Monday, July 16, 2012
For the record, this is my very own experiment done by my very own self on my very own body!
It began back in December, 2011 when my cholesterol was higher than it had ever been, even though it was still in the “good” range. So I changed my eating ways (knew in my heart I had been wild and crazy for a while) and 3 months later I wrote a blog about the results. (lowered cholesterol by 47 points!)
So now, 4 months after that blog, I went back for more testing. My cholesterol was still great but had gone UP 10 points. So why am I happy about that?
Because it really validates what happened before, so it wasn’t just a fluke. During these past 4 months, I really went OFF my NO SUGAR plan for about a month or so, triggered by grandkids visiting for two weeks and some other really interesting excuses, lol.
So for about 6 weeks of the past 4 months I was chomping away at the sweets and the result is my cholesterol went UP 10 points.
I began reading about nutrition about a year ago, and found some suggestions here and there that sugar was responsible for high cholesterol. I had always heard of several reasons for high cholesterol, fat, of course being the main one. But no one was waving the sugar flag about it. I had hardly ever seen sugar even mentioned with the word cholesterol. But once I focused on that and on how much sugar was in my diet, I decided to live without it.
I’d never heard anyone say “I think you need a little more sugar in your diet.”
Dr. Robert Lustig says if anything else has the markers in our body that sugar does, we label it a poison!
Dr. Michael Roizen says sugar damages the protein in your heart, kidneys, brain, skin, etc. for months after you eat it.
So, I began my sugar tracking by keeping a little tablet handy to total my grams of sugar each day. I try to keep it WAY UNDER 20 grams. The more real food I eat and the less processed food I eat, the easier that is to accomplish.
The results are clear. More sugar equals higher cholesterol. I also track my blood glucose pretty frequently. I’m not diabetic and don’t ever want to be. Home monitoring helps me know what foods and combination of foods will/will not spike my blood sugar.
By the way, Joe has joined me in my little experiment. His cholesterol and other numbers were way high into the danger range. After 4 months his cholesterol went down over 100 points! Diet alone.
PS - I'm also a veggie pusher, lol. No one ever told you you're eating too many veggies, did they? But that's another blog.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Ernestein Shepherd will make you get up off the couch! Watch this amazing woman.
She is an inspiration for all of us, no matter how old we are or how wimpy we are, lol.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Every day he takes a walk at the same time.
Every day she waits for him and they walk together.
Wouldn't it be great if we all had friends like this. No words needed. Just walking in Friendship.
Friday, May 25, 2012
That was the name of the text my DIL sent me recently. It was about my son Danny and my 8 yr. old Granddaughter, Sydney:
"Pure Love! I came downstairs last night just before bed and found Danny letting Sydney paint his nails with clear polish!"
LOL. I could hardly believe it. My 6'1", strong, conservative Federal Agent son, letting anyone paint his nails with anything!
I WISH I could have heard the conversation that took place just before,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Many of you remember me blogging about my mother. My sons and I moved her here in our area so we could help her more as she aged. She is now 89 and legally blind and staunchly independent! She lives in a nice apartment about 15 minutes from me. It's government housing but really breaks the mold of the stereotype of low income housing.
She has a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath in a complex full of old oak trees. Lots of front porch living there, with shade and a breeze. This is important in Texas!
She is across the street from the local Senior Center, where she can get $2.00 meals if she wants, or watch a movie, socialize, exercise or just hang out in the air conditioning.
Last October she fell while crossing the street and subsequently spent a week in the hospital and 10 days in a nursing home - against her will, I might add! We then discovered that her Medicaid had lapsed. Evidently she ignored some paperwork and/or phone calls and didn't get her periodic evaluation. This resulted in about a $100 decrease in her monthly check AND Medicaid did not pick up what was left after Medicare paid her hospital bills.
I'll spare you the details of the strife and angst and frustration of trying to get her re-instated. I just want to say that after praying hard for help, I found an angel disguised as an Ombudsman for the Area Agency on Aging. Sue made home visits, took over the horrible paperwork, found the right person to deal with and succeeded in getting my mother's benefits restored, as well as getting her some additional ones. I feel blessed to have found this woman.
My relief is so great and I am so thankful, I have included a link at the top of the page that gives you a starting point to find assistance for the elderly in your family, and relief for YOU if you are helping an elderly person get through life.
There is a link for almost every state. Start at the one nearest you and ask questions. Someone will be able to give you some guidance.
Anyone who has ever been even a part-time caregiver for any adult is under great stress. We seem more geared to caring for children than we do adults. (Adults talk back a lot, lol.) The physical and emotional impact is often not realized, even by the caregiver, until it builds to unmanageable proportions. These caregivers need some CARE! I'm hoping there is an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) that will help you or someone you know.
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