Are you cutting back on hidden sugars........

By shoulders Latest Reply 2011-07-30 19:00:42 -0500
Started 2011-07-28 17:13:26 -0500

The AHA sending us a very important message to all Americans: Eat less Added and Hidden sugars. Over the past 30 years, we have increased our total calorie intake by about 150—300 calories aday. Hidden sugars are in sugar-frosted cereals, desserts with glazes and frostings and low-fat fruit flavored yougurts has 7 tsp. of sugar, and ketchup has 4 tsp. of sugar. Check the products nutrition fact label.The American Heart Association Recommend women have no more than 6 tsp. of added sugar each day. And men should not have more that 9 tsp. of added sugar per day. The natural sugars found in milk, fruitand vegetables provide the body with enough sugars for the quick and long acting energy we need.

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jayabee52 2011-07-28 17:19:46 -0500 Report

I do them one better. I try to cut out many carbs! I go low carb as possible. I've lowered my A1c to 5.5, and my weight about 40 lbs. Most of my family of origin hadn't seen me in quite some time. They were surprised as at the time I had been hovering in the 225 lb range now I'm somewhere in the 160s.

shoulders 2011-07-28 21:47:58 -0500 Report

Alright now Jayabee52 lets not rub it in about all the weight that you have lost!!!!!! Do want to find out about this protein diet(?) you say you are doing to loss all this weight.

jayabee52 2011-07-29 14:19:21 -0500 Report

I think I could stand to lose another 20 to 30 lbs, but I am not hung up on that. In fact the weight loss was rather a side effect of my eating plan rather than the goal.

My eating plan (don't like to say diet) kind of a "flying by the seat of the pants" kinda thing. I have 2 hard boiled or fried eggs and eat them with a small orange, or about 3 strawberries or half of an apple. Lunch is a boneless, skinless chicken breast (grilled on a Geo. Foreman) and lower carb veggies like "california blend" or a stir fry. For evening meal, an 85/15 or better hamburger (also George Foreman'd) with green beans. My only real indulgence, so I don't feel deprived, is a drumstick type ice cream cone. I also consume a 2 cup dose of metamucil fiber in the AM. That is basicly my eating regimen. I am fortunate that my pancreas puts out enough insulin to cover what I eat and I stay within a normal range. My weight loss diminishes my insulin resistance so I am good there too.

Occasionally I will have a splurge, like at my family reunion. My BG numbers will be a bit high after that, but I try to limit those to twice a month, and after a day or so of my controlled eating plan I am back in the normal range.

As long as my body keeps on working as it has been, I plan to eat this way and follow this plan for the rest of my days, and try to stay off of diabetes meds.

shoulders 2011-07-29 17:25:57 -0500 Report

You eat the same foods every day? No difference of variaty? What about bordum with your eatting habits. If I lost 40 lbs and working toward another 20 my goodness, I would not be on Diabetec, b.p. cholesterol medicines at all. I just don't think I could stay on a eating habit that is not allow you to alter your plan more.

jayabee52 2011-07-29 18:56:02 -0500 Report

The thing is, my eating plan is self-imposed. I have little need for variety. That doesn't mean that I don't alter it a bit from time to time. Right now since fruit is in season, I will eat a 3 or 4 strawberries or a small handfull of blueberries. When the little Clementine oranges are in season, I will switch to them. I will gradually expand my eating plan according to what my meter tells me works or doesn't work for me.

And there may come a time where my meter tells me that my experement is no longer working for me, and I will need to use other means, perhaps insulin again to gain control of my diabetes.

I am not on any diabetes medicines at all at this time. That was the whole point of my little experement. Haven't used insulin since sometime Jan 2011. I may talk to Dr about discontinuing my cholesterol med. but I think I still need my BP med due to kidney issues.

And I freely admit that this plan is not for everybody. But it means a lot to me not to have to take insulin any more, and continue to pack on the pounds. T

awilli13 2011-07-29 22:41:07 -0500 Report

Jayabee thank you for all the suggestions … I really want to lose weight and be healthly and not have to stay on all these meds im 43yrs old and I want to live… Plz keep in touch with me…

jayabee52 2011-07-29 23:41:02 -0500 Report

you are most welcome Anita. As you are already on my friends list please feel free to inbox me should you desire further info, or just simply to have a pleasant chat. Just click on my icon and message me.

I don't plan to go away unless I am completely incompacitated or pass from this life.

shoulders 2011-07-29 20:44:34 -0500 Report

What about the 2 cups of Metamucil Fiber? Do yopu us that for the fiber only or for the common reason? So what ever you eat then the Metimucil works and removes the "extra pounds" daily? So the weight that you are lossing is really from the Metimucil ?

jayabee52 2011-07-29 22:11:11 -0500 Report

I was using the Metamucil to fill up so I didn't feel so ravenous at first.

But the neat thing for me was it also solved another medical issue that I had. I had what is called "IBS A" (alternates between C -constipation and D, diaharrea) For me the change between C and D would be a 3 to 4 week cycle. After I started taking the metamucil I noticed I wasn't having that swing between C and D any longer. That was a nice little side benefit. I didn't soil my pants any longer like I did when on the D side of the cycle.

I honestly don't think that the Metamucil caused my weight loss. And I also backed off a bit on the Metamucil, (had been drinking 2 cups 2x/day) because I wanted my stomach to shrink, which at this point it has. I continue with the Metamucil now because of its benefit to my IBS symptoms.

As the weight loss was a side effect rather than the goal of my eating plan, for me it was "gravy" - an added benefit. If I can keep my BG readings in the normal range, or very close to it, I would stick to my eating plan even if I wouldn't be losing weight.

shoulders 2011-07-30 00:10:54 -0500 Report

GREAT JOB !!!!!!!!!Glad for you. And your Dr. thinks its alright for you to do this? I'm very happy for you. But, I wouldn't be a guinee pig for no type of diet. Never know what could happen to your insides. Seems like your alright with your experiment on your own eating plan. Hope everything stays good for you.

jayabee52 2011-07-30 19:00:42 -0500 Report

so far so good! When I informed Dr I was going off insulin to try this he didn't really say anything. A couple times previously I missed my insulin dose and noted I didn't spike, only went up moderately. Knew by that my pancreas was still producing a small amount of insulin. I had really been on a baby dose of injectable insulin as compared to other t2s who inject, I decided to try it. I could always go back to injecting insulin if needed.

My only major medical problem is my kidneys are taking a dive, and will need to be helped by dialysis treatments. But since I have been on dialysis treatments 6 yrs prior, I am comfortable with that. My energy (stamina) is down but that started way before my little experement. I had been almost dead during my first dialysis go-round, and I was restored to much better health, so much so I was able to get off in 10 months the first time.

Thanks for your good thoughts and wishes, Cynthia.

Blessings to you and yours