I can’t believe a doctor told me that I wasn’t eating a healthy enough diet, but he did.
Last week I mentioned that I visited an endocrinologist to determine if I did indeed have hypoglycemia all these years. He asked me what I eat for breakfast, and I said, “La Familia’s no sugar added muesli with almond milk and some fruit.”
“I’m surprised that you’re eating cereal out of a box,” he said. Really? Can’t it still be good for you, even if it’s packaged cereal?
I was dumfounded. I thought that I was a wizard at healthy eating, but clearly I was wrong.
He told me to eat steel cut oatmeal every morning and to stop eating packaged energy bars. “The rule is that you can eat anything that grows from the ground.”
So I looked back at my diet to see how well I was following his rule:
- Boxed cereal for breakfast
- Store bought orange juice
- Some kind of Kashi energy bar once or twice a day
- A decaf coffee with soy milk
- Leftovers from previous dinner for lunch or food truck food
- Dinner would definitely include some combination of veggies, beans, fruits, and nuts, but could just as easily also include white pasta, white rice, or white bread.
- Virgil’s all-natural cream soda
Not really so good.
- No animal products at all (meat, milk, or egg), which research tells us can promote cancer growth.
- Minimal chemicals and additives — even my packaged cereals and energy bars have natural ingredients.
- Getting more veggies now than I ever did as a meat eater.
- Too much sugar, which can promote certain cancers.
- Not nearly enough variety and quantity of vegetables.
- Too many simple carbs (cereal, pasta, rice, and bread) — same sugar issue, plus the food doesn’t sustain me very long so that I need to eat again shortly after.
My doctor’s appointment was on Thursday. Friday Tommie and I went to Whole Foods and purchased steel cut oatmeal, clementine oranges to squeeze at home, and unsalted mixed nuts to munch on. We also grabbed some raisins and bananas for snacking and some veggies for juicing. We did not buy cream soda. 🙁
Since Saturday morning I have eaten steel cut oatmeal for breakfast every day, squeezed my own OJ, eat nuts, fruits, and veggies for snacks, and I drink water or herbal tea instead of soda.
I feel incredible. I’ve lost two pounds of fat (since Saturday!), and I feel less hungry and more energetic.
Coincidentally, a friend posted the following video on my Facebook page on Saturday. It’s the story of Dr. Terry Wahls, who successfully reversed her advanced multiple sclerosis with her diet. I don’t think Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn would completely agree with all her choices, as she still consumes meat, but the results are truly astounding. Even I was shocked to discover that through diet alone someone could beat MS.
Watch for yourself and let me know what you think: