Posts Tagged ‘food’

Healthy Eating?

I’m trying to eat healthy since stepping on the scale to discover that I’m running 10 pounds over what I was pre-Thanksgiving. Not good. And with any change, my diabetes plays a big part in it.

For example, I’ve been hitting the fresh (and organic) veggies. And while doing this has been great, I’ve kept track of my daily insulin levels since my diet change. (Okay, so I told my family that I was doing a “lifestyle change”, but my 10 year old mocked me saying I was really on a diet. Ah, kids. Gotta love ’em!) My insulin levels have gone down an average of 15 units per day with “diet” alone.

So, what does this say? The less insulin I use on a daily basis, while keeping my blood sugar between 90-120, is healthy. Add exercise in the mix, and life gets better. But…one step at a time. So far, I’ve done the following:

1. Eliminate beer. Beer brings gut. Gut bad.

2. Drink more water. I am now drinking 64 ounces of water a day. Pee good.

3. Replace carbohydrates with lettuce, peppers, celery, and carrots. Veggies good.

4. Reduce caffeine by 50 percent the first couple of weeks, then 75 percent. Caffeine is no doubt my best friend. But, I need to cut back to get healthy.

5.  Separate meals by 4 hours or longer. Personally, it is much better for me to wait than to keep full.

I have a long way to go. My goal is 20 pounds by April and I know I can do it!

Wish me well!


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The Strange and Unexplainable

Happy New Year!

I just finished two wonderful weeks of vacation with my family and friends.  Wonderful, because I am blessed to be surrounded by so many people who love me and love one another.  This relieves a lot of my own stress, e.g. work, etc.

However (and I do mean, however), my diabetes threw some nasty curve balls that had no explanation.  For instance…

  • I had a pump change that felt like someone shot me in the arm with a rifle.  After tolerating a day of mediocre blood sugars, and having enough of the sharp pain, I removed the pod.  I halfway expected blood to gush everywhere.  But…it didn’t and the cannula wasn’t bent.  However, my arm was sore for days.
  • I had another pod change that went extremely well with absolutely no pain.  I tested my blood sugar 2 hours later with nearly a 300 (I ALWAYS give myself 2.5 units after initial pod insertion to prime the site).  It took me nearly 8 hours for my blood sugars to finally come down.  My blood sugars were flawless the next day.  Go figure…
  • I ate a relatively moderate sized Mexican meal for lunch, and took a load of insulin to cover the carbohydrates.  Two hours later, my blood sugars are over 300.  Once again, it took 4 long hours to bring that disaster down.  I checked my pump to see if I did something wrong.  Nope…I took nearly 20 units of Novolog for a small quesadilla with a handful of chips.  Very, very sad.  (I would like to blame the soda, BUT it was clearly Diet Coke.)

These are just a few anomalies that I’ve faced over the last couple of weeks.  I guess it could be worse, but when I try my best to keep my blood sugar numbers in range, these situations drive me nuts.

Keep going strong and…

Have a wonderful New Year!

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I am thankful for a number of things:  My wife, our children, our friends, and my life.  I am blessed to be spending Thanksgiving with those I love.  I also thankful that I am surrounded by a number of excellent cooks.  Yesterday, Tuesday, began the official first day of ‘Pumpkinpalooza’.

What is pumpkinpalooza you ask?

If you love pumpkin, like I love pumpkin, then imagine being surrounded by warm, moist pumpkin bread; fresh pumpkin pie; pumpkin ice cream; pumpkin cheesecake; pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.  I love it all!  This is the time of year that I don’t fret about the number of carbs I consume.  Mix the proper amount of exercise, insulin, and pumpkin goodness and I’m having a party.

So, to all of you, have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

taken from worldcommunitycookbook.org

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The Munchies

On occasion, I have the dreaded ‘munchies‘. I hate it. No, really, I do. For the munchies push me toward the large container of Goldfish crackers and require me to consume a small bowl full of them.

yummy goldfish!

But as of late, I have been successfully fighting off the cursed munchies with a spoonful of peanut butter or cheese or some form of protein.  Does it work? My gut says, “no”, but my diabetes says, “YES!”

Why? With a bowl of Goldfish, I have to take a few extra units of insulin to cover the carbohydrates. Not really a big deal if you have an active job or regularly exercise. I, however, have a desk job and being sedentary adds pounds and increases the waistline and adds shelf space and…

Oh, forget it! You get the idea. If we don’t exercise, we get (gulp!) soft. Not that I have a rock hard body, mind you, but I want to be in shape, I want to be healthy. Heck, I’m even contemplating the replacement of beer with an occasional glass of wine. (Okay, stop laughing right now! I know you’re laughing. I can hear it…)

So, any ideas on fighting the munchies? I guess I could do peanut butter on celery sticks or other vegetables. Any help is very, very appreciated.

Be strong!


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