Refined carbs or nothing?
Hi Sassy! We've all heard about refraining from refined carbs and eating whole grains instead. My question is regarding eating out and making the best choice given my options. *****Sassy Sez:
For example, I ordered a vegetarian dish recently (veggies/tofu/brown sauce) and was offered (white) rice or rice noodles. Should I say no to both if brown rice is not an option? Should I ask to substitute extra vegges instead?
Thank you in advance.
Hi Rhonda! Great to hear from you, and you ask such a good question.
Firstly, I love that you were in a restaurant that offered such a yummy-sounding dish, veggies/tofu/brown sauce. Curious, was it an Asian restaurant? Or more of a mainstream-type of place? I only ask because I like to keep my pulse on what is being offered in non-vegetarian restaurants out there -- the tide is starting to turn a bit and more and more restaurants are offering vegetarian (and vegan!) options.
But I digress...
If it were me in this situation, where you have the option of refined carbs -- which are whole-grain carbohydrates stripped of their outer-layer where the nutrients reside -- I would almost always say no to them. Maybe I didn't when I first went vegan, but over the years of being vegan I have become more and more in tune with my body and eating white rice or other refined carbs ALWAYS makes me tired in the long run.
Why? Because, as you may know, not only are refined carbs devoid of nutrition, but they digest very quickly which can cause a spike in blood sugar giving you a burst of energy, but then there is always a crash. This is never a good thing, especially for those people trying to get control of their blood sugar, or those trying to lose weight or keep weight off.
Rice noodles? Same thing = refined. Unless they are brown rice noodles in which case that would be closer to a whole grain and a better option.
I LOVE your idea of simply asking for more vegetables! While some restaurants may not honor this request (veggies are more expensive than white rice and rice noodles), they just might and it never hurts to ask. Of course, veggies digest more quickly than tofu/beans, so you might even ask for more tofu as well to help fill you up for a longer period of time.
Hope this helps. :)