I am often reading about diets, as @rextrulove mentioned in his last article, but I have discovered that people do not understand what health means, some think you have to live off lettuce or ” rabbit food” to eat healthy but thats not true at all.
I am a diabetic so I had to learn how to eat “low carb” and its not just about getting rid of sugar or breads.
I also have ups and downs with cholesterol so I tend to get rid of other foods in my way of eating healthy that will reduce those numbers down to be in a nice lower risk for clogged arteries and heart attacks.
But as far as just needing to loose weight I will pass on what the doctor told me, he said ” Eat as you normally would, dip your plate with food, then remove one half of that food every meal and you will loose weight.” Wanna know what? he was right! I did just that and I slowly lost pounds and now I have lost 11 pounds without doing nothing else but as he said. And I am not ever hungry.
When a diabetic eats we are to eliminate ” white foods” Meaning Flour, white refined sugar, white bread, pasta, rice and Irish potatoes and any corn products. Those are high on the list that will jack up the blood sugar.
Heart Patients and people with high cholesterol need to slow down on animal products, red meats and fried foods.
Is this hard to do, yes sometimes it is, especially when you used to live on double cheeseburgers and fries from McDonald`s.
I went cold turkey straight to vegetarian, I cannot lie and say I was perfect because I did slip up at times and say ” to hell with it” and stop by and get that double cheeseburger and fries. But I discovered after doing without , it did not taste as good anymore.
Now lets get to making better choices. The very best way to eat is for you to buy the food from the produce aisle and raw meat case and cook yourself. Boxed or frozen meals have hidden sugars and high amounts of salt ( not good for high blood pressure). But I know that some people do not know how to cook but cooking is now that hard to learn, just youtube what you want to make.
I cannot do any bread or sugar, it just jacks my blood sugar and I would rather do without than start using a needle daily to live.
For breakfast most people enjoy oats or grits, pancakes or waffles, biscuits and gravy but that is the worst breakfast to eat and will make you feel Blah.
Try – 2 Eggs scrabbled and slice a whole apple. you get protein and carbs for balance.
For lunch most people grab a burger and fries because its fast and you don`t have time to eat a meal, 30 minutes or less for most 9 -5 working people.
Try – Baked chicken sandwich and onion rings of you have to eat fast food, you get protein and carbs for balance.
Dinner is always easier because you have so many foods to chose so just use the rules of no white for carbs and use fruit and starchy vegetables for carbs. and for less cholesterol go with chicken or turkey, to get rid of all animal products would be best for the heart but that way of life is not for everyone.
What I have learned in my 50 years on this earth is , fruit is natural candy, nuts and seeds are natural protein, meat and dairy are protein from animals. Vegetables are starches for the most part but loaded with vitamins that keep the body and mind healthy and alert.
NOTE: Leafy green vegetables are high in vitamin K , if a person is on blood thinners limit your inatke so not to interfere with medication. Vitamin K is a blood builder.
Low in Iron? Eat all those greens 🙂
By Andria Perry
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