Modern medicine has finally caught up with what I’ve said for YEARS… no two bodies are alike – thus, to tell everyone that they can lose weight on the same plan is completely ludicrous and frustrating. Doesn’t it make perfect sense that every BODY has individual DNA and needs to be treated for whatever (weight, health issues, etc.) as an individual? I’ve shouted it from the mountain tops for ages – EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT!!! What works for me may not work for you. My DNA is mine – just mine. Your DNA belongs to you – just you.
Dr. Oz introduced a simple test to see how “tolerant” you are to carbohydrates. Take 1/2 of a saltine cracker – pop it in your mouth and chew, counting as you chew – when the cracker changes in taste, write down how many seconds you chewed it. The fewer seconds it takes, the less tolerant you are to carbohydrates – and the fewer you should eat in your diet. If it takes less than 14 seconds, you have a low tolerance and should avoid them in your diet.
It’s called the 30 second cracker test:
I’m raising my hand high!!! I have practically NO tolerance for them. It took that cracker 3 seconds to change taste. It’s official… my genes SUCK. As I’m writing this, there is an advertisement on television for Sero Vital. Yeah – can I just go get some of that??? LOL – it won’t change my DNA though, right? Shoot!
Well, I know I’m not the only one who is in that unlucky group. But here’s the good news…
I’ve cut carbohydrates from my diet and joined Planet fitness – and exercise three days a week. My hemoglobin A1c is 6.3 which is normal. I’ve lost 30 pounds and a couple of dress sizes – well, actually about 4 dress sizes. I have more energy now and am happier than I’ve been in years!
Is a new lifestyle worth starting??? Oh yes! Is it easy??? Not always. I ate a serving of ravioli at my favorite Italian restaurant on New Year’s Eve. That is the first pasta I’ve eaten since April of 2015. Will I be eating pasta again anytime soon? Nope.
Has that little splurge affected my A1c? I guarantee it didn’t. It affected my blood sugar at the time, but it’s back on track now. I got right back on the low-carb wagon and everything’s fine.
I love this diet because if you do give in to a food you shouldn’t eat – just don’t do it again for a long while. Save those splurge times for special occasions… Valentine’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, birthday, Halloween (if you’re into that), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day. My next planned splurge day is Valentine’s Day. I have plans… big – yummy plans! It includes a little trip to the Russell-Stover candy store. Yup!
You can do this. If you have a low tolerance for carbohydrates, you are not doomed to a life of type 2 diabetes and insulin shots! Just eat more lean meats, fish, vegetables (with no carb veggie dip if you want), an apple once in a while. There are millions of low-carb recipes online. There are support groups on facebook where you can post recipes to make the diet more interesting. Nobody wants to be in a food rut.
On a funny note… I keep a can of whipped topping in the door of the refrigerator. When I want to taste something kind of sweet (but not overly sweet), I take a little taste of whipped topping – LOL. I will say – it’s not a quiet sneak. I always get “busted”. But it’s okay – there are no carbs in whipped topping – it’s legal.
I eat a bit of cream cheese – I don’t put it on anything – I just eat it. Not a lot, just a bit. I take a bit of sour cream the same way. A dollop – and it’s yummy. Cream cheese and sour cream have no carbs. Sometimes I fry up bacon to dip in sour cream – that’s pretty good too.
Have you ever mixed salsa and sour cream together? I do that and put it on scrambled eggs once in a while. Don’t knock it ’til ya tried it.
It blows my mind that I can eat cheesecake – real cheesecake! But I need to say no to a baked potato – isn’t that crazy??? I know – who knew???
The one thing that has to remain consistent regardless of my diet is regular exercise – I can’t skip that or I’m sunk!
While physical exercise is beneficial for mind and body, we all know that there is an exercise that is good for the heart, as Lucinda reminds us:
Death by Chocolate cheesecake from All Day I Dream about Food… YEA!!! But it’s not DEATH really – it’s helping me to LIVE!!! Thankfully, I’ve figured out how to LIVE again – and live well. Click on the link to find the recipe! Enjoy! 🙂