Alternatives to rice are still carbs, even though you can try something that is higher in fiber like quinoa or barley. Those are very filling, and you won’t be tempted to eat so much of it.
On the other hand: if you really enjoy rice so much, try a recipe that combines rice with some variety of bean. It is a very traditional diet in many countries because the combination of rice and beans provides you with complete potein. This alters the ratio between carbs and protein and won’t leave you salivating for what you really would like to eat: rice.
That way you can have your rice and eat it, too 🙂
I’m not sure why you think rice is bad, unless it’s white. If it’s brown, enjoy! (depending on what you put on it). Quinoa, especially sprouted is quite tasty. There is really quite a variety of rice available in various ethnic stores. I’d suggest you check them out.
Just imo ~ nothing wrong with complex carbohydrates.
A body needs carbs! Our goal should be to balance between carbs, protein and fat for every meal. Go for the brown rice. Quinoa is very tasty, as is couscous, barley, lentils. I love mixing all of those with different kinds of beans and vegetables…and sometimes I add shredded chicken or tuna (or whatever protein you like). These days the options are almost endless. Really look at what the rice section at the store has to offer (most of the above can be found there), and then check out the ethnic section which has some other tasty alternatives to rice.
It is easy to get caught up in the idea that carbohydrates are “bad” especially if you didn’t live through the 80’s when fat was “bad.” Your body mostly needs carbohydrates for fuel and your brain can only use glucose (what carbohydrates turn into when they break down) for fuel. If you feel out of control when you eat carbohydrates then you are either not eating enough fat and protein at the meal, you are eating for emotions or stress, or you feel bad when you eat them and therefore keep eating them while promising to do better tomorrow.
Pay attention to what and why you eat and if you still feel like you “eat too many carbohydrates” visit a Registered Dietitian and she can evaluate your food intake and offer individualized recommendations.