I'm all about trying to find a good, healthy way to start the day. I've posted previously about the veggie bites, but I've had a hard time finding them again at my local hip market. (You know, the one that carries organic products in a section of a corner back in the back of the store, along with all the jars of vitamins and other supplements that pretend to be "health foods.")
Anyway, last night I was at Walgreen's picking up some Co Q-10. I honestly don't know what this stuff is but my doctor told me to take it and so I do. I really should look at some info on that. But anyhoo... I spent a good amount of time in the cereal aisle looking at the nutrition information on cereal boxes. I was chagrined and all to discover how little fiber there is in most cereals that promote themselves as healthy food. Especially compared to the number of carbohydrates per serving, and especially compared to the number of carbs from sugar. Thanks Tech, and to the diabetes educators out there, for raising my awareness about carbs in the life of a diabetic.
So I finally ran across one box that had some really interesting numbers. Get this:
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories from fat: 10
Total Carbohydrates: 25 grams
Dietary Fiber: 14 grams
Soluble Fiber: 1 gram
Sugars: 0 grams
Other Carbohydrate: 11 grams
Holy cow! 14 grams of dietary fiber in 1/2 cup!! That oughta work better than Roto Rooter!
I've taken to buying milk in the small 2-cup bottles. Each cup of milk (this is whole, Vitamin D)has 11 grams of carbohydrate as a sugar. So I've found that 1/2 cup is plenty plus for a 1/2 cup of cereal. So count that as 6 carbs plus the 11 net carbs (once you subtract the dietary fiber from total carbs) and my breakfast is 17 carbs... just over one serving (15 carbs is one serving of carbohydrate.) Not bad, especially for the boost of that 14 grams of dietary fiber!
So what's this product I'm recommending to you? It is General Mills' Fiber One Bran Cereal. This one little serving is satisfying and provides you with 57 percent of your daily value of fiber.
Don't forget to drink lots of water with your fiber, and make sure you get some walking time in every day.
I have the first in a series of four diabetes education classes starting this morning. Every Wednesday morning from Halloween until the day before Thanksgiving I'll be at the hospital for three hours learning about managing my disease. That seems like a LOT of classroom time for me but I know I have to do this to live.
Keep up your good work, everyone. Tech, take care and let us know how the Sim Fast is going this week.