Thinking too much...

Jesse's derby
By Jesse's derby Latest Reply 2013-06-30 19:12:27 -0500
Started 2013-06-27 16:32:23 -0500

I have been immersing myself in books, cookbooks, etc. All are giving me different information. Got a cookbook from the library today. (always loving new flavors/cultural foods). Not to disparage this book in any way, But it had recipes that contained very high carb numbers! So, I guess my question is double fold: #1 How do you know what the truth is about food? #2 How does anyone here on the board filter all the information? Just seems to me at this point that there are no real answers…

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Nick1962 2013-06-30 18:47:15 -0500 Report

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, except when it comes to the food industry. The answer to your first question is; if you see it in a pretty package, or advertised on TV it’s probably no good for you.

The answer to your second question is just what Mimi42 recommends. Learn about your body and how what you put into it affects you. Take a look at your daily activity, and figure out about how many calories you burn. Then take a look at your food intake to make sure it fits.

I’d even suggest throwing away cookbooks – especially newer ones that seem to push today’s diet and eating trends. I was a professional chef for many years (in a previous life) and in most of today’s cookbooks, not only are the recipes crap, but often they are just plain wrong. If you really can’t cook without recipes, I’d recommend going back for copies of any of Meta Givens’ books like her “Encyclopedias” (circ 1949)
She doesn’t just give you a recipe, but teaches you “how” to cook and get confidence to do it without a book. I’d also look up anything on Auguste Escoffier (early 1900’s). By developing your own recipes, you have far greater control of taste, making what you eat much more pleasing than someone else's idea of good food.

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-06-30 19:12:27 -0500 Report

You are so amazing! I have been truly lost in all this information and advice. I want to do the "right thing". I am challenged daily. And I know I am not alone in this.

Mimi43 2013-06-29 10:23:41 -0500 Report

Hi Jesse's derby,

I was diagnosed in March, and I too have been doing lots of reading and learning. I guess what it comes down to for me is, I read EVERY label and make the best possible choice. When I'm grocery shopping I probably put back 2/3 of what I pick-up, because of the carbs and sugar on the label. When I'm looking for recipes, I only pick ones that have the nutritional info. And if I'm not sure how it will affect me, I monitor my BG very closely when I try it. There was a recipe on this website I believe, for a dessert. Graham crackers with nutella and a banana. My sugar spiked after eating, so I can't do that one. Just monitor your BG carefully if you try a new recipe, is what I suggest.

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-06-29 13:46:30 -0500 Report

When I looked more closely at your response I saw how you shopped. What has happened to me is that I don't buy much of anything that has a label on it. I really am an old hippie!…just buy and eat locally…and it is good stuff…I fear all these substitute sugar things…Like I said originally, there is so much information out there…they each contradict each other!

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-06-29 13:31:21 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply. Seems like we are in the same "shopping cart"! It has not been difficult for me to "shop" because I have always been a "lean, green,and bean" eater. Bananas spike me too. I thought of a banana as a "good" food…potassium,etc…but for me it is not! It has been so hot here in the northeast that I am thrilled that I froze some melon slices

Mimi43 2013-06-29 13:34:47 -0500 Report

ooh frozen melon slices sounds yummy! I found that I CAN eat a banana or an apple, but it has to be with a meal that has fiber and protein! My sugar is fine if I do it that way. : )

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