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Whenever I explain that The “Plan A” Diet prescribes getting the majority of our calories from carbs, most people are shocked! Especially when they learn that it’s OK to eat potatoes.

There are two types of carbs: Complex (whole) and Refined (processed)

Complex carbs include whole foods – potatoes, corn, beans, rice, squash, all veggies, fruit, legumes, and whole grains. Complex carbs are the body’s preferred source of fuel; we are designed to get our energy from the glucose in complex carbs.

Refined carbs include processed items made with stripped/enriched flours and added fats/sodium/sugars – donuts, hot dog buns, snack cakes, corn chips, toaster pastries and soda pop.

As Dr. McDougall loves to point out: (Complex) carbs don’t make you fat – fat makes you fat. To illustrate this point, consider a baked potato.

Only 1% of the calories in a potato come from fat. That is, however, until we adulterate that potato by frying it in grease to make french fries (46% fat) or convert it into potato chips (56% fat). Or until (continue reading here….)

Cyd Notter

Cyd Notter is a graduate of the Center for Nutrition Studies, a past newspaper columnist, and a certified instructor for several dietary therapy courses (The Starch Solution, Food Over Medicine, and Women’s Health).

As the author of The “Plan A” Diet: Combining Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition with the Timeless Wisdom of Scripture, Cyd illustrates the correlations between biblical principles and healthy eating, and provides readers with effective strategies for taking an active role in their health. She offers a variety of educational and cooking classes, provides nutritional coaching on both individual and corporate levels, and speaks to local groups. She’s currently developing an online Transformation System in order to help those struggling with chronic health or weight issues to finally achieve long-term success. She and her husband live in Illinois, where they enjoy outdoor activities, classic movies, and old Volkswagens.
Cyd Notter
Cyd Notter
Cyd Notter is a graduate of the Center for Nutrition Studies, a past newspaper columnist, and a certified instructor for several dietary therapy courses (The Starch Solution, Food Over Medicine, and Women’s Health). As the author of The “Plan A” Diet: Combining Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition with the Timeless Wisdom of Scripture, Cyd illustrates the correlations between biblical principles and healthy eating, and provides readers with effective strategies for taking an active role in their health. She offers a variety of educational and cooking classes, provides nutritional coaching on both individual and corporate levels, and speaks to local groups. She’s currently developing an online Transformation System in order to help those struggling with chronic health or weight issues to finally achieve long-term success. She and her husband live in Illinois, where they enjoy outdoor activities, classic movies, and old Volkswagens.