diabetes ed

April 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm (chronic conditions, diabetes) (, )

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

 

 

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Why haven’t you?

April 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm (asthma, chronic conditions, diabetes, fitness, food) ()

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.

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foods I don’t eat

November 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm (chronic conditions, diabetes, food)

Twinkies

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.

artificial  sweetners.

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

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booklist 14 ( 2012)

June 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm (books, diabetes)

50  diabetic  myths  that  can ruin  you  life greenberg library  book

The  smart womens  guide to  diabetes  mercer  library  book

Both  books were  excellent .  I have  had  diabetes for 10+ years  now  and learned  a  lot  from  these  books. yes,  that  is one of  the fun things about diabetes ( like most chronic  conditions)  Circumstances  change,  you  change  and so  does  the disease.  So re-eduction ( or  continuing education )  is  important.

so  that  make 13 for  may and  68  for  the  year

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the Sweet Life

May 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm (book review, diabetes, food, Uncategorized) (, )

The sweet life : diabetes without boundaries / Sam Talbot

As  you  might  have guessed , I  have  been renewing my education  on  diabetes.   I  picked up  this  book because  it  is by  a  chef  who has  diagnosed with  diabetes as a  child.  I  thought he would be good  to  read because he would have a perspective  I might  relate to  – someone  with  diabetes  who  loves  food. And  then I  saw  the title on  one of  his recipes. Cchickpea and Cherry  frittata.  Seriously, it  has been  a long time since I have seen a recipe  that was completely  new to me.   I  had to see  this book.

Well, I  read it  quickly over  the last two  nights — and it  makes me sad  that I  don’t  have  the time to  cook  the way  I  used to. There is  that much  that  is interesting and new . 

I  also , for  the first  time really  understand  the difference between  type I  and type II diabetes.   They are related, but type  one is that much more  dangerous.  Talbot  keeps  pretty  tight control over  his diabetes , because  his  reactions are so  much  stronger than  the average  person  with  type II.   The  diet/exercise/testing/medication regime  is just  the way  he lives. I  think being a  chef may  have  helped him with his diabetes, because fresh food  and really  flavorful food  are just part of his life.   why  would he  eat inferior  food ?

One of  the difficulties  I  had with  the book was how much attention he paid to his diabetes. I don’t  know  anyone  that does  that But  then most of my  friends are type  II and even those of us  that had it longer are probably  still in  the adolescent  ( rebellious ) stage of  the disease. In other  words I  found  that part of it difficult to  relate to . He made some things sound easy  to do , when I  know  they  are not.

But I also  had  a problem with some of  the recipes — where do I  get – hemp  seeds , watermelon seeds, acai  berry  and Goji  berries?

It  was a quick  read  last  night, so it is possible  I  missed some stuff, but I do  hope  to  try some of  the recipes  and ideas.

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Chronic conditions

May 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm (asthma, chronic conditions, diabetes, food)

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?

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