I went to a class for a condition I have had for 14 years. I expected to be bored, but I felt validated instead. The science word was used . so here is what I learned
1) Genetics. yup, that’s the cause. excess fat- that’s from the body not knowing how to deal with glucose. Validation. It is what I have read , what the newer research shows,but what people want to argue with me about.
2) once there is a diagnosis – diet and exercise alone won’t work. Your pancreas is tired- medicine is there to help. Some people need more medications than others- it is body chemistry. But this is why the lowering of number for diagnosis for prediabetes – it is to actually help you stay off medication longer. This validated my experience with food and gave me some information.
3) heat attacks, high blood pressure, high blood sugar etc, are now all grouped together known as metabolic syndrome
just sharing with the class
I have a friend that is a weight loss coach . She is good at it and I have a lot of respect for her and the job she does. Today she asked the question ( to a general audience ) why haven’t you lost weight?
It got me thinking…and I figured it out . It is not lack of knowledge. I’ve been interested in food and nutrition since I was 12 years old. It is not lack of discipline. You don’t train to walk 60 miles without a good level of discipline.
It is a matter of brain space.
Some brain space is always occupied by my health. Two chronic conditions. I’m either trying to manage them so they don’t affect my life or I’m trying to manage the effects they are having on my life. ( go find protein, I need to eat a veggie, did I take my drugs?, go for a walk, if I pull weeds will my asthma kick in )
work brain space. I am only at work for 37.5 hours a week , but like most people who enjoy their work – I spend a lot of time thinking about work. ( that would make a great teen program, I should post about that , what should I put on the FB page today, how long has it been since I reviewed a book)
household management. most of the day-to-day stuff is mine so there are constant list going through my brain . ( need cat food, garbage day, what can we do for dinner tonight)
and most of that is going on in the background. I’m not sure I have enough processor power to add one more background program in my life. ( and I really don’t want to ) It obviously fits in with the health, but it is going up a level. Partly because when I get hungry , zombies have nothing on me.
So , there is today’s answer.
sorry, my fault they won’t exsits soon. but I didn’t like them as a kid.
green olives with pimento
Over time I’ve grown to like green olives, but still don’t like ’em stuffed with pimento.
I don’t like the taste of them. I’ve even learned to drink Ice tea without sweetner. occassionaly I have a diet soda or crystal light lemonade, but really, I’d rather not.
fat free sour cream
It tastes funny – nothing like real sour cream
fat free half and half
I have no idea how this is even possible.
light butter /light margerine /fat free cheese.
I had some of these that don’t melt. Scary.
So what is this all about? Blood sugars not good. Neither is weight ( clothes aren’t fitting well ) and I really like to eat. SoI’m just trying to remember there are very few foods I dion’t like. Variety is avalible , so eating less of some things does not have to be painful. Also, no matter what advice I get from books or well meaning friends- the first rule of food for me is Never eat anything you don’t like. It only makes me look for something better tasting.
Of course, there are those foods that dont like at all
So , with chronic conditions you have to constantly change in order to keep up with them. last week I would have smacked somebody for stating that – because I am in a readjustment stage.
My diabetes numbers just aren’t where they should be . (BTW – don’t push the issues of testing with your friend with diabetes – testing can be discouraging and most of us go through times – sometimes long times without testing) So new meds. and testing to regularly to get them adjusted. But it is never that simple.
It is allergy season that means extra asthma meds – and my emergency inhaler make my blood sugar rise. A lot. however, breathing works better than not breathing.
And it looks like my food choices need changing. Now I’ve been thinking about it – but for someone who has read so much , it is still hard. In fact, I have two conflicting books looking at me. one vegetarian .One paleo. But the area where they both meet is — goodbye to overly processed food.
So why do we have a candy bar at work today?
A heart surgeon talks about what we should eat to prevent heart disease. Now he isn’t the first to say it, but it is the way nutritionist have been talking for years. When I first started reading about nutrition ( I was 12) they were saying similar things – Stay away from processed food, eat more veggies and fruits.
here is a quote from the article:
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
a couple of other notes: Asthma is a disease of inflammation. and it looks like there is a connection between type 2 diabetes and inflamation. ( there are articles). .
here is an amazing story Dr Terry Whahls and her recovery from MS – based on changing her diet:
So coming across two pieces of media about food feels like a reminder. I do not expect to cure , but I know I feel better with more veggies , less grains , and almost no processed food. and I know I don’t get enough magnesium . Time to up the veggies and nuts — and get rid of the plastic covered food from the factory .
You will read and you will hear – that walking will make diabetes better.I’ve even hear the word cure. When I was first diagnosed – I could go for a walk and see my numbers drop. Sadly, it doesn’t work that way anymore. In fact it is difficult for me to get my numbers to budge. Even when I trained for walking 60 miles. I know I’m not alone ( I read about a guy who ran his first half marathon – and also hit his highest blood sugar ever, while running it) . So nothing is quite simple.
So What’s the point? Well I actually think everybody that can walk,should walk. There was an article in last week’s chronicle that had some fascinating information. Just 15 minutes of walking, six days a week, can add 3 years to your life. More is better, but a small amount of time can give you three more years to hang with your friends and family. That sounds like a deal to me
There is a group called EveryBodyWalk that is trying to encourage everyone to walk . Check them out.