“The Diet Book Revue”

Today is Monday, January 20th – celebrating Martin Luther King Day!

On stage today:  Read carefully and think

Act 1: 

I consider myself a reader, and as a dietitian of 30+ years, I have read numerous “diet books” and books on various topics for enjoyment.  My friend however, is what I would call a “Superman Reader”.  His comprehension is faster than a speeding bullet, his analogies quicker than lightning with insight more powerful than a locomotive.  As leader of our book group, he encourages us to read every word closely and think about what the author is saying.  I have found this most helpful, especially when digging through diet books. 

Act 2:

Diet books are not all bad and many of them have truly changed people’s weight or lifestyle for the better.  There are also blatant lies in some of them.  For example:  In a quite popular diet book, the author writes that 4 oz. of fish = 100 grams of protein!  In reality, 4 oz. of fish is approximately 28 g of protein (1 oz. = 7 g).  We ought to be very careful when reading and even more careful not to hop on any bandwagons or blindly follow trends or our friends. 

Act 3:

One man’s meat is another man’s poison.  Every person metabolizes food differently, has different stress levels, diverse sleep patterns and raised in a particular environment. Philosophy makes a difference too. Man ought to figure out for himself what foods fit his/her own constitution the best, not what the “experts” promote.  I encourage my patients to play “Sherlock Holmes,” and journal the different foods they eat and how the food sat in their guts.  If eggs don’t sit well in the morning, try them at night.  By journaling, you will end up with a nice list of foods that make you alert, mindful, groggy or nauseated.  I know cilantro, tomato sauce and eating eggs in the morning bother me, but I can eat eggs at night, tomato sauce before 2:00 and can never cilantro unless I “pay for it”.  If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar before a meal.  Note the content of your meal and then check your sugar 2 hours after your meal.  See how the meal affected your sugar and energy level.

Tip or Quote of the day:

“One Man’s Meat Is Another Man’s Poison”

Take action today:

Be your own detective.

Journal your food intake for a few days.

Note how certain foods affect you.

Read print carefully.