Ross and I have been encouraging our boot campers to eat the healthiest foods possible.  Throughout the course of this last week, we noticed that a large percentage of our campers were consuming a lot of carbohydrates on a regular basis, and I’m NOT talking about vegetables and fruits.

Yes, they're round like apples and oranges. No, they're not a good substitute for fruit.

We saw everything from white pastas and breads to Girl Scout cookies and milk shakes.  I am a visual learner, so I decided that I would print out a carbohydrate cycle sheet that I created a long time ago.  I wanted our campers to actually SEE what they are doing to their body with the consumption of these foods.  I also want YOU to see what you are doing to your body when you consume unhealthy carbs throughout your day.  I hope this Carb Cycle will make you think twice about what you’re eating. I know it has made me think twice!  Looking over it again this week has been extremely powerful!

Caaannddyybbaarrrssss!

Anyone that knows me well will tell you that I have a nasty sweet tooth!  As a child, I started my day with Raisin Bran or my favorite, Rice Crispies loaded with sugar.  Some mornings I would eat 5-6 little white powdered doughnuts, and occasionally I was lucky enough to have Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.  I always had a cup of apple or orange juice to chase down my breakfast.  I don’t remember lunch that well but after school snack time consisted of Lance crackers, Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls or Nutty Bars, Girl Scout cookies or maybe some more powdered doughnuts.  I also spent a lot of my afternoons visiting with my Aunt Betty who lived within walking distance of my parent’s house.  She always greeted me with “I’ve got a fresh pound cake and pecan pie.  Would you like a slice?”

OH, and did I mention that my dad worked for M&M Mars?  Hello!  Every holiday was full of M&Ms, Dove chocolates, Snickers, Milky Ways, Twix bars, Skittles, Combos, you name it!

And people wonder why I am such a sugar addict!!  Some days I combat my addiction beautifully and some days I do not.  I will tell you that I have experienced the highs and lows of this carb cycle more than once over the last week!!  The good news is that I have already set a carbohydrate consumption goal for this coming week, and I will definitely achieve it!!  You should do the same!