Yesterday, I kicked butt and
took names when it came to being active. I gladly jumped up on the treadmill
and walked FAST and UPHILL for 30 minutes. I felt great!
Today, I ache all over and not
because of yesterday’s exercise. Yes, I have a few sore muscles but that’s a
good thing. No, I ache, like the flu. I’m finding it difficult to get out of
the recliner and do anything. In fact, I’m so proud that I pushed myself to
write this post. I seriously had to push myself. Sigh.
While thinking about the
difference between yesterday and today, I remembered reading many, many times
that some people just can’t make themselves exercise. It might be due to the
boredom of the routine, it might be due to sore feet, it might be due to other
chronic issues that cause pain. Whatever the reason, so many people just don’t
exercise, often for very valid reasons.
The part of my brain that knows
how much added exercise is vital to good health is balking at this realization.
Why can’t I just go and walk? Why can’t others? It’s not that hard…and yet, it
Last week I had the privilege to participate in an online
T2 summit. We talked about a lot of good things, including exercise. Kelly Rawlings reminded me that studies have
shown that 30 minutes of exercise per day is beneficial, and that the exercise doesn’t have to be done all at
once! Three 10-minute exercise session each day can have the same benefit
as one 30-minute session. I knew that and yet I had forgotten. I’m always so
focused on “get on that treadmill and WALK!” that I forget that I don’t have to
put in 30 minutes in one stretch.
So, thank you Kelly for the reminder. Today, I’m going to
do just that. Three 10 minute sessions. I can do that. So can you. (And don’t forget
to log your efforts at: http://bigbluetest.org/take-the-big-blue-test/ through 11/19/14 and help raise money for diabetes charities.)
November is National Diabetes Awareness
Month. It’s a month when advocates try to raise awareness of diabetes, more so
than the rest of the year. November is exhausting. Either you bust your gut
trying to do more, advocate more, plead more, educate more…just more. Or, you
do your usual thing, feeling a bit guilty that you’re not doing more. Maybe you
don’t participate at all. Damned if you do, etc.
I’m always impressed by how
certain people have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of advocacy energy. I wax
and wane when it comes to my advocacy…and housework. Lately I’ve noticed more
and more of my DOC friends mentioning that they’re a bit burned out. It makes
me shout “me too!” but it also makes me sad. It reminds me of life in a small
town: the same group of people are the ones who support Little League, do all
the church work, organize bake sales for PTA and are scout leaders. Eventually
they burn out and it’s left to someone else to pick up the reins. I’ve watched
it happen here where I live and I know that it repeats itself across the
country and the world. The DOC isn’t much different than a small town. It’s not
surprising that people burn out; their throats sore from shouting into the wind.
Those of us who have diabetes are
very aware of it. We want others to be aware of it too so that perceptions can
change, funding can increase and myths can be busted. The thing is that people
don’t pay much attention to someone else’s disease unless it affects them
directly. Why should they? Their lives are filled with things that matter to
them and may not have the time/energy to truly care about diabetes. So why
advocate? Why raise our voices to educate and inform?
It’s hard not to be aware of
diabetes these days because the media splashes the word about along with images
of fat people and dire warnings of doom and gloom: lost limbs, blindness and
worse. I mean, after all, it is an epidemic!!!!! This “epidemic” is mostly portrayed as something
that can be prevented if we would just eat less and move more. That is
insulting to all people with diabetes because it just ain’t true; not for any
type of diabetes. It’s also dangerous for people who may someday be diagnosed.
They may think that it won’t happen to them if they “just avoid sugar” and park
at the far end of the lot. Usually the word epidemic scares people and might
actually push them to do something. But the diabetes “epidemic” doesn’t seem to
cause this panic. I think that’s because it’s felt that diabetes can be
prevented and it’s our own damn fault. It won’t happen to me, surely, because…well,
This is why I continue to
advocate for people with diabetes.
Does being an advocate mean that
I have to constantly work at changing people’s perspectives, harangue
politicians to enact important medical legislation and write a blog? Does it
mean that I have to up my advocacy
efforts in November? Nope. I do what I can, when I can. Advocacy doesn’t have
to be this big thing, it can simply be a matter of showing your friends and
family what life with diabetes is like, with all its warts.
I join my voice with others who
advocate for people with diabetes. Together we can be like a huge moon that
will turn the tide of this disease’s perceptions and outcomes. Yeah…that’s
good. I can do that no matter what the calendar says.
I have spoken before how, over
the course of several years, I’ve slowly changed what I eat. I have always
adored bread. I used to eat too-large portions of pasta. Muffins. Potatoes.
Cookies. Other stuff. Things have changed. I’ve found replacements or
adjustments to a lot of my previous carb-heavy cravings and my portion sizes
have reduced dramatically. I can still overeat stuff like a boss now and then,
but I have found that my tastes have changed, slowly, and I often don’t get as
much satisfaction out of those previous splurges as I used to. They just don’t taste
as good. I don’t feel like they are worth the splurge.
I love to share ideas and foods
in the hopes that someone else might find benefit in their D lives as well.
Remembering that everyone is different, and so is their diabetes, I very much dislike it when someone
touts a certain food or carb level or widget that “will make all the difference
in your diabetes”. That makes it difficult for me to share recipes etc. since I
have no idea if others will like it as much as I do and I don’t want anyone to
think I’m saying that “this is the way”.
I decided to begin sharing some
of these foods with you, along with the caveat that they might not work for
you. You might not like the flavor. You might not appreciate the texture. You
might still be at a stage where you just can’t let go of your
bread/pasta/potatoes/sweets. I realized that that’s ok. I’m just going to put
it out there and let you decide for yourself.
I have been following some low-carb/paleo folks on FB just
so I can find some new recipes. I’m not following a specific diet, especially
not paleo, but you can find some great low-carb recipes on these websites. Here
are a few I follow that often have great ideas: DJ Foodie, Holistically Engineered and The Low Carb Test Kitchen. These folks will often post
recipes from other food blogs, not just their own. I’m not telling you that “you
simply must follow them!” I’m recommending them as a way to find new, low-carb
recipes if that’s your desire.
Bread. I like me some bread but I can’t eat “regular”
bread without seeing blood glucose spikes, even the touted whole wheat variety.
I’ve already shared with you a bread recipe that I like that is made with eggs
and parmesan cheese. (It’s remarkable to me that it comes out like bread when
there is no flour in it. Chemistry is amazing.) Yesterday I tried a different
variety of bread and I like it. It’s “rye” bread, without the rye. It is higher
in fat and only 1.8 grams of carbs per serving (based on what the author of the
recipe says.) This bread is moist, but that can be dealt with in your toaster
if you prefer. Non-grain breads are a lot denser than breads made with flour.
It is an acquired taste/testure, but I’ve acquired it. You could too, if you
want. Here is the link to the recipe.
I had an egg sandwich this
morning. That is one breakfast I truly enjoy and can no longer do with “regular”
bread. It was yummy. I feel that I would be remiss if I didn’t share this
recipe with you. You might not like it, but maybe you will. It’s a matter of