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  • Doctor, What’s A Healthy Snack?


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    Friday, September 14, 2012 10:18 am Email this article

    ​Anyone who asks me this question after hearing or reading The First Visit Speech has missed the point. A major point of the speech is that I don’t want you snacking. Keep your insulin LOW between meals–in mid-morning, mid-afternoon and during sleep. Insulin is allowed to be high–not too high–only in the hour or two after each of the regular meals of the day.

    ​Insulin, remember, is the top switch controlling everything involved in storing energy, and in not using energy. When insulin is high, you cannot lose weight no matter what you do. The strongest stimulus to insulin is eating a lot of starch or even tasting anything very sweet. Notice, I said "even tasting".

    The patients ask, "Can I snack on carrots and celery? Those don’t raise insulin much." I used to fall for that trick, but not anymore.  Because of Snack Creep. The snacking may start with celery, but it doesn’t stay there. It quickly creeps back to chips and candy. So I say, no snacking, period.

    Look, people, food is nothing special. All it is really, is what you eat at mealtimes. The French say eat to live, don’t live to eat. Zut! if even the quiche-eating French say that . . . p-l-e-a-s-e Americans, get a life! 

    Food doesn’t make you virtuous or sinful, healthy or sick, beautiful or ugly, wise or stupid. It’s just food. Get the focus off your bellies. Get a culture. Look at art, read a book, learn a skill, find new friends. There is a world out there. Don’t be a cow!  Look up.

    Sssh, what I have to teach :-)  Strange job, isn't it? but I enjoy it. And the medicines do help;. By the way, the First Visit Speech manual is available for free to anyone who writes me and asks for it.

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