Live Better – Choosing High Quality Carbs

This page is part of Live Better Health Coaching. Find out about Live Better by clicking here.

Before you start…

Make sure you have a pen and paper handy. You will be asked to complete simple, written tasks as you go along.

Allow time to work through the whole topic, preferably without distractions – 30 minutes should be plenty.

Watch the video

For your convenience, you can watch a short video covering the topic below.

The Problem

Here are the main problems you will try to solve this week.

The Problem
Writing Task
  • Which of these problems ring true with you or not?
  • How aware are you of the different types of carbohydates that you eat?
  • List your regular food choices that include lower quality carbohydrates.

A Solution

Here is an overall solution for the problems you face. Make sure you understand the general idea of how you are going to solve things.

A Solution
Writing Task
  • List how this possible solution may or may not work for you.
  • List the complex carbs you will substitute for simple sugars, so you make better, healthier choices.

Your Action

Here is the detailed Action Plan you can follow, like a recipe, to solve the problem.

Your Action
Writing Task
  • Re-write Your Action above, but customising it to your personal situation.
  • List the barriers to you successfully completing Your Action this week (eg – what events, situations, people etc could get in your way?)
  • List the ways that Your Action can be made easier to achieve this week (eg – what tools, tactics, people etc can help you overcome your barriers?)

Now do it

Now you have your Action Plan in place for the coming week, make sure you actually do it! Don’t let yourself get distracted or nudged off course.

If you complete the Homework Form to log Your Action, you will receive reminders throughout the week to help you stay on track.

Remember, you are worth the effort you will put into this…

Tools to help

The difference between simple, complex and fibrous carbohydrates. Remember, a ball of wool and a cat… (listen to the video above for the explaination).

Planning your meals for the next 7 days

Homework Form – if you complete this online you will receive reminders to help you throughout the week.

Review Form – complete your review online before you attend the Review Coaching Session so you are prepared for the session.

Continue your food and exercise diary – these will form a valuable source of data for you as you progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I use honey instead of sugar is that healthier?

Nope. Honey is still a simple carbohydrate and absorbed into the blood stream really quickly.

I don’t like brown bread/ rice/ pasta – what else can I eat?

That’s fine! This isn’t about eating things you don’t like. When did you last try brown bread/ rice/pasta? Our taste buds do change and trying new tastes can take some time to get used to.

Try introducing one change at a time. Maybe try brown bread first for a few weeks and then introduce another change.