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Lettuce Sandwiches? – Shifting Your Diet 2

Posted in Food, Inspiration, Writing with tags , , on October 22, 2011 by darkjade68

As I continue this new effort to Reduce My Blood Sugar, I started trying something new… Yup… Lettuce Sandwiches.

Now, before I go any further let me just say that Sandwiches are one my Favorite Foods. From Foot Long Subways, to Grilled Cheese, to a nice Corn Beef.

That said, what I’m doing, in an effort to lower my Glycemic Intake, is using Lettuce in the place of Bread when I have Sandwiches for Lunch.

Now, this may sound funny, but they’re still pretty good. Basically throw some turkey, cheese, and tomato in the middle of two nice pieces of lettuce, hit it with some mustard (Don’t really even need Mayonnaise as it turns out), and wola.

After studying a Glycemic Index List such as the one below (Click it to Read)

I determined that there were a few things I wanted to reduce, or change.

I’m not going to do a complete overhaul of my Diet, as this will just traumatize the End User, the End User being me, lol.

Originally back 11 months ago when my Doc. told me that my Blood Sugar was a bit high, I reduced Regular Soda and Fruit Juice in my Diet. But this was not enough. It has improved, but now I’m trying a bit more.

Lately I noticed that I’ve been eating more Potatoes, as I make Mashed Potatoes, and Breakfast Potatoes quite frequently.

I’m going to go ahead and cut my intake on Regular Potatoes in half, as they are fairly high Glycemically Speaking. Not a big deal, as I said, I’ve actually been eating more of them lately anyway.

I will instead try to bring in some Yams, and Sweet Potatoes, both of which I like, and both of which are lower on the Glycemic Index. So much of changing what you eat has to do with Focus, and slight alterations, as opposed to Actual Trauma, lol. GIVE ME BACK MY MILKSHAKE!! lol.

Actually I don’t eat much Ice Cream, never have. I’m lucky in that respect, it’s not something I really have to give up, as it isn’t something I really eat. Anyway, the first couple of bites of Ice Cream are the best part anyway, so on occasion, I just have a few bites.

Beyond the Potato Reduction, and the Bread Reduction via Lettuce Sandwiches, I’m also having more Salads for lunch. I usually toss some forms of Protein on top of them, be it some left over Steak, a bit of cheese, maybe some hard boiled egg (Protein is a better form of Carbs, as it’s processed slower in your body than say White Bread, and so your system isn’t flooded with an abundance of Insulin which can make you Insulin Resistant, which isn’t good in the long run). Toss in some Tomato or what not, and wola. It’s good too. Just different.

Other than that, I’m trying to keep my Diet nearly the same, although when I’m full, I’m full, and I put the left overs away, as opposed to noshen on em for the next 30 minutes while I watch a film, or something on T.V. Also, I have started to take Walks at least 5 days a week, this too will help.




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Blood Sugar – Shifting Your Diet

Posted in Editorial, Food, Inspiration with tags , , , on October 18, 2011 by darkjade68

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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