Tuesday, March 27, 2012
OK today was the big day. I was actually looking forward to go to the doctor this morning. What I have accomplished between January when I had my previous blog test is remarkable but I wanted better. In January my A1C was 9.6% and last weeks results came back at 7.2%. A 2.4% drop in 3 months one should be jumping up and down but I was not a happy camper. My Diabetes doctor is not going to reduce my meds. yet. I was fuming! I was .2% away from him cutting my meds. in half.
Let me explain, for people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1c test is between 4,6% and 6%. Because studies have repeatedly shown that out-of-control diabetes results in complications from the disease, the goal for people with diabetes is an hemoglobin A1c less than 7%. The higher the hemoglobin A1c, the higher the risks of developing complications related to diabetes.
Hemoglobin is a substance within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. When your diabetes is not controlled (meaning that your blood sugar is too high), sugar builds up in your blood and combines with your hemoglobin, becoming "glycated." Therefore, the average amount of sugar in your blood can be determined by measuring a hemoglobin A1c level. If your glucose levels have been high over recent weeks, your hemoglobin A1c test will be higher. The amount of hemoglobin A1c will reflect the last several weeks of blood sugar levels, typically a period of 120 days.
A measly .2% is hanging me up. He was thrilled at how much I have lost since he last saw me. He was ecstatic I was out of the 300's. I was relieved to see with my clothes on I still weighed under 300. Hehe, I really wanted him to see that number under 300 and he did. He said my eyes and skin are just vibrant. He knows I have been following a Raw Food Diet and is perfectly fine with it. In fact he told me to stay on it. My HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides are excellent. All of my numbers were great but nope, not cutting my meds.
As we were walking out of the examining room he said if I keep losing and keep eating the way I am he will surely cut my meds in half soon to be followed by none at all. He better!
Monday, March 26, 2012
OK so I 1st joined Spark People on 5/24/2009. It took me all that time to reach the 1st major milestone I set up for myself. The milestone was to be under 300 pounds. I reached that goal on this past Sunday with a total weight loss of 75 pounds to date with Spark People.
The old Yvonne would have thrown the towel in ages ago. The very 1st year, and actually it was less than a whole year, I shed 73 pounds. Then I came down with a very bad case of the shingles and was on steroids for almost an entire year. It wrecked havoc on my weight. I gained back a good portion of what I had lost.
Bummer! Now I had to start over again or let's say half start again. The weight started to come off again but then I hit a plateau around 315 pounds if I recall. $@!% January 1st of this year, well really the 4th I went back 100% Raw. Almost one whole month of eating Raw, doing what I was supposed to be doing and zip. Inches came off, clothes were falling off, but no numbers on that stupid scale were coming off. Finally in February the numbers started dropping on the scale. Happy Days! I could stop whining!
Fast forward to this Sunday and I am doing the Happy Dance! I gave myself an early birthday present. I made a statement in one of my teams that I set a goal for myself to be under 300 pounds by my birthday. Well that is about 10 days from now. Yippee and by the way I am ahead of the game!
My next milestone is set for a weight of 275 pounds and I am setting each additional milestone in 25 pound increments.
The moral of this blog is that there will be setbacks but we can't give up. We need to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and begin again not looking back but forward. When you get up in the morning, smile at yourself in the mirror before you brush your teeth for the day. Tell yourself that today is the 1st day of the rest of your life. And then believe it!
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
Sunday, March 25, 2012
HUNGRY FOR CHANGE
It is a free online documentary that is available at no cost to you until March 31, 2012, after that you will have to purchase it. Carve out some "Me Time" and watch it! Better yet grab the spouse and kiddies too and all watch together.
Hunger For Change really makes some great points and gets you thinking. Thinking about just what it is that you are putting in your bodies. We are supposed to be eating to live and not living to eat. But, you already know that or you wouldn't be here on Spark People. It is not just what you are eating. It is also about what is eating you.
Sugar is the cocaine of the modern world. You need to get off it, all of it except for natural sugar found in the whole fruits you eat.
It all boils down to the fact that your health is in your hands. It is time you take up that responsibility for yourself and your family.
Why is this country in this state of poor health? Easy answer. Big business knows that if you addict a customer you know you have that customer for life. think nicotine, Aspartame, MSG, or high fructose corn syrup.
If man makes it don’t eat it. If you find it in nature then go for it. I don’t eat meat but there if you are eating from nature, wild fish or wild game, you are ahead of the curve. Once man steps into the picture with their feed and antibiotics they put in that animal feed is where the problems begin.
You will learn a lot more from this documentary and I rather you experience for yourself instead of me reviewing the entire movie.
Here's the free link:
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The consumption of seaweed has largely been restricted to the island and coastal peoples. They have been eating seaweed dating back to to Neolithic times. Sea vegetables offer perhaps the broadest range of minerals of any food found on earth. Western cultures are only recently beginning to discover the nutritional value of sea vegetables which have remained the foundation of the Japanese diet for centuries. The Japanese have taken sea weed to the next level. It takes center stage in a lot of their cuisine.
I eat sea vegetables because # 1 I love them. I fell in love with seaweed salad years ago when I used to go and have my weekly sushi fix. I haven’t eaten sushi in ages but I still eat a lot of sea vegetables in many forms. The most important health benefit for me to continue to do so is that is one source in how I get my Omega-3’s. Omega-3 fatty acids help control blood clotting and build cell membranes in the brain; adequate intake is associated with lower risk for heart disease and stroke. However, there are many other reasons you should also be eating sea vegetables:
Sea vegetables contain virtually all the nutrients found in the ocean and the very same minerals found in human blood. Ocean vegetables are one of Nature’s richest sources of vegetable protein.
Sea vegetables provide full concentrations of beta-carotene, chlorophyll, enzymes, amino acids, and fiber.
Ounce for ounce, along with herbs, they are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other food.
Sea vegetables are considered the most nutritionally dense plants available in the planet!
Here are the major varieties of seaweed:
Known for: Mild flavor, which is good for beginners. Looks like black spaghetti.
How to use: In salads and sautéed with other vegetables.
Nutritional value: Contains iodine, iron, vitamin A and calcium.
Known for: Red-colored sea vegetable. Available in powdered form or as soft, chewy whole leaves.
How to use: Sprinkle the powdered form into salads and soups. Use leaves in soups or sandwiches.
Nutritional value: Contains vitamins B-6 and B-12, iron and potassium and has less sodium than other seaweeds.
Known for: Jet black color. When dried, it looks like small twigs.
How to use: Add to any vegetable dish.
Nutritional value: Contains about 14 times the calcium of the equivalent amount of milk.
Known for: Color ranges from gray to green. Cut leathery seaweed pieces with a scissors.
How to use: Can be used for stock. Helps to tenderize vegetables and beans.
Nutritional value: Contains potassium, calcium, vitamins A and C.
Known for: Dark green, paperlike seaweed wraps around sushi rolls.
How to use: Shred into rice dishes or stir-fry dishes.
Nutritional value: Contains protein, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin A.
Known for: Dark green and leaf-like (used in miso soup) or bright green spaghetti-type pieces (used in seaweed salads). Has a subtle sweet flavor.
How to use: Good soup or salad ingredient.
Nutritional value: Contains protein, iron, calcium and other minerals.
KELP NOODLES are a particular favorite of mine. Kelp Noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy to eat raw noodle. Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable), sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water, Kelp Noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and Their unique texture is why I love them! Kelp Noodles are a one-of-a-kind healthful and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles. Best of all, no cooking is required. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat. I make mine with a Raw Asian Marinade with extra ginger and add julienne red pepper, carrots, spiralized squash, and marinated raw mushrooms.
Sea vegetables are “sea-like” in flavor—and range from very mild to very salty. They are mainly sold prepackaged in dry form in sheets, whole leaves or powders at health-food stores and in the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. They also are sold online from companies such as Maine Coast Sea Vegetables www.SeaVeg.com) , Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company (www.Seaweed.net) and Sea Tangle Noodle Company (www.kelpnoodles.com). You can also find them on Amazon.com.
To learn more about the health benefits of seaweed including the ability of seaweeds to protect against the harmful effects of radiation exposure click on the link below:
Just the fact that sea vegetables rid your body of built up metal toxins and protect you against the consequences of exposure to radiation, think recent Fukushima nuclear disaster, you owe it to yourself to check out these amazing vegetables.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Shopping Setup: You're gonna love it
This ought to give you a few laughs!
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