Managing your own diabetes without medication

Posts tagged ‘Diabetes’

Paula Deen’s lighter chocolate pound cake

I signed up to receive Paula Deen‘s lighter versions of her recipes since discovering she has diabetes and here is her lighter version of her Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake.  Not too bad on carbs.  Will have to try it.


Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Here is a risk test for Diabetes Type 2 from the American Diabetes Association.  It’s a pretty good one.

Dark Chocolate for Valentine’s Day and Every Day!

This article from Diabetes Life shows that you can have chocolate in moderation when you have diabetes and which kind is best.  I eat a couple of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises everyday.  They actually are very good for you.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

This is a great article on managing your diabetes

This article  posted at “The Atlantic” is what I’m trying to do with this site and my life, and this article finally discusses it.  I did not know that if you control your blood sugars for a year, your diabetes is considered “in remission”, as state in this article.  How interesting.

How have you been?

Sorry that it’s taken so long for me to post again, but it’s been quite busy around here.  Hope all of you have been great.

My blood sugars have run right around 100 for the last couple of days.  My husband and I have been on the go, running errands, dealing with a few issues around town, doctor’s appointments, etc., so my eating hasn’t been the best it should have been.  But I have been active – we planted some rose bushes yesterday, hung some hanging baskets, cleaned and organized my paperwork, etc.

I used to have roses when I lived in N.C. and I loved them.  So I bought two rose bushes at Lowe’s yesterday – a Gold Medal rose and a Sonia rose.  I hope I can make them grow in containers because they are on my patio now.  One of them was already blooming, so I’m going to post a picture for you and hope that mine will be as pretty!  The baskets are full of Petunias and Pansies and they smell so good.

Tonight we had BBQ chicken, a salad, corn on the cob and my husband had some garlic bread.  I bought some split chicken breasts when they were on sale at Publix and I love to pour some BBQ over them and cook them in the oven for about for about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on how thick they are).  I cook them on 425 degrees and they are delicious.

I am also learning how to use my iPad 2.  I have never had an Apple product like this and it is just amazing what it can do and how fast it can do it!  The pictures I’m posting were taken with it today.  The other thing I’m doing is learning how to operate a blog, which is fun, but very confusing sometimes to me.

I appreciate everyone’s patience with me.  It’s the weekend and I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Anyone have any great plans?  Nothing much going on here.  Just more blogging!


A Disney Day

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Hi everyone.  Another nice day here in sunny Florida.  I couldn’t sleep last night, so I was up pretty early (for me).  Took my blood sugar thinking that since I didn’t get a full night’s sleep, it would be high, but it was 91.  I was pleased.

So my husband and I walked around Hollywood Studios today for a couple of hours.  The weather was nice, the crowds were small and we enjoyed the fresh air and a bit of exercise.  We had dinner at the Prime Time 50’s Cafe, which has food that I am not supposed to have, but I had some of it anyway.  Since I had that, I won’t eat a lot of sugars or carbs for the rest of the night.  And since we walked all over Disney, I’m not going to exercise on the Wii tonight.

Here is what my meals and snacks were today:

Breakfast – Quaker Organic Instant Oatmeal with a cup of skim milk

Lunch – Cup of Campbell’s Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup with some saltines

Dinner – Small helping of Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie with sugar-free cheesecake for dessert (from the Prime Time Cafe).  I did take my blood sugar 2 hours after I ate to see if my blood sugar was too high after eating all that not-g00d-for-me food and it was 117, which was really good.

I had a cup of popcorn today, an apple, Nature Valley Roasted Almond Nut Bar, 2  pieces of Dove dark chocolate promises, some mixed nuts, a 4 oz. container of Stonyfield 0% fat Organic Strawberry Yogurt.  I have had 2 cups of unsweetened green tea and lots of water.

I usually try to have more veggies than I did today, but today was one of those day’s that I wasn’t going to stress over what I ate while we were out, but it will be interesting to see what my blood sugar readings are tomorrow morning.

I really want to try to lose about 50 more pounds.  I have lost over 30 pounds just by finding out I had diabetes and switching to a low-carb, low sugar diet and exercising.  But during Christmas, I just decided not to stress myself out about my diet and just make sure I didn’t gain any weight and keep my sugars on track.

Well, thanks for reading again today.  I will keep trying to improve and learn more about blogging, adding more pictures of foods and meals, and some recipes, as I go along.  Have a great day tomorrow.

Most unusual day

I hope everyone had a nice day.  My day started off very unusual, but ended up with my wonderful husband giving me an iPad2 for Valentine’s Day!  He gave it to me early so I could start using it.  I love it.  I haven’t had something this nice in a long long time.  

Here is what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast:  Quaker Caramel Corn Rice Cake with 2 tbsp of Peter Pan Whipped Peanut Butter

Lunch:  A cup of Campbell’s Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup with 6 saltine crackers

Dinner:  Red Lobster – Broiled flounder with Broiled Asparagus, small salad with ranch dressing, water to drink (it was grocery store night for us, so we got out to eat on that night)

Snacks (not all at once):  2 Dove dark chocolate Promises, Golden Delicious Apple, 1 oz (about 30 pieces) of mixed nuts, two cups of green tea unsweetened, Stonyfield 0% fat organic strawberry yogurt 4 oz, veggies and dip

When I took my blood sugar this morning, it was 90.  My blood sugar is higher if I don’t get enough sleep, if I’m stressed, or if I don’t exercise.  I exercised with my Wii Fit Plus last night for 45 minutes.  It makes all the difference in the world for me.  I don’t do a lot but I do a few of the balance games, a lot of the yoga poses, some aerobics (step and light jogging) and the cool down.

I usually don’t take my sugar but once a day and that’s in the morning.  I’m very lucky, but I think it’s because I am on a low carb, low sugar diet and I exercise.  Before I started this, I had to test my levels a few times a day.  If I am feeling really bad, I’ll take it 2 hours after I eat dinner.  But my doctor only gives me enough strips to test it twice a day.  I’ve had a few lows, but by eating every 2 to 3 hours, I try to keep it at an even level so I won’t have those dips or highs.

I hope some of this helps.  It has helped me tremendously.  I try to buy organic when I can, but most of this food you can buy in the supermarket.  I just have to watch what I eat.  If I do have some sweets, I try to eat nothing but veggies or low carb foods the rest of the day.  Let me know how you keep your blood levels on track!