By msann Latest Reply 2014-07-11 22:17:18 -0500
Started 2014-05-29 14:56:38 -0500


43 replies

shorty1965 2014-07-11 22:17:18 -0500 Report

Congrats keep it up,sorry I took so long to respond ,I have been doing so much at my job and u can't have no cell phones anymore when your watching

birdogron 2014-06-06 00:45:01 -0500 Report

Who would someone talk to about an auto accident, loss of life and low BG? Just asking. Sure wish I knew who t

Anonymous 2014-06-06 00:43:00 -0500 Report

Hey everyone, I guess we've got scammers here too. That must mean we are thought of as "healthy enough to scam over." Thank you scammers, thank you. I choose to respond to msann and let you burn in hell. Anyway, non fire loving swimmers, I have a SIMPLE salad that will last (so far forever) in the fridge. We should all know about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, and when I do refer to apple cider vinegar, I am speaking of BRAGGS Apple Cider Vinegar. Nothing even comes close to it's flavor or in some cases, it's non flavor. No, I don't work for them. 4 cucumbers sliced with peeler like a zebra, about 8 tomatoes, Italian seasoning, olive oil and BRAGGS. Mix the amounts as you see fit. I told you it was simple. I usually eat a sandwich and pretend this is my chips. Just 1000x healthier. Let it sit for at least one day in the fridge, shake it around. You will love it.

JaredLahti 2014-06-05 23:00:19 -0500 Report

I love my salads. I eat a giant salad with spring mix and power greens and add snap peas, sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and Olive Garden dressing along with Olive Garden croutons.

chiefgreybeard 2014-05-30 20:09:28 -0500 Report

Good job. For me it's easier to eat healthier after spring is done. Vegetable garden helps me. I can till up the land here but have pots for my garden.

nyrobm 2014-05-30 13:37:56 -0500 Report

GREAT JOB , MSANN —-keep it up ,i encourage your courage !!!!! praying for you also !!! have a great day !!!!!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-30 11:54:11 -0500 Report

MSANN: I love to steam fresh veggies from the farmers market, I just love the taste of home grown veggies the best.
I am glad to hear of your progress. Dropping your insulin 2 points, and keeping your A1C down. That is awesome. Keep up the good work.

tabby9146 2014-05-30 07:58:36 -0500 Report

That's great news!!! Congrats! love to steam veggies and roast them, and in the summer, grill them too. love summer on one hand, because of the variety of more veggies and fruit, and then I hate the heat.

Lakeland 2014-05-30 07:43:56 -0500 Report

Did you ever get a diabetic class on eating? If you like salads go for it, however if you feel deprived you don't need to go all salads. they teach portion control, eating more often but smaller portions, having a balance of higher fiber carbs & protein. They also teach choices, so if you want dessert skip breads, because to the body a carb is carb, some look like bread & some look like a small cupcake. (again portion & calorie). Veggies are great because you can eat a lot without adding many calories but watch the sauces they put on them. They told me to try higher fiber foods, they make the body work harder to break them down so you stay more full longer. so read the fiber in the nutrition and try to get 3 or above & getting more omega 3's will help the number especially if you are exercising. Congratulations

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-05-30 05:49:06 -0500 Report

Good job! Keep making those positive changes and eating right. We're here for you and cheering you on.

Glucerna 2014-05-29 23:10:57 -0500 Report

You're making excellent progress! I like to grill veggies this time of year, or wrap them in foil and put them on the grill. It also saves kitchen clean-up! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Michael_1960 2014-05-29 19:14:06 -0500 Report

msann my best investment is the veggie steamer, when I go to the store I buy plenty fresh veggies, and I will go to the seafood department and buy some tilapia, whiting, perch, flounder, and you can even get the salmon to put on the grill which is another good investment. I will put my veggies in the steamer and I will put a piece of fillet fish in a aluminum pie pan, and season it, I use mrs dash, some black pepper, and lemon and pepper seasoning from mccormick, and let it set for about 30 minutes do both sides 15 min on each side then I will time it to where both will get done at the same time, I put my fish on 350 degrees 10 min on each side, and that is a wonderful meal for me. I will change up with a salad and a piece of baked chicken breast and some fruit, every once in awhile I'll grill burgers out, and have some cole slaw and some baked beans on the weekend.

Lakeland 2014-05-29 18:55:59 -0500 Report

sometimes I try to cheat healthier, i.e if I want sweets, I'll either do diet jello, or try the lighter versions of carrot/raisin salad, broccoli/raisin & things like that, some websites show lighter versions & it satisfies my sweet tooth & the fiber fills me up

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-30 11:46:14 -0500 Report

Lakeland; Have you tried the broccoli slaw? It's really very good, I first tried it at a Church Social pot luck.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-29 21:33:09 -0500 Report

Thankfully if i want sweets I can eat a real cookie or small sliver of pie or cake. I also eat sugar free jello and puddings. I make them myself and sometimes I might add fruit to the jello. You have to be careful with raisins as they can cause high blood sugar because they are dried grapes. I read that diabetics should avoid dried fruits because of the sugar content.

Michael_1960 2014-05-29 19:17:27 -0500 Report

I'll buy sugar free pudding and jello and take me a small Rubbermaid container with me so I can have one with my lunch, and take me a couple graham crackers, a pickled egg, or a regular boiled egg with a couple low sodium ritz crackers.

Pegsy 2014-05-29 18:44:15 -0500 Report

Congrats msann! I do eat salads but I prefer my veggies cooked. A friend recently introduced me to oven roasted okra as a side dish and my daughter introduced me to kale chips as a snack. We break up kale leaves into chip sized pieces and bake them in the oven till crisp (after coating with a little olive oil). I add a little sea salt too since I don't have BP issues. It is really an addicting snack and so good for you. Eat as much as you like with no guilt!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-30 11:49:00 -0500 Report

I've heard about the kale chips. I plan on trying them when we start getting kale at the farmers market. Oh and I Love okra any way you can fix it.

Michael_1960 2014-05-29 19:18:39 -0500 Report

What temp do you bake them on and how long?

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-31 12:48:46 -0500 Report

Yahoo: Guess what - I bought some kale today at the farmers market. Also turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach, malabar spinach substitute, green onions, scallions, early red and white baby onions, snow peas, english peas, mixed lettuce, Arkansas Minnonite strawberries, and white turnips. I just finished blanching & preparing them for packaging for my freezer. I saved some kale to try and make chips from them. I cain't wait to see what they have next week.

Pegsy 2014-05-30 20:49:31 -0500 Report

Kale Chips
Preheat oven to 350
Use 1 bunch of dark green kale leaves (not the Italian variety) washed and stripped from the stem, broken into 4-6 inch pieces. Toss with 1-2 T of olive oil in a large mixing bowl to lightly coat. Place kale leaves on a large cookie sheet and sprinkle very lightly with sea salt to taste. Be careful with the salt. You can get too much very quickly.
If you have a large amount of kale you may need to split it up into two or more batches. It will look like a lot on your cookie sheet as it will be somewhat mounded up. Single layer is not necessary but you don't want to have them mounded up too high.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 10 - 15 minutes. Kale leaves will flatten and you may think they are overcooking. They will look soggy and limp at first but they will crisp up. Watch them for charring after 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven when they are just crispy but not charred. It takes practice to get the right cooking time and texture of the chips. They are well worth the effort!

Pegsy 2014-06-01 20:56:54 -0500 Report

I'm glad you like them! My daughter introduced me to them and I was hooked from the first bite. I took some to the movies this weekend. I wasn't tempted by the popcorn one bit!

SeaBeagle 2014-05-29 17:27:26 -0500 Report

Did you see what I posted about Supermarket shopping? Check it out.. Ask your doctor how many carbs you should have per meal.. then there is an app for your phone called Myfitnesspal that if you scan it.. it will add it up for you. it is rather wonderful.. it keeps track of everything. I am hooked!!! You are doing a fabulous job!! Give yourself a hug cause you are doing amazing!! Mary
I am glad I don't eat dressing.. but I make my husbands homemade and then I ration it .. I like the idea of dipping.. Will have to have my husband try that!!

simonizer77 2014-05-29 16:52:50 -0500 Report

Keep up the great work! Watch out for dressings (always dip into dressing rather than pouring on salad). Here's a great website for food info. It shows glycemic load and has a section on Diabetes. Recommended to me by my nutritionist a while back.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2014-05-29 16:00:05 -0500 Report

Good for you! It is so motivating when our efforts bring good results. I am not real fond of veggies but I try to have 2-3 cups a day. When I do, I definitely feel better and have fewer cravings. Yay for you!

haoleboy 2014-05-29 15:55:50 -0500 Report

Vegetables can be a great way to overcome the urge to eat "bad".
My 'diet' includes a large amount of veggies in various forms,
A couple caveats though …
- Not all vegetables are created equal and in fact not all "vegetables" are actually vegetables (corn is a grain, tomato a fruit for a couple examples), so you should check the nutrition info for the veggies you are eating.
- Related to above … portion control is still important with vegetables
- Watch out for salad dressing. It can sneak a whole lot of carbs (and sugar) in. And portion control is important here too as a 'serving size' of dressing on the nutrition label is usually 2 tablespoons (not really very much for a good sized salad). Simple homemade vinaigrettes are easy to make, delicious and with apple cider vinegar and EV olive oil quite good for you,
I like to eat them raw as some of the nutritional value is lost when cooking … and in many veggies (fruit also) a good portion of the nutrition and fiber is in the peel and/or leaves (or stalks in the case of broccoli and cauliflower), so don't throw away the 'good stuff' when preparing fresh.


camerashy 2014-05-29 20:42:14 -0500 Report

2 tablespoons of dressing is plenty if you dip your fork then stab some salad. You still get the flavor without all the bad stuff. I've been doing this for many years. Went to a restaurant that put the dressing on the salad and found I couldn't eat the salad until I dug under the dressing. Yuk!

haoleboy 2014-05-29 21:02:23 -0500 Report

but I prefer vinaigrette type dressings and find that method doesn't work

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-31 14:38:43 -0500 Report

haoleboy; I remember there used to be a vinaigrette that I used to use and you could buy it in a spritzer bottle in the dressing isle. I don't know if they still do or not, but it could be worth checking out. I think I will, it might be a nice change from what I use now. I am always changing things up and trying new flavors.

Ronp 2014-05-29 15:10:10 -0500 Report

Sounds very good! I need to follow your will power. I tend to be a nervous eater & that is a problem. I did buy some fresh beets and carrots to put in the juicer. That is a nice afternoon snack. I have downloaded a few of the recipes from Good time of the year to include fresh veggies for a healthy snack. Keep up the good work!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-31 14:42:55 -0500 Report

Ronp; I love my juicer! I haven't been able to find fresh beets here. I do juice about 3 times a week. My favorite (for 2 people) is 4 oranges, 4 apples, 2 sticks of cerery, & 4 carrots. I can get these all year round. I do change up when other fresh produce comes in season.

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