Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Hands On! I also want to announce that approximately one year ago I started this blog! It is so hard to believe that I have been doing this for a whole year. I hope that it continues to grow and reach people. Now back to your regularly scheduled program. So what are all of you eating for dinner? I know this seems a little crazy for my blog but it is something rather near and dear to my heart. Some of you may not know but I am a type 2 diabetic. It literally took two different doctor’s diagnosis to get me to understand that diabetes is not something you can just let go. I thought I beat it, and slowly started eating treats between meals and after I started having some minor complications a doctor told me you are diabetic. I told him no I beat that, and he said, “uh no you didn’t” That time i was at a blood sugar reading of 0ver 400. After a blood screening my A1C(a fasting reading that gives a 5 week average) was 13 (6.0 is what they are looking for) The doctor told me that he had only seen five people control their diabetes with diet and exercise. This got me angry and I was determined to “show him” after 90 days of exercise and hard work I had gotten my reading down to 200. I did recognize that my body was at a point that it wasn’t able to do it on its own. I did get put on the lowest possible dose of metformin (an oral blood sugar medication).
It has been almost a year since that point in my life and I have lost about 40 pounds and my A1C is at 5.8. I contribute my success in this matter was all the sage advice about carbohydrates from my many wise healthy friends (shout out to Geri Williams) I realized in this journey that many people do not realize that carbs are in just about everything. When I explain that I need to stay away from bread, more people than not tell me to eat gluten free. I then have to explain that gluten free is not carb free. At that point I need to wait through a deer in the headlights look. Ok ,so I am now looking at the carbs in everything I eat. Do I still eat bread, yes, but I eat a certain brand of bread that is very low in carbs (Meijer Wheat Light if you want to know. 12 net carbs in 2 slices). I still make sure I am limiting the amount of carbs I take in in all forms. It is much better to be eating carbs that are in vegetables, as apposed to simple sugars or starches. I also try to be taking in more protein than anything while watching the red meat for heart purposes. The Biggest game changer in this respect was changing my breakfast of toast and coffee to a whey protein shake. This was easier than it sounds because of more advice from my friend Geri. She told me, “Get in 30 grams of protein with your shake, then if you want a slice of toast have it.” I did this for a week. Then one day after drinking my shake, i just didn’t want anything else and the shake has been my breakfast ever since. My shake is pretty simple too, it is milk, protein powder, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, and a tsp of peanut butter (yes, its healthy and tasty too) Because I am eating in a more cautious manner, if I want to have something not so healthy (Donuts and pastries are evil!) I will have it but only occasionally. I have found that the longer I go without sweets the less I crave them, but it is still a challenge for me to stay away completely.
Lastly in this trip of nutrition I want to touch on another thing I put in my body that helps keep me healthy an balances my blood sugar. I am talking about proper supplements. As I live in northern Michigan I try to get in 10,000 IU of vitamin D, most people who live in northern areas are severely lacking in vitamin D (especially in the winter). I am also taking vitamin C, Concentrated cinnamon/chromium capsule which helps regulate blood sugar. I am also taking Magnesium Citrate capsules before bed to help relax my heart. At my office we do a nutritional scan called Zyto Elite that tells you what supplements your body is asking for and I get that done every month or so, so I do rotate other products into my daily regiment as suggested.
Well that is everything on my mind regarding my personal diet and what I put into my system. What did you all think? Was what I said good food for thought or did it leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Let me know in the comments below. If you enjoy my content please like, follow and share my posts. The more followers I get the more we can share with the world. As always, I am constantly looking for topics for future posts. If you have anything you would like me to research and cover in future posts, let me know in the comments section or you can also message me on my Facebook page David Golson. Until next time remember, you really are what you eat so eat where you want your body to be.