Friday, January 31, 2014

Brain Overload But Informative

It is cold here (-13C) and it was brought in on the north wind. On the positive side, we will see the sun for the next week due to this cold snap.

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Yesterday’s trip to the city was a mentally exhausting day. I had to leave early to be at the diabetic clinic by 9 a.m. There were 7 of us and all but two had spouses. The Spousal Unit didn’t come in with me even though he is very supportive. Several of the people didn’t want to be there and two of them were very angry.

We learned about pre-diabetes and diabetes and what happens in a normal body and one that has diabetes. They used “kid” terms and we all learned a lot.

To keep our blood sugars in the “normal” range consists of nutrition, exercise, and medication. If you are lucky, you can do the first two and put off the need for medication for many years.

The nutritionist was fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. She has the “Kiss” program for eating. Keeping it Simple Stupid was a real enlightenment for me.

The Canada Food Guide is our friend and we should eat from 3 of the 4 food groups each main meal. And then she moved to the enlightening part. Food breaks down into 3 macronutrients – fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Everything we eat turns to glucose. Yes, 15 grams of carbs = 1 tbsp of glucose. But, not all foods affect your blood sugars. Oils and proteins don’t, they have other jobs to do.

We then learned carb budgeting – how much should we eat at each meal. Here is where I thought Oh No Too Much Work. But it wasn’t.

Smaller meals (women) consist of 3 to 4 carbs/meal which is 45 to 60 grams of carbs (15 grams of carbs = 1 carb choice.

Men eat 4 to 5 carbs per meal and snacks are 1 to 2 carbs/snack.

To loose weight, you eat at the lower end of the carb count. But wait, we learned more.

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I had to stay behind to get a glucometer. We had to learn how to use it and I use it before and after one meal a day for the next two weeks.

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I have to say I was in the normal range before and 2 hours after lunch yesterday. Today it is before and 2 hours after dinner.

On the upside of all this, I have lost 20 pounds since Nov. 1. Now to decide what I am going to reward myself.

Tomorrow’s recipes will be posted in a couple of hours. Time to eat.

Until tomorrow……………….

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the weight loss, Ann. Lucky you to have a supportive spouse. Adult onset diabetes runs in my family so I hear you on the need to watch it.

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  2. Pearl9:03 AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss! That's excellent progress.

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