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Frugal eating at home and how I got a fantastic A1c!

March 29th, 2015 at 03:21 pm

Sunday is usually meal planning day for me. I worked a 5.5 hour shift today but got most of the week done last night and finished it after I got off work today.

Awhile back I realized there's a very strong correlation between meat consumption and my higher blood sugar readings so I cut back on meat. I mean, waaay back. I still eat fish and small amounts of beef, pork, and chicken but not daily or even weekly. I call myself a "faux vegetarian". Whatever, it works. :-)

My food guidelines are pretty easy. If it's a vegetable I usually eat it raw or lightly cooked and unless it's a starchy vegetable I don't really limit the quantity. Starchy vegetables are a rare treat for me. If it's fruit I eat it now and then and in strict moderation. Fruit needs to be fairly low on the Glycemic Index like berries and melon. Pasta, beans, and grains are things I have once in a blue moon and then just a very small amount. And if it's meat...well, I think long and hard and usually decide against it. There are exceptions to all those guidelines, though. It's a matter of moderation, balance, and keeping my eye on the prize so to speak. But it stinks that the less expensive foods are things I can eat only rarely and it's very hard to stay within my budget for food.

My next to the last A1c was 5.9 and my last A1c two weeks ago was 5.1. For those of you unfamiliar with Diabetes and A1c, that first number is very good for a Type 1 and that last number is in the non-diabetic range so I'm pretty dang proud of both test results!

I didn't get those results by just cutting out most meat, though. I also walk. A lot. I use a Fitbit Charge HR to count my steps and even when I'm at home and watching television, I generally walk/jog in place. I've lost about 9 pounds in the process but it's taken me four months to do so. Four ridiculously long months! Age and the constant influx of insulin via my pump make weight loss quite the challenge but progress is progress, right? Besides, I've had some non-scale victories, too. My work pants are much looser and I simply feel better. I have more weight to lose but am focusing on the positives and not the fact that it takes so freaking long for me to lose a few pounds!

Anyway, here's my menu for this week:

Sunday night - Two boneless pork ribs (bought for .99 a lb at Albertson's), raw bell pepper strips, and a large salad.

Monday night - Homemade french onion soup, sans bread with extra cheese and a low carb muffin in a minute with butter

Tuesday night - Leftover french onion soup and a salad

Wednesday night - Very large salad, complete with cheese, black olives, and artichoke hearts

Thursday night - Dinner at Mom's house so it will be her choice. Heaven help me, she loves the carbs! I'll choose as wisely as I can, though. She always has salad stuff so if nothing else, I'll make a salad.

Friday night - I'll be at work but will take along leftover soup and an avocado

Saturday night - Vegetables roasted in broth and homemade almond meal crackers

Yeah, I eat a lot of salad and soup. I love them and they're thrifty and delicious so why not?

Keep it simple is my motto!

10 Responses to “Frugal eating at home and how I got a fantastic A1c!”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Super job on getting your sugar count down! Not to mention thrifty and healthy eating.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    I am surprised the meat is what is changing your blood sugar. I am only dealing with Gestational Diabetes right now, but the protein/meats are what really bring mine down. Interesting as I am very interested in understanding blood sugars in diabetes. Both my parents have it now and I may later on in life.

  3. HouseHopeful Says:

    Sorry - cut off. Meant to say, great job combining the exercise with the dietary changes to get the sugar under control. I know a bit about how challenging that can be!

  4. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Meat didn't affect me that way for many years. But since 40 to 70% of excess protein can turn into glucose it makes sense. It took me and my physician awhile to figure out what the problem was but a very detailed food/blood sugar log and the presence of my vegetarian "Hey Mom, try cutting back on meat to see what that does!" son helped us clarify the issue.

    I'm not happy about it as I'm a true meat lover. However, I'm more interested in keeping my eyesight, limbs, and life than I am in eating meat so it is what it is!

    The worst part is that the longer I live with T1 the more restricted my diet is. It's at the ridiculous point now.

    Dealing with gestational diabetes isn't easy. Good for you for keeping tabs on it all!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I'm not a vegetarian, but I am rather a low-meat eater. It's definitely more of a treat than a staple!

  6. Maranatha Says:

    Denise, many many people have reversed diabetes, heart disease, cancer and hypertension with diet. You have to be diligent about it and stick to it. I've gotten off of about 4 medications for allergies, Blood pressure and blocked arteries through diet. Very little meat, no wheat or sugar products. I grow a lot of my own veggies and juice fairly often. I feel so much better. Great job you are doing, keep it up and glad to see you back here, I wondered not long ago where you were.

  7. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Maranatha, I understand the importance of diet when it comes to health and vigilance is my middle name. ;-) My cholesterol is better and I've reduced the meds for that and high Triglycerides and hope to eliminate those this year. I'm not sure I'll make it but I'm giving it one hellacious effort! Right now I'm happy with lovely A1cs and maintaining rather than gaining weight. I had flu recently and once I recuperated I gained back some of the weight I'd worked so hard to lose. Argh! Today was weigh-in day, though, and I've lost another pound.

  8. Maranatha Says:

    I'm sure you do Denise, just letting you know my own personal experience, I will be fifty in May and never felt better....They tried to put me on statin drugs and that's really what made me decide once and for all to change my lifestyle. Those statins have been proven to eat holes in your brain matter, really scary when you start looking into that kind of stuff.

  9. Maranatha Says:

    I'm sure you do Denise, just letting you know my own personal experience, I will be fifty in May and never felt better....They tried to put me on statin drugs and that's really what made me decide once and for all to change my lifestyle. Those statins have been proven to eat holes in your brain matter, really scary when you start looking into that kind of stuff. If you ever feel inclined and haven't done so you might check out Dr. Dean Ornish's books, worth the read and he has published a cook book also.

  10. DeniseNTexas Says:

    I'm not crazy about the statins at all. I've read up on them and have talked to several professionals, most of whom (if pushed) will admit that we're better off without them. Those same people admit that if the lipids are totally out of control as mine used to be, temporary statin use isn't so dangerous as long as there's a plan in place to get off them. That's what I'm working on. I've read some of Dean's works and that's part of what made me look into statin use. Between genetics and being Type 1 I don't know that I'll ever be able to get the lipids where I want them without some medical assistance but I'm not about to give up!

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