Saturday, December 08, 2012
It started with a visit to my wife's cardiologist, a man who had previously warned me about my 300+ lb weight. In order to explain some changes in her diet, my wife told him I was on Atkins. I was sitting in his office, 57 lbs lighter than the last time I was in. He talked about modifying my intake of food. He suggested a Lebanese breakfast as being superior to my bacon and eggs. He talked about how I might be winning the battle on Atkins, but losing the war. I was intrigued, but quite convinced he did not have all the right facts on saturated fat.
Later, after I read another of many articles on nitrites, I started to look at a lot of the foods I was eating, many loaded with nitrites. This compound forms nitrosomines when cooked, and those are definite cancer causers. I searched the coolers of three markets for nitrate free breakfast meats. Managed to find a couple that were free of both sodium nitrite and celery powder, a natural source of nitrites. Still haven't found a nitrite and celery powder free bacon,
Back to the good doctor. I decided to try one, and only one, modified Lebanese breakfast. This morning I ate some mixed nuts, sharp white cheddar cheese, traditional Greek yogurt, whole wheat pita bread, manzanilla olives, and a hard boiled egg. This and two cups of strong coffee. It was delicious and very satisfying. However, afterwords, I wanted something sweet. I ate four very small triple ginger cookies. Furthermore, I decided to have a half yam with my salmon burger tonight, as well as my usual Brussells sprouts. So I'm on this new and uncertain course for one day.
Regretably, I can't maintain this style of eating. Tomorrow, it will have to be right back to Atkins, and more weight loss success.