September 11th, 2005

Conrunner Kevin

In the Soup

One of the things I needed to do when I was diagnosed with diabetes last year was adjust my diet. Now as it happens I didn't have to adjust it quite as much as I initially did, during a period when I was more or less scared to eat anything. After a session with a dietitian/certified diabetes educator, I've moved onto a diet that lets me eat a lot of the things I've always liked -- I just have to eat a lot less of them, and exercise a lot more. Thus the walks I try to take whenever I can, for instance. Some things were easy: the doctor said to reduce or eliminate alcohol, which is good because I've never liked the taste of it anyway, so I don't drink.

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It's a good thing that I like my own cooking, because I end up making so much soup when I do get the urge to cook that it sets me up for dinner, lunch, dinner, lunch, dinner, and sometimes lunch and dinner again. To that extent it's economical, and by numerous tests it doesn't raise my blood sugar levels appreciably.

Some people who have seen me taking blood sugar tests (which require me to poke my finger with a small lancing device) have asked if it hurts or if I wish I didn't have to do it. The answer is that it pinches slightly, but that in fact I not only don't mind doing the tests, I would like to do them more often. My doctor's orders are to test only twice a day, whereas I'd happily do so after each meal, because it gives me pretty quick feedback on whether I'm eating properly or not. As long as I keep my blood sugar levels within the dietitian's guidelines and exercise regularly, I continue to drop weight and feel better all the time.

The chipper attitude I had during NASFiC was certainly because I was being honored greatly, but the other part of it it was that I really have been feeling much better as my weight comes down.