Professional Help

So I had my first appointment with the nutritionist this morning.  It started like this:

Her: “I love your hair!”
Me: “Oh, well thank you.”
Her: “At the end, I want you to write down for me where you go.”
Me: “Sure.”

Then we got down to business.  She asked me questions [more related to health and less to hair] and stuck some electrode-thingies on me for one of her tests.  The test ratted me out as being dehydrated.  Even more interesting, it was able to calculate my “Lean Body Mass,” which is stuff like bones, muscle, and organs.  Stuff you need.  All of that weighs 150 pounds which, for my height and frame size is good.  Maybe even a little low.

She then explained about High Glycemic versus Low Glycemic foods.  High Glycemics are bad and, of course, a lot of what I eat.  They are things that the body digests quickly which results in rapid increases in blood sugar levels.  The releases greater doses of insulin to deal with all that sugar.  The insulin stores the sugar as fat and your blood sugar levels plummet.  This makes you crave sweets and carbs.  It’s a vicious cycle, really.

High Glycemic Things to Avoid:
–Dextrose
–Corn Syrup
–Granulated Sugar
–Brown Sugar
–White Flour
–Refined Grains
–Anything “homogenized”

Conversely, Low Glycemics are harder for your body to break down and are digested more slowly.  This aids in weight management and controlling cravings.

Low Glycemic Things to Eat:
–Evaporated Cane Juice
–Brown Rice Syrup
–Blue Agave Syrup
–Barley Malt Syrup
–Turbinado Sugar [raw sugar] –Succinat
–Stevia
–Whole Wheat Flour
–Whole Grains

I also need to up my protein intake to about 100 grams a day, which seems like a crazy amount to me.  I got about 85 today, but that’s only because I missed breakfast for the appointment.  I also have some vitamin supplements to take, along with fish oil omega-3 extract and calcium supplements.

Additionally, she believes I am a prime suspect for Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome.  One of the by-products of this is that my body creates more insulin than needed, thereby storing more fat.  I have a Gyno appointment next month to verify/discredit her hunch.  If she’s correct, birth control would be able to regulate the hormone creating the insulin excess.

I am really excited about the new diet plan.  And totally on board.  I mean, hell, I am willing to down shots of fish oil (and it’ll be a liquid ’cause I can’t swallow pills [albeit orange-flavored]] for this.  I’ve finally gotten to a point where I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I want to be healthy and feel healthy.  I can’t wait.

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  1. Sounds cool, neat ideas to go with there. The only thing that sounds odd to me is the pill — there's an awful lot of life-threatening side effects that come with taking it, and if you're just on it to help lose weight I'm not sure it'd be worth it to me. The blood clot problem with it runs in my family too though, so I'm extra hesitant, but it's nasty stuff.

What do you think?