Post Edited (LanieG) : 7/23/2009 8:12:47 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (LanieG) : 7/23/2009 8:12:03 PM (GMT-6)
Joy, the best way to tackle this project titled "How I Will Control My Blood Sugar" is to keep a daily log. I believe most monitors come with a little booklet to record your blood sugar. Because I'm so picky, I made my own on Word and printed out sheets (front and back). I made places to record fasting upon awakening, readings before meals, after meals and between meals and before bed. I made lines to write what I ate and also to make notations about what exercise I did. It became very clear what food affected my blood sugar, even though I followed a low glycemic food list in the beginning. Eventually I just went low carb and cut out everything made with flour, everything that had sugar, potatoes, rice, pasta (well, that's made with flour...), most fruit and milk. I do eat some yogurt, as well as cream cheese and sour cream. I was never a fan of cottage cheese. And you do have to be careful of the carbs in milk products except heavy cream, which has none. My point is that I realized I could take control of my health because I could control what I put in my mouth. Diabetes may be different from other diseases or conditions in that we know for a fact that one element makes it worse: carbohydrates. If I can do this, anyone can, honest!
And, if you really want to chew on your white pillow, you have permission! But, really, carb cravings do disappear after you stop eating them. Another benefit of going low-carb besides blood sugar control is that you will lose weight.
Cats have no carbs. Our Kitty (yes, her real name) likes to watch me on the exercise bike as she keeps me company!