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Experimenting With Foods and Goals

Sunday, March 04, 2018

I'm long overdue for writing a blog, so here it is! I debated about writing one at New Year's, with ideas for resolutions and goals. But to be honest, I knew I wouldn't keep them, as I just wasn't motivated at the time. I didn't keep most of the resolutions I set last year. So instead I took some time to think about a different approach for 2018. Some people talked about picking a word of the year, and that idea appealed to me. So my word is "experiment." From Wikipedia: "An experiment is a procedure carried out to support, refute, or validate a hypothesis. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated." *
I've been dieting for what seems most of my life, and I know what works short term, but can't find something that works for me long term. Yes, restricting calories works and I can lose weight, but inevitably I'm hungry when limiting calories, and can't do that for months at a time without feeling miserable and deprived, and end up giving up and gaining the weight back. So this year I'm looking to make changes that will show slow, steady progress and improve my health. So I'm planning to experiment and make substitutions for foods, and develop meals that satisfy my hunger and yet are filling and don't raise my blood sugar.

My hemoglobin A1c has been climbing in the past year, from 6.3 to 6.8 in the past six months. That's a trend I'm determined to reverse. I just ordered a new glucose meter, and plan to start testing my blood sugars again and adjust meal ingredients if needed. I think that's the most important step I can take at the moment. I already try to eat a lower carb, high fiber diet, and will test after meals to see if I'm still eating too many carbs, and adjust accordingly.

In the past month I've switched to Ezekiel 4:9 bread, a sprouted 100% whole grain bread with wheat, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, and spelt, which has a glycemic index of 36. One slice has 15 g of carbs and 3 g of fiber. When I get my new glucose meter, I'll see how my body reacts to eating this bread, but hopefully this is a good choice for me. I like the flavor. You find it in the freezer section of the grocery store, and keep it frozen until use, because it doesn't have any preservatives (I toast it). It's a bit expensive, at $4.99 a loaf, but you can find sales sometimes and stock up.

Another experiment I'm planning in the next month is cooking with coconut flour instead of wheat. It has a lot of fiber, and may be better for blood sugar than regular flour. I also bought some almond flour, and think that combination may make some kind of healthy granola bar or dessert, if used with fruit or nuts, etc.

I got a veggie spiralizer for Christmas, but have yet to use it. The plan is to make zucchini noodles, once zucchini is in season, to take the place of pasta.
So, those are a few of my experiments with food. When I come up with a good recipe, I'll post it. The focus will be on fiber, and healthy, natural ingredients (nothing artificial), that doesn't raise my blood sugar too much.

The other goal I'm still struggling with is exercise. I enjoy walking outside, but I need to find an exercise I enjoy to do in the house, so the weather isn't a factor. I know there are tons of videos to try, but I don't have a space at the moment that is open in front of a TV or computer. So, maybe that should be my next goal...decluttering and rearranging furniture to make an exercise space. I'll have to think about that one.
The other thing I plan to do, is to weigh myself every Tuesday. That will be my weigh-in day, and I'll just change my weight ticker if my weight changes that day. I used to weigh several days a week, write it on a calendar, try to figure out if it was "real" weight gain or loss, and debate about when to enter it into SparkPeople. All too complicated, so I decided to just pick a day. So, that means my weight will probably go up and down frequently, and I may get "credit" for losing the same pound or two over and over again, but it makes my life easier, and that's more important! And hopefully having my true weight on my page will be better reminder for me.

So, experiment in progress. Not all experiments are successes, but you learn from failures too, and I'm ready to learn what is best for me and adapt when I have more knowledge. Thanks for reading!

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  • no profile photo CD22978304
    emoticon Great blog! I love your approach. I am in the same boat. Years of losing and regaining the same pounds and now facing the possibility of diabetes in the future. emoticon
    807 days ago
    Great blog! I love your word! They say losing weight is like an "experiment of one", since we're all different. You have to find out what works for you. Smart substitutions really are the way to go, great thinking! That's what many nutritionists say to do. It's easier to do that, make what you already like to eat be healthy, than to change everything entirely. You'll love the easiness of weighing once a week!
    815 days ago
  • no profile photo CD22631941
    I had the same thoughts about diet and exercise. Trail and error . If something works keep it. If it don't work , try something else. I tried Ezekial bread and I did not care for it. I tried different breads and I would always come back to Oak nut. I am done trying breads. I have tried a number of diet plans. They all work as long as you stick to it. I wanted something simple that I can stick with forever so I tweaked the S diet. You lose weight slowly on this plan. I have only been doing my tweaked version of the S plan for two weeks. I have lost only one pound a week. Too soon to say if I will keep this plan. I enjoy walking outside, but that is hit and miss depending on weather so I bought a treadmill. I want to get in the habit of toning exercises and yoga alone with walking. It is a puzzle to try and fit all 3 types of exercise into my day. So far I have only managed one type a day. I am still working on a good routine . The important thing is not to give up. Keep trying different things till you find what works best for you. Wish you Success.
    815 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I have never tried Ezekial bread, but I do like good old fashioned Roman Meal. I read the label and it is still the best for me.
    So happy you joined our diabetes team!
    817 days ago
  • LINZEE118
    I love your plan emoticon . I love that bread also. I found it in the health food store. I have to watch my carbs because I am pre diabetic. Doctor said if I lose the weight I shouldn't become diabetic. That was awa moment. As I go down the villes now I promised myself I would not go back to the old villes. I also bought a veggie spiralizer in Sept. I must admit I only used it a few times. I have to look for some good tasting recipes. Please take care. Linda
    817 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great plan! I really like the idea of eating more fiber. This is beneficial in so many ways. I never have a problem with exercise. I do it everyday and often at a gym.

    However, eating the rights foods and portion sizes has always been my problem.

    819 days ago
    Sounds like you're on a great track. :)
    819 days ago
    You have good plans. Hope your experimentation works!
    820 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I think experiment is a very good word for the year. We are experiments in the making. I found that when I changed my diet to a low carb healthy fat diet that it did wonders for my diabetes. I'm waiting to go back to the doctor in June to see the results of this diet change.

    By cutting all grains, except for oats, I have found that my fasting blood sugars have come way down which is a good thing. I added more fruit to my diet which is my substitute for sugar. I am careful of what I eat, and always make sure I have just a portion of fresh fruit. I have increased my veggies which is a no brainer. Makes sense to get those veggies in.

    I must say that this has been a challenge for me, especially when I want carbs like, rice, pasta, etc. I just find I feel better when I don't, so I keep reminding myself why I don't. Doesn't always work, but 98% of the time it does.

    Keep on this journey and I hope that you find what works for you, because we are all experiments
    820 days ago
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