Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

What about bacon? Al and I try to stay with a mostly vegan diet. We do it because we both have a tendency to get hooked on fats, and we both have a tendency for high cholesterol.

With my tomatoes starting to come on, my natural inclination is to think about BLT’s. In my life, one of my favorite reasons for eating fresh summer tomatoes is for the awesome BLT’s that you can make. Oh yeah! I used to make toast with margarine, slap on some mayo, then add four or five slices of bacon to my slice of tomato. That’s where the problem lies! Really? Margarine, mayonnaise, AND 5 slices of bacon? Now, that’s a delicious BLT, but also a killer bomb!

If you want to lose weight, lower cholesterol, and generally clean up your lifestyle, you’ve got to always be negotiating choices. For example, in the sandwich that I’ve mentioned above, according to www.nutritiondata.self.com there would be an excess of 30 grams of fat in the BLT with mayo, margarine, and 4 slices of bacon. That is almost half of a healthy daily allowance. For me, it’s been really helpful to weigh out my priorities. 4 slices of bacon contain about 12 grams of the fat, margarine 11 grams, mayo, about 5 grams, and two slices of toast, about 2 grams. Add french fries or guacamole, and your body is simply waiting to explode.

Some people choose not to eat meat or dairy for the sake of the animals, and some for the sake of the planet. If not for those personal reasons, an individual should weigh out each choice for the sake of their own weight and health. If you are struggling with weight or cholesterol issues, you owe it to yourself to start measuring and counting the nutrients and non nutrients that you are consuming.

If you love bacon and never wish to give it up, then eliminating the margarine, cutting the mayo portion in half, and not having french fries at all leaves a little leeway for the bacon. When the weight starts to come off, it always feels better knowing that you’re making the choices that work for you.

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