Food, treacherous food

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of an opportunity to eat badly.”Anna Thomas

Yes, but unfortunately many of us eat badly, or more precisely unwholesomely. Enticing dishes are often Trojan horses bent on sabotaging your health from the inside.
And no matter what it says, Big Food (despite its reassuring labels) is not your friend. Few people bother anyway to read the (minuscule) stickers, and if they did, they would be horrified. Basically, everything that tastes good is unhealthy and vice versa.

In order to better control my blood sugar (and my girlish figure), I decided a while ago to scrutinize my food more carefully and eat more reasonably. This measure will alas deprive me of almost everything I like.

I acquired a phone app called MyNetDiary with the idea of keeping me (nutritionally) on the straight and narrow. I admit that it is a great app… and an eye-opener.
It is also easy to use and the guarantor of your commitment.

One of the great features of this product is that it includes a scanner that can identify immediately what you are about to purchase or consume. You just expose the package’s barcode to the built-in scanner and it will tell you instantly… what you did not want to know.

Are you aware by the way of your daily calorie intake? I bet that you don’t.

Would you believe that a friendly “pain au chocolat” contains 470 calories?  And that one ounce (28 grams) of walnuts contains a whopping 185 calories. What about French fries or butter? The truth is often ugly and hard to digest.

“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”Mark Twain

This is what I thought, but it is not “medically correct” and this damn correctness is popping up everywhere nowadays to spoil our fun. Curse you correctness!

Despite a careful tracking of my food intake, my blood glucose (and my weight) are putting up a stubborn fight; they don’t want to change. I should confess though that I am not too fond of veggies. Dead cooked veggies that is. The abominable Brussels Sprouts taste (and smell) horrible, but it is GOOD for you! And I don’t talk to me about cauliflower either… Confidentially, I am more of a carbohydrates type of guy. I love bread, cereals, oats, pasta, cookies… all the bad boys of the food chain.

But being aware and keeping track of what you eat is the first step. Will power is a close second.

In my youth life was simpler:

“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” Buddy Hackett

Ta ta for now…

Alain

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