Is There a Good Vs. Bad Time to Eat Carbs?

Eating carbs is a hot topic, but if you’ve decided to make peace with good ‘ol carbohydrates then your most burning question might still be about timing…


“Is there a good vs. bad time to eat carbs?”

It’s a valid question to which I have an answer. But don’t hate me, because the answer is — it depends.

If you’re new to my content, it’s important for you to know that my messaging about health, nutrition, and fitness underscores the truth that we are all unique and constantly evolving — your requirements for nutrients, rest, and activity vary from mine and everyone else’s… and, your particular needs will also shift several times in your life due to seasonal changes, hormonal fluctuations, and stress levels.

Unless you are an elite athlete whose meals are scientifically and immaculately timed for optimal performance, you are going to need to develop an understanding of what carbohydrates do for you personally on a day-to-day basis.

So, while wondering about the best time to eat carbs is great, the picture is broader than that. Here are 3 simple factors to pay attention to — they will impact your body’s response to carbohydrates as much as timing:

  • Type
  • Preparation
  • Quantity

Using all 3 of these factors (see above graphic) you can now investigate your symptoms to know which foods your body loves and which ones it will use to fuel your body and mind vs. those that simply leave you feeling like the life’s been sucked out.

Once you’ve gathered info on what and how much you’re eating ask this question next:

“When I eat ______________ carbohydrates, how do I feel right after, an hour after, 2 hours after?

Ultimately, your goal is to listen to your body and respect its signals. Experiencing “I Don’t Feel So Great” symptoms from specific foods — even “healthy” vegetables, whole grains, or fruits – means your body is trying to get your attention. It’s signaling you to stop feeding it those items.

It’s not only OK to be the expert in your own life, it’s freeing and empowering. Take time to figure out what serves you best, staying open and curious about what may change over time, and you’ll always find the answers you seek.

In Love & Gratitude,

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Missi Holt