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Magical Sausage and Eggs at Mcdonald’s Heals Man with Diabetes!

I was at my sweet friend’s house the other night. Names will be modified in this blog post to protect the innocent, but just as a reference, this is the friend who I blogged about over a year ago. She is the one who almost took ten years off my life and that of her whole family by serving black broccoli aka; toxic laden nitrate filled charred cancer producing broccoli.

Anyways we all survived that dinner, but I digress… So I was at her house the other night and we were chatting about health issues and as it turns out her husband, Mr B, had a near death experience because of poor glucose control. Mr B survived, changed his life, changed his diet, lost some weight and now feels great.

So I am thinking wow, what did he do, South Beach, Paleo, Atkins what? How did this man change his diet to lose the weight and feel great?

Well, the conversation, in her kitchen of course, continues and he shares his great weight loss tactics. Every morning, he no longer skips breakfast but on his way to work he stops at McDonald’s and gets a hearty meal of sausage McMuffin and eggs. I stand there in the kitchen mouth agape, not moving or commenting because I am scared of what may come out… And he proudly goes on to say that he does this based on diabetic counselling, at the hospital no less. They clearly told him to eat breakfast and he was told by the diabetic nutritionist that he had to eat at least 30-70 grams of carbs in each meal with some protein. That sausage Mcmuffin with egg I may add, he wanted me to make sure I did not forget to add the protein component aka, the egg, clearly fits the bill of the diabetic requirements.

Still I stand there silently in the kitchen…..ok, smiling to myself because the irony of all of this is killing me…

Mr B, is actually right! And who can argue with a man who has lost weight, never has felt better and finally has his sugar under control?

So I ran home and looked up the nutritional profile of these magical eggs and sausages, here it is in case you were wondering:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/foods-from-mcdonalds/6272/2

450 calories; not bad for a hearty breakfast

Sodium: 930mg…yikes! That will come back and bite him in the you know what with high blood pressure

Carbohydrates 29 grams; right on track with the diabetic counselling

Cholesterol 290 mg, another yikes

But my gosh, it is low on the glycemic index only 13,  so totally ok for diabetics unless they are also concerned about the state of affairs of your heart and/or arteries, then beware!

Clearly diabetic counselling needs to go one step deeper but I have to say, kudos to MR B for trying and I think given his past and the information he has that he is dong amazing, “great job MR B!”

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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To eat or not to eat….the tale of the toxic can of mushrooms..

Yesterday I worked for ten hours seeing sick people at the clinic and when I was done I needed a little Alison time to decompress and so naturally I went to the grocery store. I find shopping for fruits and vegetables quite soothing. I know, some people like shoes, me, it’s the produce section….Anyways, there is a global market near the clinic and so I decided to stop, see what Asian/Mexican treats were available. Needless to say I bought a plethora of interesting greens and foods, some that I still do not even know how to use or how to name – I shall experiment this evening. And I must say that I was happily distracted for at least an hour.

I walked the aisles of curry, hot sauces and seaweeds and when I stumbled across the ‘every kind of canned mushrooms’, I was super happy. I love the straw variety and decided that I definitely needed a few cans of these.

Today, as I was preparing lunch and heating up some chili that I made, I remembered that I had those delicious mushroom. So, I opened a can, rinsed and then poured them into my soup. YUM! When I was putting the can in my recycling bin I happened to see the expiration date, it said 2022. Wow, I looked again thinking it probably said 2012, but nope, clearly it said 2022. I thought, my God these little guys may live longer than me! Then I had to wonder how is that possible, feels weird? I was actually scared to look at the ingredient list especially after I noticed the 800 mg of sodium per serving…yikes!  I just had to stop and pull my eyes away but before I did, I had another thought, BPA. OMG! Of course this can also had BPA and I thought how much BPA can a  mushroom absorb between now and 2022? How old is the can to begin? I mean, if it can last until 2022, maybe it is only midway through its shelf life and this can is actually from 2002. So I am thinking that is a lot of BPA?

Jeez, I am telling you, knowledge is not always bliss!  After all was said and done I contemplated deep and hard as to whether or not I should even eat this delicious meal. I really like those mushrooms and the chili that I added it too was divine. Funny, as toxic laden as it may be, it was not an easy decision…Needless to say I am probably never going to buy canned mushrooms at the asian store again.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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