This blog was created in 2010 as a place to store information about Diabetes.
A personal space for recipes and "the best of" foods I would need to fight this terrible disease.
It took me three years but I finally was able to hit my A1C goal of 5.4, which is the range I needed to be in order to live a medication-free life. I had quit smoking on the 40th Anniversary of the day I started and I knew that if I could do that cold turkey, I certainly could manage to change my diet.
Every post I published meant I was one day closer to understanding what exactly was happening to the insides of my body. My SIL needs injections of insulin and for me, that was NOT an option.
While my first doctor did not call it diabetes, he did refer to it as metabolic syndrome. I was obese and it was the way my body was reacting to all the fat that surrounded my internal workings.
As scared as I was about the chance I might have to stick a needle into my body, it took my Pulmonary Doctor to trump my GP and call my hand. I downloaded an app that allows me to log in every morsel of food and each step I took but it was a trip to Alaska to convince me that I HAD to do more. I no longer fit in an airplane seat without a seat belt extension. Even more embarrassing than that was the three times I could not get out of water rafts used in our Alaskan excursions. When the simple taste of walking 3 blocks to a restaurant in Seattle brought tears to my eyes, I vowed to do something as soon as I got home.
Now it is 2016 and 5 months into a 1000 calorie-a-day diet. I lost 35 pounds, 5" off my waist and walk 2 miles every day. My last lab test showed I was perfect in all the categories.
I felt great but there was more to do.
It was time to chose a diet I would eat for the rest of my life. It made sense to take a break from blogging and sort through the mountain of information that's out there.
I did know a few things. I did not want to give up dairy or the occasional sweet. I am OK with limiting wheat and foods high in carbohydrates.
For the next few months I will be test driving various diets and will post how my progress is going.
I would love to talk to other people that either went through this or are looking for direction.
I can be contacted at:
or you can leave a comment with your email and I will get back to you.
Wish me luck!!!