Blood Sugar – Shifting Your Diet

It’s interesting, as a kid I was never really into Sugar. My Brother, and one of my Sister’s was. They’d eat whole packs of what was called Bubble Yum, or Bubblicious, at a time. Sugar just never was my thing. Didn’t care for French Fries either. I guess I wasn’t really a normal kid as far as food. I loved Milk, and I liked Vegetables, a lot of kids I knew didn’t.

I remember as I approached 30, I figured I wouldn’t eat McDonald’s or Taco Bell much longer, and so didn’t give it much thought. In truth, I’ve never really eaten all that much Fast Food. Over the years, I wouldn’t say I really over did it on any particular food.

My Mom’s Dad actually died to complications related to Diabetes, but that was before they actually knew how to deal with it too well. Type 1 that is. He had it in the Army, and he ended up staying in the service until he was too sick, and they discharged him. In the end, I believe it was some sort of Heart thing that actually finished him off, as opposed to the Diabetes itself. Type 2 is a different thing all together, from what I understand. But I haven’t studied any of it, I’ve just been exposed to some people that have had to deal with Diabetes (My Dad), and my Mom has always dealt with Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia). I used to worry that my Brother would get Diabetes at some point, due to the fact that he ate so much sugar, and my Mom’s Dad had, had it. My Dad didn’t get it until he was maybe 70.

As it turns out, now I suspect that the reason I was never drawn to Sugar is, potentially, that my body knew early on that it was sensitive to it. Ironically in my 30’s I didn’t really pay all that much attention to what I ate, I mean, like I say, I never really ate too much of any one thing. But, now I’m thinking at 30 I should have really started to reduce foods that raised my Blood Sugar.

At the end of Last Year my Doc ran some Blood Work, and mentioned that my Blood Sugar was a bit High. When I reflected on how I had been eating the year prior, I realized I had incorporated quite a bit of Soda and Juice into my diet. Hadn’t planned on it, it just kind of happened. So right away I reduced Soda and Fruit Juice from my Diet, in hopes that, that alone would bring my Blood Sugar back where it should be. During the last six months or so, my life took some big changes, and so I got side tracked from focusing on my Diet much. However, I did continue to reduce Juice and Soda from my Diet. I just got my Blood Sugar checked again, some 11 months later, and it has come down, but it’s not low enough yet.

And so now hear I sit, analyzing my Diet, and how I can reduce my Blood Sugars even more. I don’t have Soda or Juice very much, at least Juice with High Fructose added. I do have Orange Juice once in a while. It’s funny when you start to consciously make changes to your Diet, your body seems to know it right away, and starts to crave all the things you want to reduce, lol.

Oh well, we are Creatures of Habit, and Habits Die Hard. I’ve heard to Break a Habit, or Create a New Habit, it usually takes at least 3 Months.  I’m sure it’s not an exact science. My Mom has always been an Emotional Eater, and as a kid she’d feed us pretty healthy food for the most part, but on occasion as a treat, she’d take us to McDonald’s or Taco Bell. And if she really wanted to treat us, she’d bring home KFC. My Brother and I loved KFC. And so I imagine I have a bit of Emotional Eating in the mix, as I was brought up feeling like Food is Love. It’s a typical scenario. However, our Mom loved us in many other ways, so this was not a big part of the Formula, as far as Eating goes. For her, her Mom wasn’t exactly the affectionate type, so in turn I think Food was more of a Love thing for her, than my Brother and I. No clue on my two Sister’s, as they weren’t around much when I was young.

Anyway, now that I have a Blog, and I’m going to be addressing my Diet more Proactively, I thought I might as well throw a Post out there in regards to Health and Diet. Not as Exciting as a Knight Wielding a Sword, but as they say, “Your Body is Your Temple”. I figure if I want to be around to Write for a Long, Long Time, I’d best start to proactively improve my Bodies Health. I suppose I should start to Exercise more than I do as well, lol. But one thing at a time.

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7 Responses to “Blood Sugar – Shifting Your Diet”

  1. I don’t know what would happen to me if time comes that I would have to avoid McDonald’s or KFC. My family also has a history of diabetes, so I guess I should cut my sugar intake (oh no, chocolates). Good luck on your diet Jade! :]

    • Moderation on anything always helps. So does Exercise, and simply Eating more Vegetables. I suspect it might be easier to Add certain foods to your Diet, than it is to remove certain things. Also, when you add some healthier foods into your diet, chances are you wont be as hungry for the not so good stuff anyway. I’ve noticed whenever I exercise more, or start to eat healthier, not only do I start to feel better, but I also crave not good stuff less.

      Thanks for the Comment Aila

      DarkJade-

  2. Good post . Keep on posting about diet, so that readers get a clue & start living a healthier life.

  3. I am still slightly addicted to McDonalds chicken mcnuggets… The rest of my diet is relatively healthy but those darn mcnuggets always sneak back into my life!

    Looking forward to hearing more on the diet issues.

    • It’s the Quarter Pounder with Cheese that gets me. I used to eat the Two Cheese Burger Combo when I was young, but later, and now, it is the Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal, lol

      McNuggets are good though, especially with the Sweet and Sour Sauce, mmm, lol

      Thanks for the Comment ALife

      DarkJade-

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