I had an interesting doctor's appointment this morning. I generally stay away from doctors unless I'm really sick but once a year I have to have blood work done in order to get a prescription for the medication I'm taking.
The doctor was a bit sneaky the last time I saw her and did a few extra tests. She was very unhappy with my results, to say the least. Her answer, I need to eat more meat and less rice and pasta. When was the last time you heard of a doctor telling you that you aren't eating enough meat, specifically red meat? To my surprise she also insisted I start eating 3-4 eggs a day.
She said to cut out all cereal, chips, candy, etc. Which is hilarious since I don't eat those things on a regular basis. She didn't expect or really appreciate my honesty that my diet won't be changing.
Over the last few years I have cut almost all processed foods out of our diet with the exception of rice and pasta. I have increased the amount of fruits and veggies that we eat and I have cut my portions in half. At the same time I have decreased the amount of meats we eat to about 2 ounces in the evenings. I don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol and only have one caffeine-free soda a day. Those are changes that I'm really happy with. Our grocery bills fall within our budget pretty easily these days so I'm not enthusiastic about making changes that will impact that.
So when asked what types of things I should substitute for rice and pasta, the doctor responded with zucchini and cauliflower. That's not exactly realistic in my mind and I told her so. I guess she doesn't get a lot of honest people that walk through her door since she didn't seem to know what to do with me :)