It’s time to embrace the fat and ditch the carbs
August 13, 2016
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My eating habits are shitty (I crave and eat too much sugar, even binging on it occasionally). I’m a little overweight. My blood sugar was considered pre-diabetic last time I had it checked. I feel like it’s time for a change. A small part of it is vanity, if I’m honest, but it is mainly wanting to live longer, feel better and to remain disease free. Most of the people I’ve known (personally and friends of friends) who died of cancer had pancreatic cancer, and more than anything I’d like to avoid that disease. It is a nasty one. There is a lot of evidence that high blood sugar is responsible for a lot of ills, and growing evidence it’s responsible for even more. For example, there is growing evidence of a link between glucose and pancreatic cancer   .
Just today I saw this on HN: Machine Learning meets ketosis: how to effectively lose weight. What a great read. I highly recommend it to everyone, even if you aren’t trying to lose weight. Be sure to watch the very informative videos in the “More Videos” section at the end.
So, I’m going to try and make a change to a high fat, low carb lifestyle. Notice I didn’t say diet. To me, diets are temporary things you do to effect a short-term change. And I’ll be blunt: the hardest part for me will be giving up ice cream and milk chocolate bars. Trader Joe’s has this hazelnut milk chocolate bar that is to die for. I just don’t want to die for it.
The other thing I’m learning about is the glycemic index and load of foods. I’m currently searching for a comprehensive list of glycemic load for foods. So far this is the best one.
My plan is to eat much more of the following foods. The “low GL” means “load glycemic load” in the descriptions.
- 70% cacao chocolate: this might work as a replacement for my hazelnut milk chocolate bar because it’s very hard for me to binge on it. For whatever reason, perhaps because of the richness of it, I can only eat a relatively small amount of the stuff. One reason that might be, you can’t eat it fast, you have to let your mouth fully melt it before swallowing, and we know that eating slower is better, because the full signal from your stomach to your brain takes a while. Notice I listed this first. Obsession recognized!
- non-starchy: artichoke, asparagus, bean sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, lettuces, onions, snap beans, snow peas, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, watercress, zucchini.
- corn on the cob: this one surprised me that it’s listed as having a low GL. I have it rarely, but it’s good to know. More popcorn with butter!
- fruits that have a low GL:
- apples, plums and grapes: I don’t eat apples much, but plums and grapes are part of my life.
- avocado: mmmm, guac, but how to enjoy it without the chips? Anyone have ideas?
- watermelon: I would never have guessed its GL was so low.
- bananas: they seem to be on the upper end of the “low” GL scale. Perhaps in moderation.
- eggs: this much maligned food is making a comeback and I really love them.
- cheese: it appears that the GL for cheese is low.
- nuts: I love hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, and walnuts.
- dairy: unsweetened plain yogurt, half-and-half and sour cream; all the full-fat versions.
My plan is to record my weight, to track progress, and after a few months to get a blood sugar test, to see how that side is coming along.