Saturday, June 25, 2016


Yesterday morning I was checking out of the oncologist's office.  Someone at the desk asked me how I was.  Just felt like telling them what I'd told the doctor:  I am no longer in danger of diabetes.  One of them asked, "What did you do?."  Told her I had lost weight.

So of course one asked, "How did you do it?"  So I told them some things about my food, like:

1. Almost no sugar, including no more than one or less Lara Bars, (My former basic food group.)
  No processed sugar.  (But also not much fruit sugar like Lara bars.) Not much of any kind of sugar. Read every label.  Read it again.  If it has sugar, the sugar must be near the end.

2. Breakfast:Forgot to tell them I cook real, plain oats every day and add half a cup of frozen blueberries.  Of course, I only add 2/3 of a teaspoon of sugar to the oats, but why scare them?

3. More Grains: Carefully (usually) Actually, I think I eat all day, but I lost 5 pounds in six months between onco visits.  Because of just what my former primary doc said: No processed sugar and NO
processed flour (so nothing white. No more beloved Croissants.) Multi grain bagels and Ten-Grain sandwich bread, best dipped in olive oil as restaurants do, or with my favorite roasted red pepper hummus.

4. Protein.  I buy a nice salmon portion three times a month.  Scrambled eggs, Little tuna packs, Avocado has protein, Beef 3 times a month.  Cheese (trying not to gorge on it.)  I get a hot whole chicken at the favorite market, and take off most of the skin (it sometimes has sugar in the spices.) Put that in recipes or eat hot one day, in salad the next.  Gotta get back into using slightly spicy greens.

5.  Spinach salad, leaf lettuce, tiny cut carrots, peas and more peas.  And I like Italian green beans.

6.  Eating out:  Thank goodness Starbucks has a multi-grain bagel.  It may have some white flower hidden, but the grains keep things healthy. Also, favorite Greek restaurant puts gyros meat on a salad. Going to bring home some tzatziki from the market. I could eat both every day.  Probably.

7.  I do drink coffee.  Comforts me in place of sweets.  Also, I have GERD, so I don't eat a lot of tomato, lemon, or Texas spices.

Then I told them about my two seasons with the outpatient PT nearby, and how they improved my balance so I can go down stairs without panic...

Short version:  When I cut sugar drastically, I got

You are no longer in danger of diabetes.  

PS  I am already 5 pounds thinner than my goal, and I don't try to lose more weight.  The object of my eating is to keep eating well, and stay OFF that prediabetic list.  

I am still in danger of cancer recurrence if I don't keep up my exercise.

I wish you health.  

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