Excuse me, are you going to eat your dinner roll?”
This was the running topic of dinner conversation during my college years. Not, “Have you studied up on Pavlov’s theory?” or “How wild was that frat party last night?” or “Are you seriously dating that hot cowboy?” My top concern was how many rolls I could mooch off my table mates in a 20 minute sitting. Fortunately for my cravings (unfortunately for my blood sugar) I lived in a sorority with 90 women; that’s A LOT of rolls. A good night’s take for me was around seven rolls.
Hello, my name is Monica and I’m a carboholic! Hot-buttered-bakery-fresh-donut-diva-there’s-not-a-bread-I-don’t-love CARBOHOLIC. Like, could someone please ban me to a life of bread and water!!!
When my weight starts to climb and my jeans start to feel like sausage skin, I know exactly where the blame lies. There were times in my life where 80% of my calories were carbohydrates: toast for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and tortellini with garlic bread for dinner. Oh the Glory!
Yeah, I know a thing or two about the life of a carboholic. And I can spot another carby from the end of my baguette.
Our society’s move away from fats toward carbohydrates was NOT a positive step to my overall health. It’s shocking how easy it is to get my carb fix on. Look around a mall and tell me how many raw vegetable places you see. How many lean protein fast food joints do you frequent? And, when I do make an effort to keep simple sugars out of our home, my kids are more than happy to pick up the slack. Walnuts are not a Halloween staple. Birthday parties are never held at Souper! Salads! Kids aren’t selling tubs of flavored squash for their soccer team fundraiser. Go ahead, just try to eliminate carbs from your diet and you’ll quickly learn how intrinsic they’ve become.
The truth is the more carbs I eat, the more I want. The truth is that they make me feel like a rock star. . . for about 30 minutes. Then the crash comes and I’m craving Ruffles on rye. The truth is my body thrives on a diet of veggies and protein.
And the research continues to show how damaging sugar is to our bodies. It ages us, lowers our immune system, feeds cancer and puts us on the fast track to diabetes. My OB was just educating me this week about my lifelong high cholesterol (yeah, that’s me). Come to find out it isn’t the eggs that are triggering it but…you got it, simple sugars. Like, maybe 7 bread rolls at dinner? So that’s why my cholesterol numbers improve when I choose an omelet over a scone.
It’s not easy (addictions never are) but here are a few tips I’ve learned in my continuing recovery:
Are you a carboholic? Is it affecting your health and mood? How do you keep your diet in balance? What’s your favorite, easy, “non-carb” snack?
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