Wednesday, January 16, 2013
My diet (healthy eating)
My very first action for beginning to eat healthy was to get Very Angry. I walked out of the Dr.'s office with diabetic medication, blood pressure medication, and a steroid inhaler for my asthma. I had spent thousands of dollars and over a year of my time trying to recover from the bucket of medications I took before I went to the wellness center( a softer word for rehab.) I bawled and carried on for a couple of days before I could convince myself to find out what and how I could change my situation. Well everything I read said DIET AND EXERCISE! I just didn't think I could do that. But I had to do something. I researched the diet that is recommended for diabetics and decided to give it a try. It is a low carbohydrate well balanced diet. I have to confess I had not given carbohydrates much thought. I had to give up some of my favorite comfort foods because they all contained about a gazillion carbohydrates. I decided to give it a try for a couple of weeks. I did not follow it perfectly. I just decided to try one thing as an experiment. I gave up all white starchy foods. Bread, rice, pasta, potato, sugar, and flour. It was hard but after a couple of weeks my blood sugars began to lower, I felt a little better and I had lost some weight. I still limit white from my diet. Notice I said limit. I still have a little on occasion but crave, yes I said crave whole grains now. I slowly lost about 55 pounds over a year that way. Off all three medications by then. WhooHoo!!!! After that first loss I got stuck. Nothing happened on the scale for about 8 months. I decided I needed to shake things up a little and so joined Weight Watchers this past July. I could do it on line but I knew if I had to go weigh at a meeting I would make myself follow the plan. When I got going I was surprised(not really) to find that I had slowly began eating more and some of my favorite treats again. I was not being honest with myself and had to admit I was cheating myself. I have done really well with the Weight Watchers plan this time.(notice I said this time) I follow their plan carefully but I always look for foods that have the lowest carbs. I did try it online with small success. I also tried it about 5 years ago and lost but gained it all back and more. I was just not ready for the life style change that I needed to make. As of today I have lost 115 lbs. I feel so much better both mentally and physically. I know that I need to keep this weight off and it is going to be an ongoing challenge in my life. That is the main reason I am doing this blog for your support to keep me on my journey of health.