After going through Doctors Wellness Center’s Healthy in 12 program years ago, I’m back in it. When it comes to aneurysms, the only risk factor I can control is my weight, which still 70 lbs. lighter than when I first started, is still above what it should be. I’m not trying to get skinny, but to get off some extra lbs. I also need to readjust to clean eating after straying during the recovery from my aneurysm.
There is a new nutritionist, Jeff, and unlike the previous one, he doesn’t frown on cereal. In fact, yesterday, he even recommended it. When reviewing my food for the week, it was apparent that I was low on some vitamins. He recommended I try Total cereal, which is chock full of vitamins. And it’s not bad.
- Limit sugar. Fewer than 10 grams of sugar per serving is ideal.
- Embrace fiber. Look for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.
- Don’t go against the (whole) grain. The first ingredient should be a type of whole grain.
- Power up with protein. Look for brands with more than 5 grams of protein per serving.
- Keep portions in mind. It’s easy to forget that cereals have a suggested serving size — and it can be a lot smaller than what we’re pouring straight from the box.