It’s so important to remember that E meals are not an excuse to gorge on carbs. Gorging on
carbs will always result in weight gain around the belly, and lowers health whether the carbs are
whole grain or not. Keep the starchy carb portion to a palm-size serving on your plate, unless
you are eating beans and you can have more of those.
Keeping grains, fruit, and sweet potatoes to palm-size portions will naturally keep you
around or under 45 g of carbs, which is the limit we advise. That amount gives your body glu-
cose as fuel for energy, but it can be burned off without too much trouble. It then allows your
body to give the signal to your fat to release some of its stores for fuel. In essence, an E meal
allows you to first burn glucose and then burn some of your own body fat to keep you running.
Making sure starches are kept to medium amounts is the only way this will occur.
We don’t want you doing a bunch
of carb counting, which only leads to
needless obsessions and detracts from
happiness. The starch portions in our
E list of approved foods are already
allotted into safe helping sizes, so you
won’t need to think too much about it.
Adhering to those portion sizes should
naturally keep you from shooting past
that safe 45 gram threshold. You won’t
have to do math in your head.
The threshold we advise for E meals
can be more clearly understood by
comparing low versus high-carb food.
E meals stay in middle territory. Meat
has the lowest carbs of all. It actually
has zero carbs. This is why even fatty
meat, when eaten in an S meal with
other lower carb foods like non-starchy
veggies, will not cause weight gain. A bowl of oatmeal, on the other hand, has between 20-30
net carbs. This is fine for an E meal. Your blood sugar should still be within healthy limits after
eating it, and the oatmeal is a gentle burning grain that gives you a steady energy level through-
out the morning.
You can add some berries to the oatmeal and some low or non-fat yogurt to
top it off, yet still come in just under 45 carbs. A perfect E breakfast.
Let’s compare that oatmeal breakfast to a common evening meal that contains a baked
potato around 60 carbs, a white dinner roll around 25 carbs, and a sugar laden dessert around
80 carbs. Put the three together like many people do, and you have well over 100 carbs in just
one meal! That results in blood sugar racing out of control and extra releases of fat storing
insulin to try to clean up the mess. We hate to implement rules, but we advise a 45 gram safety
net to avoid health depleting situations such as this.