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I make it a goal to "eat right" every day. The idea is that if I eat "the good stuff" and avoid "the bad stuff", my weight and blood pressure will go down, I'll have more energy, and the world will be a better place. At least, that's the theory. It doesn't seem to be working in "real life".
In the mornings, I eat a big bowl of oatmeal. Not the individually packaged flavored stuff. Generic quick oats. Three-quarters of a cup of quick oats, a cup-and-a-half of lactose-free skim milk, and a handful of frozen blueberries, all microwaved on high for four minutes in a big six cup bowl.

Friends are aghast. "You don't add any sugar?" "No. I'm diabetic." "You don't add any Equal or Splenda?" "No." "How can you stand it? It has to be so bland!

I now add a splash of sugar-free French Vanilla coffee creamer. Satisfied?
I've been avoiding cheese. Too much sodium. I'm trying to cut back.

Recently, I made a little discovery. Swiss cheese is low in sodium. Read the label! Twenty-one grams of swiss cheese has 30 mg of sodium! An ounce (28.53 g) of sharp cheddar? Two hundred-forty milligrams. An ounce of American Cheese? A whopping four hundred-seventy milligrams!

(Incidently, I checked the other cheeses - mozzarella, provolone, other cheddars, Monterey Jack - they're all about the same as the cheddar. Only Swiss Cheese is low in sodium.)

Date: 2010-05-17 09:21 am (UTC)
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I started having oatmeal in the morning with a banana, and a protein shake. I love the oatmeal It keeps me satisfied for a few hours. I just throw some butter, and a packet of splenda in it. Hmmm, I'm going to try the sugar free Coffee Mate in it.

Date: 2010-05-17 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I went through a protein shake phase. I'd use a cup of lactose-free skim milk, a scoop or two of protein powder, a handful of frozen blueberries and the banana.

The amount of oatmeal that I'm eating is the amount that's supposed to have an effect on reducing cholesterol levels. The lactose-free skim milk is for the protein and the blueberries are there for "color".

Let me explain. There is a chart near the blood pressure machine at the local CVS/pharmacy that talks about the "spectrum theory" of eating. Simply stated, there are five color groups of fruits and vegetables - red, orange, yellow, green and blue/purple - and that you need to have something of each color every day.

However, they specifically mentioned a cup of orange juice and a half-cup of blueberries.

Frozen blueberries are cheaper than the fresh, so frozen blueberries it is.

Date: 2010-05-17 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you have the same amount of oatmeal (with blueberries) as I do, you ingest 67 grams of carbs (8 grams of fiber). I'd save the banana as a mid-morning snack.

You should visit to work out your various nutrient intakes.


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