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A Guide to Bikram Yoga Classes and Gear for Monterey

Common Paths of Yoga

With so many yoga styles floating around these days it can be confusing to understand how all of these styles fit together and what they share in common.

Yoga is a system and a science of exploring what it means to be human, in this body, with this mind and connect to the divine that is within all of us.

Just like different tools are needed for different jobs, so different paths of yoga are prescribed for different people. Below are the four main paths outlined in the ancient India text the Bhagavad Gita. As you read this, think to yourself, which one of these paths fits best with my personality?

Different Paths of Yoga

Bhakti Yoga: This is the yoga of devotion. Of complete surrender to whatever chosen deity or God we believe in.

This is the path that is commonly practiced by the Hari Krishnas, you know, those guys you see on the streets in robes, singing, dancing, and chanting. It involves heart opening practices like mantras, and thinking about the wisdom stories, connecting with aspects of whatever you call Divine, with what makes you feel connected.

One of the things that seems important to me about bhakti is what Krishna says in the Gita: all the paths work, but the bhakti path is easier, because it gives you a form to focus on.

Within the bhakti tradition, you reflect on Kali, Krishna, Jesus, or whoever is your favorite form and as that reflection matures you let go of the separation, you take the deity into your body and you feel like you are Krishna or Kali.

In bhakti yoga losing yourself in the devotion brings deep happiness that leads toward wisdom, love, and clear seeing.

Raja Yoga: Outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, translated as royal yoga, Raja consists of eight steps that ultimately lead to the enlightened state of samadhi.

Yama (abstinence) – non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-greed.

Beginning with the outside world, this step is a good recipe for how the yogi should prepare him/her self.

It deals with the vital matters of our behavior, our attitudes, and how we are with others.

Niyama (observance) -purity, contentment, accepting but not causing pain, study of spiritual books, and self surrender to God

The second steps encourages us to treat our bodies as a temple that houses the spirit within. Keep it pure, clean. The same goes for speech and thought, keeping those clean and pure makes for a holy temple that becomes our vehicle for practicing yoga.

Asana (posture)

The downward dogs, the lounges, and the headstands, all fit into this category. In fact almost any Western style yoga class, no matter if its called shadow yoga, Iyengar, or Vinyasa, fits into this third step in the Raja Yoga tradition.

Developed thousands of years ago, these poses are meant to cleanse and strengthen the body to prepare us for the later stages of yoga.

Pranayama (breath control)

Once the body has become strong and steady, what to do with this crazy monkey mind?

To practice meditation we need not only a steady body but also a still mind and thus pranayama is used.

There are dozens of different breathing techniques to help with pregnancy and all with the purpose of purifying the mind.

Pratyhara (sense withdrawal)

As we get into this fifth stage, we are now ready to begin the journey inward and this means relinquishing our attachment to the world. In this stage we much let go of the need for others approval, and of societal norms.

Here, the entire focus of our minds in every moment is set on observing the internal world that is within ourselves. This includes our bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts.

Meet Our Instructors PT 4

Scott Shelton

I discovered Bikram yoga in 2006, after coming back from living in Europe for a couple of years. I didn’t initially go for the exercise; I thought it might help bring clarity and bring me out of the funk I was feeling after returning home to the States.

I learned to really love the practice and the new feeling of increased vitality and mind/body connection. It’s the taming of the monkey mind that has been the greatest benefit for me, and learning that the asanas (postures) are just the tip of the iceberg of the study and practice of yoga. It’s the greater self-realization within the unified whole that has become the focus of my practice and my website, cafenamaste.com. Since the fall 2009,

I’ve loved sharing my enthusiasm for this practice, and hopefully helping to inspire others on their own journey. I began my teaching in Boise, Idaho, and now enjoy being a part of the awesome community at Bikram Boulder!

Jordin Murphree

I have been practicing Bikram yoga since fall 2001. I attended Teacher Teaching in spring of 2002.

Health and wellness has been a great interest of mine since I was a teenager. I had always been involved in some sort of physical exercise, whether it was swimming, aerobics at the gym, trail running, or any other number of sports.

When I first started my yoga practice, I immediately recognized it as so much more than just another form of exercise. I was fascinated by how empowered and connected to myself I felt after each class, along with feeling that I had a complete physical workout.

I started arranging my life so that I could attend class. Within a few months, I knew I wanted to teach and share it with others since it had made such an impact on my life. I am truly grateful for it!

Brenda Smith

I have been practicing Bikram Yoga now for eight years. When I moved to Boulder from Milwaukee, I was in search of yoga, as I had been practicing there. I went to BYCI in Boulder and never needed to go anywhere else. The yoga has everything one needs to achieve ideal health and well being during pregnancy! I went to the teacher training in spring 2010 in Las Vegas. What an experience!

The Bikram yoga practice is one of endless benefits; to just face yourself in the mirror each time you practice helps guide you toward what you need. I knew that this was something I’d commit to for a lifetime, and teaching has solidified this for me. I am also a teacher of kiddos, so it has been fun to see the similarities and differences of teaching in the studio.

I commit to being an instructor because the yoga works, and I have witnessed firsthand how it can better one’s life, in all ways. I was a broken-down, injured runner when I began, and to this day, post-baby, I am running painlessly and with more enjoyment than ever, baby stroller and all!

I practiced Bikram yoga though most of my pregnancy. Bikram yoga is a true gift, and I encourage ALL people to integrate it into their lives.

Tim Smith

I got Bikram’s book and tape in 1988 and practiced in my living room for years. I started attending class at Radha’s studio in January of 2000. I attended Teacher Training in fall 2000 and have been teaching regularly since then.

Years of running had resulted in chronic knee pain. Bikram yoga got me out of pain, and that more than anything else and inspired me to want to teach and share what works for me.

Latest Bikram Yoga Class Instructors

Below you will find another series of yoga instructor bios and introductions. You can find information about other instructors here as well.

Amy Grace

I have been practicing about five years. I have been teaching about 2.5 years.

I was in constant pain for about two years from a very irritated sciatic nerve during pregnancy. When I went to my first class, I had no idea what I was getting into. What I learned was that my chronic pain was gone after just six classes.

I was inspired and amazed by every instructor, and I still am. I am not sure if any one thing made me want to teach, but I have never regretted becoming an instructor as I see amazing things happen to people in every single class. I still love teaching; every single class.

Jonny Mauk

I have been practicing Bikram yoga since 2002. I attended Teacher Training  in 2004. The teachers at the Bikram Yoga studios have inspired me since the beginning.

I saw that after a couple of short months of practicing, the chronic joint pain I had disappeared, and I felt like I understood myself so much better. I knew I was committed to this practice for a lifetime and becoming a teacher was the next step.

Lori Hansen

I am originally from Los Angeles but have lived all over the world. I started Bikram at age 52 at Radha’s studio (September 2008). I went to the spring Training in Palm Desert in 2009.

I have taught many forms of exercise and dance since I was 17 (39 years of teaching in all). I LOVE to teach and help people reach their optimal health. However, due to injuries and having to demonstrate when teaching ballet, aerobics, etc.,

I had stopped teaching for a short time. When I stepped into the Boulder studio I felt like I had “come home” and decided to go to training within two weeks. I love the yoga and I love to teach. Bikram is one of a kind…

Luna Sheroff

I took my first Bikram class at Radha’s studio in November 1999 and was hooked immediately. I graduated from Bikram’s spring 2001 Teacher Training in L.A.

I love Bikram yoga because it keeps a person so vital! Within my first few classes, I knew I had embarked on a lifetime transformative journey with this practice.

Of course I had to share it! Bikram quotes his guru, Bishnu Ghosh: “You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch,” and has delivered to us an amazing series of yoga postures available to heal the masses, not just the elite. This is revolutionary, and I am proud to be a part of the movement! Long live Bikram yoga! 

Our Senior Bikram Instructors

In this article we continue with more introductions to give you the opportunity to meet our Yoga instructors.

Esak Garcia

I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2007. I have been a Bikram Yoga instructor since 2011.

I love the practice from the first deep breathing exercise in the first class I ever did, which was being taught by Bikram. I practiced for 7 years before making the plunge into teacher training.

I was living in Brazil and practicing on my own, which made my friends curious, so I began to informally teach them. That experience motivated me to go to teacher training and learn how to instruct properly.

Even then I never imagined that the practice and teaching would become such a huge part of my life as it has. I love practicing because it makes me feel amazing! I love teaching because people love practicing and I get to facilitate that for them.

JJ Garcia

I was born right here in Boulder Colorado. My first Bikram yoga class was in 2004 at the age of 8 from Bikram himself. My mom was attending the first-ever Bikram Yoga Teacher Training and I came at the end of training for a trip to Disneyland. Little did I know this was just the beginning of a lifelong adventure with Bikram yoga.

I remember one of my first classes with Bikram: I was just a boy and only did the floor series at the time, but when it came time for Camel pose, Bikram told me, “Don’t let go of your heels.” He proceeded to pick me up by my lower spine, (with one hand, palm up), and then he walked me around the room and said, “This is flying Camel!”

I practiced this yoga from time to time between the ages of 8 and 13, but during high school I was involved in too many sports to keep up a practice. By 19, I had suffered injuries to both knees as well as my left ankle. This limited me from working out much at all for the next two years.

After another attempt in swimming and basketball, I decided that the pain was too much, and I returned to my Bikram yoga practice in 2016. I have been practicing four or more times a week since then, including a time where I came more than 400 days in a row.

In fall 2017, I decided three days before training started to attend. I packed up my truck and drove to LA where I spent an amazing nine weeks at training.

I love teaching this yoga just like I loved coaching kids’ sports. It’s helped heal me from several injuries, and it truly brings out the best in everyone—which I love that I get to see every day.

Meet Our Bikram Yoga Instructors

Here you will have the opportunity to meet our family of yoga instructors at Bikramyogamonterey.

This information is very useful when it comes to scheduling appointments depending on your level of yoga experience. For example, Lara is our go-to instructor for beginners and pregnant women looking for a light yoga session.

Lara Carey

I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of western New York near Rochester. I moved to Boulder in 2002, when I started Bikram Yoga. I was 23 years old. 

At first, I lived near another Bikram yoga studio in Boulder, which is no longer in business. When I moved to North Boulder and heard that there was a Bikram studio nearby, I was delighted.

I took my first class and was hooked. I loved the view of the mountains from the studio, the way it’s tucked back off the beaten track, and the vibe in general.

I was certified as an instructor in November 2010 in San Diego, California. In teacher training, at the end of class when all 400 of us were lying in savasana, Bikram would occasionally sing. If you get the CD, you can hear his voice. Imagine listening to that after class with four hundred other people. It was awesome.

My practice of Bikram yoga keeps me in tune with myself and also in tune with my physical body. Being in tune helps me make sound decisions in life and in health—both big decisions and the small daily ones.

This clarity has made my life more meaningful and fulfilling. I became an instructor because of my desire to be a part of facilitating this amazing process for others.

Erin DaCosta

I’m originally from Connecticut but came to Boulder from New York City where I lived for nine years. I started practicing Bikram in Manhattan in December 2008 at the age of 29. I came to Boulder to pursue my Ph.D in Diplomatic History at CU and have been fortunate enough to mentor with Radha and teach as much as my academic schedule will allow!

My first interaction with Bikram was when I saw him speak in Manhattan and waited in the long line to have him sign my copy of his book. But that paled in comparison to my second interaction: getting up in front of the 430 Bikram yoga teacher trainees, visiting teachers, training staff, and Bikram himself to deliver the Half Moon pose dialogue. He smiled and said “very good, next!” which is precisely what you want to hear from him—no commentary, no criticism.

I started thinking about attending training about six months into my practice but wasn’t sure how I could make it happen financially and logistically. I finally made the decision to attend the 2011 spring Teacher Training  in L.A. and will never regret it. I cashed in my savings and investments, quit my job, and left my husband for nine of the best weeks of my life.

If you don’t see your yoga instructor here, you can find their bios in one of our other Meet the Instructors articles.

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

The postures in the series work synergistically and cumulatively to align and balance the body. Bikram yoga builds energy, stamina, and finesse.

Postures gently stretch, squeeze and massage the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system, and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems. Out of balance hormones and enzymes get released or inhibited as necessary. (The body is self-regulating and self-adjusting. It knows what and how much it needs.)

Heart Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Cholesterol in the blood gets regulated, and also gets blasted out of the arteries and veins; oxygen and nutrients are supplied to parts of the body that have been in “cold storage”; toxins are eliminated; the central nervous system is both energized and soothed.

The lymphatic nervous system is also flushed out and the immune system is boosted. Sexual vitality and fertility are improved.

The internal organs and endocrine glands are brought back into balance and peak efficiency. The body’s nerve channels and energy meridians are reopened and strengthened.

Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality. Bones are strengthened. The joints are opened and lubricated. The muscles are strengthened, toned, and made more flexible.

Deep stretching helps pregnant women lose weight by reorganizing cells’ lipids and proteins, so that calories can be more effectively burned. This reorganization on the cellular level helps the body to operate at peak efficiency, which also leads to greater energy.

Visit our boutique

Choose from the peninsula’s best selection of yoga lifestyle clothing – Lulu-lemon, Prana, Shakti, Breathe, Karma, Belisama, and more. We carry sizes XS through XL. Or choose a new mat, yoga bag, or Yogi-toes. 

The Boutique is open 7 days a week 30 minutes before and after each class, or by appointment. See our class schedule here

Healthy Oils And Fats for Yoga

Types of Edible Oils

Canola Oil

Canola is the market name for oil that is acquired from rapeseed’s. It is also known as LEAR (Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed) oil.

  • has the lowest level of saturated fat of any edible oil
  • has one of the highest levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat
  • contains a high level of omega-3 fatty acids that helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and brings down blood pressure.
  • mildly flavored and reasonably priced
  • a superb choice for frying, cooking or baking, or as an ingredient for salad dressings.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extracted from dried coconut meat. It is extremely popular in India and Southeast Asia. In the U.S., its is most frequently used in commercially prepared products such as candies, cookies, whipped toppings, ice cream, and nondairy coffee creamers.

Though high in saturated fat (92%), some studies indicate that adding coconut oil to the diet may play a part in weight loss because it fills hunger and diminishes the appetite.

Corn Oil

Corn oil is produced from the germ of corn kernels. It is very high in polyunsaturated fat. One of the best oils for frying is refined corn oil because it has a high smoke point. Corn oil is often used in the production of margarine. Other common uses: salad dressings, frying, baking, and shortening production.

Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil is typically made up of a highly refined mix of various oils such as corn, soybean, and sunflower or it may consist of only one kind of oil. Vegetable oil is a fine all-purpose oil for frying, sautéing, and baking.

Choosing Healthy Fats

Fats don’t have to be completely eliminated from one’s diet. Fats are also essential nutrients that the body needs to function well. It is a source of energy and utilized in cell membrane production. Still, it is important to pick the best kinds of fat and enjoy them in moderation.

Healthy fats include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These can actually lower the risk of heart disease by decreasing the total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood. Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat may be particularly beneficial to the heart. Omega-3s seem to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, protect against irregular heartbeats and help lower blood pressure levels.

Monounsaturated fat

  1. olive
  2. peanut
  3. canola oils
  4. avocados
  5. most nuts

Polyunsaturated fat

  1. vegetable oil
  2. safflower oil
  3. corn oil
  4. sunflower oil
  5. soy oil
  6. cottonseed oil

Omega-3 fatty acids

  1. salmon
  2. mackerel
  3. herring
  4. flax seeds
  5. flax oil
  6. walnuts

What is Health ?

THE PRINCIPLES OF OPTIMAL HEALTH

1. A Positive Self-Image .
2. A Diet Free of Toxic Foods That Supplies Optimal Levels
of All Beneficial Nutrients
3. Clean Air and Living Environment, Pure Water, and
Adequate Sunshine .
4. Adequate Exercise and Rest

Positive Mental Outlook

You cannot be healthy on any level until you are healthy on every level. The key to it all is a positive self-image.

Until you have adequate self esteem, all of the information you amass about getting healthy will do you no good, for you will not think highly enough of yourself to use it.

Along with self-esteem, we need to cultivate personal responsibility. No one keeps you healthy. Nutritionists, nutritionally oriented physicians, naturopaths, osteopaths, chiropractors coach. It is up to you to keep yourself healthy..

Optimal Intake of All Beneficial Nutrients

Adequate amounts of essential nutrients will eliminate deficiencies, but will not prevent cancer or heart disease.

Even a high-potency multivitamin, while a good start, is only the beginning. You need to get all forty-five nutrients in optimal amounts.

These amounts will differ for each person and his or her unique metabolism and lifestyle.

We need, however,more than just the ones that are essential: We need all that are beneficial..We need to examine so called nonessential nutrients such as CoQ10,carnitine, GLA ,taurine, and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC).

While these nutrients are made by the body in’ small amounts, the only way to get them in optimal amounts is through supplements.

Other nonessential protective substances include polyphenols from plants that have tremendous protective and therapeutic ability.2.3Investigate all nutrients and take those you find most helpful.

All beneficial nutrients are essential for those who want health at the highest level.

Avoid Toxic Foods and Contaminants

  • Margarine, vegetable shortenings, and baked goods containing “partially hydrogenated oil”
  • Fried foods of all kinds, including fried ,chips from the health food store. Stir-frying is okay.
  • Supermarket vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, safflower, and canola oils that have had all of the nutrients refined out of them. These nutritionally naked junk oils contain toxic trans fats, are often rancid, and cause disease.
  • Consume only virgin flax, canola, and olive oils that are stored in opaque containers and pressed at low temperatures from organic sources.
  • White flour, bleached flour, bromated flour, even “wheat flour.” It has to say “whole wheat flour.” If it does not say “whole wheat” or “wholegrain,” avoid it.
  • Unless you are a menstruating woman, avoid Product 19, Total, and all cereals and foods that have the full RDA for iron added to them. The overconsumption of iron poses a serious health threat for men and postmenopausal women.
  • Sugar in all forms: high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, fruit juice concentrate, honey, molasses, maple syrup, invert sugar,etc.
  • Avoid baking powder that contains aluminum, aluminum foil, and aluminum pots and pans. Aluminum is implicated in causing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Coffee, caffeinated or not. It is loaded with pesticides and free-radical-producing hydrocarbons, and stains your spleen and liver the color of the bottom of a coffee cup. . Additives: Buy food that does not have chemical preservatives, artificial .colors, emulsifiers, or other synthetic agents. Americans eat many pounds of these chemicals per year and have the toxic bodies to prove it.
  • Foods that you may be sensitive to. Wheat, gluten-containing grains, dairy products, and yeast-containing foods are common offenders. Your nutritionist or holistic M.D. can help you pinpoint foods that may be troublesome for you.
  • Produce grown with pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Eat vegetables no’ matter what kind you buy, but organic produce is best. Organic foods are those grown without harmful chemicals. Pesticides have been implicated in causing a wide range of diseases including cancer and impaired brain function in the elderly.
  • Avoid peanuts and peanut butter unless the manufacturer certifies them aflatoxin-free. Afiatoxin is a powerfully carcinogenic mold that grows easily on these legumes as well as corn and is believed to cause thousands of cases of liver cancer per year.
  • Chicken, meat, and eggs from animals fed hormones and antibiotics. Free-range animals have more essential fatty acids, less total fat, and make healthier meat and eggs.
  • Avoid fish from polluted waters. Raw or undercooked fish should also be avoided as it can harbor parasites. . Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, and make organic red wine your drink of choice if you drink.

A Clean Environment

Pure water that is free of fluoride (once used as a rat poison), chlorine, and other toxins is essential to good health.

Buy ~pring or distilled water or invest in a high-quality water filter system. Filters for the shower-head are also very important.

Clean air and adequate sunshine are also important for adequate immune function and disease prevention. Air filters may be necessities for city dwellers.

Adequate Exercise

American extremes in exercise are like a college football game: twenty-two people ~eating their brains out on the field with eighty-thousand people sitting around watching.

Some overdo it and many do nothing at all. walking, swimming, cross- country machines, or mini trampolines may offer the most overall benefits. Any exercise you like to do is better than none.

Dancing, racquetball, and other participatory sports are increasingly popular for the fun they add to movement.

Remember: Even five to ten minutes of walking or any exercise is a fine beginning. Bowling, touch football, walking the dog more frequently-anything that gets you moving is worthwhile.

Don’t let an all-or-nothing approach stop you before you start.

Get Enough Rest

Sleep adequately. If you need an alarm to wake you, you, are not getting enough rest.

Go to bed as early as possible and sleep until you wake refreshed. Exercise and good nutrition help the body sleep more deeply.

Eat According to Individual Needs

We all have unique biochemistries. When the media tells you to eat a low-fat diet, take calcium, or eat a lot of carbohydrates, its prescriptions may run counter to your body’s nutritional needs.

Everything in your diet. must be customized. That usually requires the guidance of a nutritionist or nutritionally oriented doctor, but is well worth the visit or two it takes to get you on the right track.

Nutrition Is Celebratory

Optimal health is not the result of deprivation. It celebrates the benefits of many foods and nutrients, allowing us more of life and health. It is the marriage of science and pleasure.

Balance the information to your own best advantage. Discard that which is too difficult and use that which suits you. Don’t try to be perfect or avoid all of your favorite foods, even if some of .

them are “bad.” Improve your diet and lifestyle at whatever pace is best for you. Improving your health this way will only add to your enyoyment of life.

What Is a Healthy Diet?

WE WALK THROUGH THE SUPER MARKET as if it were a minefield. Food has become the enemy.

We have our list of subversive food elements, and do our best to avoid them. We do everything to avoid fat, cholesterol, and the dangerous food of the day.

Eating less fat and food additives is not a bad idea. A healthy diet, however, is not arrived at by process of elimination.

It is assembled from the foods with the most beneficial substances. More often than not, it is what we fail to eat that causes health problems, not merely what we do eat.

Before we can get a grasp of the elements of a healthy diet, the food industry takes advantage of our confusion.

Foods are marketed not on the basis of what they have, but of what they lack. Sugar and white flour are mixed together with toxic additives to create cakes that are “fat-free.”

Margarine-a destructive food if ever there was one – is sold to you under the guise of being “cholesterol-free.“And fried corn chips are celebrated for having “one-third less salt.”

THE NEW APPROACH: EATING FOOD FOR WHAT IT HAS

While eating less fat is good, getting the full range of nutrients needed to handle fat is better.

Eating less sugar is beneficial, but get the fiber, B vitamins, and minerals like zinc and chromium needed to metabolize the small amounts of sugar you do eat.

Avoid cholesterol only if it is oxidized. Oxidized cholesterol is found in processed foods or results in the body when there is a lack of antioxidant nutrients.

Oxidized cholesterol is found in powdered milk, scrambled or powdered eggs, mass-produced cakes and cake mixes, aged cheese, and aged meats such as sausages and aged steaks.

Cholesterol in boiled eggs, fresh meat, and seafood is harmless when accompanied by vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, and a healthy diet.

The end of confusion in nutrition comes only when we understand the basic principles of healthy eating.

Adopting these principles, we will find that everything-even a lot of the so-called conflicting information – falls into place.

THE PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHY EATING

  • Eat whole, unrefined foods high in nutrient density and as close to their natural state as possible.
  • Eat as wide a variety of foods as possible. .
  • Eat a diet that promoted longevity in your ancestors.
  • Eat according to the needs of your own unique bi9- chemistry and lifestyle.

You may be more surprised by what is not on this list than what is on it. Shouldn’t we lower our fat intake?

Eating foods close to their natural state will do that to the degree that it is necessary. What about decreasing sugar intake?

Whole, unrefined foods are low sugar. How much protein? You rancestors’ diet and the requirements of your own biochemistry dictate more about your protein needs than the current nutrition fad of the day.

Healthy eating principles don’t lead to a restrictive, boring diet. Bland food is not necessarily health-promoting. Herbs, spices, condiments, and interesting ways of preparing foods are often beneficial.

Many herbs we use to flavor foods are actually important- sources of trace minerals and immune-boosting pigments known as bioflavonoids.

What is Carbohydarete ?

CARBOHYDRATES ARE FOODS That are rich in sugars or complexes of sugars. How the sugars are arranged will determine whether we call a food a source of simple or complex carbohydrates.

Fruits and sugars are simple carbohydrates because they contain easily digested sugars.

When sugars are bound into rows, as they are in starches such as whole grains and legumes, they are called complex carbohydrates.

Just as it takes you much longer to know a complicated person, it takes the body much longer to digest the sugar from a complex carbohydrate.

Most of the benefits attributed to carbohydrate foods come from the slower-digesting, complex variety. Complex carbohydrates are, in general, better because they take longer to digest.

The sugars in these foods enter the body more slowly. They do not cause the sharp increase in blood sugar that can be caused by simple.

carbohydrates, especially sugars such as white sugar, honey, and other concentrated sweeteners.

Even fruit, as bountiful as it is in vitamins and minerals and fiber, should not be viewed as a food that can be eaten with abandon.

More than three servings of fruit per day has been found to raise triglyceride levels in sedentary people. A higher intake of fruit is only appropriate for the very active.

Carbohydrate foods in their natural state have many benefits: They are high in fiber, low in fat, and a good source of vitamins.

They can also be a good source of minerals, depending on the mineral content of the soil they were grown in. Carbohydrates, like any food or nutrient, however, are only beneficial in the right amount.

If you want to derive all the benefits of carbohydrates, you need to eat them in the amount that is right for you.

Americans need to eat more of the complex variety. More than three quarters of the carbohydrates we consume come from refined sugars and flours.

When sugars or starches become a larger percentage of our diet than best suits our individual biochemistry, carbohydrate toxicity occurs.

Carbohydrate toxicity is increasingly widespread due to the following misconceptions circulated by the media:

  • The more carbohydrates you eat, the better.
  • All carbohydrates are created equal.
  • All fat is bad and should be avoided as much as possible.
  • We eat too much protein and need to eat less.
  • None of the preceding is true. The problem with this erroneous nutritional belief system is that it leads one to overload the body with carbohydrates, and the following problems result:
  • Excess carbohydrate intake displaces protein, which is needed for energy, tissue repair, blood sugar balance, and immune function.
  • Excessive carbohydrate intake will lead to excessive levels of insulin, which can cause weight gain, bloating, fatigue, food cravings, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Faddish high-carbohydrate, ultra-low-fat diets do not provide enough essential fatty acids.
  • Too many carbohydrates, especially concentrated sweeteners, can stress the adrenal glands into a state of exhaustion.
  • Diets too high in carbohydrates upset prostaglandins. a family of hormone-like compounds that must be in balance for health to exist.
  • A diet too high in carbohydrates and too low in protein can cause liver damage.

The right amount of carbohydrates for most people is about 40% of their diet, with emphasis on the complex variety.

More than 50% of the diet as carbohydrates or too many refined carbohydrates causes problems. Complex carbohydrates in the right amount are beneficial.

Those who refine and overeat them bring out their bad side. Too much of anything is bad for the body, and low-fat starchy foods are no exception.

While the preceding percentages are a helpful guide, the optimal intake of carbohydrates will differ for each person.

Some may thrive on a diet that consists mostly of carbohydrates. Most, however, will not. Many women over age thirty will feel-bloated and tired on a diet that is 60% carbohydrates or more.

We are all different, and need to examine our own unique metabolism to determine our optimal range for carbohydrate intake.

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