If you’re following a balanced eating plan, consume no more than 90 grams of carbohydrate daily. Spread those grams evenly throughout the day with meals (that’s about 30 grams only per meal). It’s okay to eat a protein food without a carbohydrate, but never eat any carbohydrate food without a balancing portion of protein.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, and green leafy plants are the best choices for carbohydrates. They provide important vitamins and minerals and the most natural forms of sugar. They provide water and fiber as well.

One almost cannot eat too many greens! The multitude of green edible plants available, including the ones we consider “herbs,” provide abundant vitamins, minerals, and trace elements essential to nutrition. They add important fiber and bulk and are naturally low in fat and calories and contain very little sugar.

Consume salads daily using a wide variety of green leafy foods. Read the pages on “herbal nutrition” and learn to use all of the Earth Mother’s plants through the Wise Woman Tradition.

When choosing fruits the rule of thumb is the more watery the plant the lower it is in carbohydrate. The fruits lowest in sugar are the berries and melons, followed by the juicier items like plums, kiwi, and oranges, then the pithier fruits such as apples, pears, and bananas.

Eating a variety of fruits in small portions
will help keep your carbohydrate intake to a minimum. Choosing fruits in season whenever possible will ensure a healthy variety and quality nutrients.

Vegetables tend to have less natural sugar than fruits and more fiber. Watch out for the starchier ones like corn and carrots and potatoes. Green beans have practically no carbohydrate, nor do broccoli and cauliflower. Eating vegetables raw or slightly steamed enhances the nutritional value.

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