I’m sure you would all agree that sometimes, you can’t just dip your toe in the water. You have to jump in, all the way in, or go home. That is what my husband and I decided to do recently with our eating habits.
My husband has Diabetes and wants to lose some weight. I would like to reduce the over 40 spare tire that seems to be sneaking up on me. I work in healthcare and believe me when I say scrubs are very forgiving.
We went to see a nutritionist a few weeks ago. We decided we would commit to a big change, take her advice, and jump in. I think we both had the unspoken idea that we would be signing up for cardboard tasting and water. We have been incredibly surprised and happy with the results so far.
We saw Ela Nesbit of Get Healthy Nutrition. Ela is amazing. She explained the science behind how diabetics’ bodies work and process their food. We thought we had to cut out carbs. We love carbs! She said that was a common misperception. We had to eat different carbs: whole wheat, brown rice, beans. This makes a big difference in keeping my husband’s blood sugar regulated. It has helped me, too. I’m not on the warpath for unhealthy snacks all the time anymore. It is a wonderful thing.
So back to that all or nothing I was telling you about. We went to the grocery store, armed with Ela’s list of recommended foods. We were there for 2 hours. We read every label and compared our options. This was our classroom for the day. When we got home we basically did a kitchen makeover. Out with the old (goodbye my sugary, non-nutritional friends), in with the new…lifestyle that is. We emptied and cleaned the cabinet, lazy susan and refrigerator. This is what healthy looks like.
So it has been a few weeks. My husband has lost 12 lbs. I am down to the lowest weight I have been in 15 years. More importantly, Bruce’s glucose is the lowest it has been since he has been diabetic. He was 99 this morning! As an added bonus, we both feel this is a sustainable lifestyle. It is not a diet. Diets don’t work! We feel better, are not hungry all the time and don’t crave junk food like we used to. Do I still eat chocolate? Count on it. Do we still have deserts and go out to eat. Yes, but it is now a rarity rather than the norm. And when we do go out we make better choices.
If you are looking for a change of your eating lifestyle, I highly recommend seeing a nutritionist. You have to be really ready to change though. You will try some things that you just don’t like. And you have to make better choices every single day. It gets easier as your taste buds come back to your senses after years of over salting and sugaring them. At dinner last week my husband asked, “is it me or does everything taste better now? ” YES!!