Wednesday, March 02, 2005


If you knew me as a kid, you know I love ice cream and any combination of peanut butter and chocolate. If you knew me in high school, you know I used to have a bagel and cream cheese and chocolate soft serve with Reeces Pieces on top for almost every lunch. If you knew me the last six years or so you know I live on cereal (Cheerios and Lucky Charms, especially). If you've known me for any length of time, you'd be surprised to find out I'm turning into a health food nut. And if you don't know me, then trust me, this is weird.

My mom turned me on to Dr. Mercola has a clinic outside Chicago where people go when doctors have either given up on them because they can't figure out what's wrong with them, or where people go when they're not pleased with the treatment their doctors insist is their only choice. He's done a ton of research into the foods we eat and how we are affected by them, and he has found that your metabolism runs best on certain kinds of foods. he says everyone falls into one of three metabolic groups: protein group, carb group, or mixed group.

Now, of course, I have lived my life as a carb girl. Bread was my best friend, cereal my soulmate, and sugar in any form my dearest love. And guess what! I'm a protein type! No wonder I've been hungry for the last ten years; my metabolism has had hardly any fuel.

His research is fascinating. I strong urge you to go check out his site and sign up for his newsletter. It comes twice a week and has all sorts of great stuff in it. And if you like milk, you should definitely type "milk" into his info search engine and read some of the articles that come up. Talk about insightful!

Now, what's really ironic is that my THREE boxes of tagalong Girl Scout Cookies were just delivered and, despite the fat that I just told you I'm a protein type who shouldn't be eating sugar or carbs, I'm totally pigging out. Dr. Mercola talks about how carbs in most forms (candy, potatoes, pastas, cereals) are addictive, and I am living proof. Does it matter that I lost ten pounds just by cutting out sugar and grains? Nooo, I go right back to sugar's sweet embrace the minute I am tempted. It's a process, lemme tell ya.

1 comment:

Jeane Wynn said...

I totally know what you mean about sugar. My husband and I went on low carb, felt better, looked better -lost weight, the whole thing. But with work being busy, my husband pastoring and the move to the new house . . .well, let's just say I found my way back to the nutter butters! I am always just one oreo (or nacho) away from falling off the wagon. But honestly, there really is no nutritional value in a donut is there! Hang in there! Enjoy those cookies and then get back on the wagon!