Friday, April 20, 2012
Oh my gosh! Eighty-three percent of the calories from Avocado are fat. Granted, they are primarily mono-unsaturated, so if I were to eat fat, it is the type of fat I want. But I'm keeping below 10% fat in my diet---about 140 calories on a 1400 calorie diet. My total grams of fat per day should be no more than 15 grams anyhow--and I just ate 14 grams of fat in one fell swoop with a single avocado. Haha!!!
I know Esselstyn warned me to not eat avocado. Now I see why. Hmmmmm. Sparkpeople would allow 20% fat. But I'm reversing endothelial damage as well as going for weight loss and changed lifestyle. I will find out if this is too stringent. The argument is, if it is too stringent, a person my find it too difficult and thus throw in the towel. I'm continuing on course and doing the best I can. I had the avocado in the frig and needed to finish it because it was soft and ripe. I had been buying the four at a time and ripening them. But I will stick to 12 walnuts daily for my fat source to get mostly omega-3.
My strategy for twelve walnuts a day is this. I count out 12 from a container I keep in the frig and place them in a tiny salad dressing-tupperware sized container. Then I don't have to think about it. That little container is my go-to container for the day. I can eat the nuts with salad or with my oatmeal.
Oh. I just read a review of "Wheat Belly". I am embarrassed to see an MD write sloppily. He advocates avoidance of wheat. Period. He encourages almond flour as a substitute. But that substitute is extremely high in fat. That is not a good idea.
I'm keeping it simple. I avoid processed foods. I will continue to add wheat germ and cracked wheat to my morning oatmeal. I could switch over to 100% oatmeal if I want. But I like mixing it up. I frequently add flax meal, raisins to oatmeal. I normally add whey protein but saw in Esselstyn's material that casein has a link with cancer. Hmmmm. Don't know yet what to think about that.