Excess protein in the diet will also raise insulin levels and convert to fat. The truth of the matter is that I am not a young athlete who is in the league of competition where it is vital to build high levels of muscle. I am just a 55 year old dude who has a typical American lifestyle and gets a minimum amount of exercise each day.
Just 20 – 30 percent of my daily diet should consist of protein. This means that when I look at my plate just a small segment should contain healthy meats. One of the things I really enjoy is a handful of black beans in a salad. Healthy meats are expensive but when eaten mindfully and in moderation should last more than just one meal. I am learning to add cashews and pistachio nuts to a morning breakfast with a banana or some berries when I do eat breakfast.
I have always been a big protein eater and even last year with following a Paleo diet believed that it was safe. Maybe this was also the reason that while I was working out pretty tough I also saw my glucose numbers higher in the morning. If I don’t learn anything else from the Obesity Code the one thing I am learning is that too much protein in my diet is also not good for Type II Diabetes or losing weight.
Yesterday at lunchtime I decided to go to Panera for a healthy lunch. I ordered a cup of Black Bean soup and the Asian salad. It came to me as a huge disappointment when I discovered that the Asian Salad was nothing more than iceberg lettuce with Asian dressing aka Canola Oil and some stupid cheap dry noodles. I paid $8.88 cents for garbage.
Dinner wasn’t too much better with two small slices of Paul Newman’s frozen pizza that we had in the freezer. We still have some stressful things going on in our personal lives and last night we needed a quick meal. I know that this wasn’t a good choice, but sometimes when are lives are in hurry up mode we all tend to make bad choices.
The results of these small mistakes showed their ugly heads this morning with my body weight going up slightly along with my blood sugar. These are the signs I need to recognize and learn to not make the same mistakes again. The best defense is always a good offense meaning that If I had healthy foods prepared in advance or readily available in the refrigerator it would have made making a healthy choice much easier.
Blood Sugar- 102, Weight- 188.0
As I felt a need to exercise this morning I am working on the Bowflex with light weights and high reps.
Bench Press- 200 lbs- 25
Incline Press- 200 lbs- 21
Decline Press- 200 lbs- 25
Fly’s- 60/60 lbs- 25