No Need for a Sugar-high: Day 19

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Sprouted diabetic lifestyle bread from Alvarado St. Bakery.

I’m really digging this Sprouted Diabetic Lifestyle bread from Alvarado St. Bakery. Their organic grains are sprouted and directly made into bread sweetened by only organic dates. This produced a bread that was clinically proven by the Glycemic Research Institute in Washington DC, to be low glycemic.

A low-glycemic diet is one that selects foods on the basis of minimal alteration of circulating glucose levels. Glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) are measures of the effect on blood glucose level after a food containing carbohydrates is consumed. Remember, a low glycemic diet is helpful to diabetics managing their blood sugar. Whether it applies to the rest of us or not is arguable. The push that all carbs are not created equal, and the creation of the low GI diet has propelled the South beach and high protein diets.

I believe this bread would suit those diets very well. However, I still like eating this bread because it has a very low sugar content, and yet, it was very palatable when eaten by itself. I have a lot of respect for Alvarado St. Bakery who has put so much work into producing this type of bread. Today is unusually sunny and in the 70s in Portland. I ended this long crazy week with w 5K run down the waterfront corridor. Portland weather is turning amazing and I may eat more bread because of this.

Here’s what I ate on Day 19 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Alvarado St. Bakery Sprouted California Style 7 slices (34g) 630
Alvarado St. Bakery Sprouted Diabetic Lifestyle 6 slices (34g) 480
Apricot preserve 3 Tbsp 150
Salami 6 Slices 180
Barney ® Almond butter Vanilla + Espresso 1 Tbsp 95
Orange 1 orange 45
Quiche 1 250
Run -444
TOTAL 1386


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Raisins and Water: Day 9

Klosterman Organic Raisin Bread.

Klosterman Organic Raisin Bread.

The pain in my finger seems like a distant memory, now that I drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Hydration is key.

While I continue to keep a close eye on my sodium intake by not consuming too much deli meats, I try to stay away from high sodium spreads like cream cheese and peanut butter as well. Over the last two days, I realized that if I stayed away from sodium, I replaced it with sugar instead.  This is not easy. Sugar-free jam, you’re my next best friend.

The fruit breads do not have as much sodium as their non-fruity counterparts. So I had no problem eating buttered raisin toast all day. Good raisin bread is best eaten this way, and the Klosterman’s brand had so much raisins in it, it tasted so good! I could have eaten the whole loaf itself, but I had to pace myself.

Buttered Raisin Toast from Klosterman's.

Buttered Raisin Toast from Klosterman’s.

I also had to watch my sugar, so I had to eat half a loaf of the Organic whole wheat. This paired well with the savory items I had on my menu today like the tri tip steak. Thanks to my friends at Klosterman’s, this day was very enjoyable! I love your raisin bread!

Caramelized onions and steak sandwich on whole wheat bread.

Caramelized onions and steak sandwich on Klosterman’s whole wheat bread.

Here’s what I ate on Day 9 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Klosterman’s Organic Raisin Bread 6 slices (40g) 660
Klosterman’a 100% Organic whole wheat 6 slices (40g) 600
Tillamook® Salted Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Almond Breeze® chocolate almond milk 1 C 40
Steak 3oz 158
Ham 1oz 30
Salami 1oz 50
Brussel sprouts 38
Squash soup 1 C 20
Flan 200
Papaya 1C 67
Total 2063