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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..
Debbie "

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.
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    Good post Deb. Thanks for sharing.
    3679 days ago
    And the secret is out now Deb! Sounds like you did some trial and error, and have made exercise part of your daily routine. How awesome! I'm getting frustrated, and think I'd better go see Doc, because it seems no matter what I do, my FBS is high in the morning, and then is around 100 later in the day. I need to get myself disciplined. Keep up the wonderful work. You are an inspiration to the entire team! Hugs!!
    3696 days ago
  • BRATS4 are doing just great
    3696 days ago
    Thanks for sharing it is so surprising how different foods react in different individuals.
    I guess we all must try to find our go to food. I need to find mine to start losing pounds again.
    I think I have been able to do my blood sugar better but it took a bit of persitence on my part. Again Thanks for sharing Pat in Maine.
    3696 days ago
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    I often wondered how you are able to be so consistent with your BS. You practice self-retrain something I need to work at.
    Thanks for sharing.

    3696 days ago
    Hi Deb and Deb...Thank You for a Super Post. I often wondered the same thing. Your numbers are always good and Now I know how your do it...
    Thank You for Sharing your day...It really helps me.
    3696 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    Wow! You're not really trying and ahve all those fantastic numbers... I learned a secret from Geminisky night time snack being a proteina nd carb I ahve tried hard cooked egg whites and cucumber slices or a breadless sandwich of lettuce leave with turkey ro chicken lunch meat and cheese rolled up as evening snack. that helps and gets me through the night. also a tip from alan no fruit or sweets after lunch.

    You're doing terrific!
    3697 days ago
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