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Growing up and the generation lifestyle has changed drastically. I'm a Baby Boomer. We were out and about with my buddies, playing stickball in the streets, playing hoops, fishing, bicycling and out the whole day until dinner. So, we were burning calories all day. Eating McDonalds, french fries, ice cream, soda. Our metabolism was at its highest.
Then we are active in school activities and at the time, the typical breakfast was bacon, sausage, pancakes, eggs, home fries and a glass of milk and orange juice.
We're told milk builds strong bones and orange juice is good for you.
If it's not broken why change!. While young the breakfast made sense. Baon, although nitrates and nitrites were used, we didn't know the effects of these chemicals.
Now, as adults, we followed the same breakfast, why not but the truth is we've slowed down. Not as active, metabolism slows down, but we have kept the caloric content the same, then unfortunately our family history is impacting our health and we need to change our lifestyle. PLus the food manufacturing business has changed. Using more chemical additives to make cheap quality food taste good and maximize profits, shelf life needs to key to keep brands sold for a long time on shelves, therefore more chemicals in the processing. Then use hormones to get better yield of meat, bigger chickens, playing with genetics for bigger yields and large products, use of more salt and sugar to make things taste better.
All these changes affected our health, now orange juice is now sugar and dangerous for those that are now diabetics, bacon or processed meats is bad, carbohydrates converted to sugar and bad. Biscuits and pancakes are a concern
Steaks, beef, the saturated fat are a concern.
Our lifestyles must change and when change is needed, no one is very happy about it but once you do, you'll feel so much better and live longer.
Everyone heard of Inflammation and Gut Health
All the bad things that we enjoy are actually bad for us, so keep that in mind. There's so much information so you'll need to be careful.
My advice, anything with no fiber is bad, processed meats, processed packaged foods, soda, sugar products all bad.
Fiber is what moderates our blood sugar and finally after 8 pm, no carbo snacks. A fruit, yogurt (no sugar), instead add monkfruit/ Stevia to fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are all good for late night. A peach is good and everything in moderation is ok. If having a carbo, add a protein with it.
Chef Woo Can
My Way of Losing Weight & Eating Healthy/ Will Power
I'll spare you my wordy presentation but in a nutshell losing weight is not so hard:
1. All of us have the will to control our destiny. We don't need to rely on others to guide us to better health and eating.
2. Our family medical history is different. So, how can a diet cookbook be for all to use? The diet book is designed to show drastic weight loss to convince you it works. But its maintaining the lost weight that counts.
3. As torturous as it is on the diet, can you sustain this life style. Is it natural for you to follow and do you actually like it?
4. Stress, anxiety, all impact our eating habits. It' the comfort food that makes us feel better.
5. Massive advertising is making it almost impossible to get on the right path to eating healthy.
6. Massive research by food manufacturers knows what makes us buy their foods. If it sweet, they made a sale, Carbohydrates makes us feel full.
7. We haven't changed our eating habits from when we were kids. Our bodies change, our life style slows down.
8. Everywhere we look, sugar, sugar, carbo, carbo everywhere!
9. The worst foods are so cheap to buy, each and convenient.
10. THERE IS HOPE!
11. I am a type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure. Yes, I was on Metformin (control sugar) and Lisinopril and Bayer aspirin (control high blood pressure).
12. My PCP of over 20 years left her practice in a clinic due to the clinic being acquired by a larger medical facility. New PCP and organization focused on volume than quality of care. Went 1 year without being monitored (even I need discipline when it comes to my health).
13. I cheated for the full year, hamburgers, pasta, ice cream and mind you I have a 13 year old daughter at the time.
14. The turning point was when I needed a refil of Lisonopril and was called in for a chekup. Well, my A1C was 7.3 from 6.1.
15. That was the point when I said to myself, I get to get my act together. I weaned myself off of Metformin and the recommendation was to go back.
16. I firmly believe that drug use is too much. I knew I could get my A1C back down by myself.
17. Ok, during the day I'm most active, so limited carbo is ok and if you can get use to whole wheat, whole grain or even cauliflower wraps.
18. Focus on fiber fruits and vegetables in moderation. Fiber impacts the sugar moderation. Always check on google if the fruit or vegetable is ok. In the beginning it might be a pain in the butt, but after awhile you'll know whats ok and what's not.
19. At around 8 pm. avoid all carbos. It's tough but you'll see a difference the next morning when you take your blood test.
20. Each day take a brisk walk. Although the weather is scorching, wait until later that eening. 15 minutes everyday.
21. Use Monk Fruit/ Stevia, a natural substitute for sugar. Discard the artificial sweeteners.
22. Be strong but rid yourself of soda and diet soda.
23. Dinner meals, avoid white rice, white pasta but substitute with handful of brown rice and handful whole wheat pasta.
24. Tempting to buy oatmeal but those pkg serving has sugar. Better to use fruit and Monkfruit/Stevia to add sweetness. Steel Oats is much better.
25. In the beginning, its very difficult to make a change, it gradul but you'll be able to enjoy ingredients you enjoy and time is on your side.
It's frustrating and will test your will power but you can do it.
Diet books are a money maker. Not for us. If anything using their diet books will harm our body instead of helping. The drastic extremes can cause more problems for our body plus no effort to help you maintain your weight goal achieved.
Lastly, there are no shortcuts, but you can eat what you like with plenty of substitutes available. Moderation is key
Chef Woo Can
Secrets Of All Cuisines Flavors
No matter what cuisine you enjoy, there is a secret formula used when cooking any cuisine. Whether it be Asian, European, Caribbean, South Asian or Latin American there will always be a balance of flavor:
If you have a salty, then you need to balance it with a sweet!
If you have a spicy then you need to balance it with a sweet!
If you follow this, whatever you make the dish will always have a balanced excellent flavor!
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