Do Carbs Make You Fat?

Sunday’s LA Times article on page A13, titled “Carbs can leave you craving…” summarizes two studies of 12 overweight males who were hungrier after eating pancakes, white pasta, or other high carb foods, than if they had eaten a meal “…with more protein and fiber and fewer carbohydrates…” What the article doesn’t say is that any time you eat carbs, you should eat protein which slows down blood sugar spikes. In every meal, the right combination is protein, carbs that contain fiber, with a little bit of fat. This combination is great for losing weight too! If you have a high carb meal or snack, such as candy, your blood sugar will soar, and then plummet, which makes sense that the men were much hungrier after eating high carb/lower fiber foods. The researches hypothesized that if you eat carbs high on the glycemic chart often, the more likely you will crave them, and the more apt you will be at pigging out.

Chocolate Tea

Cocoa Tea
I love chocolate so I was thrilled when I found this Mate Chocolate tea. It’s best on cold days. Whenever we go skiing I bring of bunch of these tea bags. While everyone else is drinking traditional milk and calorie-laden hot chocolate, I’ve got my zero calorie cocoa tea.

Low Calorie doesn’t have to be Unhealthy

In 2014 public schools will have to provide lower calorie snacks and foods. In the Los Angeles Times Sunday, June 30th, 2013 article “Snack time to go low-cal in schools next year” on page A 13, reads, “Doughnuts and cookies will be out: baked chips and granola bars will be in.” Is that the best they can do? Chips are made with salt and flour or corn. That’s not nutritious. Granola has oats but it also has lots of sugar and fat. Why couldn’t they provide nuts and dried fruit instead?

The article states that “sugary drinks will be replaced by low-or no-calorie flavored water and diet sodas.” So, now they are going from bad to worse! I’d prefer they ban caramel color in sodas. Replacing sugar with a synthetic sweetener that is shown to create cancer is lab rats is not okay! I’m all for reducing calories, but let’s do it the right way! How about smaller bottles? Provide coconut water and unsweetened tea please!

Finally, A Green Tea that tastes Good!

I don’t like green tea. I’ve tried many types of hot green tea from Asian restaurants, various green teas from stores, and iced green tea from all over. Yuck! I shouldn’t have to add sweetener to make it taste good. I finally found one that tastes fabulous on its own. It’s organic green tea from Tulsi. Let me know what you think


MSG and Japanese Mayo

Even if you are not bothered by MSG, stay away from the stuff, it’s toxic. I avoid mayo and now it’s even more important, Kewpie has MSG in their mayonnaise. It’s also commonly referred to as Japanese mayo. If you eat sushi, they might be using this. Beware!

Good Foam Roller – where to find

Foam Roller

I found a really good, firm foam roller at Frog’s Fitness for $29.99 plus tax. I thought that was a good price and wanted to share this with you.

Giada de Laurentis Chocolate-Avocado Mousse review

Usually Giada’s recipes have cheese and a whole bunch of other fattening ingredients, but when I saw this fairly healthy dessert she made on TV, I wanted to try it. She uses chocolate chips, agave, almond milk, avocado, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and tops it off with fresh raspberries. Here’s the recipe from her website: 

I expected to love this pudding, but didn’t really like it. I hate wasting food so I decided to use it in a smoothie and it turned out delicious. This is what I did. Make recipe as instructed from above link, but don’t add the raspberries. Put in a medium sized bowl. Put two heaping tablespoons of pudding, 3/4 cup frozen raspberries, 3 frozen strawberries, 3/4 scoop protein powder, and 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk in blender and mix. Pour into a large glass. This makes a thick, delicious raspberry-chocolate smoothie. Yum!

Diabetes and Exercise

If you have diabetes and are on insulin or taking pills to squeeze out more insulin from your pancreas, you may be afraid to exercise. Exercise will cause your blood sugar to drop. It can be scary and downright dangerous. You should still exercise, but with close monitoring of your blood sugar levels.

First thing to do is to check your blood sugar BEFORE you work out. This will give you a baseline to start out with. If your blood sugar is high, your exercise will lower it and you may be able to skip taking medication until your next meal. If your blood sugar is low, you’ll need to eat some fruit or drink some juice before you even start your workout. You’ll also need extra juice during your workout.

Each person burns a different amount of carbs, even if they are doing the same exercise with the same intensity. A person who rarely exercises, may have their blood sugar plummet with a walk, while someone else who exercises regularly, will have their blood sugar just dip a little bit on that same walk.

For instance, I will burn 30 grams of carbs for each hour of cardio. If I do an easy yoga class, I may only burn 7-10 grams of carbs. The level of difficulty is the key.

Regardless of whether or not you are a diabetic, take note of how you feel during your workouts. Even those with a fully-functioning pancreas will need carbs during a workout to keep from crashing.

Cardio – too much?

In the media and practically everywhere else, you hear: if you want to lose weight, do cardio. Cardiovascular workouts do burn fat, but they can only do so much. I wanted to lose those extra pounds and was doing 30 minutes of cardio every day. Nothing. Then I did 1 hour of cardio a day. Nothing. Then I amped it up to two to three hours, depending on how much time I had to spare. Nothing! I cut back on cardio to 30 minutes a day and added 1 hour of weight-lifting, and not those little fives, four times a week. Guess what? Weight loss!

Review of Dari-Free Milk Alertnative

For those who miss dairy milk and chocolate milk, this gluten, casein, fat and cholesterol free milk alternative called DariFree by Vance Foods promises you’ll miss dairy milk no more. The one that is supposed to taste like dairy milk just tastes weird. Soy milk and hazelnut milk are much tastier. The chocolate milk they make is pretty good, but with 20 grams of carbs and zero protein, I’ll make my own.

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