A couple of things that happened this week have really made me think twice about what I'm doing, and it's time for me to try a new strategy.
The first thing was my doctor calling me for some blood test results, which put a scare into me. My father was diabetic (Type 2), and my mom is now prediabetic and working on her diet and exercise to help. They were testing me because of this family history. Fortunately I'm not at the prediabetic stage yet, but my numbers were high enough that my doctor wanted me to work on it so that we would see better results next year. I'm so happy that my high numbers have been caught before they get too high, and now I need to work on getting them down. Cholesterol was the same story. High numbers, not as concerning right now, but I need to work on decreasing them.
Lessons learned: To help my cholesterol I need to pay closer attention to the Fat content in the foods I'm eating (and particularly Saturated Fat, is what my doctor told me). I also need to be more careful about the carbohydrates and sugars I'm taking in to help with my diabetes risk.
The second thing was that a few times this week I've made myself feel very sick by trying to go without food for too long. Sometimes when I start watching my diet I'm thinking only about calories and how to decrease them. I end up eating the same kinds of food as usual, but in smaller quantities and not as frequently. This worked when I was younger, but is no longer sustainable. This week, in as little as four hours between meals I was starting to feel nauseous, my vision was blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out. I told my doctor about this too, and she said I just need to eat smaller meals, but more frequently.
Lessons learned: I need to bring more healthy snacks to work and eat them throughout the day. I think making better choices for my meals will also help this problem. I don't necessarily need to eat less - I just need to be smarter about the nutrients in my diet.
So I feel a little silly, because most of these things (watching fats and sugars, eating smaller meals more frequently) are common knowledge and I've heard all these things before, but I get overwhelmed by the amount of nutrition information available out there and I tend to block everything out for that reason.
Anyway, that's been my week... it was a little more stressful than usual, but I'm grateful at the end of it to have an opportunity to make things better.
Hope you're all doing well!! Have a great Sunday everyone