January 08, 2014

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NoOodle is made of 97% water & 3% soluble fiber also known as Glucomannan fiber. Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber. Derived from the roots of the Asian Konjac plant, Glucomannan boasts many health and wellness benefits.

Top 10 Benefits of Eating NoOodle

  1. Zero calories— the glucomannan in NoOodle contributes no calories and when consumed as part of a meal reduces the net caloric content of the meal.  The calories come from what else one puts on the noodles.
  2. Lowers calorie uptake— the glucomannan in NoOodle increases the viscosity of the gastro-intestinal content and reduces rate of food (calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar) absorption in the small intestine.  The net effect of consuming a meal with NoOodle is that one absorbs less calories from the other foods eaten with it.
  3. Promotes satiety— the glucomannan in NoOodle is made up largely of water which fills one up quickly giving the feeling of satisfaction.  One tends to eat less when NoOodle is part of the meal.
  4. Delays hunger— the glucomannan in NoOodle increases the viscosity of gastro-intestinal content and extends the feeling of fullness so one doesn’t feel hungry for an extended period of time.
  5. Modulates glucose spikes— the glucomannan in NoOodle reduces the rate of glucose absorption in the small intestine and prevents blood glucose from spiking (clinically proven to be more effective than xanthan gum and psyllium).  Stirring in NoOodles into ice cream and parfaits helps one enjoy treats with less absorption of sugar.
  6. Modulates insulin surges— the glucomannan in NoOodle, by slowing glucose uptake in the small intestine, reduces the body’s need for insulin.
  7. Cholesterol reducing agent— the glucomannan in NoOodle, by virtue of its viscosity, traps the cholesterol from foods and also the cholesterol released by the body and prevents it from being re-absorbed.  A meal containing NoOodle in addition to flushing out cholesterol from the GI tract will also contribute to reducing cholesterol in the blood cholesterol.  Cholesterol reduction is further enhanced when glucomannan is combined with other cholesterol reducing agents such as plant sterols and chitosan.
  8. Regularity / laxative effect— glucomannan is a dietary fiber and prevents constipation by increasing bulk in the colon without the discomfort associated with most other dietary fibers.
  9. Anti-inflammatory activity— although the mechanism is still being investigated, the positive effect of glucomannan on skin inflammation is well known among its users.  For centuries NoOodle like products have been part of Eastern traditional medicine.
  10. Prebiotic activity— serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity.  Foods that promote the growth of healthy bacteria have innumerable health benefits for people of all ages and genders.

I stuck to the diet but did not drink 64 ounces of water & I did not work out. Here’s why…

Yesterday my partner John & I drove to Des Moines Iowa to see a company called Lomar who is the distributor of Hy-Vee Food Stores.  It didn’t matter that it was the coldest days in Chicago in decades. Driving was dangerous with the black ice. It didn’t matter, we were going! After a total of a 23 hour trip door to door - John & I were victorious!!!

It was a great trip for  NoOodle and very shortly we will be in Hy-Vee Foods Stores with our new product line. They are a growing company with over 250 stores across several states in the mid west.  We arrived in Iowa at midnight, woke up, had our meeting & then drove home.

There was no time for me to work out or even stretch. This is what I call “life getting in the way”, and sometimes it does. I did complete the trip without cheating on my diet which was great! Especially with all those McDonald’s signs. Road trips are normally when I like to indulge in a #1. Not today, today I was on my mission to get my size six back.

Sticking to the diet while driving for two days was easy.  I think I was so nervous about driving in those conditions, especially last night, that I didn’t have much of an appetite. During the trip I had water, hot tea, spicy beef jerky, and some blueberries. For dinner last night  we stopped at a nameless restaurant in Iowa and I had roasted chicken on the bone with steamed broccoli and a side salad with 2 ounces of balsamic vinaigrette. It was really good. I had yogurt and fresh fruit for breakfast and a chicken tortilla soup for lunch ( made in a light tomato broth). I didn’t have the tortillas or the cheese and it tasted fine without them. It has been almost a month since I have not had any wine or beer or any alcohol. I weaned myself off a few weeks prior to starting the diet. One thing at a time, I thought - and so far so good. My go-to drink when I dine out sometimes is a martini straight up with blue cheese stuffed olives. Generally speaking a healthier drink than a Margarita or a Cosmo  with just as much “punch”. Last night I ordered some blue cheese olives and instead of the martini I asked for a glass of water. Not exactly the same but I didn’t mind.

When I made the decision to blog about myself going on the NoOodle diet It was more than losing weight. It was an overall health & wellness test. I wanted to really understand my body. In order for me to REALLY understand my own personal mental & physical health I needed to illuminate all toxins from my body for a set period of time.

The rate of failure of “diets” is so high. I always wondered, why? Maybe it is because the definition of the word “Diet” is confusing.  One thing I know for sure when you are on a diet, like me today, don’t think about having your diet be your new way of life. It’s WAY too overwhelming. That thought will most likely lead to  making a U turn on your health and wellness plan. Take it one day at  a time. Day seven is over and I stayed the course, Did you?

Chef Terri

1di·et

noun \ˈdī-ət\
Definition of DIET

1

a :  food and drink regularly provided or consumed

b :  habitual nourishment

c :  the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason

d :  a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight <going on a diet>

2: something provided or experienced repeatedly <a diet of Broadway shows and nightclubs — Frederick Wyatt

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