The Deserted Type II Diabetic

Yesterday was a good day as I stayed true. Despite several small cravings during the day I was able to fight them off with protein foods like cottage cheese. My back is starting to feel better as it heals and I have noticed that both my morning glucose reading has come down slightly this morning along with my body weight.

I had given some thought into my workout routine and am currently thinking about the possibility of committing to just 1 good set for each exercise on the bowflex vs. 3 complete sets. I have been working out as an athlete in training and pretty much following the guidelines of most physical trainers, but I do wonder if this is right for a 54 year old with Type II Diabetes. Last week I made the decision of taking a day off every other day, but it didn’t seem to workout for me. The harder I work, the hungrier I get and it increases the chances of falling into a situation where I am eating the wrong thing.

I ate a big bowl of salad twice yesterday with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I know that the nutrient density of of eating fresh, dark greens along with colorful vegetables is extremely important and I must learn to make these the staple of my diet. With this I have got to find the balance of healthy fats and proteins. Protein is such a controversial topic, especially when it comes to meat. But truth be said, the older a man gets, the less he is able to produce enough testosterone, which is a key in staying fit and trim. But even with the benefits of meats I have to be mindful to know when enough is enough. Too much protein can be converted to sugar when the cells in the body are in demand.

It would be so much easier If I only had access to those foods that I can eat and not have deserted-island-Dave-Lonsdale-Flickr-630x472the temptation of foods I couldn’t. Maybe if I could change my mindset to being stranded on an island where my only options would be vegetable, fish, meat and fresh water. I could imagine that the daily exercise I would get just to get access to these foods would be tremendous. Maybe a small community of people all living together and working just for food and shelter. Interesting… The Deserted Diabetic.

Blood Sugar- 130, Weight- 171.0

NO WORKOUT TODAY

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Burger, Salad
Dinner- Lobster, Broccoli

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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7 Responses to The Deserted Type II Diabetic

  1. det-res says:

    Can I ask you another question? Do you have a Diabetologist? And a nutritionist?
    I truly feel that you are not eating enough at regular intervals. I am not an expert in this field but overcoming diabetes is a lot like tricking the body. But we need the right tools. I have just started myself on this journey and I am getting the sense that you may not be equipped with the right knowledge and support.

    I don’t mean to alarm or annoy you in any way. I know how lost I felt when I started but I sought help and a lot of it. I went to professionals and then decided what to do on my own. I am not perfect by any means, but I have a plan. I feel like you are struggling with coming up with a plan. And Diabetes.. needs a plan.

    • I have made the choice not to work with these specialists as their eduction was funded by the pharmaceutical industry. I eat very nutritious foods, most of the time and eat until I am not hungry anymore. I am listening to my body and of course making mistakes along the way, but overall it is working out for me. I have learned that I can educate myself about Type II Diabetes as well as any professional, other than medications of course. Each one of us us responsible for our own health, and I have made the decision to do it myself.

  2. I’m a young whippersnapper over here but I’ve been tinkering around with DailyBurn after seeing a commercial binge watching Hulu. I had spinal surgery after a car accident in 2011, and I’m doing their True Beginner workout, its low impact and relaxed, but gets your heart going and gets you moving. It’s focused on stability and mobility. They have a few things like that if you would be interested in taking a look at it. I like the programs so far, because they aren’t as crazy as BeachBody. Too much for me.

  3. ramblingdon says:

    I agree with you about specialists. I have a kidney transplant so I see a Nephrologist. But, I did a lot of research before I selected one I could live with (pardon the Pun). And I tell him, often that he’s just like all of my other specialists. I tell him; “When I die, I will have the healthiest Kidney possible. Of course the pills he give me to keep my kidney healthy may be what kills me, but, I will have a healthy Kidney”.
    He laughs wit me because he knows I am going to argue with him and all of my other doctors about what they are giving me, and the side effects. I honestly believe that if the patient of today doesn’t study his illness, and the drugs dished out to us, we can easily allow them to destroy one part of our health in their chemical attempts to heal another.
    My motto is; “Never trust a Doctor any further than you would a lawyer in a plaid suit and a snap-brim hat, who drives a Porsche.”

    • Some are very good guiding us to healing as of course the human body heals itself. But others are just in it for the money. I used to have a doctor who prescribed lipitor for Cholesterol along with a free ticket for 2 hotdogs and a large order of fries. I kid you not. I am awed by all of the amazing drugs that actually assist in the healing process and or replace certain hormones in cases of autoamune diseases. They have their proper place in the world of medicine, but others are just big money makers. Pharmaceutical companies write and freely distribute the medical books in our finest educational institutions so that alot of what medical students learn is pure propaganda and might see only 16 hours of nutrition education in 12 years of school.

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