparagus) and fruits (think blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries).
If you want to make the switch to healthier complex carbs, try these nutrient-dense substitutes for some of your favorite high-glycemic carbs, like “Easy Squash Pasta” and “Sensible Sweet Potato Mash”—free recipes you can find on my website.
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