reply to post by reitze
Congratulations on all of your hard work and results! I think it is a great idea to post the information inside cabinets and on fridges..that way, it
is always there and available. I think a good rule of thumb as well is to avoid products with more than a few basic ingredients, and for sure products
with fillings with names like anahexakillerhydroxydeathbase.
Personally, I attribute the majority of diabetes 2 sufferers to having a diet high in HFCS and processed foods. Despite being raised by a healthy
minded mother (she was one of the only moms that would send REAL food in our lunchboxes to school..homemade goodness) after I turned adult, I
succumbed to junk food pressure and have thusly suffered being overweight almost my entire adult life (since about 20 years old). I am now 34 and am
doing just as you have done. I was tested for diabetes in 2006 when I was having pregnancy troubles which was negative, and again last September, but
the doctor was "surprised" to find my levels looked very good and within a healthy range, despite being still very overweight. That is because last
June, I decided to finally do something about it. Exercise was my biggest help. I do on average an hour of yoga a day, drink lots of water, eat almost
everything organic, do a range of other exercises including Tae-Bo from old videos, belly dancing, rowing, etc. I also walk a LOT. I initially dropped
from 280 to 250 in about a month and it slowed down a bit and I got down to 220. My goal is 160 eventually. I went up a little bit during the winter
months, but with spring here again, I am back on track.
My meals tend to be like this:
Breakfast - Stove cooked organic oatmeal with a few raisins and a dab of agave nectar or palm/coconut sugar
Snack - 1/4 cup Organic granola - has nuts, oats, seeds and a few fruits
Lunch - Organic Tomato Soup, sometimes w/ half sandwich - 7-grain organic bread with turkey slices (organic, non-nitrate/nitrite variety)
Midafternoon snack - veggies, such as carrots or celery
Dinner - Big ol' Salad with lots of organic greens, cut up egg whites (organic free range), yogurt-style organic blue cheese dressing (2.5 g fat per
Also, once a day, I take a green supplement shake with juice (Green Vibrance).
Sometimes I treat myself to a non-fat or low-fat Greek yogurt and I do allow myself non-processed fruits. I love fresh berries - blueberries,
strawberries and blackberries and consider them power foods.
Foods I avoid like the plague: sweet cereals, junk deli meats, boxed processed foods (eg. Mac n' cheese, au gratin potatoes, tv dinners, etc.), fake
sweeteners, sodas, fast food.
Everyone on my dad's side of the family has Type 2 Diabetes, with the exception of my dad's father, who was Type 1. My father held out until a few
years ago when he was finally diagnosed as well. (He is 58 now.) Since then, he has been sending me weekly advice about not eating this and that, but
he did go the way of the doctor's advice, and is now hooked on diabetes meds he is trying to get off because he is suffering from the side effects.
Not a month goes by that he does not email me to tell me how he is so stomach sick and hurting from these drugs. He did get wise and finally decided
to completely overhaul his diet and lost so much weight, I could not recognize him! Also, he does avoid fake sweeteners. When he asked his doctor how
long he could expect to me on the meds, she said "For life". Nice, huh? No desire to say "Let's see if we can change your outcome" or "We want to work
you down to small amounts".. she just assumes he will never get off them!
Anyhoo, our diet is the one thing we can control and that begins with education. I am thankful to my Mom who raised us with very good nutritional
sense. I cannot feign ignorance when it comes to poor choices that way.
I ate what was bad for me and have suffered the consequences. Now it is
time to help my body so it carries me through old age! I do not want to leave my children parentless.
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