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Old 04-10-2019, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Generally, younger people - under age 45 to 50 - tolerate carbs better than older people, but not always. At age 66, you are not in the younger group. As we age, we tend to put on weight and our digestive systems are less efficient.

Only you can best answer your own question - does your family have a history of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity? One thing you may wish to be on the lookout for is a gradual weight gain around the middle (waistline expansion). That would be a definite sign that you should cut back on the carbs. Your waist measurement should be no more than half your height, in inches. As long as your waist stays slim, the carbs won't hurt you.

Also be aware of nutrition. Even whole wheat pasta does not contain many nutrients. Every empty calorie will replace one that could be nutritious. I have found that the least expensive protein foods are eggs, dairy, tuna, and ground beef. As we age, we need more protein, calcium, and magnesium, which those foods provide. Try a cup of cottage cheese with fruit, or a burger with sliced tomatoes, or a tuna melt with cheddar. They're all very inexpensive.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:06 PM
 
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Does anyone here think it's a bad mistake to eat a lot of carbs? I am not talking about worrying about getting fat because I exercise and I don't worry about that. I am talking about health in general.

I would rather be on the paleo diet but that is expensive and too much trouble, because I don't like spending a lot of time cooking.

And at least it's whole wheat.

Carbs are bad. Whole wheat is slightly better than processed white flour but still bad.
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Old Yesterday, 12:50 AM
 
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Carbs are fantastic! I hope to never, ever, ever, ever have to go without them. They are delicious and delightful! <doing the 'I eat carbs and I love them' dance!>

I lost 30 pounds on a high carb, low fat diet back about 20 years ago. And kept it off. So there! Woo hoo!

These days I focus on protein, and as a result my carbs are a bit more moderate (150ish/day). But if I even try to ditch carbs completely, I turn into a raging lunatic. Seriously. Apparently it's not too uncommon either, because I was warned about it.

Gimme some carbs! (Mexican for dinner tonight - chips, salsa, and tacos!)
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Old Yesterday, 07:08 AM
 
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Generally, younger people - under age 45 to 50 - tolerate carbs better than older people, but not always. At age 66, you are not in the younger group. As we age, we tend to put on weight and our digestive systems are less efficient.

Only you can best answer your own question - does your family have a history of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity? One thing you may wish to be on the lookout for is a gradual weight gain around the middle (waistline expansion). That would be a definite sign that you should cut back on the carbs. Your waist measurement should be no more than half your height, in inches. As long as your waist stays slim, the carbs won't hurt you.

Also be aware of nutrition. Even whole wheat pasta does not contain many nutrients. Every empty calorie will replace one that could be nutritious. I have found that the least expensive protein foods are eggs, dairy, tuna, and ground beef. As we age, we need more protein, calcium, and magnesium, which those foods provide. Try a cup of cottage cheese with fruit, or a burger with sliced tomatoes, or a tuna melt with cheddar. They're all very inexpensive.
I agree that it's better to have more protein and less carbs. And I definitely try to have a lot of protein.

Unlike most old Americans I don't think about weight at all. I have been doing moderate exercise every day all my life, so my metabolism isn't all screwed up.
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Old Yesterday, 07:10 AM
 
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So I guess not everyone is the same. When I don't get enough protein I can feel it.

I wish I knew of a healthier calorie source than whole wheat pasta that's as cheap and convenient. Not beans.
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Old Yesterday, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I wish I knew of a healthier calorie source than whole wheat pasta that's as cheap and convenient. Not beans.
Try Quaker Oatmeal. No wheat, no gluten, low glycemic, made of whole oats, full of fiber. Oh - and very inexpensive!
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Old Yesterday, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Carbs are bad. Whole wheat is slightly better than processed white flour but still bad.
NO, they aren't.
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Old Yesterday, 08:57 AM
 
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So I guess not everyone is the same. When I don't get enough protein I can feel it.

I wish I knew of a healthier calorie source than whole wheat pasta that's as cheap and convenient. Not beans.
Try quinoa or faro. Both have protein and fiber. You can cook it up and then make salads with them. I love faro for its chewy texture.
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Old Yesterday, 09:50 AM
 
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Try quinoa or faro. Both have protein and fiber. You can cook it up and then make salads with them. I love faro for its chewy texture.
I don't think you can cook them in 7 minutes like you can pasta.
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Old Yesterday, 09:51 AM
 
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Try Quaker Oatmeal. No wheat, no gluten, low glycemic, made of whole oats, full of fiber. Oh - and very inexpensive!
But it might not taste too good with Mexican cheese and tomatoes.
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