Sometimes we do need a wake-up call but it might be the best way to jolt us into action. With a new-born baby this is a great time for the family to talk about
lifestyle and to start some healthy habits regarding food and family activity.
Check out the carb content on the corn flakes. And if he's putting sugar in the cereal, consider the carbs there, too (even if he's not, cereal has a lot of carbs on its own). High carb meals make the blood sugar spike and then drop which can make us feel tired, lethargic later on. Check out low-carb recipes. Here's a site that has food discussions: forum.lowcarber.org/
Breakfast can actually be like any other meal with some meat and veggies, dinner leftovers. A typical sandwich with bread can become a lettuce wrap - a piece of cheese, some luncheon meat a dab of mayo wrapped in a lettuce leaf. He can eat three or four of those and his blood sugar will not shoot up. Baked quiche made without a crust - mix slivers of onion, cheddar and some small pieces of broccoli or other vegetable with beaten eggs and bake in a dish till done. This can be eaten right away as a side dish or cut up and then frozen to be eaten later for a breakfast or lunch. Peanut butter with cheddar slices makes a good snack. Any nuts (either no salt or lightly salted), celery and peanut butter or cream cheese. Lots of good ideas for meals and snacks can be found in the sources I gave you or elsewhere online if you Google low-carb recipes.
The problem for us diabetics (and
others who want to lose weight) is that carbs keep blood sugar high and will add to weight gain. We cannot metabolize food made with flour or sugar, potatoes or even other root vegetables, rice and other grains (corn is a grain) normally. If my husband and I eat exactly the same meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, for example, his blood sugar will react normally but mine will shoot the &%# up. Not fair but it's a fact. So, he will eat that meal and I will not eat the potatoes but I will eat the chicken and just a few green beans and I'll also make another vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, bell peppers.
Earlier this week I had lunch out with our daughter and I ordered a Philly sandwich on a plate without the bread, so it was the beef, onions and cheese on a plate for me and I ate it with a fork.
Exercise is a bad word and it seems to imply something we have to consciously schedule for but it should be automatically part of our lives (like in the old days, haha). Taking a long walk after dinner is a very good way to get the metabolism working faster. Since it's fall and cooler, bundle up and the three of you can do that around your neighborhood or even drive to a park and walk. Do it regularly.
Being a guy, your husband has more muscle naturally than you and if he starts with some hand weights and resistance training (which can be done at home, no need for a gym membership), his muscles will be stronger and muscles use more blood glucose just because they are muscles. This works for women, too.
When I was prescribed a blood sugar meter, I was in denial even with diabetes in my family, but I was also ignorant of everything I've written here for you. Now that I understand what the connection is between what I eat and my blood sugar, I have control of it and I only wish I had known this when I was younger. Oh well.
And encourage your husband to join HealingWell and post here. I promise I won't beat him up!
(That's great to have a girl after all the boys!
Laniediabetes moderatordiabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
very low carb way of eating
Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/7/2016 7:43:04 AM (GMT-6)