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A One Day Break with Atkins

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.
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    I used to have to go to what I call the "hippy" food store to get nitrite free turkey bacon, but my local grocery chain has finally started carrying it. It might not hurt to talk to the person who runs the deli counter at your store to find out if they've got any suggestions - even if they can't help you, it's good for them to hear there might be a potential buyer if they DO start carrying more nitrite free products.
    1957 days ago
    Freedom from cravings and freedom from slavery to eating is one of the very best things about low carb eating. Even if I never lost another ounce the better health and the sense of personal control would be worth sticking to it. It's a shame that more doctors don't read up and embrace this lifestyle.
    1965 days ago
    It's hard to find breakfast meat without nitrates. Mostly I just don't eat them.
    1965 days ago
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