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.
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:
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.
My now decades-old exercise frustration with my limits needs attention.
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!