HOW THE SWEET POTATO RESCUED ME

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Once again I dove into a project without all the information I needed. I was sure it would be okay. Sagittarius enthusiasm would carry me through whatever came up. I went on a detox and purification diet about 4 years ago. It was a 21-day program. The first 10 days of the program were meatless with a pretty specific menu of regimented veggie recipes choice to follow. There were good supplements and juice shakes with protein powder to consume daily. I lost 7 or 8 pounds the first week even though it wasn’t designed to be a weight loss program. The program meals required prep time and, of course, no “out to eat” meals.


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I fired up my Nutribullet and followed the program. By day 4 I hit the lack of energy wall plus the “brain fog” thing was real. When I finally reached day 11 and was allowed to add small portions of clean meat back into my diet, I hoped to brain fog would lift. No luck, the mid-day slump continued.

Day 12’s meal plan was similar to the others except the dinner included a baked whole sweet potato. I had only eaten the holiday version and was not a big fan. That fact made this baked, buttered, and cinnamon tuber in med detox a heavenly rescue for my program. The brain fog lifted and my energy returned. At the end of 21 days, I had learned a lot and I saved the excellent veggie recipes.

After thinking there must be something wrong with this program, I went back over all the literature to see if I had missed something. I found that I had misread the directions and was supposed to have made myself another veggie juice shake with protein powder added about the time of my regular afternoon slump. It was my fault, not the program.

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In the late 1980s, I belonged to a backpacking club, The Sunset Beach Trudgers. We would head into the local mountains once a month for an overnight outing. The group was almost all novice hikers of various ages and physical abilities. There were a couple of organizers who would scout out spots and acquire any needed permits. Alton was a sort of spiritual leader of the group. He was in his 60’s and fit. The group always had some new young enthusiast, who would have the latest rental gear from REI. Alton’s gear was from garage sales. Our newcomer would snack on the latest protein bar from Whole foods. Alton had a baked sweet potato wrap in foil. By the end of the hike, Alton was still full of energy and our newcomer was learning a nutrition lesson.

The baked sweet potato is now on my regular menu.

***Nutrition Facts

Baked Sweet potato, boiled Sweet potato, mashed Sweet potato

Amount Per

100 grams 1 sweet potato, 5″ long (130 g)1 cup, cubes (133 g)

1 cup, cubes (133 g)

Calories 114

 

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 73 mg 3%
Potassium 448 mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9%
Dietary fiber 4 g 16%
Sugar 6 g
Protein 2.1 g 4%

 

Vitamin A 377% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 4% Iron 4%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 15%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 8%

Be Healthy,

Dave

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