my young cousin’s boyfriend, who happens to be a surgeon, said something about sugar to me. he said it was one of the three evil whites – salt, sugar and cocaine.
i chuckled when he said that back then. not because i doubted what he said but to hear ‘cocaine’ in the end… i mean, it’s one thing to indulge a little with salt and sugar.
it’s clearly not okay to indulge even a little bit with cocaine. since there’s no such thing as the ability to indulge in a little, here.
now, trying to control my diabetes, his statement weighs so much more.
with diabetes, i now have to watch everything that i eat. not just sugar/carbs. there’s sodium. borderline blood pressure for normal people is 190/40. those with diabetes are to stay below 180/30. luckily, mine is usually around 120/75 (unless i’ve been exercising – the lower number will then creep up to low 80′s but return back after my heart rate goes back to a normal rate).
my cholesterol reading was 2.8 mmol/L which is very desirable for normal people (whom should be under 5 mmol/L. but because i have diabetes? i should be below 2 mmol/L. yup. crazy, huh?
i also have to take all these vaccinations. i’m not one to take the flu vaccine but now it’s recommended that i do. plus, i have to take two different types of vaccines for different strains of pneumonia!
*sigh* i’ve been very up and down about my condition. the above sometimes can make me feel a bit defeated but it’s what i must do.
so, for the time being, i’m trying to do whatever i can to not take any chances. i’ve switched over to food with no added sugar – unsweetened soy milk, plain greek yogurt and unsweetened peanut butter, for example. all carbs are only from multi-grain products. and no more than one healthy serving per meal (either 1/4 of a regular sized dinner plate or 1/3 or 1/2 cup serving; though for pasta and rice, it should be around the 1/3 cup mark).
i’m using egg white during the week for my breakfast but still allowing myself a couple of regular eggs on weekends (it’s okay to have a couple of yolks each week even with diabetes – normal people get to have 4 a week). i use low-fat cheese as a snack but have to admit that i’m still using regular cheese for my omelets (no more than an ounce, though). i do worry about this because there’s more saturated fats in the mix here.
i’ve upped my fish high in omega-3 twice the amount i use to have so there’s no issues there (i’m lucky that i love fish). and every lunch and dinner contains half a plate of leafy greens, at the least. my breakfast contains some type of veggies too but i’m not at the point where i can enjoy a salad for breakfast. maybe i’ll just munch on some carrot sticks on the side of my egg-white omelets.
i don’t know what else i can do for my diet, to be honest. i’ve also sworn off alcohol until my next appointment. my husband thinks i should still have a few glasses of wine during our cruise but i said i would wait to see what my doctor and/or nutritionist have to say about that.
oh – and i still take cream in my coffee. i’ll switch to light cream, though. one step at a time.