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Choice, Euraine Brooks

01 October 2010no comments Health

Have we forgotten the great power we have to shape our lives?  The power I am referring to is the power to make choices.  Most of us have relinquished our power to the billion dollar business of “fad diets.”  How many diets have you financed?  I could create a board game on fad diets. Each diet is marketed for our weakness to lose weight. Many of us don’t have staying power for these canned diets.  And while we may have learned a great deal about food categories and nutrition terminology, the plans don’t consider our uniqueness, level of discipline or will power. You are the only one who knows what you like and dislike. When I reminisce on my childhood, my grandmother served great breakfasts of meat, grits and eggs or meat, eggs and potatoes – reasonable portions.  We had a hearty breakfast that kept us satisfied until lunch. For dinner, we had a meat, a green vegetable and a starch. The bottom-line is that we had balanced meals. Those were the days when the worst you could be was “fat,” not “morbidly obese.” We need to get back to the basics of making appropriate “choices.” Choose what you like as long as you keep in mind basic nutrition principles to include moderation and portion control.  Balance your meals by choosing: (1) a meat or meat substitute; (2) a vegetable; and (3) a starch. To keep from overeating, eat balanced meals to stabilize your blood sugar (glucose) level.  Glucose comes from carbohydrate foods. The overindulgence of carbohydrates creates an excessive amount of  sugar in your blood.  According to WebMD, “Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage your eyes, nerves and blood vessels.”  For additional information please review “The Effects of High Blood Sugar Levels in Your Body” by Dr. Oz. The holidays are fast approaching and who needs another New Year’s diet resolution?  Let’s make a conscious choice not to supersize our meals.  Choose to love your body by nurturing it with better choices, such as:

  •  Spice up food with herbs
  • Cut down on salt, cheese, butter and gravy
  • Choose one meat, preferably lean (do you really need to have fried turkey, chitterlings and ham in one sitting?)
  • Choose a vegetable or two for every meal
  • Choose one starch (do you really need to have potato salad, candied sweet       potatoes,  corn pudding and macaroni and cheese at one sitting?)
  • Select one dessert
  • Choose water instead of sodas and other drinks that are either artificially sweetened or high in fructose corn syrup.

As mature people, we know the dos and don’ts. Enjoy the foods you love. Stabilize your weight by practicing portion control and moderation.  Cook at home and reduce the temptation to eat out where you have no control of additives, fat and cleanliness. Check with your doctor or nutritionist to address any questions or doubts. Eleanor Roosevelt (32nd president’s wife) sums it up perfectly: “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” Good luck my friends.   References: http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/carbohydrate;http:// diabetes.webmd.com/blood-glucose;http://ask.doctoroz.com/question/ high-blood-sugar-problems

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