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this is something i posted in a forum, but felt compelled to repeat it here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

today's new day. i am proud to say that i did NOT cave in to accepting a soda my neighbor offered me or running out and buying candy. I am still in the throws of trying to figure what sort of lifestyle diet to follow. apparently the diabetic tracker i have allows me too many carbs, so without changing anything on the tracker, i am gonna try to cut the carb intake by half on my own. after i've lowered the carbs for at least a week, i'm gonna choose some kind of diet, whether it's the primal, atkins or vegetarian way to go.. i gotta do something because i don't like food ruling my life, i like to rule the food. i made a stinkin doctor's appt. i say it like that because i don't like goin to the stinkin doctor. i always feel that they will find something wrong. so. a new day is here and i hope to hit this one a lot better than days past.

  
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JO74555 8/22/2013 1:14PM

    thank you so so much for this reply! i have been goin soft and easy and although i'm not diagnosed as actually diabetic, "just" pre-diabetic, i know that inevitably, i will join the ranks. i made a doctor's appt., but it's not for another 2 weeks, but i'm actually starting to look forward to it instead of dreading it. i already went to a class regarding pre-diabetes last year and it seemed to me they were kinda gentle about the whole carb thing too. 50 to 100 carbs a day still feels like a punishment and i am completely convinced it's because my approach has been sluggish at best. Again... thank you so much for this info. i am definitely leaning towards the primal diet and this will be discussed for sure with my doctor. emoticon

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EXOTEC 8/22/2013 12:11PM

    If you're following SP's recommendations, the carbs are still a bit high for a true restricted-carb / diabetic diet. Our endocrinologist's Rx diet limits us to about 30 - 50 g of carbs per day. I've been on it long enough now that I've let it creep a bit, but the USDA recommendations for 50% carbs is just too much!

AND... for those who only have a passing notion about low-carb diets... they are NOT "high protein." They are *moderate* (normal) protein. The place lost carb-calories are replaced are with (healthy) fats, not protein. The difficulty many experience in adopting the LC lifestyle is that they try to come at it gentle and slow - but you really need to just cut the carbs drastically at first. Otherwise your body doesn't stop trying to scavenge sugars from your food. You're only prolonging the switch. Once your metabolism has learned to go to fats for energy, you'll begin to reap the benefits of the lifestyle, including loss of hunger and cravings.

Vegetarian or vegan diets tend to be deficient in a lot of good nutrients, although I've heard plenty of folks advocate them as having been useful for them. I couldn't (wouldn't) go there.

The primal diets are good: "just eat real food." Whole, natural foods. Get rid of the processed stuff. Stay away from the lowfat / no-fat / reduced fat items. When they remove the fat, they add in lots of other things which are far more unhealthy than the fat they've removed (besides which, there's nothing bad about healthy fats) - and there is frequently added sugars, even if you can't recognize them as such from the fake names they give them on the labels.

A most important caveat in choosing a new dietary plan is that you make sure to discuss it with your healthcare team. It's one thing for the "average dieter" (whatever that is) to adopt a new plan... it's another entirely for someone with preexisting health concerns - especially diabetes - to jump into a new nutritional plan, since it can be counterproductive to your therapy. Be sure you get a good orientation from whatever diabetic counselor your doctor recommends!

Good luck - I think you'll find LC will help you in your healthy lifestyle change.

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PINKYYSUEE 8/19/2013 2:06AM

    You can do it!

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CLESHER 8/14/2013 11:34AM

    You can do it......good job at avoiding tempation....

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PATTISWIMMER 8/14/2013 10:40AM

    http://www.drfuhrman.com/

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PATTISWIMMER 8/14/2013 10:39AM

    I tried Atkins but got sick..... not healthy all that protein...and so low carbs.... now I keep my carbs lower by mostly eliminating bread, potatoes and grains... I still eat fruit and vegetables.. I recommend Dr. Joel Furhman . I am on the eat to live team... he did some pbs specials...but suggests like several other doctors with the right diet you can cure yourself from diabetes 2. emoticon

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sugar, carbs, and salt... oh my!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

okay. i'm struggling to keep my sugar and carbs in check and i realize that even though i don't add salt to anything i bake or cook, unless it's absolutely needed ... still somehow i eat way over the limit of salt allowed for a healthy body. THIS is just gettin on my last freaken nerve. When i realized just how much extra salt I was eating, of course it hit me, my kids must be eating even twice that as they eat waaaay more than i do because they are into sports and need calories. SO. Here I go again, reassessing everything I eat (again) and my family eats to keep them healthy and hopefully ward off the awful backlash of a crappy salt, sugar and carb filled diet. It gets down right depressing. emoticon

  
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JO74555 8/13/2013 6:52PM

    the tracker i picked for pre-diabetes allowed me that many carbs and i was having trouble following that. i really have to get my attitude and information in some kind of stable form. i am really conflicted as to eat more meat... i thought maybe the paleo or primal diet was good. and, i really thought i was doing my family a favor with the smart balance and almond milk. i will stick with the almond milk because regular milk doesn't "agree" with anybody in my family. Bottom line... i really do have to commit and go on a truly lower carbed "diet". I will also make the fateful call for my yearly visit to the Dr. get the stinkin' bloodwork and go from there. I can't thank you all enough for your information and support. I wish there was some kind of magic test that would tell what each person's individual body would do best with and be satisfied on without so much hit or miss.

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EXOTEC 8/13/2013 5:28PM

    I totally agree about the salt. There is correlation, but not causation, associated with "higher" salt intake than our governmental standard. But those recommendations are inaccurate on many fronts. IF you're following a LC lifestyle, your body will metabolize salt differently, and you actually need more. I probably get 4000 or more per day, and my lab results are perfect.

I looked at your Nutrition Tracker for the last several days. Naturally, I couldn't see what your sodium levels have been, but from what I did see...

Your daily carbs have been running pretty close to 200 g. I think very few people would describe that as "low-carb." After you've adapted to and have been in the lifestyle for a while, you may be able to increase to a level your body can maintain at - but (I've been struggling lately too) if I let my carbs get around 100, I stall immediately. I begin to gain if I let it get higher than that. For most, at least in the beginning, 50 g/day is about the limit.

Keep in mind, eating carbs make you crave carbs. It will also keep you hungry for ANY food.

I see you're leaning toward the low-fat and reduced fat products, which is counterproductive. You need fats (good, healthy ones - animal fats) to replace your lost carb calories and just to provide satiety. Drop the 2% milk. Go get some REAL milk.

And that "spread" is non-food. Get real pastured butter. Or ANY butter is better than margarine or a "spread."

Agave syrup, although touted as "healthy and natural" is actually full of high fructose corn syrup. I don't know how they get away with calling it 100% agave - perhaps it's something in the way it's extracted or processed - but it's full of the stuff.

I also saw you eliminated cheese from some sandwich, but eat the bread, rolls, donuts, brownies, crackers... etc. The cheese is good for you, so long as it's not the processed stuff. The "breadies", well... no. I feel for you, breads are my ultimate downfall, too!

Sugary fruit (apples, melon, bananas, plums, pears, raisins and dried fruit, etc) can trigger a sugar craving too. Try to stick with berries. I love frozen berries!

Perhaps go back and reconsider the foods in the diet plan you've chosen. Atkins is a good structured one to use as a guideline until you're familiar with LC living. It's not really terribly difficult, although, if you're a lifelong carb addict like I am, it can be a challenge to adopt at first.

I hope you can find your path - once you get solidly on it, it will work! Honest. It's worked for me and for many others. Please come to the Atkins forum and let us support you while you're trying!
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ICEDEMETER 8/13/2013 4:56PM

    Rants are invaluable - enjoy them!

As for sodium, if you don't have high blood pressure or other medical reason to limit your sodium intake, then please don't try to get it too low. Sodium is a very much required nutrient in our systems, and going too low can cause all sorts of problems. It's even more important when you lead an active lifestyle and sweat a fair bit.

If you're running around the 2000-4000mg per day, then I wouldn't worry about it. Don't worry about your kids, either: being active in sports will increase their need for sodium.

I'm speaking from the reference point of someone who grew up on low sodium due to an entire family with high blood pressure (except me) and who never developed a liking for salt. Left to myself, I have around 1200-1500mg every day, all sodium naturally occuring in my foods, which my doctors have assured me is one of the major causes behind my problems with low blood pressure! I'm now supposed to be at least 3000-4000mg per day, with the docs suggesting that I get it up to 6000mg or more if I can stand it.

Before you go switching your diet around some more, you really might want to have a chat with your doc about what levels you and your kids are currently eating and ask whether the doc suggests the amount staying the same, going down, or going up!

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JO74555 8/13/2013 4:03PM

    i would like to apologize for my consistent rants. it's just that i really REALLY get so frustrated and the blogging helps me get it off my chest. i hope that those who take the time to read my literary rants also see the humor in them too.

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MJRVIC2000 8/13/2013 4:02PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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The evil equation; sad+dislike of authority+no self control+resentment+sweet tooth=carb cravings

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

i should mention, the dislike of authority pertains to me telling myself no. no you can't have this or that for whatever reason.

  
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JO74555 8/7/2013 7:21PM

    ty for the encouragement. emoticon

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CHERIJ16 8/7/2013 11:11AM

    Keep reminding yourself that you are doing this because you want to be healthy. My biggest motivator is focusing on keeping my diabetes under control so I won't need insulin and I won't have all those complications. As soon as I focus on losing weight just to look good I lose my momentum. I also allow myself small amounts of anything I want as long as I fit it into my tracker and my daily calorie count.

Stay strong! emoticon

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CLESHER 8/7/2013 11:05AM

    That is a tough equation...I think you need to stop telling yourself no and instead tell yourself "I don't want it"....No has a very negative connotation...change it to a postive like Yes I could eat it, but I just do not want to....

Just a thought...

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UGH... For the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS OR ISN'T HEALTHY!!!

Friday, August 02, 2013

gm. :) seriously considering working a modified Paleo Diet into the Belly Fat Cure. I just don't know what to do. It's easy to choose all the healthiest foods when you have extra money, but with three kids still living at home, it's tough and is meat okay? are they really grass fed? Is organic truly better... is it really organic? Just because it has a sticker on it doesn't make it so. AND. I really just don't know what is truly healthy or not anymore. Don't eat this, don't eat that. THAT has gmo's... SUGAR is BAD, CARBS are BAD... SALAD is recalled, DON'T eat ANYTHING out of a CAN. COOK everything... EAT everthing RAW. DRINK WATER... not too much and certainly NOT OUT OF A BOTTLE (oh, but please buy the chemical free expensive water bottles everybody will lose in no time flat... and is it really chemical free???... Tap Water is CONTAMINATED with microbes. Oh wait... It's better than bottled.. or is it??? Sometimes I wish I could just eat cardboard and like it, but surely, there would be a huge study on how it kills. And of course, not before I forced it on my family because I was under the impression it was healthy. I think I may be over cynical today. If anything... I gotta work on my attitude.

  
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PINKYYSUEE 8/2/2013 1:49PM

    So, what I can tell you...I still eat canned...I just recently ate hash...you just have to stick to serving size...that is all...

I eat frozen food, canned (although not alot cause usually it 1/4 to 1/2 the can that you can have), pre-prepared and I also cook my own..i eat eggs, bacon and lunchmeat.

Try not to let all this stuff get to you...its easy to get overwelmed with it all...I drink tapwater also...

I am losing weight well...so you can do this!

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When the only medicine for a breaking heart seems like chocolate cake...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

no... i won't cake, er, cave in... but, omg... i really want to just dig in to a whole chocolate cake with a side of mcdonalds. i will not. i will just keep putting off insatiable need for crap until my snack time... then i will stick to the program of carrots and hummus. my grandchildren are going back to missouri. i most likely won't see them and be able to hug them for at least a year. my heart is in my throat. i am logical about the whole thing as i realize most grandparents don't get to see their grandchildren as much as i have been able to in the last 5 months. They stayed here for a visit since march. i feel lost already and they don't leave until saturday morning.

  
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PINKYYSUEE 8/5/2013 2:49PM

    Sending emoticon your way

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JO74555 7/31/2013 5:58PM

    thank you both for the encouragement and support. i really wanted to indulge today and didn't give in; i feel pretty good about it. my craving has subsided a bit and i thought i could get a few pieces of dark chocolate, which, if motivated enough, i would have to go out and purchase.. but shopping day is tomorrow :) emoticon

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PROPMAN1 7/31/2013 2:25PM

  Take each minute and savor it. It's hard to say goodby to those you love but take heart in the fact that you'll see them again.

Good for you - not giving in to the cake, burgers, etc.!! emoticon emoticon

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CLESHER 7/31/2013 1:24PM

    Enjoy the next few days with the grandkids while you can...

I am proud of you for not giving into the trigger and for staying the course...

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