So, before I ran--stark raving and mumbling to myself--away from home I had gone to my doctor and had some blood work done to check my cholesteral and such. The doctor said my cholesterol was fine but that by blood sugar was on the high end of normal.
She suggested that I start living like a diabetic now, and said to get my blood checked in August again.
I didn't think much about it until I went to the bookstore after getting home and found books on Pre-diabetes. HOLY COW!
I don't know what my numbers are, but those books certainly got my attention, and I am really trying to learn all about diabetes now.
Mom became an insulin dependent diabetic when she was in her late 50's and so my chances are very high.
Fortunately, I have lost a lot of wieght in the last year or so, and walk every day so I have that on my side, but being vegetarian and trying to do a diabetic diet on top of it has thrown me for a loop. As a vegetarian I ate a lot of rice and pasta with vegetables and more cheese for protien. Can't necessarily do that with high blood sugar.
So, I am back to step one with my diet. I have started eating meat again in an effort to cut back on carbs until I know more about what and how to do a low carb no meat diet.
I had gone Vegetarian after reading lots of Buddhist philosophy of non harming other sentient beings. That and what I had read about how big of a carbon footprint a meat based diet is.
Going vegetarian was easy for me (was hard on Anne though!), I cooked meat for everyone else and didn't eat it myself. I took the mind set that I was expanding my culinary tastes by eating meat substitutes and I did very well.
But carbs??? Not so easy to change. They hide in seemingly healthy things like fruit and vegies. I think they are in just about everything save celery!
Now along with being Chief Cook, Bottle Washer and Dog Walker, I am busy being crazy, morose, sober and carb-onless!