Both “simple carbs” and “complex carbs” are digested into the bloodstream as glucose which fuels our bodies for daily activity and exercise.

“Simple carbs” are composed of refined sugars and contain no nutritional value which is why they should only be eaten occasionally. “Simple carbs” are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, giving the body a quick energy high. Unfortunately, “simple carbs” can also produce a corresponding energy low, potentially leading to hunger cravings and excessive eating. “Simple carbs” include white bread, bagels, muffins, pancakes, white rice, white pasta, pastries, candy, cookies, chips and soft drinks.

“Complex carbohydrates” contain naturally occurring sugars. They break down more slowly, giving our bodies a steady blood sugar level throughout the day. This makes us feel less hungry when mid-afternoon sets in. Majority of our daily carbohydrate intake should come from “complex carbs” which contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Some of the top “complex carbohydrate” foods include:
• Sprouted or 100% whole grain bread
• Brown rice
• Wild rice
• Whole-grain pasta
• Sweet potatoes
• Lentils
• Kidney beans
• Split peas
• Black beans
• Navy beans
• Chick peas
• Black-eyed peas

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.