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Blog entries by Metabolism_Boss

  1. I tried restricted eating as a means of controlling my blood glucose (BG) soon after I was diagnosed with diabetes, and after some initial success my BG started to rise to the point where I decided that it was not for me. Since that time I have learned many lessons on my diabetes control...
  2. I bought myself an ice cream maker as a Christmas toy. I also sent for some natural flavourings of vanilla, strawberry, cherry, almond and raspberry. The ice cream maker is only small as I don't have very much space in my kitchen. Consequently it is a model that needs the bowl to be kept in...
  3. After my dentist said that I needed to do more to keep my dental plaque under control, I had a think about what I could try to help the problem. As I clean my teeth after every meal and use floss (albeit carefully around my crowns) at night, I felt at a bit of a loss. A bit of research...
  4. I had to visit the dentist yesterday afternoon as I had broken a tooth. Not only did I get told that this tooth would have to be taken out in hospital - it was a wisdom tooth and will need to be surgically removed- but I then get a lecture that began "I know you look after your teeth, but as a...
  5. So I'm using a variety of exercises for my fitness regime now. I always start with isometrics, as these are good for blood pressure reduction. At one time these were considered bad for diabetics as it was thought that they put a lot of strain on the vascular system. However, although this is...
  6. The Winter Eating and Exercise Plan (WEEP) seems to be paying off. I do something every day, alternating between resistance, isometric and rebounder exercises and also change which “bit” of me I work on (broadly upper body, abdominals and legs). Over the last seven weeks, I have: Lost 6lbs...
  7. A big experiment that I performed at work has worked and this made me very happy (yes, yes I know very well I am an anorak. Proud of it too and do the anorak sign when I meet a fellow anorak). I was not so happy when I tested my BG before breakfast as usual. 9.2! Up from 6.7 at 6.30 this...
  8. I was jumping about my living room last night when I opened my eye examination letter to find that my eyes are now normal. No early stage retinopathy detected. The neuropathy in my left foot has gone as well, the numbness turning to pain and then to normal feeling. It’s taken me a long time,...
  9. When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I had an HbA1c of 108. I was warned by my diabetes nurse that as I didn't have much leeway in the weight adjustment option, I would not be likely to see much improvement via weight control. I was given the usual literature and sent on my way. Reading...
  10. It won’t be long before activities in the garden start to become more limited, although there will be a few opportunities for some heavy digging towards the end of the season. Hicks Farm Wood has areas that need scything and there is endless bramble- crown grubbing up to be done, but all too...
  11. I woke up in the early hours of Saturday morning, and realised that I was going to be very, very, very, very sick. After about 12 hours of everything leaving my body at the speed of light, I finally got over what I suspect was Norovirus. The trouble is, I'm having difficulty finding things I...
  12. Sucrose, fructose, galactose, dextrose, glucose… So I’ve managed to stop eating sugary, carby foods (at last I’m on the straight and narrow!), but I have to spend a lot of time making meals from scratch as it’s the only way to avoid eating hidden sugar that I know would set me off eating all...
  13. I've had a big baking session making low carb loaf, almond loaf, frittata and roasted nuts. The low carb is my "proper " bread, whilst the almond loaf is used as a low carb snack. It is cake like and I'm thinking of putting the batter into paper cases to make fairy cakes. The ham frittata...
  14. My biggest challenge has always been not falling back on sweet "comfort foods" when things are going badly and I feel stressed. I have found a useful spin-off since giving up artificial sweeteners. My main drink now is water, with one cup of coffee made with hemp milk in the morning. However,...
  15. We've hired a rotovator a couple of times over the last few weeks to break up some of the rough grass areas in our conservation area. This lets meadow flower seeds germinate and also makes it easier for grasshoppers and crickets to lay their eggs underground later in the year. The thing that...
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