Saturday, April 25, 2009

GI Sif...

Low GI that is...

This is not in an attempt to lose weight, believe it or not (I see a whole bunch of you sniggering at me, but read on...).

Since the whole gallbladder sage of the first quarter of this year, I've been very aware of my own mortality - well, ok, that's a tad dramatic... Let's just say I've had my eyes opened to what my future might look like (what I'll inherit from my parents) if I don't start to make some significant changes to my lifestyle now.

My mum has diabetes type II, high cholesterol, arthritis (there may not be anything I can do to prevent getting that), and asthma. My dad probably has diabetes (undiagnosed by there are signs of it), and high cholesterol - though, Dave doesn't have high cholesterol despite looking like he might be a candidate for it, so you never know...

Anyway, I DON'T WANT diabetes!!! I definitely don't want to have test my blood sugar levels several times a day - O M G, having to DRAW BLOOD several times a day, NOOOOOOO!

So, as I have a tendency toward hypoglycemia as it is, I've decided that just "winging it" is not good enough. I've gotten by with the self medicating... If I was feeling flat, I'd sugar up, then I'd keep sugaring up with every blood sugar drop. When I went without sugar, great dark clouds would roll over me and I would not want to even get out of bed sometimes...

It's really no way to live. So, I've decided to try and level out my blood sugar and try to get a grip on stabilising things so I don't have the enormous swings...

We'll see how I go...

I'm going to start by introducing more low GI foods, and then slowly cutting back on the high GI stuff...

3 comments:

Kate said...

It blows my mind that you can even get low GI SUGAR these days!

Best of luck and good on you. I have some *serious* sugar issues that I really should be addressing too... so you can totally inspire me :D

Juniper said...

Yep, I have sugar "issues" too LOL! ATM, eating a Skinny Cow icecream... at least it is low in fat LOL!

Thanks for the link to low GI foods, I already eat porridge in the mornings, so that is one small baby step LOL!

Stitch Sista said...

Good luck with it! Another hopeless sugar junkie here (am on a bender the last few days). I find it gets particularly bad when I'm premenstrual, and I just get so grumpy about everything and don't feel motivated to do anything but hunt for sugar in between ranting and raving at the kids. It's really awful.

As I put the best foods in my mouth I really have to remind myself how good I'm going to feel later. And you really do! Yay for slow release sugars...

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