Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
You know, before actually jumping the line from "pre" into "diabetes". Here's why:
The Obvious: Various health issues ranging from neuropathy of the feet (which I have had in varying degrees for two years and is a drag), potential blindness, dental issues, possible kidney ailments, heart disease, etc.
The Not-So-Obvious: There is SO much you have to consider when you have diabetes (every day stuff you take for granted) from poking your finger for a blood glucose check (before and after meals), checking your feet daily for injury or problems, the medicines you can ingest (cough drops, allergy/cold/flu medicatons, etc), the types of food you can eat (and I'm not talking sweets or junk food) which could be high carb foods (including peas, corn, etc), putting a major kibosh on caffiene (that's a tough one for this Diet Mtn Dew drinker).
Yes. I have been given permission to be obsessive.
And it's exhausting!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I've known about this possiblity for two years.
Yet, I did not make the changes which could have prevented a diagnosis. I could have altered my lifestyle but chose instead to ignore (stick my head in the sand--foolish) and think "No. This isn't going to happen".
And so now, my life is measured in a series of blood glucose checks before meals, after meals, etc. An exercise which can prove to be both encouraging and discouraging.
This is my life now. I have diabetes.
Monday, June 2, 2014
This may not seem like a big deal to some, but this is on the heels of an (admittedly not vegan) rainbow chard quiche (wherein I used coconut milk rather than cream or half and half) for dinner yesterday.
I'm feeling very accomplished.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Some days, I have no problem avoiding cheese, eggs, or meat products. Other days, not so much.
But today has been a good day!
I made a very tasty pasta dish with olive oil, toasted walnuts, roasted garlic and brussel sprouts.
My husband even liked it!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Here's the problem.
A few weeks ago, I was officially diagnosed with high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. My doctor is now making a change to a low sodium vegan food plan. His recommendation, so long as I follow it will (hopefully) control the first and prevent the latter from turning into Type II Diabetes. Well, that's the plan anyway.
My husband is on board in a way. His suggestion is to make a vegan meal and then add a meat protein on the side for other diners (such as himself).
Alright. I will give it a go.
Life changes. Old habits can be hard to kick. On the plus side, there are very few processed foods now in my kitchen, replaced with lots of fresh fruit, veggies, legumes, etc. Tonight's meal will be a homemade vegetable soup (he will have to deal with no meat a few days a week) and Olive Oil Bread from Isa Chandra's new cookbook "Isa Does It". BTW. You can find a recipe for Isa's Olive Oil Bread on her website, The Post Punk Kitchen. There's a link on the right.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
3/4 cup margarine (make sure it's vegan margarine!)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup soy milk 1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins, dried cranberries, or dried cherries
3 cups rolled or quick cooking oatmeal
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat together the sugar, brown sugar, vegan margarine and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Add the soy milk and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and spices, and stir until well mixed. Add the remaining ingredients. Batter will be very thick. Drop by 3 inch balls onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until done. Cookies will still be slightly soft and chewy.