Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thinking Out Loud

Tomorrow morning at this time, I will be at the airport waiting to board my flight to Orlando.  I should be bubbling over with excitement.  But this morning I have other things on my mind.  Please bear with me as I think out loud.

Yesterday was my Dr.'s appointment for my quarterly checkup.  First the positive:  I lost three pounds, and my cholesterol was good.  Now the bad news:  my fasting blood sugar levels were high; my A1C was high; my triglycerides were a little high; and my thyroid levels were somewhat elevated.  Don't know much about the thyroid; but from what I read online last night, high levels are not a good thing.  I will be retested after returning from Disney.

But I'm most concerned about my blood sugar levels.  I've been feeling pretty lousy lately, and I guess my high levels explain why.  So, after returning from vacation, I need to make some serious lifestyle changes.  I had practically stopped drinking milk (16 gr. of sugar per cup) and I miss it.  Dr. O stressed that I need milk, he would prefer I use skim milk, but will compromise  on 1%.  But he voiced a definite NO to grapefruit since it could interfere with my medications.  I've been avoiding carbs as much as possible, and he tells me that is also a no-no -- I need carbs, and just need to choose "good" carbs.

And so, after vacation, I need to return to the GI diet.  I've never cooked (and rarely eaten) kale, Swiss chard, broccolini, or spinach.  These leafy green veggies are high in iron, vitamins, and minerals.  If you have any favorite recipes using these items, please share.  And if you know of any blogs on the glycemic index way of eating, please let me know.  See you when I get back from vacation.


JustCindy said...

I hate being diabetic. I'm still learning so I'm of no help to you. Enjoy your vacation and take lots and lots of pictures to share with us.

Nancy said...

I also hate being diabetic...bah!!

I carb count per my nutritionist..but was told by dr to use the book Sugar Busters.

Hopefully you can get some good concrete advice when you return and get healthy...

I have NO was nuked by pill about 7 years ago... I take two daily meds, but it was a rough first year to get the meds regulated. Not fun at all..

have a great time ....

Pat said...

Enjoy your trip!!!! I will await your report about it when you return. Try to put the test results out of your mind while you are away.