Thursday, April 21, 2011
So I've been hearing about trying to eliminate added refined sugar and white flour types of foods.
I know that I sometimes overdo those food groups. I swear, sometimes I act like an addict about them so there must be a problem there. Also I'm a vegetarian, mostly vegan, but the last time I had blood work done, it wasn't as good as you'd expect. Potato chips are vegan, after all. There is science behind the idea that a high sugar diet effects cholesterol as well as blood sugar and I need to use myself as a test subject for a while and then have blood work done again. The local Krogers has a small clinic that will check cholesterol and blood sugar for you for a small fee.
What I'm going to do is a simple common sense approach. Eating whole foods, lots of veggies, whole grains. Just avoiding things with simple sugars. I bought the Sugar Busters book last night and it makes sense. They recommend each serving of any food have less than 3 grams of sugar.
I've decided to cut out the bad stuff and see how it goes. It's harder than you think because sugar is everywhere. For instance, I usually eat plain greek yogurt. It's 80 calories, 15 grams of protein and no sugar. However the container for vanilla flavored yogurt looks suspiciously like the plain variety. I quickly went through the store the other day.... I didn't notice until after I'd eaten it that it was vanilla and that one has 16 grams of sugar in the cup!!
I find that once I start eating junky high sugar foods, my daily intake increases similar to how an alcoholic can't even have one drink or they end up overdoing it.
Maybe this is the key. We'll see...