Understanding your Food – Carbs vs. Calories – Do you really know?

Understanding your Food – Carbs vs. Calories – Do you really know?

Carbs vs Calories – which are you?

Do you cut calories, watch your food intake, keep of journal of your meals and are still not losing weight? You may be carb sensitive and counting calories just won’t help. Take this carb sensitive test and see if you need to focus on cutting calories or carbs.


Are You Carb Sensitive

  1. Do you feel sleepy or foggy 2 hours or less after eating a meal?
  2. Do you tend to gain weight around your middle, instead of your hips and thighs?
  3. Does your weight fluctuate a-lot?
  4. Do you feel hungry when you shouldn’t need anymore food?
  5. Do you frequently crave sweets, starches, or dairy?
  6. Do you wake in the middle of the night and have a hard time going back to sleep unless you eat something sweet or starchy?
  7. Do you get irritable, restless, tense or anxious before dinner?
  8. Are you and emotional eater?
  9. Do you gain weight easily?
  10. Does obesity, Type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol run in your family?
  11. Do you often binge on sweets, starches or dairy products?
  12. Do you prefer sweets over other types of foods?
  13. Do sweets & starches temporarily make you less depressed or irritable?
  14. Do you feel the need to carry food with you?
  15. Are you very hungry first thing in the morning?
  16. Do you get panicky or hungry while exercising?
  17. Women – Do you feel more emotional in the days prior to your period?


If you answered YES to 3 or more of these questions, chances are you are more likely to have carb sensitivity and should consider cutting back on carbohydrates.

Regardless if you are calorie or carb sensitive, you need to reduce the amount of sugar and refined carbs in your diet. There is a free app called My Fitness Pal, it can help you keep track of calorie, carbs, fat intake. My fitness pal also has recipes and lots of advice to help you as well.

How to Read a Food Label Image result for nutrition label

Reading a food label can help you know the good carbs vs the bad carbs, how to know if you have enough fiber and if there is too much sugar and/or salt in the item you’re taking home.


  1. Look at serving size. Compare it to the amount you eat to figure out your carb/calorie nutrients.
  2. Look at calories. The amount of calories you see is PER SERVING.
  3. Next, look at the percent daily value. This scale tells you if there is a little or a lot of nutrients in one serving.
    1. 5% DV or less is a little
    2. 15% DV or more is a lot
  4. Try to get more of these nutrients:
    1. Fiber
    2. Vitamin A
    3. Vitamin C
    4. Iron
    5. Calcium
  5. Try to get less of these nutrients:
    1. Fat
    2. Saturated Fat
    3. Trans Fat
    4. Sodium
    5. Cholesterol

Nutrition Facts Label 

Nutrition facts labels can help you:

  1. Compare products easily
  2. Find out nutritional values
  3. Better manage diets (low in sodium)
  4. Increase or decrease your intake of a particular nutrient.

For more information on how to lose weight and eating healthy please click the link:

Mindful Eating


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