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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eat Real Food

That's my main mantra when it comes to food and has been for a while - though I will guiltily confess to having occasional artificial sweeteners. But if I do it's still in foods I make myself with real ingredients, and not any commericial sugar-free products which are mostly nasty frankenfoods.

But I buy lovely eggs and raw cream from the Real Food network I belong to, and use Kerrygold Irish butter from grass-fed cows (pretty cheap at Trader Joe's), and try to find organic meats, grass-fed beef, etc. I enjoy following bloggers who investigate these sorts of issues too. One of those I love is Stephan Guyenet's "Whole Health Source" blog. I enjoyed this quote of his for an interview he did at bizymoms:

How do we fix it[metabolism issues causing overweight]? It's always easier to prevent a problem than to repair it, but we still have some tools. First, eat Real Food. Whole, natural foods that you have prepared at home. Throw out anything made with white flour, sugar and vegetable oils. No soda, no snacks. Fat is not the enemy. In fact, it's part of the solution for many people. Many overweight people find that low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets are helpful for weight loss and general health. I don't think low-carb is the solution to all the world's ills, but it has its place. Prioritize foods rich in fiber such as leafy greens, and include seafood in your diet. Many people find that eliminating wheat aids weight loss and general health.

That ties in pretty well with my philosophy. Eat Real Food, whole natural food prepared at home. No white flour, sugar or vegetable oils (okay, I get teensy bits of sugar when I have some 70-90% chocolate), no sodas, no gluten grains. Eat good fats. I don't think low carb is the end-all for everyone, but it works for *me*.

Helps me control my blood sugar for one. For example - last night for dinner I went to a local pub with a friend for their corned beef and cabbage special and I ate a small potato with the meal. Two hours later my blood sugar was over 200!

Tonight I had pan-sauteed duck breasts with sliced cucumber, and some lettuce, onion and tomato sauteed in the duck fat. Two hours later my blood sugar was 130. I don't think starches are the devil, but they don't seem to do well with *me*.

But I'm human. I do wish that I could lose weight too! Okay, I've lost over 100 pounds, but it has taken over 4 years, and now I seem to be losing at a rate of about a pound every few months. Have not lost anything (just bouncing up and down a 4 pound range) since December at this point. And so it goes.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe it's just me, but I would think focusing on healing your glucose response, rather than avoiding whole categories of food, should be the priority. It took my metabolism a while to learn how to handle carbs again, but now that I can do it I really enjoy the freedom of being able to eat whatever I want while still losing weight and not messing up my blood sugars.