Monday, September 27, 2010

Lesson Learned

This was going to be my usual weekly new product spot.  I guess, in a way,  it is. I tried Terra's 'Exotic Chips'  They're quite tasty.  Only 50 mgs of salt.  150 calories for 15 chips.  The chips are from exotic types of 'potatoes' like yuca, taro, and parsnips to name a few. 

I was going to reccommend them with hummus, but, an interesting thing happened to me that I am still paying for right now.  It doesn't matter how exotic the potato is, it's still a starchy carb.  Starchy carbs do to people on a low carb diet the same thing that the energy drinks do to people who aren't used to drinking them.  It sends them on a sugar rush then crash.  Starch is converted to sugar and I crashed hard.  As in my sugar probably plummeted so low that I was dangerously close to the equivalent of a diabetic coma.  I slept somewhere between 3 and 4 hours. I don't remember anything except being so overcome by exhaustion that I couldn't even hold my head up long enough to cross the 10  feet from my computer desk to the sofa where I just collapsed.  The house could have exploded and I would have never heard a sound.  That scares me. 

I still have a terrible headache and still feel groggy.  The only thing that I could think to do was counter it with protein which brings insulin levels back up so I had a baked chicken breast and a cup of greek yogurt.  It worked like a charm.  I don't want to repeat that episode.  Apparently I've trained my body to reject most carbs.   Very likely I can retrain it to accept carbs if I do it slowly but why would I want to do that?

Starches also translate into fat stored and I stilll have plenty of stored fat unfortunately.  This time, it's lesson learned.  Stay away from the bad carbs.

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