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I agree with all of this, but I just wanted to add that fruit is healthy to eat. It is considered a "clean food" and has natural sugars... Most are low in glycemic value and when paired with a little fat/protein, brings the glycemic index down even more, keeping blood sugar stable.
My son has Type I diabetes(... he counts carbs using the insulin pump) and he can eat most fruits with no problem because of the naturally occurring sugar and fiber. However, there are some fruits like pineapples that he seems to be sensitive and it will spike his blood sugar more; but when he eats it along with some light cheese, it counters the reaction and he can dose for the actually carbs in the fruit and not have to adjust, upward, or take more insulin to cover it.
I try to eat fruit like blueberries, strawberries, peaches, pears, etc. at least 2X's per day... 1/2 cup serving size... I usually eat it with 1% cottage cheese.
Link to South Beach diet low glycemic fruits:
A good bread is made by Feldkamp... a very dense German bread. They make:
Rye.... and many more.
The Fitness bread has: Calories: 115, Fat. 2g; carbs: 23g; fiber: 7 and protein: 5g
I love it... it is a heavy bread and I only eat one slice at a time, but it is long and thin and you can cut it in half and use if for a sandwich. I buy it from Treasure Island, but they also have it here at Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
Here is the link:
Edited by: JAZZID at: 4/21/2011 (13:51)
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yep. You should give the veg a try again. There have been studies done that prove that your taste buds change from when you're a child to adulthood...Its in my culinary arts text book....try a DRIZZLE, not much of garlic olive oil over steamed broccoli....its very yummy. pour a bit of olive oil in a coffee cup/jar/ whatever, put a rough chopped clove of garlic in it and heat in the microwave, briefly just to warm it and then voila, simple garlic olive oil. I love it. Also, it may be a texture thing for you, try your veg raw, or lightly steamed....not cooked to mush. Salads are great ways to make your "own"....I love raw sunflower seeds on mine, sometimes I'll quick-defrost some of our garden corn and put that in too, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a salad you like, you can add a TBSP of raisins, veggies, beans, tuna, chicken, salsa.....
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I'm with Carolyn on this one- Maybe two (maybe) servings of fruit a day, tons of veggies (usually a big salad in there and then a cup or more of veggies with at least one meal). Fruit I'll have a piece in the AM, but that's usually it. Lean protein sources: chicken, buffalo, lean beef, fish, lean pork) cooked simply with lots of seasonings to keep it interesting. Then my veggies or salad on the side, and many times a small sweet or regular potato.
I usually have oatmeal and eggs for breakfast, or oatmeal and my protein shake (I blogged the recipe here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Greek yogurt for snack a lot. I rarely eat bread anymore- even whole wheat. That's a gradual thing, and eventually it kind of made it's way out of my diet naturally.
Something that is not "natural" but I do have for snacks is a good-quality protein bar. I look for about equal amounts of protein as carbs. And I do eat protein powder to help get enough protein.
One other thing you said- about not liking most veggies and beans. Two things about that: 1) You'd be surprised about how your taste can change if you start eating stuff you don't care for. I HATED oatmeal this time last year, but now it's one of my favorite breakfast foods. And 2) You need to consider what is most important to you. If it is taste, then by all means, avoid what you don't care for. With me, my health and appearance are more important than liking the way something tastes for the brief time it's in my mouth (with exception- I'm not eating a lima bean and I don't care WHAT you do to me!), so I tolerate things I am not nutty about and avoid many things I truly love in the quest for becoming the healthiest me possible. It's a personal choice for all of us, but it's something that you may want to consider.
I hope this helps!
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I actually eat more veggies and very little fruit. My favorite veggies are broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and asparagus. My favorite grains are quinoa and whole wheat pearl cous cous. Love my eggs and oatmeal in the morning. Oh and greek yogurt!!! Hello! So yummy. Keep it simple, make it yummy and add some spice and seasonings to your life!
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I know many of you are eating more natural food - less processed. I would like to do this but I am a bit lazy. Also, I am very child like in that I do not eat many veggies or beans because I really do not care for them. What other foods can I focus on? I do eat my fruits and whole wheat bread. I am also starting to cook (easy quick recipes) now that I am home for more than weekends. I love breakfasts.
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