Yesterday was a real “treat!” We arrived at my niece and nephew’s home to celebrate their daughter’s graduation — You could smell the sugar emanating from the desserts that covered the table — the VERY LARGE table. I swear, every leaf was used to extend the length of it, and every inch was filled with a confectionary. Brownies, cookies, and pies — OH MY! It was a killer to this T2D sugar addict.
I’m serious. Every inch. The obligatory graduation cake was the centerpiece, surrounded by more desserts than I could count. Of course, the brownies called my name, and I didn’t hesitate. Actually, I didn’t hesitate — TWICE! Luckily, they were cut into a reasonable size, which helped to alleviate my guilt. Somehow, a homemade chocolate chip cookie found it’s way into my mouth. How does that happen? 🙂 Okay, I know how it gets there. By the way, there was a bowl of fruit on the table. It was colorful, but didn’t “catch my attention…” Carbs reigned!
This was to be a low key gathering, just dessert, coffee, etc., so we stopped at a diner and caught a bite, before going — just a sandwich, no big deal.
I planned my eating for the day, so I was careful not to munch before leaving home. It was fine. It could’ve been a LOT worse, but gone are those days. Thank you God!
Last week I went for my blood work so my doctor would have it prior to my visit. Friday was my appointment.
She was thrilled. My blood work was great. A1C = 6.6. She was happy, I was disappointed, actually, amazed! “If you saw what I’ve been eating, you’d never believe that’s accurate.” Dr. G responded, “It will catch up to you, you know that.” Yeah, yeah. I didn’t respond — she’s ALWAYS right.
For awhile now, I’ve been taking two Metformin instead of three. My goal is to get off them completely. The ONLY way to do that is to stay on track — no diversions. Lately, I’ve been the Queen of Diversions!
A little over a week ago denial crept in (with a vengeance). I actually ate potato chips and onion dip. 😦 It didn’t kill me, but what a stupid decision. And then there was the pie…cookies… Yes, I didn’t fall off the “wagon” I took a deep-dive plunge. Ugh.
The good news is, I’m back to healthy choices. If I have to have desserts, I’ll be heading to my sugar free Jello or small portions of fresh fruit.
Celebrating with a Gala!
JELLO — Sugar-free and Cook and Serve, Sugar=free pudding. (BLUE box)
Just remember there is such a thing as TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING (fruit can fall right into that category!)
Obviously, I didn’t do too much damage, or 6.6 would have been WAY higher. I absolutely do NOT want to go back to 3 Metformin/day, so I’m re-committing myself again to staying on track — DAMN IT! It’s all about accountability, as always. There’s no hiding those numbers and not taking my blood sugar, is just plain irresponsible. I’m determined.
I know that when I’m dedicated and determined, I get involved in a project using my hands. I know when I do the artsy/craftsy thing, I won’t snack/eat the wrong foods.
I know that when I sit and watch TV, I’m putting myself at risk. Gigunda risk!!! I become bored and troll the cabinets for something “bad.” Rarely do I find anything, because I don’t buy the foods/snacks that I know I shouldn’t be eating. I wish I could tell you that I give up and go back to watching the tube. That would not be true. There are times when I cave. I’ve walked and driven to the corner store or the gas station for a candy bar to “tide me over.” (I sound like a drug addict. Well, sugar IS a drug!) .
Diabetes sucks. Yes, it does. BUT, there are worse diseases, that’s for sure! So, I’ll be grateful and get back on the bike and do the right thing — one day at a time.
This disease is one heck of a roller-coaster, that’s for sure. Better days ahead.
The holidays are a crazy, busy, time of the year, and that’s what I’ve been! Crazy and busy. (Thus, I haven’t been blogging or writing) I imagine most of you have been running, buying, wrapping — all the “normal” holiday nonsense. For me, it’s over. I celebrate Christmas, and today I de-decorated my house. (Trust me — it took all of ten minutes!) 🙂 I’m done and moving on.
Have you figured it out? This is NOT my favorite time of the year, for a multitude of reasons. Not unusual, I know. Many of us are not thrilled with all the chaos and commercialism attached to the holiday season.
Each year I try to make it better, do it “right.” This time around seemed to be more difficult than those of the recent past; probably, in part, due to my brother’s death in April. We’re usually the two bah-humbugs at Christmas — compadres. We did laugh about it each year and I certainly missed him. We know that emotions have an impact on our eating and, as a result, on our blood sugar levels.
This blog is entitled, Diary of a Dedicated Diabetic, so I’ll move along and focus on T2D. How did you fare during this time of excessive goodies?
I can say that I did pretty well but, I confess it wasn’t perfect. there is NO perfect. I’ve learned over these years to simply do the best I can.
We had Christmas Dinner at my niece and nephew’s home (Thanks, Erika and Keith — it was nothing short of a feast.). It was great. I did have seconds of the sweet potatoes — OMG — they were outstanding! Easy on those carbs, Kathy… As I walked by my niece, carrying my second helping of sweet potatoes, I asked her who prepared them. Her sister-in-law admitted to the feat. Of course, I asked for the recipe — I was told that there were sweet potatoes and sugar. Period. Really bad. The casserole was topped with brown sugar and nuts, but there was a “ton of sugar mixed in with the mashed sweet potatoes.” My niece: “There’s no way you should be eating those.” TOO LATE! O.K., so that was a poor choice but, other than that, the rest of dinner was diabetes-friendly. Most important — I drank a TON of water that day and during the night and was sure to monitor my blood sugar.
Dessert, on the other hand, was insane. My nephew cut up a truckload of fruit. That would have been a good choice. Not the one I made, unfortunately, but good nonetheless. My sister-in-law baked, I’d bet ten different varieties of cookies. My mouth is watering, just thinking about it. All in all, I “probably” had a couple of chocolate chip cookies, I KNOW I had two pieces of fudge, and a couple of peanut butter balls. Thank God there was no cake in sight. Obviously, I slid right down the roller coaster — head first! But, you know what, in the scheme of things, I don’t think it was that bad. I left empty-handed. No dessert in my pockets or a plastic lined pocketbook, and so the night ended. December 26th = back on track.
One day at a time, folks. Every day is DAY#1!
Wishing you countless holiday blessings and PEACE in the new year! 🙂
As promised, here’s a list of some great snack ideas with only 15-20 grams of carbohydrate per portion!
One of my biggest issues with T2D is that I’ve believed that less is better. UNTRUE! Skipping snackscan be likened to skipping meals. It disrupts the balance of our blood glucose levels. Therefore, it’s important to include appropriate snacks in our daily food intake.
Maggie, my Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator, gave me the following ideas, regarding those all important snacks:
3 cups popped popcorn (no fat added) or 94% fat free mini microwave bag
1/2 cup sugar-free pudding
3 cups of any combination of baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumber, pea pods, belly peppers, radishes, tomatoes, or zucchini with 1 tablespoon of dip
25 Soy Crips
Kasha TLC Bar
15 Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Chips, Sea Salt, Cheddar, or Southwest Ranch
5 Reduced Fat Triscuits with 1 teaspoon Almond or Peanut Butter
1 Pack Special K Pastry Crips (various flavors)
1 cup Edamame beans
41 Gold Fish Baked Snack Crackers
Skinny Cow No sugar added Fudge Bar or Blue Bunny brand
Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownie
Nature Valle Dark Chocolate Granola Thins
Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bar
8 oz. Vanilla or Chocolate Almond Breeze Milk
That’s 15 delicious snack ideas! Visiting your Diabetes Education Center will reap many more snack ideas, along with lots of helpful information. What have you got to lose?
P.S. Important Information: NO FRUIT AT NIGHT! I can’t believe I didn’t remember that. Obviously, it’s important NOT to eat fruit and other sugar-rich foods before bedtime.
REMEMBER: Always check with your physician before making ANY changes to your Diabetic Treatment Plan.
In a recent post, I let you know that I’d gone to a dietician at the Diabetes Education Center near my home. I said I’d post information that Maggie (Registered Dietetician and Certified Diabetes Educator) had given me, in terms of monitoring my food, choices, and alternatives. Balancing our blood glucose levels is imperative, and eating the right foods at the correct times will help T2D’s to do just that!
BREAKFASTis touted as being The Most Important Meal of the Day — NOT in my world! I want it to be. I recognize the importance, but I have some issues with it. I’ve got ISSUES!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I’m allergic to eggs. That leaves out a LOT of recipes.
I have a “thing” about the TEXTURE of some foods. Therefore, Oatmeal = I’d rather be shot!
That being said, Maggie helped me with some alternatives. So that YOU get the full benefit of my appointment with her, I’m going to list ALL the choices (including the ones I won’t be eating).
First off, she gave me a brief list of some “At Home Menus” that contain 45-60 g of carb; less than 10 g fat; at least 8 g fiber. Perfect, right? O.K., take a look:
Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked (Hope YOU enjoy it!)
1/2 cup 1% milk
2 Kashi Go Lean Waffles
1 T. Light Margarine/Sugar-Free Syrup
1/2 cup blueberries
8 oz. 1% milk
2 egg whites OR 1/2 cup, Egg Beaters (NO CAN DO, per allergist; but, that’s just me. YOU can feel free to dig in!)
Low fat Sausage Links
2 slices whole wheat toast
1 T. Lite Margarine
1 small orange
Here are some “On the Run Menus” for those of us who are on-the-run! They contain 30-45 g carb! All good so far!
Cannon Lite n’ Fit Yogurt
BelVita Breakfast Biscuit — mixed berry (7 g. fat)
2 egg whites on Rye
1 cup fresh fruit (10 g. fat, 15 g carb.)
Quaker Breakfast Flats (27 g. carbs)
Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich (egg, vegetable, Pepper Jack cheese)
small fruit (7 g. fat)
McD’s Egg McMuffin*
(12 g. fat)
* In my case, I can eliminate the egg and have the McMuffin with sausage and cheese!
I have a mini-confession: I NEVER eat margarine! Nope, I eat the real deal. Butter makes everything better. 🙂 The truth is, I eat VERY little of it — no big deal.
So, my fellow T2D’s that’s it for some of Maggie’s breakfast suggestions. Whether we’re eating AT HOME or ON-the-RUN, now we have NO excuse! (Thanks, Maggie.)
I believe I promised a list of Maggie’s great snack ideas, too. That will be for another post. However, in an effort to encourage you to meetwith a Dietician/Diabetes Educator in your area, I won’t be giving you the entire list. After all, I’m NOT Wiki-leaks!!!!!
REMEMBER: Consult your physician before making ANY changes to you Diabetes Treatment Plan.
— who advises on matters of foods and their impact on one’s health. A registered dietitian promotes good health through proper eating. That’s what I need, I told myself, and off to The Diabetes Education Center I went! I had an appointment with one of their dietitians and it was wonderful.
Diabetes is a disease and I needed/wanted a health specialist. It was an outstanding visit. (I’ve been there before, over the years; sometimes you just need a tune-up. This was one of those times.) I AM dedicated and determined, that’s for sure.
I’m trying desperately to get off the Metformin — and attempting to be realistic at the same time. Maggie, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, helped me step back into reality. Reviewing my file, she complimented me on my A1C and pointed out that we were having a conversation similar to some we’d had years ago, when I first started. Oh NO!
I have this (flawed) theory that less is better. In other words, less food (carbs, etc.) will help to keep me on track. Thus, I’m probably not eating enough! Then, when hunger strikes, guess what happens?
CRAVING ATTACKS! She’s right, of course. That evil sugar beast creeps into my head and won’t leave until I cave. An attack on my blood sugar levels!!! Ugh… If you’ve been there, you know what I mean.
We talked about alternatives that will help the cravings to subside (I still use my Grapefruit Oil, which provides laughs for my friends. But, guess what? It helps me! See post dated: Nov. 21, 2015). This was a suggestion from a friend and guru of all things alternative.
Maggie helped me sort out a multitude of food choices that will get/keep me on track. I’ll get back to you with a TON of information that she gave me; tomorrow, if possible. But for now — it’s dinnertime, and I have to move on with some healthy choices. 🙂
Keep the faith, fellow T2D’s! …and to Maggie, THANKS A MILLION!!!
IMPORTANT: Check with your physician before making ANY changes to your diabetic treatment plan.
As stated in my prior post, I read a great article in Everyday Health, titled “Sizing Up Your Plate: Why Portion Control Matters.” This post (#2) is a continuation of #1!
Along the course of my (diabetes) blog journey, the topic of dining/eating out has come up a few times. Because this was discussed in the article in Everyday Health, I’d like to revisit it. Some important bullet points that were brought up–
NO Supersizing! You and I know this is common sense, BUT — sometimes the challenge of the “good deal” gets in the way. It’s obvious, right? If you can get double the size of an item for only a few cents more, why not do it? Why not? Because it’s a deadly decision. More food, more carbs is NOT what we need. It will cause weight gain and elevated blood glucose.
NO Entree, Please — A great tip to help with portion control, calorie consumption, and monitoring blood glucose, is to order a combination of soup and an appetizer — skip the entree. Trust me, it will be enough. I’ve had some wonderful meals by exercising this tip.
“Doggy Bag” — WHY is the take-home container called that??? When I was kid and my parents went out for dinner, oftentimes they would bring home the proverbial “doggy bag.” Funny thing — the dog never got the contents. Why then, was it implied that the contents of the container was for the dog? I think it was a way for people to bring home their leftovers, without being embarrassed. Was it a case of “waste not, want not?” OR was it a case of “I’m no millionaire; I can eat that tomorrow!” (They’ll just throw it out.) My theory is that the “doggie bag” originated to save face — feed the dog; no embarrassment there. What’s your opinion? Diabetics would be wise to look to the “doggie bag” (or take-home container) as a way to cut down on calories as well as carbs. Here’s a tip that my sister gave me a long time ago and I found it to be very helpful. Ask the waiter/waitress for a take-home container, when placing your order. That way, when the food arrives at your table, you can immediately place half into the container. Voila! Out of sight, out of mind. (Thanks, Jean!) It works perfectly. The following day, you can enjoy your leftovers for any meal you like. [See my next post for a history lesson on doggie bags 🙂 ]
The Dreaded Wedding (or other catered affairs) — Why do you dread them? Obviously, catered affairs are the Sodom and Gomorrah in the life of the Type 2 Diabetic. Seriously, it’s an orgy of food. Every catered affair that I’ve ever gone to has included an open bar, followed by food, food, and more food. Between the cocktail hour, the smorgasbord, and/or the sit-down dinner, you’re counting 17 courses topped off with a flaming Viennese table! 🙂 Ugh. They pull out all the stops — there ARE NO stops, no boundaries. Here are some tips to help you get through these unavoidable fiascos. Plate #1 — Choose low calorie, low carb foods (shrimp, raw vegetables, etc.). Plate #2 — WAIT! Gauge your time. Remember it takes 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that you’re full. Whether you decide to venture forward or not, remember NOT TO PILE FOOD on your plate. Take a reasonable amount. It’s better to go back a second time, if you really want more food. Take your time. By the way, nowhere is it written that you HAVE to eat the wedding cake. A bite of it is all the “good luck” that the bride and groom will need.
My last and most important tip for the wedding-goer is DANCE!!! Dance, dance, dance — you’ll burn calories, lower your blood glucose, and you’ll feel really good with those endorphins “dancing” through your body.
Do you live for a buffet/smorgasbord dinner? NOOOOoooooo! My conscience screams, DON’T do it! If you have issues with portion control, that kind of dining can be a downfall.
I read a great article in Everyday Health. the title was, “Sizing Up Your Plate: Why Portion Control Matters.”
Everyday Health does a great job in its discussion of diabetes and this T2D “listens” very carefully when they “talk.” D. Wolter-Nitta, RD, CDE, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, was quoted on the topic of portion control. For the Type 2 Diabetic, who may be overweight, losing some pounds can lead to better blood sugar control and “possibly” less need for medication. Some of the information noted in the article will be familiar to you and some will seem like common sense. I read everything diabetes related. Truth is, there’s always more to learn and, if nothing else, reading the info will put it in the forefront of my mind. Can’t hurt, right? Everyday Health noted that Jill Weisenberger, RD, CDE, and writer, out of Yorktown, VA, stressed that “not eating proper carbs at a meal can lead to higher or lower blood sugars,” and we know what that can produce. Problems.
She, along with others, had some good points:
Weigh and Measure your food. LOL — right! We’ll see about that. 🙂 Okay, I’ve never been thrilled with doing “the scale thing,” but she’s right. It’s really difficult to guess how much food is the right amount, and we know that portion control is imperative. That’s why…
Visual Aids are so important! I was having difficulty awhile back in my T2D journey, and I went to a diabetes educator for help. I thought I had portion control down pat but was stunned to learn that the fact that I was eating apples the size of a softball didn’t make the grade. She tossed me a tennis ball and informed me that THIS was the size I should have been consuming. “Really?” I queried, while looking at the small ball that seemed to be lost in my hand. I realized that the difference in size meant that I was eating what would be considered two apples at each sitting. AAArrrggghhh! That explained my weight gain. By the way, when shopping for apples, TRUST ME, the ones that come packaged in the plastic bags are the size you should be eating. It’s called SMALL! At first, I was saddened by the fact that my beloved apple snack had just shrunken to about one-third of its size. Here’s what helped a LOT: I sliced the apple into very thin slices — VERY thin! During that same appointment, the Diabetes Educator shocked me into realizing that I’d been overeating just about everything — without even knowing it. She showed me a plastic hamburger to demonstrate the portion that we should be eating. It seemed so small and alone on the plate — probably one-third of the size I’d been scoffing down. Next on her agenda was the “deck of cards” — another visual aid to slap me silly into “getting” the world of portion control. WHAT??? How many of us eat a portion of chicken, fish or beef that takes up one-third to half of the dinner plate? Well, get a grip! The deck of cards it is.
Read Food Labels! Besides the obvious — carbs, protein, fiber, it’s important to check out the food labels for the SERVING SIZE.You may be surprised to learn that a can or package contains more than one serving per person.
Use Smaller Plates. This is an easy one. Substitute a luncheon-sized plate for a regular dinner plate. This tricks your eye, because it looks like you have a lot of food on your plate when, in fact, your plate is smaller. 🙂
Beverages. Again, read those labels. You may be surprised to see that the serving size information will force you to make a different decision. Drinking is the fastest way to get carbs into your system; therefore, for better blood glucose management, it’s better to eat your carbs than drink them.
SNACK, SNACK, SNACK! Tim Harlan, M.D. and Medical Director of Tulane University Group in New Orleans, states (in Everyday Health) that snacking is important for the diabetic. He says that snacking “controls overeating, controls cravings, and keeps blood sugar stable.” MAKES SENSE! 🙂
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! Another common sense tip. Keeping a food log is important when managing blood glucose levels. Simply put, it keeps us on track and holds us accountable. Not a big deal.
“PLATE” #2 — continued in next post — will focus on eating out and will include social events such as weddings!
It’s incredible the impact the weather can have on us. The SUN was out today, and I felt like a million dollars $$$.
I ate healthy food — breakfast, lunch, dinner. (Okay, lunch did include french fries — but I didn’t eat many of them). Many posts ago, I declared — the French Fries will NEVER go. I figure it in with my carbs.
Tonight the MOON was enormous and as full as it could be. The STARS glittered across the sky, predicting good weather for tomorrow and an increase in romance tonight — a star-filled sky has that effect, doesn’t it?
The forecast in my area is sunny with some clouds and 66 degrees for Wednesday, March 23, and I CAN’T WAIT! You know where I’ll be headed…
Bill from Simple Living Over 50 has been posting about the effect of the time change on his routine. It’s pretty incredible — how the world turns… Check out his blog! It’s interesting, inventive, and he’s also a T2D.Spring ahead/Fall back definitely has it’s effect on our moods, appetite, sleeping habits — the whole Magilla! With it, though, comes the change in weather; in my area = SUN, FINALLY! The sunnier, warmer weather conditions are improving everyone’s mood, that’s for sure. Even the grocery stores seem move civilized than in the past few months.
The SUN, the MOON (huge tonight!) and the STARS all fit into the way our lives “spin.”
Have a good one, folks, and enjoy the nice weather. SOON, very soon, our stores will be filled with local vegetables and fruits — FRIENDS OF THE DIABETICS!— and we’ll be eating and feeling healthier.