Friday, November 26, 2010

New lifestyle eating plan week 1 - cutting sugar from my diet

 So I made some changes in my I mean lifestyle over the past couple of weeks. I guess it's working as I am down 2 lbs.  I'm not ashamed to say that at nearly 6' tall I was at 224 when I started (gotta find a tape measure to get all my starting stats done) and now the scale is holding at 222.

Major food cravings hit me last week that were due in part to HORMONES (uuuggh) but I'm trying hard to stay on top of them and not do anything to reverse my progress. Even after Thanksgiving dinner last night and an indulgence in a made from scratch gluten free fruit tart that I made up using GF ginger snaps and mixed fruit, I'm still down 2 and trying to eat less sugar.

So I was kinda excited to come across these gluten free sugar free hi-protein bars in the GF section at Albertson's. I picked out two to try and the jury is still out on these. They're think Thin bars. Sweetened with maltitol, they have ZERO grams of sugar.

I picked peanut butter and chocolate fudge.

Learning about lowering my sugar intake has led me to discover sugar alcohols, like xylitol and maltitol. They are basically sweetness from sugar without the sugar calories. The body does not recognize them, and use them as nutrients. The only warning so far is that in certain amounts they can cause gas, bloating and diarreah.

So back to the think Thin bar. You see where I'm going with this? After eating the first one this morning, nothing adverse happened. I ate the second one 5 hours later and well. Lets just say I wouldn't want to be around people right now. There's a foulness about me. Juss sayin.

So like I said the jury is still out. I'm not sure my system will adjust to sugar alcohols, though supposedly most people do with repeated consumption. We'll see. I definitely won't eat more than one a day if I get more.

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