Thursday Thoughts – Setup for a Comeback

Last week, I had bloodwork done for my a1C. And I will be honest: I wasn’t about balance as much this pasts Summer as I could have been. And my test results showed as such. Slight increase in a1C – up to 7.0.

Which means its time to get back on track and get my Diabetes back under control – I know I can do it and so I will. It’s not easy but I am worth it!

Yes, this bothered me. But no, I won’t beat myself up about it – that’s not a productive use of my time. I am better off focusing my energy on righting this ship.

Got any tips to help me? What works best for you?

setup-for-a-comeback

Whole Foods Wednesday – Lentils

Lentils are legumes, seeds of a plant whose botanical name is Lens ensculenta. They grow in pods that contain either one or two lentil seeds.

Studies of high fiber diets and blood sugar levels have shown the dramatic benefits provided by these high fiber foods. As a Diabetic, this especially is beneficial.

Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition – providing an excellent source of molybdenum and folate. They are also a great source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. Additionally, they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium, and vitamin B6.

Lentils are not only one of the oldest commonly consumed legumes in history, but they are also one of the simplest to prepare since they don’t require a lengthy soaking time like other beans.

Do you like lentils? We are trying to incorporate them more into our diets 🙂

 

Tip Tuesday – Healthy Eating

For some people, these tips might seem obvious/secondnature… but if I can educate even one person and help their journey be a little smoother, that’s my goal!

Some simple tips:

  • Spread carbohydrates throughout your day. It’s okay to eat carbohydrates at every meal, just don’t eat too much all at one time. (My nutritionist has me on a 30-45g/per meal carbohydrates plan.)
  • Protein, fat, and fiber do not raise blood sugar as much as carbohydrate does. If you eat a lot of these nutrients in a meal, your blood sugar will rise more slowly than it would otherwise.
  • Limit saturated fats, such as those from fatty meats, whole-milk dairy products, and butter. Instead, eat lean meat or grilled chicken and fish. Choose low-fat or non-fat milk, yogurt and cheese (I prefer Almond/Coconut milk, myself). Replace butter or margarine with healthy oils such as olive oil or coconut oil (my personal fave!). Replacing saturated fats with healthy oils is important to help lower your risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, those of us who are diabetics are at a higher-than-average risk for heart disease.
  • As mentioned in previous tips, choose whole grains over refined grains – this simple change makes a HUGE difference, really!

Do you have any helpful tips?

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Perks of Being a Diabetic – A1c Edition

Well, the ‘bad’ news is my A1c has not gone down even a little bit like I had been hoping. But the good news, which far outweighs the ‘bad’, is that it didn’t go up even a little, and considering we went right from the months-long holiday foods period right into what’s been a brutally cold, harsh winter ripe with desires for comfort foods and a lack of motivation to do much of anything, I’m actually gonna chalk the lack of change up to a good thing, a successful holiday/winter period.

My doctor was also very impressed with how healthy I am, also stating that even if I don’t feel its reflected in my A1c score, I am in fabulous health and he is very impressed with how I’ve taken hold of my health, and made great strides to keep my Diabetes under control.

I shared with him how I am now sharing my journey, and my desire to help others, and how much more confident I feel in myself and my abilities, and he smiled and seemed impressed. He knows how much this means to me.

Truth: I long to be back under 6.0; I’ve been there before and it was extremely satisfying. But I’m happy where I am, too. Diabetes is more than a number, it’s also about how you feel, and I feel fantastic. I feel healthy, alive, inspired, capable, and energized. It’s a great feeling.

Maybe it will go down by my next appointment in June, maybe it won’t. But I think I’ve finally moved past seeing that number as the end-all-be-all. I’ve finally put that number (to a reasonable degree at least, as it IS still a helpful number) in the same place I put the scale number – the “nice-to-know-but-doesn’t-tell-me-as-much-as-how-I-feel-does” place.

So even if I hold steady at 6.5, it’s lightyears from what it was at diagnosis – 8.3!

Here’s to getting, and staying, healthy! 🙂

A1c Bloodwork Today…

I typically have 8am appointments, but this is a rescheduled appointment from one that was cancelled due to one (of many!) snowstorms that plagued New England… so this won’t be a fasted score. My appointment is at noon, so I am having a simple breakfast, drinking my coffee, drinking my water, and heading in to my appointment after doing some work from home.

I take these appointments to heart – as much as I wish I didn’t. Due to stressful situations in life, sometimes my results are a bit skewed, and I get upset by that. But I am determined not to let my score upset me if it isn’t within an acceptable (to me!) range – I will continue to use it as motivation to strive harder and get healthier (my mom made me promise I wouldn’t get upset, and well, you don’t break a promise to your mama!)

Until later…