I went to a rumpled, overweight nutritionist. It seemed ironic that she would advise me to give up my daily egg when her practices weren't working too well for her.
She pointed me in the direction of Weight Watchers and advised me to join a gym. Hmm. So that's what nutritionists do. I was hoping for a simple diet plan that I could easily follow. I'm broke, and if I need exercise I'm not going to pay to get it.
I got much better advice from powdergirl: Food is fuel. I have lost 3 pounds since I started walking purposefully and pondering the food I will eat. I hope I can keep it up.
Last November I learned that I was diabetic. That piece of news was totally unexpected and threw me off a little. None of the medical professionals were able to give me a good idea of a simple plan to follow. If this disease is so prevalent today, why isn't it easy to find good advice?
One doctor did tell me that if I would lose as little as 20 pounds, I might not need medication. I want that. So I am learning how to eat heathfully at the ripe old age of 53.
I had to do my own research, reading a whole shelf of books and websites galore, and testing my blood before and after I ate a food and noting the effects on my blood glucose level. I found the foods that I can eat and keep my levels reasonable. Very few of them are carbs.
I would have thought that I would lose weight just by giving up the six Cokes I liked to drink in a day. Add to that the fact that I have always been an absolute sugar hound and now I consume a teaspoon of sugar a day for my first cup of tea in the morning.
A big secret about carbs is that the fewer you eat, the fewer you want. I would have never believed it myself, but I sure am relieved to have lost my taste for them without a big battle.
Now I eat foods, not dishes. Dishes have rice and pasta and gravy and bread. But I can make a nice little picnic from a handful of berries, some almonds, and yogurt. I have learned to appreciate my food with my eyes: a favorite cobalt-colored plate, with sliced peaches and a strawberry and a dollop of vanilla yogurt. Beautiful. A ripe tomato from the farmers market with a scoop of cottage cheese on top, sprinkled with red pepper. A work of art.
I stay away from those "sugar free" foods since I found corn syrup on the ingredients list of a so-called sugar-free whipped topping. Instead of trying to replicate my favorite desserts in sugar-free form myself, now I just eat a little fresh or frozen fruit or a nice piece of dark chocolate or warm milk with a dash of cinnamon.
No potatoes, no white bread, no cake. Aside from the cake, I don't miss it.
I do like using Splenda, but I have my doubts about whether it is advisable to eat something that has been molecularly altered. Since I gave up Coke, I have developed a taste for lemonade made with Splenda, but the jury is still out on that one.
For the first time in my life I've found an exercise I don't completely hate. I eat six small meals a day with a lot of low glycemic impact fiber and protein. A nutritionist should know these things.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Maybe this disease is not such a bad thing for me.
I'm not giving up my egg.