Day Lillies

Day Lillies
This site does not give medical advise. Consult your physican if you have a medical problem. This is a conversation among people who are finding a new direction in eating and living.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday Night Pot Luck at the Club!!

Joella reports a decent sugar for her (121), especially after detailing her total intake for the day.

Oatmeal for breakfast, lunch was a tomato and cucumber sandwich and she almost ended  the day  with POTLUCK! at the clubhouse :
a deviled egg, some Green pea & Creamed turkey soup, Steamed Cabbage and some of her homemade Blackeyed peas and organic tomatoes soup. 

She finished the day off with a slice of "old" pizza from the freezer...she said delicious  as it  had pineapple, pepperoni and cheese on it. 

Food choices make a difference.  Unfortunately pizza isn't a good choice, even in moderation because it is so calorie dense.  It's back to the books for daily meal planning and looking in her Eat to Beat  Diabetes book to find a substitue for her high calorie pizza.

Friday, February 25, 2011

113 is the Magic number for Yesterday!. Don't know how she is doing it!

Lots of extra exercise yesterday.  Rode her street bike and walked to the postoffice.  Her menu was loaded with fat calories.  Oatmeal for breakfast, Lunch was a slice of  "old"  left over pizza and a peanut butter sandwich.  She also had a bananna and an orange and a "little bit"  of Gerald's walnut butter cream cake with some milk.   Never did get an answer about dinner and bedtime snack.

Where are the vegetables?  BROCCOLI, CUCUMBERS, CELERY, TOMATOES, CABBAGE, CAULIFLOWER ETC?   You can take all the supplements you like, but you NEED the fiber and micro nutrients in fresh produce.   Back to the basics.  Plan your meals, not only for calories but daily requirements for fiber, protein, fat   and carbohydrates.  It keeps you healthy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


115 was Joella's reading this a.m.

Her plan for Eating   yesterday included:  Two tablespoons of oatmeal (before cooking) for breakfast,  A fried spam sandwich with two slices of bread for lunch and for dinner peanut butter on saltine crackers, a fresh whole orange and a bedtime snack of milk. 

Peanut butter is a good choice for diabetics because it has a low glycemic index meaning it absorbs slowly and doesn't cause  sugar to spike.  HOWEVER,  peanut butter is a DENSE high calorie food so portion control is very important.   It does have a good combination of fat, protein and carbohydrate so can be used as a fat exchange, protein exchange and carbohydrate many exchanges used is dependent on the portion or amount eaten.  Joella said to say "Hello" to all of her internet friends and would like to hear how you are doing and what is working for you in your FIGHT DIABETES journey.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Back up to 138 fasting morning sugar

Dieting and controlling blood sugar is a never ending  job.  

Less exercise and no portion control  and the addition of cornbread to go with her left over blackeyed peas and tomatoes resulted in a step backwards for the last two day.

Raw green vegetables can help with controlling hunger, have a lot of fiber which always helps to keep the digestion slower therefore helps keep sugar from spiking.  They also have vitamins and minerals  and a lot of helpful enzymes.    Cooked green vegetables should always be limited to 1/2 cup servings.  

The easiest way is PLAN, PLAN, PLAN.  Regular meals and regular exercise is the key.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Joella called with stunning NEWS fasting sugar 109

Yesterday a.m. her sugar was 138, but she called this morning very excited because her sugar was 109.
This is the lowest reading she has had since beginning treatment for diabetes three years ago.

For breakfast she ate two tablespoons (before cooking) of Oatmeal with stevia. Cooked dried blackeyed peas and had two bowls for lunch. Dinner was blackeyed peas with some canned organic stewed tomatoes added for flavor. Had a jigger (about 1/2 cup) of whole milk because that is what she had in the fridge. Congratulated her. She said she had reduced the amount of oatmeal after reading her diabetic cookbook and was surprised to learn that it was enough!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Update for Monday....SUGAR MADE IT DOWN TO 168

Joella reports that on Sunday she had oatmeal with stevia and 2% milk instead of cream for her breakfast.  Didn't eat lunch or a snack.  Had two pieces of fried fish and some coleslaw and one hushpuppy for dinner and a bedtime snack of cheddar cheese and milk.   
Haven't been able to reach her today for an update,  but we did talk about meal planning and the importance of eating on a regular schedule in small amounts to keep the sugar level and avoid getting hungry and overeating.   Plus scheduled eating helps keep metabolism working which in turn helps to use up calories instead of storing them.  

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Yesterday Joella started her day off with Oatmeal and  a "little" cream, two cups  of coffee and a "few grapes".

For lunch she enjoyed some Campbell's Broccoli cheese soup made with 1/2  cup cream and 1/2 cup water, two saltine crackers and two blocks of cheddar cheese each about the size of her finger.

Dinner gets interesting:  2 slices of fried Spam, 1 fried egg, 1 slice of fried toast and for dessert a cup of red seedless grapes.  Didn't eat dinner until after 9 p.m.

Drank some 2% milk in the middle of the night.
Since she is on a 1200 a day calorie diet that includes three meals and two snacks per day at scheduled intervals (and should include fresh raw vegetables) it is easy to see why her fasting blood sugar was
288 this morming.   She says she will do better tomorrow with sugar her reading.  Plans to ride exercycle and watch what she eats for the rest of today.

Friday, February 11, 2011

May help with meal planning

RECIPE FINDER Free to download!       A recipe helper tool

UPDATE! My sister loves her new diabetic cooking book

Talked to Joella yesterday.  Really likes her new cookbook.  It has a lot of the foods that she loves to eat so it makes it easier to plan meals and snacks.
She had an appointment with her doctor on Thursday....he said she is making progress and the sore on her foot has closed and is healing.   Great news!
Since she got the sore on her foot she gained five pounds...a backwards trend...
She was put on insulin and told to stay off the foot to promote healing...expecially since she is still carrying around about 60 pounds she doesn't need. 
She does have an exercycle that she can now ride again so adding back the exercise should help.  Just remember YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chromium Picolinate may help keep sugar lower

My sister is taking chromium picolinate  and  cinnamon extract to help lower her blood sugar.   Unfortunately she is also using insulin.  
I've used both for years and just use diet and exercise to control my adult onset diabetes: no insulin or oral medications.   There are differences of opinion about chromium and cinnamon's usefulness in controlling or lowering blood sugar. 
There is a a lot of free information on the internet.  All I can say is educate yourself by reading as much as possible.   
Diabetes is a sneaky disease.   Get smart and get to know it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Eating to Beat Diabetes

The book I bought for my sister is Eat to Beat Diabetes.   A Beautiful book.  She loves it.  Will Keep you updated on her progress.    Will see if I can find a link for it.   Has over 300 recipes.   She needs all the help she can get.

Betty Crocker is familiar and easy to use

Wouldn't hurt to take a look.

Helping someone else control Diabetes

Bought a great book with lots of recipes for my younger sister.  She had an A1C of 14.3 when we finanlly got her to the doctor.    She loves the book, it  has lots of pictures and most of the recipes are common foods that are usually around the house.
When I talked to her yesterday she had her sugar down to the afternoon after riding the exercycle for 45 minutes and drinking lots of water.  
Unfortunately her reading was 336 when she got up in the morning.