Diabetes Meme

This week a number of bloggers are posting diabetic memes. I decided to join them…

Writing this meme was an interesting experience. It made me stop and reflect on what having diabetes is like for me, not just sit in that cloud of generalizations about having this medical condition.

cc GDS Infographics

This week a number of bloggers are posting diabetic memes. I decided to join them…

What type of diabetes do you have? Type 2

When were you diagnosed? February 2009

What’s your current blood sugar? 132

What kind of meter do you use?OneTouch Ultra 2

How many times a day do you test your blood sugar? Three times most days: before breakfast, dinner and bed. When I am really keeping a close eye on things I test seven-plus times: before and after every meal and before bed.

What’s a “high” number for you? I’m trying to stay under 150, but I have hit the low 200s recently. ūüôĀ

What’s do you consider “low?”¬†¬†Anything under 70 Continue reading “Diabetes Meme”

What’s My Window of Opportunity?

Some of my medications have to be taken before meals. The directions on the label are very specific, take “30 minutes before meal.” This drove me nuts.

But one simple question to my doctor put an end to this madness.

cc Mr T in DC

Some of my medications have to be taken before meals. The directions on the label are very specific, take “30 minutes before meal.” This drove me nuts.

In trying to take my medicine properly I’d delay eating. Or I’d gamble on how long before dinner was going to hit the table.

Eating out was a particular nightmare. There’s no predicting how long it will take to get seated. And after that who knows how fast or slow service will be?¬†When I asked the server for something to eat with my pill, inevitably¬†I would¬†get the (white) bread basket. A single¬†roll could be half the carbs allotted to the meal! Continue reading “What’s My Window of Opportunity?”

Good Ideas: Limit the Food Porn

 

Hamburger - cc DSharonPruitt
Hamburger - cc DSharonPruitt

Out of sight, out of mind.

I’m a sucker for a juicy burger. After seeing Adam¬†Richman blink¬†his big brown eyes at the camera,¬†then take¬†a big¬†bite out of the¬†totally ridiculous¬†mountain of ground beef he’s challenging on Man vs. Food¬†all I can think about is eating a burger myself.

There are whole cable television networks dedicated to celebrating the lucious look and sound of food. The Food Network.¬†Cooking Channel. They’ll keep you salivating 24 hours a day.

Have you noticed how the chefs on these networks refer to food as “products?” They’re trying to sell you something. And they want to sell you a lot of it.

Continue reading “Good Ideas: Limit the Food Porn”

Good Ideas: Apply the Goldilocks Principle

Not too much. Not too little. But just right.
Just like the fairy tale I try to find that balance point.

 

Goldilocks Bento 1
From the book Yum-Yum Bento Box

Not too much. Not too little. But just right.

Just like in the fairy tale I try to find that balance point.

Eat too much and I feel bloated and my blood sugar goes up too much. Eat too little and I feel sluggish and my metabolism slows down. Eat just right amount and I am energized and my body is nourished.

Exercise too much and I¬†feel sore and discouraged. Exercise too little and I don’t feel any improvement in my body. Exercise just right amount and I am energized and my body is strengthened.

You get the idea. Continue reading “Good Ideas: Apply the Goldilocks Principle”

What’s to eat?

What’s to eat? When you have diabetes that’s a loaded question.

 

cc Gisela Francisco

When you have diabetes that’s a loaded question.

What I eat, when I eat and how much I eat all affects my blood sugar. And controlling my blood sugar is my number one priority when it comes to managing diabetes.

How do¬†I figure out what’s “best” to eat?

Do¬†I pay attention to food groups? Count grams of carbohydrates? Count calories? Track glycemic indexes? Track vitamins¬†and minerals? Eat goodcarbs? Don’t eat badcarbs? It’s all so overwhelming and enough to make me want to run from the room screaming. Continue reading “What’s to eat?”