|Long health rant
||[Jan. 29th, 2010|10:34 am]
I'm not even sure where to begin... I've been reading and re-reading and cross-referencing and researching so much this week to the conclusion that the way I look at food and what I eat and how and when I eat it has taken a shock to the chest!
I thought I was eating "healthy" because I was eating lots of whole natural foods and very little junk but now what I can clearly see is that I have not been eating a balanced diet! In my fancy for vegetarian dishes and disgust for tofu I have eliminated some necessary protein from several meals and usually felt I was eating healthier and more low fat having things like meatless spaghetti etc. I was ALSO under the impression from Jillian McKeith (You Are What You Eat) that for optimal digestion, protein shouldn't be eaten with carbs and fruit should always be eaten on it's own.
So while I'm an omnivore, I often skip meat and just figured that I certainly got enough protein from nuts, beans and dairy products (which may be true). For instance, Dan and I went out to Friday's a while back and I ordered a large meatless salad with strawberries and vinaigrette and a side of mashed potatoes and had water to drink and no dessert. So while I know mashed potatoes from a restaurant are not the best choice of food I figured I didn't do that badly. BUT from all that I've been reading, I basically just ate a huge carb meal balanced with no protein and therefore caused my glucose and insulin levels to spike communicating to my body to store fat and probably to be even hungrier within a short amount of time.
So balancing a meal now is about 15g of carbs to every 7g of protein with a limit of 30g(2 servings)of carbs per a 2hr period, although more protein (if needed to satisfy hunger) can be added an unlimited amount of vegetables. This even applies to snacks.
So this also means some of the "healthy" natural snack bars that I sometimes eat that have 46g of carbs and 6g of protein are WAY unbalanced. 46g of carbs is too much to have at one time and 6g of protein isn't enough to balance even a third of it! So no wonder they're never satisfying!
Surprisingly I've found this a really simple thing to do. I've basically been adding a little protein to everything I eat. Toast with an egg, grapefruit with a small handful of nuts, salad with chicken, cereal with milk, oatmeal with nuts, fruit with yogurt. I think a lot of people do this naturally but I really wasn't! Why have an egg when I'd rather have 2 slices of toast?
So I am changing my ways! Before, when I looked at food labels I would look at calories, fat and fiber, now I look at carbs and protein (although still mindful of fiber and good fats over bad fats) but I have not been eating less, maybe possibly even more and I feel more satisfied!
One negative point is that I've spent a ridiculous amount of money on food this week because I've been buying lots of different things like Whey Protein, beans, organic high protein soups, balanced snack bars, nuts and seeds and also strange things for some off the wall recipes (but that's another story).
So some other interesting things:
-The human body can create fat in 2hrs. (lovely efficiency)
-Plastic water bottles that bend/squish easily supposedly have been found to release toxins into the water. (sigh)
-High Quality apple cider vinegar if used correctly may lower glucose levels and encourage weight loss.
-1 to 2 ounces of 70% or above Dark Chocolate (can be eaten daily) can help regulate hormone levels and contain antioxidants that fight inflammation.