Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I'm a carb-a-holic.
Seriously though, pasta, bread, potatoes, cereal, beer (or liquid bread as I like to call it), even rice on occasion...all my favorites. When I was a kid and first learned that "vegetarian" was a thing, I thought that it meant you only ate vegetables. I decided I wanted to be a breadatarian, and for a few months my senior year of college, that was essentially true. It's always nice to be able to look back on your life and realize that you've reached a goal.
However, subsisting on carbs alone isn't really a great life plan. I mean yea, it's freaking delicious, but I kind of gained a ton of weight and was generally blah. So here are some ways that I have found to still enjoy your amazing carbs, but balance it out a little bit more.
1) Choose the right ones. This means whole wheat as opposed to white. Choose My Plate is a wealth of information about healthy eating (also, starring my imaginary BFF Mobama). Basically, you should be eating at least half of your grains as whole grains. Look for "whole wheat" on the nutrition information. It's a little weird at first, because things have different textures as whole wheat, but you get used to it, and now I actually prefer whole wheat pasta. White just seems so....flimsy...to me.
2) Fall in love with sweet potatoes. I know that many of you think of sweet potatoes as just those casseroles with the marshmallows on top, and while those are freaking delicious, you can do SO MUCH MORE with sweet potatoes. If you season them with savory/spicy spices, the sweetness is more subdue and they are a great balance of sweet and savory. As a bonus, they have ridiculous health benefits.
Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
3) Cover them in vegetables. I know that technically it doesn't take away the carbs, but the addition of vegetables to pasta, rice, etc, at least gives you the health benefits of the veggies. Add all the "uh-oh, these are about to go bad" veggies to mac and cheese, use leftover rice for fried rice, or pile your sandwich with tomatoes, zucchini, and spinach. However you do it, make sure to try to veggie load as well as carbo load.
Asparagus Risotto with Poached Egg
4) Start running, that way you can pretend that you're "carbo loading for a race".