Day 5: Lentils and grocery stores…

I think, after 5 days, that lentils are not going to be a big part of this diet.  They just don’t taste that great.  Tim Ferris swears by the lentil, egg, spinach combo for breakfast as a slow carb, high protein start.  Today I said, no thank you.  A black bean and salsa omelet however, mucho bien.

Recipe: 1 whole egg, 3 whites, 1/2 can black beans, salsa of your choice.  Spray cold pan with a bit of olive oil, heat on med.  Pour beans in and spread.  After beans are heated, pour in eggs.  Let set, flip or broil till cooked.  Top with salsa.  Yum…  For an added bit of protein, drop a spoonful of nonfat greek yogurt (I like Chobani) on top.

Have you ever noticed the sheer quantity of fast carbs in the grocery store?  It’s astounding.  I’d guess somewhere on the order of 80% of the items were loaded with white carbs or had the potential to be white carbs (e.g. brown rice and wheat bread).  This particular diet I’m attempting forbids both 6 days of the week.  The next time you go shopping, pay attention to the rows and rows of stuff that makes us fat.   A vast majority of it is junk food.  In a Neilson survey they found that the average American family spends only 9% of their $2000+ grocery dollars on meat and fresh produce!  10% is on alcohol and a whoppin 65% on packages crap…  As I said, astounding.  In some internet floundering I found some other interesting stuff:

US News & World Report, ‘10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know’:

  1. Junk food makers spend billions advertising unhealthy foods to kids
  2. The studies that food producers support tend to minimize health concerns associated with their products
  3. Junk food makers donate large sums of money to professional nutrition associations
  4. More processing means more profits, but typically makes the food less healthy
  5. Less-processed foods are generally more satiating than their highly processed counterparts
  6. Many supposedly healthy replacement foods are hardly healthier than the foods they replace
  7. A health claim on the label doesn’t necessarily make a food healthy
  8. Food industry pressure has made nutritional guidelines confusing
  9. The food industry funds front groups that fight antiobesity public health initiatives
  10. The food industry works aggressively to discredit its critics

Today’s menu will be posted on 1/7

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