When I was 10 years old, my dad used to say I would get big like the Tower of Babel if I didn’t stop my obsession with french bread.
It’s been 15 years and baguettes are still what you would call my weakness.
Raise your hand if you can relate. (or more accurately leave a comment)
It may not be bread in your case (though who in the world doesn’t like fresh crunchy bread??) but I bet there’s at least one food you can’t resist.
Carbs are just one of these weaknesses that humans have to live with.
You know, along with needing oxygen and water.
Carbs, oxygen, water.
If I asked you to pick the odd one out, for sure it’d be carbs.
I’m not asking you however.
Some people say they can live without carbs, then they pretend they do.
In life you have two choices, either you eat sugar or you think about sugar.
Why is this simple fact ignored, denied and disputed?
I’m not one to indulge in conspiracy theories but I believe the promotion of carb fear is part of a secret plan to keep us away from what truly matters.
Let me tell you the story of the Tower of Babel. That same tower that I should be the size of by now.
Even if you’re not familiar with bible stories you should know that at some point there was a flood and Noah build this great ark and survived.
Many generations later humanity was composed of people who all spoke the same language. They moved to a town called Shinar and started to build a tower that they named Babel.
They wanted Babel to be so tall and big that its top would be in the heavens.
God came down and saw their work. Then he said:
“Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Genesis 11:4-9
This, people, is how we came to have a multitude of languages according to the Bible (yep, we learn something everyday).
Those folks of Shinar wanted to protect themselves and survive, in case another flood would happen. By doing so, they displeased God who, rightly so, found that the best way to keep them from the heavens was to bring division and misunderstanding upon their people.
Why am I even telling you this story you may ask?
I thought it was an interesting coincidence that my dad used the Tower of Babel to warn me about carbs.
Eating too much carbs would make me as big as a tower whose top is in the heavens?
He didn’t know it (still doesn’t) but carbs:
- Don’t make you fat
- Do lead you straight to heaven
Joking about that last one. (sort of)
Truth is, it feels good to eat sugar.
Some would say, yes, that’s why we have an obesity epidemic. People eat too much sugar.
That’s what some obese obesity expert says. (I won’t name names)
I can bet that if I was to open any women’s magazine at this exact moment, I’d find at least one article promoting the restriction of sugar with a high probability of a supporting quote from the infamous doctor mentioned above.
Sugar is poison, sugar causes diabetes. Sugar is a drug.
I’ve had on average 300g of sugar minimum for the past years of my life. Let me tell you, I feel amazing despite being an intoxicated, diabetic drug addict!
In case you didn’t get it, I’m neither of those things.
Carbs are a girl’s best friend. Carbs are every human’s best friend actually.
I’m not going to give a biology class but if you don’t know that carbs are the main source of fuel for our brains you might benefit from taking one.
I would suggest the biggest classroom in the world: Google. Lesson 1: glucose-derive ATP Teacher’s note: Stay away from any semblance of online versions of women’s magazines
We are told as women both explicitly and indirectly through all forms of messengers to restrict our intake of the most efficient fuel for our brain. Every single day.
I was asked to explain the “carbed up” meaning.
There’s a multitude of reasons but it all comes down to this:
I don’t accept to be confounded by the talk of the diet industry. My mind, body and brain speaks a different language. I’m building my own Tower of Babel.
You can’t do that without carbs.