Is Eating Pasta Bad For Me?

How often do you go to pasta for that quick meal?

It is pretty easy and doesn’t take long to get a meal on the table but you’ve heard that pasta is bad for you?

I often get asked by my clients,” Is it okay if I eat pasta?”

If you've ever asked yourself, or Googled this, you're not alone :)

So, what about pasta - is it bad?

To make it simple: It depends. 

Let me explain.

When it comes to building a positive connection with the food you eat, the language you use around it is really important too.

When we categorise foods as 'bad' or 'good', we immediately signal to our brain that there's something about certain foods that dictate the food’s worth and by default - our worth.

Then eating pasta becomes:

Pasta is bad for me, it'll make me put on weight/feel bloated/etc - which translates to … I don't want to be overweight/uncomfortable/etc -  which means… I'm not good enough.

Pasta is a processed food. It has gluten, which can affect your gut lining. It is a carbohydrate, which can affect your blood sugar level.

However, like all things, eat the foods that you enjoy in the right amounts - and that are suited to your body – and most importantly, notice how food makes you feel.

Here are some tips that you may find helpful:

- opt for whole grains

- find brands with minimal processing and fewer ingredients

- try a gluten free option, many great alternatives like zucchini pasta, buckwheat soba noodles, brown rice pasta etc.

- make your own!

- carbs are not the enemy.

Remember, the language we use is important.  Our brain responds to what we tell it.

When we change our perspective with food, our body changes the way it responds.

Creating a positive relationship with pasta will translate to a positive outcome, and you can still enjoy the foods you find pleasurable - without the guilt.


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