Monday, August 5, 2013
Getting Honest about Food
After a routine urine test, the doctor came back into the examination room. He frowned at the paper he held in his hand. "Your urine came back with traces of glucose," he said. "I want to send you for more bloods." I took the paper and left.
The next morning found me [starving] at the blood drawing station. Four tubes and one bruise later, I left. The entire next week found me exclaiming at anyone who would listen, "I lost all of this weight and I might have diabetes anyway!" I was angry.
Never mind that I had abused my physical body for many years via the ingestion of large quantities of sugary snacks, not eating breakfast or lunch consistently, several experiences with yo-yo dieting, and little attention to nutrition. Even my aborted experience in TOPS and a "successful" maintenance of a 65 pound weight loss for more than a year did not result in consistent healthy eating habits. And yes, in one year's time, I had gained back 24 pounds of the 65 pounds that I had lost.
I made a decision. The night after my bloods were drawn, I decided to begin to follow a healthy eating plan regardless of whether or not I had diabetes. And I did. I have eaten breakfast every day since that night. I have eaten lunch every day since that night. I have eaten fruits and vegetables every day since that night. I have concentrated on healthy snacks instead of garbage snacks.
I went back to the doctor the following week. I had lost two pounds. "Your bloods came out normal," he said. I told him that I had been talking with acquaintances who have diabetes type II and I have found no one that follows their prescribed food plans. "That's why we have so many bad diabetics here," he told me. "By 2050, one of every three Americans will have diabetes II."
It is now a week later. I am still following a healthy eating plan. I think I could get used to this.
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Labels: healthy living
This Is Me
I have been bouncing around online for just about 20 years, so I have been there and have done that. It doesn't mean I didn't like it and wouldn't do it again. As most humans, I am a social animal. To be a social animal on the internet it is social media that binds us all together. I prefer Google + and Twitter but have pages on the other ones that I ignore, so you probably should too.
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Contrary to popular opinion I hate politics, but have political opinions ..
The easiest way to get under my skin is to apply the "all you talk about is politics" tag. This is a common knee jerk reaction some have when they see something political, and unfortunately I don't hold back sometimes. As a matter of fact, I share more about health, fitness and blogging than politics, which you would know if you weren't busy dismissing me. I actually follow and interact with more people that disagree with me than agree with me politically. The list of "other than politics" seems to be growing everyday and it probably looks a lot like this:
- Blogging (I am a blogger and I blog a lot. Get used to it.)
- Health & Fitness (Avid bodybuilder and diet guru)
- Photography (If I don't know your language now you know why I follow you)
- Android (I love Android, and wouldn't wipe my rear end with an iPhone)
- Humor (If you are funny, I am going to like you)
- Sports (Patriots and Red Sox mostly)
- Music (You'd be surprised how diverse I get here)
- Quotes (I love quotes from historical and hysterical figures)