Saturday, June 30, 2012
It's been 2 months and 2 weeks since I was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes. It was a shock because my BG numbers were great 2 years ago when I had my last test.
For some reason, I was sure that diabetes meant the end of good eating and treats but 2 1/2 months in, I'm blown away by how well I'm eating compared with how I ate before. Fresh fruit and veggies, stir fries, delicious chicken dishes and so much seafood.
I start each morning with either a cup of cereal (fibre 1 for me) and 1/4 cup 1% milk or 1/2 cup cereal with milk and 1/2 a banana. Lunch is almost always seafood... Crab cakes, fresh fish, smoked salmon on a plate with fresh veggies in a salad or stir fry. Dinner is meat, veggies and a small starch and dessert... I always give myself a sweet something each day and I think that's what's helping me be so successful in keeping my blood glucose numbers down to an avg. of 4.9 mmol.
A typical dessert for me is jello, berries and frozen cool whip. The fat free cool whip tastes like ice cream when kept frozen and I use the 5 calorie jello so it's a very satisfying treat for low cal and carbs. I love rhubarb, so I'll make it in the micro with a sprinkle of Splenda and stir it into strawberry jello... Delicious. Hummus with no-carb cheese crackers is my other favorite. (the crackers are no carb because they're just cheese... Any real cheese done on high for 2 minutes in the micro on parchment paper... I do 1/4c shredded feta, spread thin into 4 rounds or a slice of Swiss cheese cut into 8 small squares. The feta turns out brown and bubbly crisp and the Swiss is white, lacy and so crispy. It works with any kind of real cheese and it reduces the fat because a lot of it runs off.)
I'm down 20 lbs since I came home from hospital and I've added another sweet treat to my life...EXERCISE. I never would have believed I could be one of "those" people! I go to swimfit 4x a week, walk 2k 3x a week and do stretch band exercises 3x a week and I feel like it's just a beginning. I am absolutely loving this new, active me and I'm planning on joining a gym by the end of the summer which blows me away.
I'm not sure how people travel these journeys without a site like spark. Every time I'm changing my routine, I can find advice here. When I bought the stretch bands with no clue how to use them, I knew there'd be a video for that. I can map my route to ensure I'm doing my 2k and I can find low carb, easy recipes whenever I need something new.
I'm loving me today, and looking forward to me tomorrow... How great is that :)