Health and Diet Updates
Consolidating the further updates to both the sugar and carbs substitutes series
To recap, for the foreseeable future, I’m going with an alternation between erythritol/stevia mixes (or Truvia with more erythritol added) for easier to sweeten drinks like tea with milk and lemonade, erythritol by itself in drinks that already have stevia (Zevia) and xylitol for harder to sweeten caffeine without milk (iced tea and Zevia cola).
Trying to hang on to some packs of Xylosweet, because they’re good to have if I need a sweetener on the go (like if I’m taking a can of Zevia to work, or getting tea with milk outside).
The next thing I will try soon is my own bottle of liquid stevia, so see how well it goes in lemonade and iced tea, and in mixtures with erythritol.
So I got the latest blood report now, and total cholesterol (172), LDL (78) and A1C (6.3) are all in the good range, so it’s only triglycerides which are still high, at 281, but this is a big drop. It still needs to be cut almost in half, and I would like to cut the carbs (now mainly rice) at least in half, but once again, it is very difficult.
Also to cut a rather big food bill (high in part from trying to eat healthy), I’ve been suggesting just meat and salad or other vegetables most of the time. Problem is, the starches are the cheapest of the foods (hence, why they became such a prominent fixture in our diet, basically a “filler”), so it’s not saving a lot to reduce them. (Wonder if this was done intentionally to get us hooked, as Wheat Belly alludes to). The meat is the most expensive, and I could conceivably give that up and go on vegetables alone, as I essentially did in the Air Force, but it seems I need the protein now, especially with a job that takes a lot of energy.
Finally got the Santa Cruz lemon juice, along with Grateful Harvest Organic “Lemon Shot”, which is one of those things sold in a plastic lemon. This was at the Park Av.S store (Health 4 U), and a different brand than the one I saw at Whole Foods (Volcano Lemon Burst) .
The Santa Cruz had more of that “pine wax” taste than either the Lakewood or 365, while the Lemon Shot is the one that smells just like a real lemon! It’s totally clear, and I had trouble getting enough taste by itself for lemonade, but just a squirt is nearly perfect for the iced tea, with two teaspoons of erythritol, and a half spoon of Truvia. (The tea with the other juices was tasting really watery, and adding more juice made taste more like the juice than like tea, and I was beginning to wonder if the sweeteners were the problem).
So now, I’m finishing out the lemon juice for glasses of lemonade (adding water, and a half spoon or so of Truvia is good enough; not going to waste the erythritol or xylitol trying to improve the taste).
My wife also got me some Twinings Cold Brew peach tea, which of course, I don’t need the lemon for.