The Diabetes Learning Curve Continues

journalingI haven’t written lately on my learning curve with diabetes. Just about the time I think I have things figured out, my numbers say differently. My morning numbers continued to be higher than they should be, so I began monitoring every food I eat, the time, and then checking two hours after eating. The first day, I realized the oatmeal I’d been eating for breakfast was causing a rise that didn’t recover quickly. Ugh. I ate very moderately the rest of the day, sometimes having only one carb at a meal. The numbers were good.

I had good numbers for two days and the morning number even dropped within the target level.

Last night, after mowing the lawn and trimming, I was exhausted and decided to get whitefish, green beans, and broccoli from a local seafood restaurant. I did not eat the hush puppies. The whitefish was breaded very lightly, though probably with corn meal. My meal raised my blood sugar to 150 two hours after eating, so my body wasn’t recovering.

It continues to be a trial and error of eliminating foods. What seems like healthy eating isn’t healthy for me. I can’t do milk or yogurt. No grains, period. No fruits. I must be careful with protein which has a high fat content. Mostly my meals should consist of non-starchy vegetables, low fat protein, low-fat cheese, and a limited intake of eggs.

The challenge is how to prepare an appealing meal without a lot of cooking time and trouble. So I eat a lot of chicken, broccoli, and salad.

What I’ve learned is that even one time of eating without knowing the carb and fat content can shoot my numbers too high. My comfort foods are a thing of the past. But I have learned that it wasn’t because of foods I ate or weight that I developed diabetes. However, changing my diet and exercising can help me control it. Diabetes can’t be cured. It is a silent disease I must learn to live with.

Exercise is a daily part of my regime. I make a conscious effort to move more throughout the day and walk on the treadmill. Even walking for 10 minutes after a meal can help lower blood sugar.

If you are like me and feel alone and like nobody understands, I hope my blog posts help you to know that isn’t true. There are groups where you can meet with others to discuss various topics to help you understand and control your blood sugar. Remember, your condition means your body doesn’t properly utilize the insulin in your blood and this is why the glucose doesn’t get moved out of the blood stream, so it clings to the blood cells and remains. This is an incurable disease. You should take it seriously. You are the only one who can control what is happening and prevent future complications like a stroke which can lead to death. I suggest you keep a journal like me. Write down your foods and track your numbers so you know how different foods are processed in your body. Each of us is different. Journal your emotions if it helps. Find someone you can talk to who will understand.


Carol Ann



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