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Today's 1% Change: Don't DASH

September 8, 2017


As many of you know, I started a new job recently, which means new medical insurance. And for me, it’s actually the same Cigna medical insurance that I had with the previous company I worked for.


I was browsing the Cigna website to see what, if anything was new and came across the Article of the Day: Healthy Eating. Now, I’m always skeptical about any food or diet article published by any company in the healthcare system. But this one… wow. It's no wonder so many people are confused about what they should eat. This is pretty much a recommendation to eat a sugar diet. It’s called the DASH diet “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”. I think it stands for Diabetes And Sugar High diet.


So here’s their recommended breakfast (sugar additions are mine)


·        3/4 cup bran flakes cereal - sugar

·        8 ounces fat-free milk - sugar

·        1 medium banana - sugar

·        1 slice whole wheat toast - sugar

·        1 teaspoon jelly - sugar

·        4 ounces orange juice - sugar


There’s barely any protein and no fat at all. Almost pure carbs. I cannot see how anyone recommends eating this way anymore. The lunch and dinner menus are not much better. They recommend a cup of grape juice with dinner.


You might question why I’m calling bran flakes and wheat toast sugar. They’re complex carbohydrates. And when you digest them, your body breaks them down into simple sugars. So there you go. Sugar.


Ignore “conventional” diet advice and eat real food for breakfast. Eggs, bacon, homemade full fat yogurt, maybe a little bit of fruit. And you don’t have to have a “normal” breakfast there have been many days when I’ve had a burger (no bun) for breakfast.


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