Thursday, June 18, 2009

EDH Technique #3 Make your own diet guide

Go to all of the website pages of your favorite restaurants.  Create a food guide with only the best food choices and their macro nutrients.  Print out this guide.  Take it with you in your purse or wallet.  I've done this with much success.  Its always surprising to learn things like a piece of fried chicken may have only 3 g. of carbohydrate and a piece of fried fish might be 10.  I never would have guessed that, but over at the Home Town Buffet, its true!  Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not going to start eating fried chicken again. My point is that its not always obvious what the best choice is at any particular restaurant.  For me, over at McDonald's it is obvious.  Any salad selection with any salad dressing is acceptable.  I never drink anything that is sweetened.  Its best for a person to only have sweets as a treat.  I don't think its smart to drink them.  Its deceiving, it makes you think you had something to drink but what you had was a lot of sodium.  If you are thirsty, drink some water.  Soda is called soda because of the sodium.  It can't quench thirst by its very definition.  

I do like the buffet as an option.  As a person who prefers to eat low carb, I like being able to choose some white fish, a piece of beef, and green beans or a vegetable medley.  I do look up the carb content and watch my portion sizes.  I drink black tea.  I also put olive oil on a salad with tomatoes and mushrooms.  None of what I eat is weird food.  There is no sugar substitute on my plate.  I used to be a aspartame junkie.  I drank a case of diet cola per week.  I admit I was an addict.  I quit when I learned about its effect on the brain.  The headaches I used to get went away.  I also used to chew sugar free gum.  I loved to pop bubbles.  I switched to Altoids in college because thats what all of the other audio engineers liked.  I wanted to fit in.  I also developed a decayed tooth and had to have a root canal.  That was on my 16th birthday.  I stopped using Altoids after that.  A few years ago, I took an airplane ride and got some gum because its supposed to help with the ascent/descent variation in pressure and the painful effect that can have on the ears.  I got that nasty old headache again.  I finally put it together.  I should not be having these fake sugars.  I have not had any fake sugars since.  I tried the Splenda thing in Fl when I was trying to lose weight.  I did lose weight.  But, I have since then read about the effect of sending the brain the message that I have eaten a sweet substance without any additional sugars in the blood stream for my body to absorb.  This is a bad thing.  Sending mixed messages to your body is a bad idea.  Your body will release insulin and then you will lower your blood sugar to a dangerous level.  So, you get the insulin hit and no sugar.  After figuring that last bit out, I decided it was best to not eat fake sugar.  Its best to have the real thing if you want sugars.

I do not want sugars in my body.  Sometimes, I feel compelled to eat sugars.  Thats not the same thing as wanting to eat.  I don't want the effect of sugar on my body.  I get facial hair as a result of my PCO.  Its very clear the effect of sugars on my body.  Its critical to my sense of self to not have my body be androgenized.  It effects my self esteem, I become very depressed.  I don't like that feeling.  When I take my oils, especially my fish oil and evening primrose oil, the drive to find sugars decreases dramatically.  I have read that certain lipids give the body a chemical door into its own fat cells and that without those lipids, the body cannot access its own food supply.  Thats why when you eat a piece of salmon and your body is satieted, you might not be hungry for days because your body now has access to your fat cells.  That happened to me once.  I was stunned.  I had never not been hungry.  I was always hungry.  I always ate low fat.  I felt horrible all the time from my low blood sugar.  Then, one morning there was a left over piece of salmon that was going to go bad so I had to cook it and eat it.  I had it for breakfast without any thing else.  I did not eat for two days.  I had no low blood sugar symptoms.  Fascinating, no?

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