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Old 06-17-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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Good Carbs

I'm very new to this, and I would love some advice if anyone has the time. I've been reading the meal plan with the blocks, and I can't seem to figure out what are good carbs. They list all vegetables. Can anyone help?
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
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Re: Good Carbs

In Zone or Paleo terms, good carb=low glycemic index. The easiest way to think about it is to picture volume for the carb source. It takes about two cups of broccoli to equal one carb block because it is a very low GI food with essentially no sugar. Compare that to half a slice of white bread, which is high GI because it enters your bloodstream with basically the same effect as pure sugar. Almost all vegetables aside from sweet potatoes are low GI and as such are favorable; as for fruits, some are better than others. The volume comparison is the simplest way to go with fruits too. A banana will set you back three carb blocks, whereas you'd have to eat about three cups of strawberries for an equivalent block count.

Low GI foods will help you feel full, in part due simply to their volume, and will give you sustained energy over a longer period of time. In general you want to eat more vegetables than fruit because vegetables have lower sugar content. But there is a place for high GI carbs in your post-WOD meal since that helps replace glycogen stores. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:19 PM   #3
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Re: Good Carbs

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In Zone or Paleo terms, good carb=low glycemic index. The easiest way to think about it is to picture volume for the carb source. It takes about two cups of broccoli to equal one carb block because it is a very low GI food with essentially no sugar. Compare that to half a slice of white bread, which is high GI because it enters your bloodstream with basically the same effect as pure sugar. Almost all vegetables aside from sweet potatoes are low GI and as such are favorable; as for fruits, some are better than others. The volume comparison is the simplest way to go with fruits too. A banana will set you back three carb blocks, whereas you'd have to eat about three cups of strawberries for an equivalent block count.

Low GI foods will help you feel full, in part due simply to their volume, and will give you sustained energy over a longer period of time. In general you want to eat more vegetables than fruit because vegetables have lower sugar content. But there is a place for high GI carbs in your post-WOD meal since that helps replace glycogen stores. Hope this helps.
Great explanation/write-up. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:21 PM   #4
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Re: Good Carbs

Here are some resources to get yourself started

http://www.carbs-information.com/gly...food-chart.htm (wfs)

of common food
http://www.carbs-information.com/glycemic-index.htm (wfs)

crossfit journal 21, if you havent looked at it yet - for carb blocks the first page is considered "good" and the second page is "bad" if you include "bad" carbs measuring and getting the exact amount is critical
http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf...ue21_May04.pdf (wfs)

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Old 06-18-2009, 06:04 PM   #5
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Re: Good Carbs

try www.zonediet.com.
the website is a little bit big, but pretty easy to navigate.
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