Wednesday, September 08, 2010
DEBBIEANNE1124 asked me this question: "Deb, how are you keeping your numbers so good. whats your secret? several people ahve asked you that in the blood sugar and other threads. I don't think you see it unless you answer them privately. Are you on insulin?
It's bad enough trying toa void bread and white rice and apsta. ughhh..
I don't really know how to answer this but here goes, First of all, when I was diagnosed June 2008, my blood sugars weren't really too bad, fasting was 136 and I had several other readings around 200. I took the diabetes education classes, learned how & what to eat, and immediately put that into practice, as faithfully as possible. Then I started exercising and lost about 45 lbs. The Dr had told me to lose 10-15% of my body weight, so I lost 20! Those two things have really helped, although I've gained back 10 lbs while I was recovering from surgery (4 since last summer - Yikes!) I do aerobics 3 mornings a week, and yoga 2-3 evenings as week as well. My nighttime snack is almost always the same thing. A 4 ounce serving of sugar-free jello, with 1 1/2 tbsp sugar free cool whip, a 4 ounce serving of light yogurt, and a piece of cheese, usually lowfat, as well. During the day, I have breakfast (Special K-1c w/1/4c nonfat milk, or instant oatmeal on the mornings before I go to aerobics). Lunch is sometimes a fast food salad, something from Subway, or something frozen like lean cuisine or healthy choice. An afternoon snack of some sort. Then dinner - usually broiled meat of some sort & veggies. The only pasta I'll eat is Dreamfields, which is actually very good, much better than that nasty cardboard like stuff they call "whole wheat pasta." I haven't eaten white rice, in 2 years, brown rice sends my blood sugars soaring, and so does wild rice. Now we use couscous instead. White (russet) potatoes are out, but I have no problems with Yukon Gold, or Red potatoes, and I usually eat them with the skin for added fiber, even in mashed (from scratch) potatoes. No gravy. Fat free I Can't Believe Its Not Butter only, on my veggies. No added salt. Stevia. Honey wheat bread, at home, whole wheat where-ever else I can.
What else? I don't know. Sometimes I feel like I'm not really doing all that I'm supposed to, but if it works (for me), don't knock it. Anyway DebbieAnne, hope this answers your question.
BTW - I am not on any diabetes meds, oral, or otherwise, including insulin.