Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Skinny Sketti?

Totally back in the swing of things!!

However, angels were not singing for me Saturday morning. No, they'd called in their evil cousins the Hangover Demons to throw garbage cans and rolling pins at the metal walls they spent all morning building around my bedroom. Whoa. Idiot, idiot, idiot.

Some friends invited us for dinner Friday night and the wine just kept flowing. Now I know - I KNOW - that you should always take it easy coming off a cleanse. But I didn't want to be an ungrateful guest, after all. (Ha!) Actually, I stupidly didn't even consider how close I was to ending my cleanse and I definitely overindulged. Unfortunately, I paid for it Saturday morning. And Saturday afternoon ... Ugh.



It's truly amazing how quickly your system adjusts and your tolerance levels change after a cleanse. So always remember - even if you have to put a temporary tattoo on your partner's face - take it easy coming off a cleanse! No matter what!

On a happier note, I'm having spaghetti for breakfast this morning!!

Bizarre, I know. But I love spaghetti any time - and often have leftover pasta for breakfast. I eat so much of this carb-rich treat, in fact, that it's sometimes hard for me to believe my BMI is about 19. (Yah, yah, I know - have a burger, right?!!) I'm not saying I don't have a health conscious diet, I do - but I recently learned that there may be another factor at work that allows me to chow down on so much sketti without busting the scale.

The scientist/slash/producers/slash/geniuses at BBC's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor have stumbled upon what I think is the miracle of the century. No, maybe the biggest miracle in the whole history of the world! Forget fire. Forget the wheel. Forget red wine being good for you or the parting of the Red Sea. Those are all small potatoes compared to this breakthrough: You can make pasta less fattening!

The trick is cooling it completely in the fridge. Just chilling pasta significantly reduces the impact of it on your blood sugar levels. But refrigerating it, then reheating it again takes out another 50% of the sugar load!!

For some reason - and the experts aren't quite sure why yet - cooling and reheating pasta, rice or any other simple carb makes it behave more like a resistant starch in your tummy. In other words, the body treats it more like bananas, beans or raw oats. You get the fiber, nutrition and the satiety of the treat - without the high spike to your blood sugar that simple carbs usually cause. Meaning it'll be much better for your waistline and general health, even reducing the risk of diabetes.

That's what makes so much sense to me. I'd say 50-75% of the pasta I eat is leftover and reheated from the night before. And I've been doing this all-my-life. Which might explain why it's been a pretty guilt-free indulgence for me.

Now not everyone can stomach sketti first thing in the morning. I get that! But why not take a container to work with you and reheat it for lunch? Or boil it earlier in the day, store it in the fridge and reheat for dinner. Why, the possibilities are endless!! And when it comes to pasta, that's a great thing.

Try to have some protein with it, too, though k? Protein always helps you stay feeling full longer.  I also swear by Catelli Smart Pasta. It's a light and delicious semolina pasta, just like your best friend's Italian mother used to make for you when you went to their house for dinner as a kid, but with the added benefit of oat hull, it has 8 grams of fiber per serving! Speaking of miracles. (If Catelli isn't available in your area, look for other fiber-enriched brands like Dream Fields or Ronzoni. There are quite a few on the market now.)


 ** Insert pretty photo of someone else's food here ** ;)


And if that's not enough ... keep in mind that carbohydrate-rich foods can help reduce the cravings associated with alcohol withdrawal. So it's really good on a cleanse - or even cleanse days. Just skip the wine on those days. And if you're having pasta for breakie, that's probably a good idea too. (Probably.)

For more info on this miracle or miracles, there's more info here @ Telegraph.co.uk and Medical Daily.com.

You're welcome! ;)