“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
– George S. Patton
How Many Grams of Carbs?
Maybe there’s a certain “carb” vibe in the air as of late? I don’t know, but I have been asked more times than normal over the past couple weeks what my daily carb intake is – even from people who have a tough time distinguishing exactly what a carbohydrate looks like in the wild. Since I absolutely abhor the thought of weighing and measuring my eats in any form or fashion, my usual answer to this question in the past has been the simple “I dunno…minimal?“. However, having now tracked my carb intake over the last couple of weeks (which happened to be run-of-the-mill weeks for me – nothing out-of-the-ordinary, food wise – I can now say that I never ventured north of approximately 50 grams of carbs in a day,with most day’s intake falling in the 20 -30 gram range. This all is a rough estimate, of course; what exactly is a “standard” carrot? A “medium” apple?
This may sound outlandish to some at fist blush, but look for a moment at what I eat – or rather, the carbohydrate sources that I don’t eat. No bread, no grains of any kind (I will swill a beer now and again, however), no pasta, rice, legumes or soy. And of course, nothing processed and absolutely no sugar, HFCS, or any crap that even resembles such. I eat very, very little fruit. The vast majority of my carbohydrate intake is vegetable based, and that leans heavily toward leafy greens. I do have some root vegetables now and again (carrots, parsnips, etc.) and/or a small sweet potato. I also take in carbs from the raw, unpasteurized milk I drink on occasion.
What fasting has taught me is this: when I’m truly hungry, what I crave is fat and protein; fat especially. I think there is most definitely a lesson to be learned in that.