For the past year, I have been working on lowering my blood sugar. I found out last August that my blood sugar was over the “normal” range. My doctors wanted me to start taking medication to lower my levels, but I wanted to try doing it naturally.
When I talked to his office, the nurses were less than enthusiastic about me trying it on my own, and they had no problem telling me so. Needless to say, I pushed, and was given three weeks to bring my levels down.
That night, I went to the grocery store, and I spent two hours there looking at every food label, trying to understand exactly what I was eating. I found websites geared towards diabetics to understand what food was making my blood sugar rise.
This website – from Self magazine allows the reader to figure out what is in almost any food. I found this to be extremely helpful. I also went to the American Diabetes Association website. While I haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes, I thought this website would help me get a handle on how to not become diagnosed with Type II diabetes.
I realized pretty quickly that I was eating about 100 carbs before I left my house each morning (bagel, 56 carbs; banana, 30 carbs; and orange juice, 25 carbs). I was totally amazed. My ideas of healthy eating were totally blown away. I had to revamp my entire diet.
One of the things my doctor’s office told me was that I was going to have to eat like a diabetic. For someone who loves to cook, that sounded like a death sentence. The diabetic web sites, on the other hand, stated that if a person ate according to the food plate, pyramid – whatever is the correct term – was fine. I thought to myself, “I can do that.”
I started changing what I ate, and three weeks later, my blood sugar was down by over 40 points. I had also lost about 9 pounds! This past year has been eye opening. My blood sugar has stayed at normal levels with no medicine, and I have lost 50 pounds. I feel much better.
Here are some of the changes I made
Breakfast: before I would eat a bagel, banana, and orange juice. Now I eat a tortilla with 7 carbs, turkey and cheese, and V-8 juice. Every other day or so, I still have a banana.
I used to eat crackers for a snack, but that is total carbs. Now I snack on a serving of nuts – usually almonds.
Lunch: I used to take leftovers, but now I take WASA crackers with Laughing Cow cheese and some lunchmeat. For my fruit, I take blackberries and raspberries.
Dinner: if I make pasta, I make sure that I am using a whole grain pasta with fiber – that means it will go through my system slowly. I have lean proteins, vegetables and one carb serving. Last night for example, I made tater tots for my family, and I ate one serving – 22 carbs. That was the only carb in my dinner. For the rest of dinner we grilled pork chops and brats, and I made some spinach.
I have found that my food choices have really affected the way I feel. Prior to my diet change, I would get tired every day around 1:00, but now I usually don’t. I just don’t get that afternoon slump any more.
More later. Enjoy your day!