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How’d I Do?

I’m back from my road trip, and in terms of eating well, I honestly did not do as well as I had hoped. As I mentioned before I started my travels, I would be at the mercy of others for a lot of meals over the two-week period. I did pretty well until the visit I documented here. That started a downward spiral that lasted until I arrived home. Now, I don’t want you to think that I just gave up and gorged on whatever came to hand. But, after eating some things that were definitely not part of my food plan so as not to distress my relative, I allowed myself to tour a chocolate factory and...

posted on: Sep 8, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Eating While Traveling — Staying Healthy?...

As you know, I’ve been on the road for about 10 days now. I stuck to my eating plan pretty well for the first week, and I’m rather proud of myself for that. However, my good intentions fell apart on Friday evening. We arrived, as planned, at the home of an elderly relative in time for dinner. Always a superb cook, he had asked me on the phone whether there were any foods I couldn’t or shouldn’t eat. I explained that I was avoiding wheat and gluten. Sadly, it was obvious that he is no longer as sharp mentally as he always has been. He asked the same questions over and over, and worried — a lot —...

Eating While Traveling — Staying Healthy?
posted on: Aug 31, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Ignorance, Stupidity and Diabetes

When it comes to your health, ignorance is making a choice that’s bad for you when you don’t have the information you need. Stupidity is making a bad choice when you know better. Sometimes, with diabesity, it’s hard to tell the difference. My Friend Almost Died I have a friend who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a couple of years ago. By the time they realized he had a problem, he almost died. He was admitted to the ER, severely dehydrated and with stratospheric glucose readings, and practically comatose. He was literally lucky to be alive. After rehydrating him, pumping him full of insulin and taking other measures to stabilize him over the course of several days,...

Ignorance, Stupidity and Diabetes
posted on: Aug 17, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Obesity: Facebook Says Talking About it is “Abusive”...

I saw an article this morning that I thought was worth sharing. Oddly, Facebook blocked my attempts to post the link, stating the content was “abusive.” So what was this abusive content? It was an article on the investment website 24/7 Wall Street titled, “The Obesity Index: The Cost of Obesity by State.” It listed, state by state, the percentage of obese residents and the medical costs associated with same. The date for the report came from the Centers for Disease Control in a report titled “Vital Signs: Adult Obesity.” According to the actual report: 72 million American adults are obese Their medical costs are $1,429 more per year than their non-obese peers No state has an obesity...

Obesity: Facebook Says Talking About it is “Abusive”
posted on: Aug 11, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending August 1

This week I actually made it into the pool three times. I’m very proud of myself. Tuesday, July 27 Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 4: 2 laps overhand backstroke, rest 2 minutes Set 5: This was something new. I did a full lap of a combination crawl (arms) and frog kick legs, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 6: 1 lap hard crawl, rest 2 minutes 5 minutes in the hot tub 12 minutes in the sauna Total time in gym: 50 minutes Friday, July 30 Same...

posted on: Aug 4, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Get to Sleep. Seriously.

Sleep deprivation is a huge problem for Americans, and its consequences on your health are nothing short of brutal. Learning how to get a good night’s sleep may be the single most important thing you can do to start losing weight and reversing your metabolic problems. If you’re not getting enough sleep, achieving good health is downright impossible. You’ll also find it almost impossible to lose weight. According to Ian Robinson of Total Health Breakthroughs: “Borrowing time from sleep is like taking out a bad loan – it’s a debt you’ll pay for in decreased productivity and higher risk of health problems like diabetes.” Here are just a few of the ways your body misfires when you don’t...

Get to Sleep. Seriously.
posted on: Aug 2, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

A Tale of Two Test Strips

A week ago I posted about how disappointed I was when my blood glucose readings went back up to about the same levels they were before I started the The UltraSimple Diet. I had just re-introduced corn as part of the gradual phase-in of possible allergenic foods when it happened. Well, I also used up a batch of test strips for my diabetes glucose meter at about the same time. When I rooted around in the drawer for a new batch, I found two. One of them was the new blue type, the other was older. I decided to use up the older ones first. Makes sense, right? Yesterday I remembered this and thought, okay, I’m going to...

posted on: Jul 21, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending July 18

Wednesday, July 14 My sets went faster today, and I needed less rest time in between. So to compensate, I added a lap in Set 4. Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes. I had some problems with this set as I had a mega splasher in the next lane. About 2/3 into my first lap I ended up coughing and sputtering for a bit, so it wasn’t a solid, non-stop two laps. Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 4: 2 laps overhand backstroke, rest 2 minutes Set 5: 1 lap hard crawl,...

posted on: Jul 20, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

After the Meltdown, What?

A few days ago I had some disappointing blood glucose readings and kind of melted down over it. (If you missed the post, you can catch up on it here.) There are three measurements I’m mostly interested in right now: blood glucose, weight and inches gained or lost. In past years I would have only cared about weight, but now I’m more concerned with the glucose readings. After all, the object of this whole effort is to reverse the diabetes and regain good health. Weight loss is a side effect of getting healthier. So I was totally ecstatic when I got some incredibly low glucose measurements during the active week on the UltraSimple Diet. Most notable were the...

posted on: Jul 14, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Help! I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon and I Don’t Think I Want to Get Back On!...

It’s been a rough week. Since my recent posts about my results from the UltraSimple Diet here and here, the ride’s been a bit bumpier. Some of the downsides: Having problems sleeping again Gained back half a pound Blood sugar readings back up to where they were before I started the whole program My stress levels are through the roof I’m an emotional wreck Some of the upsides: My brain is still unfogged I still have some energy Since my last posts about the diet, I’ve started the process of reintroducing possible allergenic foods. Food Allergies On July 4, I enjoyed corn on the cob at our cookout with friends. I even threw caution to the winds and...

Help! I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon and I Don’t Think I Want to Get Back On!
posted on: Jul 12, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

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