Monday, December 29, 2008
Diets have always failed me or I have failed while being on them. Meeting the Oregon/Portland to be exact Dietician was the best thing I have ever done. This took Place last March. i have been through 5 Diabetes Education session and it was this one that finally got it to sink in. After month 2 everything went smoothly. this is NO diet. It's my life now. I eat very healthy foods ad no refined sugars. My only real sugars come when I get a low blood sugar spell that can last about 30 minutes. This normally happens about 1 hr. before lunch or 2 Hr.'s after i take my morning meds. It's not terribly low anymore. But it can go between 60-70. I have a couple peppermint candies or now, a candy cane or a mini dark chocolate. These are taken only when I need them. I don't work hard at this plan any more but I do need to work harder on my exercise. I really don't feel I am working on anything. I've increased intake on nuts, beans, veggies and fruits. One of my healthiest meals happen to be chicken or tacos.
Also making variety in my meals has been successful with me. Making them more interesting. For instance who wants a plain ol bowl of oatmeal? Although it is a very healthy breakfast even in the summer time it is bland and boring. I spiced it up and it is now one of my most favorite meals. I add sliced almonds or walnuts, apple sauce or apple bits, seasonal cranberries i slice in half and add some pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Yummmmm . Emotional Eaters gave me some delicous examples and I have something different every day. Even a plain lettuce and tomatoe salad i fashion it up with healthy red bell peppers, onions, goat cheese, apple slices or raspberries or strawberries and top with walnuts or almonds.
Vinegarette dressings and asian dressings are what I'm into now for my salads. At my daughters restaurant she suggested my salad and it had goat cheese in it. it was a new experience for me. I liked it. On the way home we bought some. It turns out just a little of the goat cheese ahs 5 grams of protein and no fat and no sugar. i don't normally like this cheese plain but in a salad it is great.
Because of the price of fresh veggies i have begun selecting some good frozen veggies. I whipped up a good egg breakfast instead of just scrambled eggs I added a cup of frozen veggies but first I sautee the veggies in canola oil. Next week I will buy some Olive oil and try that. I am still learning new things but my meals are not boring.
I do not have cookies, cake, ice cream that sort of stuff unless it is like Skilly Cow sugar free.
Note: Anyone wanting to start a healthy lifestyle can benefit from a Diabetics diet. I try to get between 60-100 grams a day of protein. rather than count calories I am counting protein grams.
One of the most filling snacks in evening (2 hours after dinner) consists of 2 things. A carb and a protein. A fruit and some kind of nuts. Usually a small piece of fruit or a half of a large fruit and handful of peanuts. (Healthiest is Almonds. But I go for any kind. the bulk section of the store where you serve yourself with a scoop and a bag is my friend. We have cannisters for different types of nuts. They go in my salads, cereals, eggs, stir fry's you name it. Rather than use croutons on a salad try nuts.