Do I watch what I eat or plan what I eat - that is the question
Once again I find myself apologizing for not producing any posts. I live in Nashville as you know, and down here, this time of year the weather gets a little confused between nice weather, really cold weather, and wet weather. Along with a crazy work schedule and stress I was getting my headaches back again.
I am trying really hard this go around to say there are a few things important in my life, my wife, My God, my diabetes, and the gym. The gym takes 2.5 hours a day and I am trying hard not to give it up - so it puts pressure on me some days not to have enough time to do this blog justice.
I am just glad you are all patient with me.
My FBS level has ranged from 97 - 124 during the holidays. I do not think ti is eating that causes the issues, I am truly starting to realize a nice snack, like a small plate of meat and some vegetables late at night before I go to bed appears to help a lot with my FBS.
It is the Holiday times with Thanksgiving feast and Christmas - so it is a good time to discuss our food intake.
We just finished a series on carbohydrates and why they are important. During this next few posts and series I am going to discuss meal planning and the importance of that versus dieting or just monitoring your calories or carbohydrates.
The metabolic and physiological responses of the body to diet
WOW! That is a mouth full. Nice way of saying - Hey our bodies are complex. God's Amazing Body and Science series brings that to life. Our bodies are amazing and complex. They are not one dimensional so we cannot see our food intake as a simple diet monitoring exercise.
The human body contains chemical compounds, such as water, carbohydrates (sugar, starch, and fiber), amino acids (in proteins), fatty acids (in lipids), and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). These compounds in turn consist of elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and so on. All of these chemical compounds and elements occur in various forms and combinations (e.g. hormones, vitamins, phospholipids, hydroxyapatite), both in the human body and in the plant and animal organisms that humans eat.
As you can see, one must understand this battle we fight of diabetes is not as easy as saying - hey cut the carbohydrates. It is not as easy as just picking a fad diet - we will discuss later - and staying the course. It is much like a battle and any battle won is done so through planning - not just letting it happen. Conquering our eating habits should be like the battle - plan for success and you will be success.
It is about planning what we eat and when we eat it to stay constant. Am I perfect at this - no way. This is one of those post you can call - do as I say not as I do! Well maybe I am somewhat good in this category. You see my eating has become 66% regimented and planned. The other 34% is really controlled by a smart chef - my wife Kathleen. I know for breakfast I am going to get up and cook the same breakfast each day - yup my green drink. I know what I am adding and how it will all be mixed. In six months I have missed three days of doing that.
When it comes to lunch I am going to get a really cool salad made by my lovely wife Kathleen. It will be a surprise, but I think she should open up a salad restaurant as she has so many different ways of whipping a salad up into something that I enjoy. I even like being surprised but I do have my favorites and she mainly provides those for my lunch.
That leaves me with an evening meal and that one is covered as well. Again, it is the wife to the rescue. She has been a nutritionally minded person our entire marriage. She weaned me off salt when we were first married. She knows what it takes to have a balanced meal and she is not a big fan of red meat but she does know I need protein. She is a great cook and knows what a proper portion looks like. Given all of that - she makes me a super.
So I am in charge of my snacks and that requires a meter check once in a while to determine if I need to eat and what. Since the life style change - I have cut out snacks except at night and that is somewhat sporadic, meaning some days I have one and many days I do not.
A Meal Plan
Try finding a site you enjoy as there are several who want to help with planning a meal. Real Simple is just such a site. Again there are others but here you can get help planning a meal and finding some great recipes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) also has a lot of information on meal planning.
The planing of meals is not easy but I think the effort pays off - especially if you are a diabetic or live with one. The meal plan allows you to develop patterns or know which foods you like that can be mixed together and the combination helps maintain a lower BG level.
We will investigate a good meal plan, some additional sources, additional nutritional information, and some fad diets that might help - or be a problem.
So sit back, relax, come along for another ride and be prepared to learn a little more about nutritional eating and planning for success.
God please grant us the will power to develop a meal plan and stay the course. Let us learn what is good for our bodies and what it truly wants and needs from us. Give us the wisdom to make good choices of the foods we eat.