“Everything is good, good, good,” my doctor said when I picked up the phone. “Except for two things, which aren’t so good.”
A recent physical shows I’m low on iron and high on blood sugar. Say what? I don’t eat red meat so I understand the anemia, but blood sugar levels that are border line? Not to blow my own horn, people, but I love to work out daily, hiking with the dogs, riding horses and doing strength training at Lesley Goldberg’s At Your Side Private Exercise.
“It’s not a weight thing,” my doctor quickly added. “It’s about what you’re eating and how you need to watch the carbohydrates.”
Along with taking Iron+Vitamin C supplements, I’m studying Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load lists. Who knew all fruit is not created equal! Adios apricots, mangoes, bananas, pineapple and dried fruit. Yet berries, peaches, apples and pears are on the low glycemic index. If you’re like me, don’t go hog wild committing carbicide on potatoes, yams, corn and beets and opt for whole wheat or multi-grain pastas or breads.
Wine. Dark chocolate. Do I even need to go there? Seems a weekly glass or two of vino, along with a *bit* of peppermint chocolate, is something I need to cut down or eventually – gulp – eliminate.
What a pathetic crybaby! Giving up stuff is merely an inconvenience. Why bore my dear readers? In the U.S. 26 million diabetics and even more pre-diabetics need to face facts. Perhaps the fear of having a genetic predisposition to developing Type II Diabetes like my Dad and the specter of daily insulin shots is driving my search for understanding.
This week I’m working with Robin Berlin (@robinberlinrd on Twitter), a super-knowledgeable Registered Dietician. She sent me Six Foods That Will Lower Your Blood Sugar. Yum – pico de gallo, mushroom-barley soup, oatmeal will aid in my quest to lower blood sugar.
I also started reading Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch books. While cracking up, I’m also considering going vegan – even if it’s just for the weekend. I’m already so easily grossed out by how most food in the U.S. is manufactured, that I’m an easy sell for trying a plant-based diet. In Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps, Barnouin makes it look do-able. This is a tall order since only High School Kid shuns most meat while my husband, Mr. UnHollywood, and my College Kid are a meat-lovin’ pair. Should I sneak in some tofu, seitan and tempeh when they’re not looking? Yeah, 72 hours ago, I didn’t know what seitan and tempeh were either.