Daily Prompt:Happy Endings Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit. Did you go cold turkey, or for gradual change? Did it stick?
The instructions are easy “No Sugar, No Fruit, No Carbs”. Implementation has been hard. I am now into week 3 of my new dining adventures, caused by life with Diabetes. No ill effects, but I have noticed that foods have more taste. I may have lost weight based on how pants are now loose. And I really, really want a sandwich. They were boring, easy, and a staple of life. Now having a sandwich will be an exotic treat since I have not yet found any bread substitutes.
It turns out that no carbs is simple way of getting a glycemic load down to almost nothing. Every food has a glycemic index, a measure of how much your blood sugar will spike after eating the food. Proteins, nuts, and most vegetables don’t cause any spikes. Breads, grains, and sugars cause big spikes an hour or two after eating. The glycemic load weights that index by amount of carbohydrates you are eating (minus fiber). Its a fairly simple formula, but doing the calculation can be hard; especially if a person is not used to doing complex multiplications / divisions in their head. Hence the advice of no sugars, no carbs, and no fruits. But following that advice is amazing, I have probably reduced my daily glycemic load by 90% following that advice.
So what can I eat. Lots of things, eggs, cheese, and beans for breakfast. For lunch, beautiful salads with lots of colorful ingredients (no M&M’s allowed). And dinner, meat and vegetables in abundance. Found a great recipe called “Oopsie Rolls” that make a bread like substitute using egg whites and cream cheese. Actually that recipe has much potential–can add a ton of different things to the whipped egg whites–beans, broccoli, cheese. I”m going to have to experiment. Bob and I bought a cookbook and tonight he is going to try some new forms of cooking. Have heard about chick pea flour that might be substitute for wheat flour. And evidently, many people use filo dough — one or two sheets add just a little bit of carbs to food.
So my adventures in dining are going well. Thank goodness I can still have coffeei wth milk and a glass of wine at night. Without those two essential items, this cold turkey diet change would have been a lot more difficult. Two more months and perhaps I’ll be able to expand my diet. Bob points out this is probably forever. But that’s too long to worry about. Two more months and maybe I can have a sandwich. That is something that gives me hope.