Shannon Schafer, B.S., N.E. Certified Nutritionist
Shannon Schafer, BS, NE
Shannon is a certified Nutrition Educator and graduate of Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Berkeley, California. She works individually with clients to develop nutrition programs appropriate to their needs. Helping clients find a natural path to well-being and radiance is a strong passion of hers. After overcoming her own health issues by embracing a whole foods diet, she can relate to many client's concerns. Shannon specializes in digestive health, calming allergies, and building the immune system. She is dedicated to helping people look and feel their best!
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Here's how. Eat complex carbohydrates. It's really that simple. Complex carbs are whole foods that have NOT been processed or striped of important fiber or nutrients. Hence, the absorption of sugars from a complex carb is steady and slow, keeping your blood sugar level. My winter root vegetable salad is a perfect example of a healthy complex carbohydrate. Whole grains, beans, and starchy vegetables are other healthy carbs that you should eat daily.
So what's wrong with refined carbs?
Refined carbs are grain based and have been striped of the germ or bran, losing fiber, B vitamins, and iron. When consumed, the sugars are released rapidly into your blood stream, often causing excess fat storage. Over consuption of refined carbs can lead to serious health issues due to the excess glucose in the bloostream, which triggers insulin production. Repeated elevated insulin levels can cause Diabets and obesity.
Refined carbs like pizza, white bread, white pasta, boxed cereal, cookies, soda, and candy cost a lot of money! One box of Cherios is about $4.50! A 18 pack case of soda is about $6! Compare that to whole grains bought in bulk. For that $10.50 you could buy enough brown rice to feed you for a whole week straight! Refined carbs not only drain your health, but they drain your pocket book too.