Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Toward Healthy Living

To be healthy,eat healthy.That’s exactly what I am doing  since my high sugar diagnosis. My daily consumption of food is a combination of all the nutrients like proteins, fat  and carbohydrates in smaller portions.Thanks to my dietician who  helped me with  a balanced  meal plan which I  got to follow on a regular basis.Having a tete-a-tete with  the  dietician and carefully considering  the pros and cons of certain foods and the harm some food could cause long term,heightened my aspirations,to make changes in my dietary habits.

I have already lost a couple of kilos in the first few weeks of  starting my ‘weight loss-sugarless’ journey. As I am  advised to keep fit and be on the move for at least half an hour everyday,I have made it  mandatory to go on a  walking ‘spree’ for about 20-30 minutes a day. Aside  avoiding everything  which contains sugar, I have also  drastically curtailed salt intake so that the organs in the body will not malfunction.I can no more nibble as I desire  on  nuts and savouries but instead allowed  to  snack on fruits: though  advised to skip mangoes, bananas and avocados, which could spike my sugar levels and who knew my favourites: carrots, potatos and green beans fall in the same category that set off the  sugar elevation.

Drinking plenty of water,possibly seven to eight glasses per day would help flush all the wastes and toxins off the system and also makes one feel full,thereby curbing the  hunger pangs.And with that in mind,without any hesitation,I have now made it a priority to respectedly  drink  the recommended amount of water each day.According to studies,stress is also a major cause  for the sugar swings that lead to type 2 diabetes.So a ‘good night’ sleep facilitates a great deal in diminishing all forms of stress related symptoms and  dampening mood swings thus enabling one to be in peak conditions.

All in all,I am left with  no options but follow this dietary chart and  I  bet  this food diagram will also ward off  my cravings for those occasional treats.Although the task of implementing the guidelines is challenging, I have wholeheartedly accepted to significantly make adjustments in my  everyday life  for I believe this is a good  ‘bargain’ toward a hale and hearty living. 

Healthy option-  baked  vegetables

Monday, March 5, 2012

Where There's A Will There's A Way

It’s so funny, only when something goes wrong that we begin to take things seriously. It hits us so hard that we quickly wake up from deep slumber, realize the gravity of it and against all odds try to face the obstacle positively. Recently I was advised by my doctor and the dietician to adapt a change in my eating habits due to raised sugar levels in my system. The first thing to be removed from my ‘carte du jour’ was my cup of tea which over the years, I have thoroughly relished at the crack of dawn and the many additional; in times of joy, sorrow and when ever I am stressed out. Subsequently my intake of carbohydrates had to be reduced. Quite taken aback at the food chart given to me by the dietician,I was wondering how I was going to abide by those strict guidelines. Although this was happening so suddenly, somewhere at the back of my mind I had an instinct that I may possibly inherit it from my genes. To become accustomed to this new lifestyle isn’t going to be an easy mission, especially when I have to give up my obsession for tea.

That was a few weeks ago. It took me some time  to come to terms regarding my newly detected health issue. After analysing and comprehending the magnitude of the whole problem, I have stepped up with a totally new confidence in me. Like a mantra, I constantly keep repeating that I don’t want the ‘diabetes’ to take control of my life. And that’s when I decided to take the initiative to make amends: for me and for the sake of my dear family. The assistance and guidance from the hospital educator and the dietician and a few articles I read on diabetes have thoroughly convinced me that’s it left up to me to make drastic changes fast. A healthy diet comprising mostly unrefined plant food - mostly raw or only cooked lightly, and lots of greens, can keep the sugar levels in my body under control and even reverse the diabetics according to recent studies.

As this is just the beginning, I am prescribed only one medicine and have been advised to control the food I eat and be physically active. And that’s what I am doing now.With correct medication, proper food and exercise I am told that I will be able to maintain normal sugar levels.

All the way through my adult life I have been someone who has never done any kind of exercise and incidentally my new year resolution this time was to do some sort of work out to shed off some extra pounds. Who would have thought it was going to be accomplished sooner: at the cost of my high sugar!

Thanks due to my dear Hubby and children who have given me immense moral support and encouragement in my effort to lose weight.

Another of my favourite which I have to consume sparingly