Happy holidays! The season is in full gear all around me. My company hosted an open house this week and of course we offered the usual fare of Christmas cookies, cheese and crackers. Some of the crackers were mutli-grain, but contained refined processed flours none the less.
We had one client who is diabetic and watches what he eats - he couldn't have anything we offered. I made some gluten-free, vegan homemade protein bars this weekend (check my recipes for "Vanilla Nutrageous Protein Bars") and I may just offer a few for him to try. As a no bake recipe, these are super easy to whip up and keep on hand in the freezer or refrigerator.
All the many treats we are drawn to are doing the same thing in each of us as we enjoy them - SPIKING our INSULIN production. Contrary to what you may have been taught - it is not necessarily the fats you eat (such as bacon, steak, butter, etc) that cause high cholesterol. The true culprit, of both Type II Diabetes and high cholesterol is SIMPLE CARBS. The products made with refined processed flours, processed oatmeals (that little label stating it "lowers cholesterol" is in fact, a fallacy), create an overproduction of insulin in our body. Other SPIKING ingredients high fructose corn syrup, and all the "ose" ingredients - commonly found in your low-fat yogurts. Have you actually read the label of Yoplait low-fat yogurt? It will not help you lose and maintain weight loss, or be beneficial to your body on a cellular level.
There are a couple of things you can do during this time of year to help keep your insulin in check.
First - limit yourself. Plain and simple - and perhaps hard to do. A great, delicious substitute I have found is SILK brand Dark Chocolate Almond Milk - I pour a little over ice in a juice glass and it is more delicious than ice cream!
PROGESTERONE - a natural hormone balancing cream readily available, helps to counter insulin hormone, as well as keep your estrogen levels in check. It has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties - on a day when I know I am going to a holiday party - I will use three pumps a day of my Prolief versus the usual two. (Note: the FDA has not endorsed the results of bio-identical progesterone cream - but I can tell you people around the world are having life changing benefits!)
Another AB product I use is the Metabolism Boost - which specifically controls your metabolism. From my research on the individual ingredients (found in an earlier post) it controls insulin production and has an added benefit for those with high blood pressure.
Of course exercise is going to naturally boost your metabolism so if you can find time to put a little sweat equity in to your health - you will feel better throughout the holiday season. I would caution you not to over do it and decrease your immunity at a time when the flu bug seems to already be rampant around this part of the country. By the way - I don't believe in the flu vaccine, and the bug going around here that promotes symptoms of bronchitis and laryngitis would not have been "covered" in the vaccine anyhow. They are reporting it to be a new strain.
To your health this holiday season!