I have gotten into making my own trailmix so that I can choose unsweetened and mostlyl unsalted ingredients. I really like pumpkin seeds and have discovered they are a good snack on their own when I am craving carbs.
Here is some info about pumpkin seeds
So its an excellent source of zinc and tryptophan. They do however have a fair amount of calories and fat - although the good kind of fat, I can't mindlessly munch on them all day. But they have helped me get through the day without wheat.
Nutrition Info for pumpkin seeds
I have been struggling this week with headaches and decided that I absolutely needed to get off caffeine and wheat. But the detox off these two have been much more difficult than sugar, as far as how I feel. I am assuming that my body is going through a healing process and that it will be worth it in the end.
I had heard good things about the book - The Diet Cure by Julia Ross and in it she recommends supplementing with L-Glutamine for sugar cravings and hypoglycemia. Glutamine and glucose are the only two things that can supply energy to the brain so this has been a wonder supplement for me! I can NOT believe the difference it will make in just 10-15 minutes. I bought it in powder form from Popeye's supplements and I don't even take half the recommended dose. I just put a small amount under my tongue and let it dissolve. It has a pleasant taste.
Then I happened to hear an interview with Julia Ross and she recommended L-Tyrosine for getting off coffee and diet coke etc. as it is an amino acid that will supply energy. Well, without doing my usual amount of research because I had such great success with the L-Glutamine, I went out and bought some L-Tyrosine. The dose on the bottle said take 2 capsules with food 3 times a day. So I took a bite of my breakfast eggs, took 2 capsules and within 15 minutes had a headache so bad it made me nauseous. I didn't finish my eggs and by the time I got to work, was almost sick to my stomach my head was in so much pain.
so THEN I did the research and learned that L-Tyrosine can trigger headaches or migraines in people who are sensitive. If I had taken the time to look it up, I would have been a lot more cautious.
Anyways, I know better, and live and learn. I may try a much, much smaller dose next week, but for now, I will leave it alone.
I am heading to Toronto this weekend to visit family. I am not worried about eating the sweets or cake or whatever, but I am a little worried about the amount of eating out that we will be doing. I do plan on staying off the coffee and diet coke, and definitely will stay away from sugar and I will try to make the best choices that I can when eating out.