Food shopping — Just DO it!*

What the heck is my problem? I’ve managed to procrastinate going food shopping, and now it’s SATURDAY! I didn’t plan to do it over the weekend and have to deal with the crowded stores. On the other hand, I didn’t plan at all — which, of course, is why I’m in this spot. I know it’s not a big deal. Just do it!

I had breakfast and lunch — both small portions. Probably too small which explains my lack of energy. So, here I sit, trying desperately to procrastinate — for ONE more day.

Grow up, Kathy. Just DO it!  It’s not like you’re in a war.

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From: Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France).

I’m hardly “starving,” This is ridiculous. I’m grabbing my bag and off to the stores I go. See you later.

  • This post was unpublished from September, 2017

Mindful eating!

In my previous post I mentioned this important topic — eating mindfully.

Mindfully? What? Now I have to THINK

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about eating. C’mon, open mouth — insert food! That’s all there is to it.

Mindfulness? Now that’s another story. Ive practiced mindfulness in meditation and exercise. There’s a saying “Keep your head where your feet are.” Same premise.

So, to practice Mindfulness in Eating, I will focus on what I’m doing. Smell, taste, pay attention.

Paying attention in every area of eating is important. Making the shopping list and shopping for the food can be done in a mindful manner, as well as the preparation of the meal.

Practicing Mindfulness in Eating will put me on the right track.

Perfect way to start the new year.

 

 

Dropping off the planet —

It’s amazing how caught up in life one can get — I sure did. My apologies for my absence; Hope you missed me! 🙂  Stuff happens and this Type 2 Diabetic managed to put writing at the bottom of my priority list.

I’m back and ready to have at it;  DIABETES, that is.  I managed to get through Thanksgiving without too many poor choices. So much of our problems are related to portion control. Luckily my china is from Italy and the plates are a European-size. That means small! They’re larger than a normal lunch plate size, but not as large as an American dinner plate. Thus, the plate gets filled up very easily. When I use that china, my guests usually end up having seconds. (I didn’t do that, but I did make sure that, when all was said and done, I had another turkey dinner or two for the rest of the week).

Turkey is my all-time favorite, and not a problem in terms of Diabetes. The problem lies in the side dishes. I had some of everything — Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and tons of veggies. So a little of everything made me a happy camper. That gravy, though, it calls my name every time. Did I indulge? Damn right I did!

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My cousin brought desert, but portion control was the name of the game for me. She brought cookies and a platter of individual portions of cakes, cannolli’s. All in all,the day was a success and I didn’t have that “stuffed” feeling.

How was your Thanksgiving? The good news is that, if  your dinner was less than exemplary, there’s always another Day 1 — stop beating yourself up, and start over. We’re only human.

My goal for the rest of the year is to stay focused and eat mindfully. The Holiday Season is a challenge for diabetics; temptation is everywhere. I’ll handle it one day at a time, sometimes one meal at a time!  Lets work together during this season to stay on track.
WE CAN DO IT!

 

 

 

Tomorrow = a few days…

So, I’m not perfect. (You knew that.) In my last post I said, proclaimed, announced, that my attitude will be better “tomorrow.” Well my tomorrow took three days. Ugh! That’s the bad news. The good news is that my attitude is much better today!

I think I wasn’t eating enough. I ate and the food choices were appropriate, but my timing was WAY off. For instance, I may have skipped breakfast — I believe that it really IS the most important meal of the day. Eating that meal at ten o’clock is absurd, especially if you’ve been up since seven or eight a.m. That’s what’s been  happening. For some reason, I haven’t been hungry when I wake up, so I did some chores and then –POOF– it’s ten or eleven o’clock. Because it was almost lunch time, I decided to skip breakfast and just eat lunch instead. Then, later on when lunch time came around the corner, I wasn’t hungry…SO…I waited until around three or four and had a snack. Needless to say, dinner time came barrelling in and I couldn’t have cared less. Bottom line — I was eating dinner at eight or nine o’clock, if at all. THAT is not the route that a “Dedicated Diabetic” should be following. Okay, so that’s over!

I’m allergic to eggs, so breakfast has never been a nutritious meal for me, and since I was diagnosed, it’s been even more difficult. I actually spent years (pre-diagnosis) having a Boston Creme donut (or two!) to start my day.  It was an easy choice, terribly unhealthy,  but easy. 🙂

Breakfast is so important — it means BREAK the FAST! We need a nutritious meal in the morning to give our bodies the energy needed to start off the day. I’ve been so frustrated that the other day I bought a glucose daily diary/notebook. (Thank you Amazon.) Was that necessary? Not really, I’ve monitored my blood sugar with an online program, charts that I created, with tiny notebooks that fit into my purse, but didn’t have enough room to put the information I wanted to monitor. Oh, yes, I’ve been down this road before. Somewhere deep in the crevices of my brain, there’s a small voice that is SCREAMING, Why waste your time, you’ve done this before?  I scream back SHUT UP! and do what I think is necessary and correct. This journal/chart is about 6 x 9″ and will suit my needs. It  just seemed to be more coordinated, compact, and the information will be at hand when I need to make an entry.  Today will be my Day #One with this new “tool.” I’m laughing at myself, because I’m reminded of all the books on decluttering I’ve purchased — Do you know how much time I wasted reading those books instead of purging/decluttering?  🙂  🙂

Diabetes can often seem to be frustrating, even depressing. I think the only way to do battle with it, is to be prepared. An organized journal, healthy shopping list and a positive attitude might just do the trick. “Might” is not the appropriate term; it leaves space for failure. I’ll choose to say that these tools WILL do the trick.

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The time to start (AGAIN) is NOW!!!!

 

All About Attitude…

Seriously — I walk, I don’t walk.

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Exercise = IMPORTANT

 

I read the labels, I don’t read the labels,

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I eat, I don’t eat.

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IMG_3214            …and TODAY, mine stinks!

At an appointment with my doctor on Friday, she reviewed my blood work and was thrilled — my A1C was 6.1, down from 6.6 three months ago. I was disappointed, “I just want to see 5. something!”  [I know! I know! There are people who would kill for my numbers.] My reality is that I REALLY want to get off the Metformin. I’ve gone from three pills to two per day — I want NONE! Is that realistic? Well, when I asked my doctor (about six months ago), if she thought it was possible, her response was, “You’ve done it before.” NOT a huge vote of confidence but, she didn’t say it wasn’t likely. She loves my motivation — today is NOT one of those days. I’m allowed to have a miserable day, aren’t I? 😦

This T2D will keep moving on. I’ll walk this afternoon, make the right decision for dinner and start all over again — One day at a time.

I’ll have a MUCH more positive attitude tomorrow.

I swear I will! 🙂

 

 

 

 

How to Celebrate…

…ANYTHING! It’s been a pretty busy summer, especially in terms of food. There were birthdays, retirements, graduations, new babies — you name it. They all add up to FOOD!

For the most part, I used PORTION CONTROL. I’m convinced the answer lies in the amount of food we eat:

At home it’s easy — I simply use luncheon plates instead of dinner plates — that, and no seconds, usually works.

At a friend’s home, I certainly can’t control the size of dinnerware they use. In that case, I drink a big ol’ glass of water before  I approach the buffet (sometimes I down the H20 before I leave home). When dinner is served, I survey the table and choose the foods that I like the most. I totally ignore anything that’s not on the top of my list of favorites — no wasted calories for me!

In a restaurant, at a sit down dinner, I ask for a to-go box when I order. This eliminates any issues — when the dinner comes, I simply take half of everything and place it in the container. No embarrassment!  Experience has shown me that many of the people at the table will follow my lead. Later they thank me for the ingenious idea — I give credit where it’s due: My sister taught me that “little didie” and it works every time. Try it! You’ll see — by the time you’re finished your 1/2 dinner, you’re full. You’ll be even happier in the next day or two when you get to eat the delicious left overs. (Why is it that everything tastes better the next day?) I don’t understand people who won’t eat leftovers. Different strokes, I guess.

We’re discussing CELEBRATING an occasion; that always calls for a cake. Most times the hosts have a beautiful bowl of fruit, along with the cake, cookies, and other assorted no-no’s. Truth is, the cake always SCREAMS my name — Kathy! I’m over here. Ugh. It’s torture. Here’s what I’ve done this summer.  I put a small serving of fruit on my dessert plate first, (I always cut the fruit up into smaller pieces — it just looks like there’s more than there is.) now there’s room for a tiny piece of cake.  That’s it, and I’m a happy 🙂 woman!

How could I not be comfortable with those decisions?  I haven’t deprived myself of anything, so there should be no cravings. YEA!

Hoping you have a great time enjoying your CELEBRATIONS!

 

 

What’s better than Romaine?

What is it about Romaine Lettuce?

I can’t deal with the wraps that are sold in supermarkets, deli’s, restaurants. I’ve tried, and tried again. They’re tasteless. The consistency is dreadful — at least to ME. I just can’t use them as a substitute for bread. I need something, but wraps? No thank you. 😦

I searched for a healthy alternative to bread. Finally, it dawned me to try lettuce. This is certainly not a new idea. I started out with iceberg. I know — there’s no nutrition to be found there. It wasn’t the right consistency either — just a tad too thick. When I added the contents and rolled them up, the iceberg wraps “cracked under the pressure” of my expectations. Back to the supermarket — this time Boston lettuce. My hopes were rising!

As I peeled off the leaves, I thought the thickness and consistency of this vegetable might just meet my needs. My heart raced as I began. One leaf of the Boston, followed by one slice of turkey, then a slice of cheese (my fave, Alpine Lace Swiss (YUMMY!), topped off with another beautiful leaf of green goodness. I started to roll it, slowly, carefully. Disappointment ran across my face. There was no denying it — this experimental lettuce wrap did not make the grade. The leaves were just not long enough. They were too round. Just not right.

I took my search seriously, googling the various types of lettuce, determined to find the right “gem” for my purpose.

I searched the supermarkets and local farms, looking for just the right fit. It was an education to see just how many types of lettuce there are; never noticed them! Similar to roses: A rose by any other name is still a rose. Guess what? A lettuce by any other name is still a lettuce! Red leaf, green leaf, Boston Bibb, radicchio, arugula, rainbow chard, cabbage, endive and kale. Lots of different names, but all in the lettuce family. I considered each of them and tried the ones that I thought might live up to my ever-growing standards.

Finally, I noticed what was right in front of me the whole time — ROMAINE! How did I miss it? I took a beautiful head of fresh Romaine and started for home.

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Success! The leaves were just the right size, thickness, color — perfect for forming a wrap. The green color, dark on the outside, was lightening as I peeled off the leaves, heading for the lighter center. I started the process: one long leaf of Romaine, one slice of fresh turkey, a slice of alpine lace, and one more leaf of Romaine. I began to roll it. Not one crack in the lettuce and the turkey and cheese were safe inside this outstanding wrap. Perfection!

Sometimes I add a condiment, for variety, but for the most part, I enjoy my wrap on the “naked” side. To glam it up, I might add VERY thinly-sliced apples, or artichoke hearts. For that matter, add whatever you like, as long as it’s not going to push up your blood glucose too much.

In the end — in my humble opinion — What’s better than Romaine? NOTHING! It’s the winner. 🙂