Naturally, IQS is lower carb than many eating approaches. We fill up on whole veggies, good fats and protein first. However, we do still include unprocessed and nutrient-dense legumes and whole-grains like quinoa, oats and buckwheat in our recipes and Meal Plans. We do not avoid breads, pastas, potatoes, and white rice, however we prefer to consume whole grains, rather than simple and refined carbohydrates where possible.
Don’t worry, we always offer a gluten-free alternative on our recipes on the Program. The beauty of our Program is that all of our recipes are easily adaptable to be grain-free if needed.
But I thought carbs turn into sugar?
Yes, carbohydrates are converted to sugars in the body. At IQS, our approach is to reduce excess sugar and processed food intake and to get our nutrients (macro and micro) from whole foods where possible. For us, this includes whole grains and a variety of vegetables and low-fructose fruits. When we eat carbohydrates, we like to pair them with good fats and protein. This will slow down the absorption in the gut, leaving less burden on the liver and therefore minimising fatty liver response.
However, we understand that for some a grain-free approach may be better suited to them. Some people report feeling better removing carbohydrates from their diet as well as sugar (to fully eliminate the blood sugar spikes that can keep them on the sugar roller-coaster).
Our recommendation is this:
- Do one thing at a time.
- Quit sugar first. Detox, get your insides clean and then see if your body wants to try quitting something else.
- Quitting sugar is a big undertaking that will require all of your focus and willpower. Trying to quit other things at the same time could be taxing both mentally and physically.
- But once you’ve mastered quitting sugar and you’re keen to keep going, try cutting carbs for 4-6 weeks and see if it suits YOUR body.
- Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Experiment and learn for yourself – it’s the only way to truly know if something works for you.