Category Archives: Blood Sugar Control

What Do I Eat Now?

Patti Geil and Tami Ross have teamed up to write “What Do I Eat Now? A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes.” This handbook is a must-have for anyone wanting to be pro-active  in self-managing diabetes. A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be. Truth be told, the dietary advice dispensed in this book makes sense for just about anyone wanting to be healthier.

Chapters start with the basic “Nutrition and Diabetes 101” and continue through “What is Carbohydrate and Why Does it Matter?”, “Savvy Snacking”, “Special Occasions” and a wealth of practical instruction. The authors have a distinctly positive approach and encourage one to focus on what you can eat rather than what you can’t have.

Written in a layman’s language, this book is well-researched and well-presented. Both authors have an impressive record of teaching others to triumph over what can be a debilitating disease.

Health is truly wealth, and this book is one you can’t afford to not have.

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Dr. Stephen Covey and The 7 Habits of Diabetes

Stephen Covey is one of my favorite authors. He wrote Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  I am thrilled to hear that he has written a booklet for Diabetics. I haven’t read it yet but assure you I will. Here’s an introductory video that is worth watching:

Eat Your Vegies

I came across an interesting article titled “The Green That KOs Blood Sugar Damage”. This vegetable is not expensive, in fact ‘tis the season you can grow some of your own. Broccoli is a good source of sulforaphane, which has wonderful protective properties.

Thought I’d share the quick reminder to eat your vegies. Your momma was right, you know.

Dawn Phenomenon

Dawn phenomenon. An intriguing word. In my world, this defines the aggravating habit of waking up way too early and not being able to get back to sleep. In the diabetic world, it is a simpler name for something also called the Somogyi Effect.

My friend Alecia has been trying to get her high blood sugar readings in the morning back in line with her more normal daily readings.

According to the “The American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes”, a high morning reading may be attributed to the “dawn phenomenon”. The body has a normal mechanism that wakes you up and gives you energy to start the day. Your body responds to the wake up call with growth hormones. These hormones depress the activity of insulin, allowing blood glucose to rise around 4:00am and 8:00 am. This is called the dawn phenomenon. The dawn phenomenon can be the reason blood glucose readings that are quite high when you wake up. They make the suggestion of eating less the night before or less for the morning meal as a possible way to deal with it.

A really good article called Waking Up With High Blood Glucose Levels can be found HERE.

The Journey

It’s been a month since I set a fresh goal to drop some of the extra pounds, exercise more, eat the right foods; in other words, to regain control of my health habits. (Which ultimately keeps my blood sugar in the normal range.)  It seemed like I was spiraling in the wrong direction. The good news is that the negative direction has been reversed.

I have strictly followed the Weight Watcher plan and I am happy to report I have dropped 5 pounds. Granted, I wish it was 8 or 10. But I refuse to be discouraged by the fact that the extra pounds stick to me like beggar ticks on flannel (or white on rice if you’re from the north).   If I carried around a 5 pound sack of flour with me every day to represent the pounds, I’m sure I would have more appreciation for the progress I’ve made.

It’s said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I hope you’ll comment on where you are on the road to better health. We can share travel tips and inspire one another to press on.