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!