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Diabetes Weight-Loss Challenge - good idea 'even' if not a diabetic

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Although I'm not diabetic or pre-diabetic, I joined The Diabetes Weight-Loss Challenge.

Why?

First of all, my RD (dietician) told me years ago that a nutrition plan for people with diabetes is well-rounded and healthy. Secondly? I do watch the numbers on the blood glucose results because I definitely fit many criteria for metabolic syndrome (which some folks intermingle with pre-diabetes, but others still differentiate. Me? I figure if you fit the criteria for it, follow the guidelines for pre-diabetic folks! Makes sense to ME. Regardless of a doctors' dx. Right?)

The challenges here don't always by stated purpose apply to me, yet from each one I have done, I have grown a bit in this long journey of mine. So I look forward to doing this one.

What are my goals for weight-loss, specifically paying attention to that 5.6 to 5.7 number that I'd like to lower?? Well, that's tricky, so my current goals - goals always DO change, y'know! - include:

1.
Focus on increasing range of fruits and veggies in my menus.
My recent acquisition of a Nutribullet Rx complements of a generous sister's surpise gift in the mail a few weeks ago has made me want to toss into it foods I don't normally eat. Like combining baby kale with kiwi and other fruits. Like creating healthy 'creamed' soups in cold weather. Like using healthy seeds in smoothies along with almonds - which I cannot eat unless ground up.

2.
My now decades-old exercise frustration with my limits needs attention.
Big Time.

3.
Eat 3-5 mini-meals a day, spread out for the purpose of maintaining blood-sugar levels. The fact that I remember to eat when I get dizzy, disoriented and have massive headaches is certainly an indication that a Food Schedule Is Necessary! The doctor and RD agree and just shake their heads...because they know I do 'know better'.

Indeed, just because a person does not have diabetes does not mean that he/she should not take care to eat (in moderation, of course) on a regular schedule. I still after all these years just plain forget to eat when busy or under stress. Although I did well for about a year, I'm back to forgetting food and must focus on maintaining blood-sugar levels.

Oh... there are more reasons, but these are important. I look forward to the challenge. And will be incorporating ideas for using my Nutribullet in healthy ways as I do the challenge!
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  • GOANNA2
    Sam, hope you are OK. Haven't been able to get internet.
    Will try phoning you. I don't think I will be able to make it
    over to see you at this time. Having big problems with
    the knee. Will be in touch soon.
    Hugs
    Anna emoticon
    2032 days ago
  • JUMPINJULIE
    Great plan. You can do it.
    2037 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    I agree with DDOORN - the diabetic food plan is a healthy one for almost anybody, unlike those that cut out foods for people with specific sensititivities. It's AWESOME that you're looking at what is best for YOU!!!
    2042 days ago
  • DDOORN
    The diabetic food plan is truly a healthy food plan for almost anybody.

    Good for you to take up the challenge!

    Don
    2042 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Makes perfect sense...go for it!
    Have fun with your new toy.
    I never forget to eat, forget to plan maybe, but not to eat.
    My problem is I don't take the time to prepare and sit and eat during the day (healthy dinner every night at the table, though) so end up grazing, apparently too much.
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    2042 days ago
  • BETH4SUCCESS
    I have to spread my food out and make sure my meals are balanced like a diabetic would. Makes sense when you have some of the same issues!
    2043 days ago
  • MISS_VIV
    I think we all get forgetful about food from time to time. The Diabetic challenge is a good one and I look forward to challenging myself to get back on track. I really don't want to see my A1C this month...
    2043 days ago
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