I know that it’s already February, but I am writing this column in January and I am still thinking about my New Year’s resolutions.
Trying to keep my BGs from going over 140 is at the top of my list; losing a few more pounds is a close second. I am 20 pounds lighter than I was two years ago, but I still want to trim down a bit more. Therefore, I plan to cut back on calories, get more exercise, and shed an additional 10 pounds.
In this new issue, we will all find tips and suggestions to help us accomplish these goals.
Our main story is by a cardiologist who is the author of “The South Beach Diet.” He wrote the book in response to his patients’ struggles with losing weight and lowering cholesterol and blood glucose levels, because he realized that they just weren’t able to follow his instructions and meet their goals. So he developed the South Beach diet plan, which was much easier for his patients to adhere to, and now his book is a national best seller.
Please read the disclaimer at the beginning of our article on page 44. We don’t want anyone with diabetes making dietary changes without checking first with doctor or healthcare team.
Cut Out the Sugar
Anyone who follows a lower-carb diet or counts carbohydrates should be in interested in our article about sugar replacers on page 38. The taste of these new sugar substitutes has really improved, and most don’t cause stomach problems like they used to.
This article with help you choose from the many new sugar-free products now coming on the market.
Exercise Made Easier
Exercise just got easier! Turn to page 32 to read about the latest craze—the pedometer. This inexpensive device (many sell for approximately $15) simply attaches to your belt and counts the number of steps you take. Walking is an activity you can do all of your life and has been hailed as one of the best exercises you can do, and your goal should be 10,000 steps each day.
“Look Son, I Did It!”
Last week I took my kids to the snow and learned something new—snowboarding! I had tried it years ago but gave up in total frustration after the first lesson. But my son, Spencer, who has mastered this sport already, wanted me to try it again.
“Please, Dad, don’t give up after the first lesson,” he pleaded (bless his heart).
Tentatively I agreed to give it another shot. When I got to the class, I had to pump myself up.
“I love this board—it’s my friend,” I told myself. “I’m going to own this mountain,” I said.
Well, it worked. After two lessons (and two Advils), I was having fun.
I hope your year is starting off right, too!
29 Years With Diabetes