Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Pokes are Worth It

In the first week since I've begun monitoring my glucose levels, and changing my whole way of eating, I'm already seeing some success. 

Glucose levels which started off high have tapered down to between normal levels before and after meals. And yesterday, I remained in the target ranges all day (with the exception of the fasting blood glucose---still too high every morning).

So hooray for progress!

It has meant giving up caffiene and (obviously) added sugar. I'm looking at the carbs on everything and convenience cooking is out the window but it does seem to be helping. I've been warned not to get too worried if my glucose levels shoot up again in spite of doing everything I'm supposed to do but so far so good.

Now if I could just get all the stores to hide the Halloween candy....

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Thought and Time Consuming Realities of Diabetes

So, there are very good reasons why (if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes) one should listen to one's doctor and follow the recommendations of losing weight (although not easy with age & hypothyroidism but having slow, positive impact), exercising (still working on that one), and altering one's eating profile.

You know, before actually jumping the line from "pre" into "diabetes". Here's why:

The Obvious: Various health issues ranging from neuropathy of the feet (which I have had in varying degrees for two years and is a drag), potential blindness, dental issues, possible kidney ailments, heart disease, etc.

The Not-So-Obvious: There is SO much you have to consider when you have diabetes (every day stuff you take for granted) from poking your finger for a blood glucose check (before and after meals), checking your feet daily for injury or problems, the medicines you can ingest (cough drops, allergy/cold/flu medicatons, etc), the types of food you can eat (and I'm not talking sweets or junk food) which could be high carb foods (including peas, corn, etc), putting a major kibosh on caffiene (that's a tough one for this Diet Mtn Dew drinker).

Yes. I have been given permission to be obsessive.

And it's exhausting!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Diabetes Is Quite the Wake Up Call

Here's the thing.

I've known about this possiblity for two years.

Two years.

Yet, I did not make the changes which could have prevented a diagnosis. I could have altered my lifestyle but chose instead to ignore (stick my head in the sand--foolish) and think "No. This isn't going to happen".

And so now, my life is measured in a series of blood glucose checks before meals, after meals, etc. An exercise which can prove to be both encouraging and discouraging.

This is my life now. I have diabetes.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Yay Me!

I made a stir fry using Baby Bok Choy (new for me), fresh grated ginger, spring onions, garlic, baby portabella mushrooms, and sweet snap peas over brown jasmine rice!
This may not seem like a big deal to some, but this is on the heels of an (admittedly not vegan) rainbow chard quiche (wherein I used coconut milk rather than cream or half and half) for dinner yesterday.
I'm feeling very accomplished.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Good Days and Bad

Well, there are good days and bad.
Some days, I have no problem avoiding cheese, eggs, or meat products. Other days, not so much.
But today has been a good day!
I made a very tasty pasta dish with olive oil, toasted walnuts, roasted garlic and brussel sprouts.
My husband even liked it!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Maybe This Time It Will Stick?

So, a couple of years ago I started this blog to chronicle my "journey to health" through a vegan diet. Except, I pretty much abandoned the whole plan within a few weeks. I have found it difficult, I suppose, to adhere to a vegan eating plan because I'm the chief cook in my home and those I'm feeding are dedicated omnivores with no desire to even try vegetarian cuisine on a consistent basis, let alone vegan.

Here's the problem.

A few weeks ago, I was officially diagnosed with high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. My doctor is now making a change to a low sodium vegan food plan. His recommendation, so long as I follow it will (hopefully) control the first and prevent the latter from turning into Type II Diabetes. Well, that's the plan anyway.

My husband is on board in a way. His suggestion is to make a vegan meal and then add a meat protein on the side for other diners (such as himself).

Alright. I will give it a go.

Life changes. Old habits can be hard to kick. On the plus side, there are very few processed foods now in my kitchen, replaced with lots of fresh fruit, veggies, legumes, etc. Tonight's meal will be a homemade vegetable soup (he will have to deal with no meat a few days a week) and Olive Oil Bread from Isa Chandra's new cookbook "Isa Does It". BTW. You can find a recipe for Isa's Olive Oil Bread on her website, The Post Punk Kitchen. There's a link on the right.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I have found a great vegan oatmeal cookie recipe. The recipe is found here Vegan Oatmeal Cookie Recipe along with a lot of other great vegan cookie recipe's to try.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

3/4 cup margarine (make sure it's vegan margarine!)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup soy milk 1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins, dried cranberries, or dried cherries
3 cups rolled or quick cooking oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat together the sugar, brown sugar, vegan margarine and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Add the soy milk and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and spices, and stir until well mixed. Add the remaining ingredients. Batter will be very thick. Drop by 3 inch balls onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until done. Cookies will still be slightly soft and chewy.