Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
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While whether to eat some of these foods is a black-and-white issue – may another gram of hydrogenated fat never pass your lips, for example – some foods are okay in smaller quantities.
Let’s take a look at some less-than-stellar options in our food supply, and set an upper limit to how much you should have.
Your hormone levels may be fine with small quantities, but they may become overwhelmed with more.
Less-Than-Stellar Option #1: Starchy Root Vegetables
You’ll find out much I love vegetables later, but one type is not on the top of my list: starchy vegetables.
Just as we store our energy as glycogen, plants store their energy as starch.
As such, starchy vegetables are more calorie-dense than non-starchy vegetables.
Non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, and green peppers, have 25 calories and 5 grams of carbs per half cup cooked serving, and they cause a negligible bump in your blood sugar.
Starchy carbs, on the other hand, have 80 calories and 15 grams of carbs per half cup cooked serving – and most have an immediate and dramatic impact on your blood sugar and insulin.
And which vegetable could you imagine yourself overindulging in, potatoes or spinach?
Root vegetables and other starchy vegetables, like potatoes, beets, corn, and peas, have some redeeming nutritional qualities – potatoes are a fantastic source of potassium, for example – but they’re missing out on a lot of the more potent antioxidants and other phytochemicals more prevalent in nonstarchy vegetables.
When you put those two things together – more calories and less nutrition – I think you know where I stand on the matter.
I’m never one to discourage veggie eating, but take it easy with these guys:
Hormone Homework: Aim for less than 2 servings of starchy vegetables a day. If you’re going to have them, try interesting types like parsnips, a proven cancer fighter, or beets, full of folate to help lower levels of heart-attack-inducing homocysteine in your blood. I’m also a fan of sweet potatoes, packed with free-radical fighting beta-carotene and vitamin C. Anything but the usual suspects of corn, peas, and potatoes – God knows you don’t need more corn!
Less-Than-Stellar Option #2 – Tropical, Dried, and Canned Fruits
Watermelon, pineapple, banana, mango – basically all tropical fruits – are high in sugar and should be consumed in limited quantities.
But when I say “limited,” I mean 5 servings a week (about one a day is okay).
Dried and other processed fruits should be treated as processed foods – i.e., not good for you – so let them be.
Many dried fruits use preservatives called sulfites, which can, in some people, cause severe allergic reactions like hives, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, or even fatal shock.
Even grapes can be packed with sulfites when they’re shipped.
Canned fruits, even when packed in their own juices, are considerably higher in sugar than when you just eat them off the tree or vine.
And heavy syrups – well, enough said on that front.
That’s just like grabbing a cup of corn syrup and dunking in a forkful of fruit.
Hormone Homework: One dried fruit you might want to slip into rotation? Dried plums, aka prunes. A good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, dried plums are excellent for your digestion and help manage your blood sugar at the same time. Just watch your portions – each individual prune is 25 calories.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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