Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I recently ran out of my Gaia Echinacea Supreme capsules and decided to check out a few more of their products. The brand is a little pricey, but I like that many of their products are organic and their website has a lot of infomration about how they are farmed and produced. I did choose to order from Amazon since the prices were more reasonable. So, I didn't even order the Echinacea...I ended up ordering the 12 day Supreme Cleanse which consists of a fiber drink in the morning and a liver cleansing capsule in the evening. It's 2:30 in the afternoon and I think I'm beginning to feel the subtle effects of the fiber...(thank goodness it' subtle, senna is what I usually take is much harsher). I also ordered their Glycemic Health blend which I'm hoping will help regulate/maintain my blood sugars in a normal range. I also decided to give Elderberry a try. There were many rave reviews about its effectiveness at staving off colds and overall boosting of the immune system. Since it is in liquid form I felt it may be good for the kids too who have difficulty swallowing the echinacea capsules.
I ate pretty healthy today on the first day of the cleanse, but note to self...don't have 2 high fat healthy snacks on the same day. I had banana chips and brazil nuts, that kicked my fat intake out of whack for the day. For breakfast I had oatmeal with almond milk, for lunch salad with grilled chicken breast and for dinner...proabably more salad. Second note to self, meal plan for a few days out.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I just came back from my 6 month follow up visit for the pre-gestational diabetes and despite that I've been exercising pretty consistently, my A1C went up by .1 . I'm glad it didn't go up much more...but I was seriously expecting a decrease. I must admit that I have been tracking my exercise regularly for the most part, but not my food intake. So I have no idea what I may have done wrong, except to guesstimate. That's not good enough, so I'm really going to step up my efforts to to do better at tracking. On a good note, I lost 5 lbs since my last visit. woo hoo
Friday, March 15, 2013
I went for my semi-annual dr. visit today and was informed that I am pre-diabetic. I knew something was up because there would be times I would be just so sleepy after eating...I just didn't feel right. After narrowing it down, I found this to occur after eating foods high in carbs. So I did modidfy my diet by increasing whole grains, cutting out soda, and increasing veggies, decreasing alcohol intake and exercising a whole lot more. Despite these efforts, I remain borderline, so I still have more work to do and have to really do more monitoring of my diet and exercise. I believe I can do it...trust me, I don't want to have this progress to full blown diabetes--that's my motivation! From what I understand, this may have come about because I had gestational diabetes during one of my pregnancies and that means I may be prone to diabetes later on in life. Well, I'm going to fight this off for as long as I can. SP does have a success story about a woman who was successfully able to reverse her diabetes...I'm going to try my best.
Friday, November 16, 2012
I know that trying to implement an all out change to my eating habits and exercise routine immediately just won't work. In order for me to slowly modify my former habits and maintian a healthier lifestyle I'm going to have to make small changes that yield a big impact first.
What can I give up easily? Soda. No problem there, I've never been one to buy it that often for the household and there are just so many other things I enjoy drinking that I can easily give that up. Honestly, I should probably go the extra step and limit my children's intake of soda even more as well. I could encourage them to have juice with their meals if we eat out (even if it might cost me a bit more since soda is often the only drink you can get free refills).
I've done fairly well with incorporating a breakfast into my daily routine, particularly when I am at work. What I usually have is either oatmeal or Greek yogurt. I know that the instant oatmeal is not the very best choice, but it's better than nothing at all. What I can do is make it with soy milk instead of plain water. In addition, I need to have more fresh fruit on hand daily to go with my breakfast---I'm doing ok with that, but could be more consistent.
Another small change that I've put into place is substituting wheat bread for the white. I used to buy wheat bread for myself and white sandwich bread for the kids, but I've just gone ahead and eliminated the white bread all together. They've adjusted fine. I also don't use white sugar anymore for my tea or coffee, but have substituted that with honey or agave nectar. I need to do more research to see if any of these substitutes can be used in recipes that normally require sugar.
I'm pleased with these little changes and am continuing to evaluate my food shopping habits and meal planning to see what other adjustments I can make.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I bet I'd be more consistent with reaching my fitness goals if I checked into SP as frequently as I check in and lounge around on FB!
It's been a year since my last blog entry, my Spark Streak percentages are in the toilet...ugh, this is ridiculous. And my weight is the same now as it was this time last year. I've got to do better.
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