Friday, August 23, 2013
LARISSAJO is starting again. Last weekend I had a scare. I had chest pains that would not go away so I went to the hospital. The pain was not heart but they said, "You know you are diabetic, don't you?" I must have looked like a deer in the headlights because every time anyone came in the room they reminded me. The chest pains were not heart or lungs but I got a barrage of information on my liver damage and diabetes. They put me on a low carb diet which turns out to be the same one I was supposedly using on Sparkpeople, no more than 52gm carbs per meal. I am a carb junkie. I love breads and pasta and would eat large partions. After 6 days on this way of eating I am less lethargic, have a little more energy and think clearly all day. Even my memory recall seems to have improved. The carbs were putting me to sleep. I know 6 days is not enough to make any difinitive statements and it is not part of my lifestyle, yet, but I hope I can keep this up and see if things continue to improve. I don't think it will be easy because the sense of urgency I had when leaving the hospital is starting to wane. I got some good cook books and will need to relearn how to portion my food. I guess all the food that is off the menu will have to go to Feeding America since they are all high carb, sodium, etc. Now I need to find a solid support group for diabetics. I think I will need all the emotional support I can get. emoticon Will tell the tale, I have already lost 5 pounds but it won't be instant success. It will have to be a whole change of eating habits.