There’s no denying it, if you cut carbohydrates out of your diet, you will lose weight. When it comes to eating healthy, moderation is the key. So if you want to limit your intake of carbs, that’s probably a good idea. But, if you’re a pasta lover- depriving yourself really isn’t a very good idea.
We want you to enjoy delicious meals the way they were meant to be enjoyed. We know that the Italians have nothing like the love/hate relationship with pasta that we have. The reason for this comes down to culture, lifestyle, and what they make pasta from. So, in the name of good health, and great food- we take a few pages out of their book when it comes to eating pasta without going up a size.
Use Whole Grain
There’s an important difference between carbs made from whole grain wheat and those made from white enriched pasta. The nutrient drained pasta and bread most people are eating are hard to digest and contain very little nutrients. Whole grain isn’t perfect, but it’s easier to digest and contains fiber- which is a vital nutrient for good digestive health.
Make Pasta a Side Dish
A big part of the way Americans eat comes from homesteading culture. In that environment, people living largely in conditions of poverty wanted to fill up on foods that would help them feel full longer. Today, we still eat that way even though we don’t need to. Eating smaller portions may make you stand out at get-togethers, but it’s an important part of eating healthy when you aren’t pulling a plow for 12 hours a day. A good rule of thumb is your pasta portion should not be larger than your hand.
Make it About the Flavor
The simple experience of eating is one of the most important aspects of our lives. It engages a higher percentage of the brain than any other activity, and we spend a lot of our time focused on food. So it stands to reason that by focusing on the flavor, we can make mealtimes more special, more memorable, and more satisfying.
You might have noticed that by following these tips, you aren’t taking pasta out of your life. Rather, you’ll be placing it in a position of privilege. We think that by honoring your favorite foods, you can eat healthier, and enjoy pasta even more.
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