Soup and Salad

souprsaladIt has been a very positive week overall. I have my glucose numbers in the mid 80’s, I finally got notice that I will be going back to work next week and I have confirmed that the most recent changes in my workout routine seem to be the answer to the problems I was having with Type II Diabetes. So there is just one area that I am not so happy with and that is the fact that my overall body weight is increasing.

I am not working out so hard that I am building muscle so quickly that my body weight increases, but I am also not burning crazy calories on the treadmill either. Six months ago I would have looked at this as a problem with my workout routine, but seeing things with clearer eyes now I know it is the diet. I certainly don’t need all of the protein that I am currently consuming each day, but I also need the feeling of being full to satisfy me. I know the answer but I have done nothing to actually get it set in motion. The answer is vegetables.

As I spent two whole years of my life as a vegan I certainly know how to eat vegetables, yet I have been so reluctant to set it into motion. In fact I have a beautiful spring mix and a cucumber sitting in the refrigerator for since last weekend and never raised an eye to making a salad. I don’t know why, but that has to change. I went to the Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market yesterday and found a beautiful bundle of Asparagus and a bag of baby spinach. These will be consumed with dinner this week and that is wonderful, but every single lunch I eat from this point on must have a salad, and it will. If I am too lazy to put one together, then I will find an alternative like purchasing one at the local grocers, but either way it will be done.

There is another area that one of my readers brought to my attention that I have completely forgot about and that is bone broth. There is nothing healthier for the gut than a cup of bone broth each day and this too should become part of my arsenal at least every other day. It is easy to prepare and store in the fridge, and it is easy to bring for lunch because it can be placed in a simple travel mug and heated later. Here is a link to one of my favorite articles on Dr. Mercola’s website about the benefits of bone broth. And another benefit of bone broth is that you can simply add your favorite vegetables and reap the benefits of both by creating a wonderful soup. It’s a plus, plus.

Another suggestion from a reader was using an app on my cell phone to track what I eat each day. At the end of the day I can view the totals of just about everything I have put into my body. I like this idea, but have been reluctant to undertake it yet, but after looking at the simple meal plan I have created each day at the bottom of my posts I am starting to realize that there just isn’t enough information to make proper adjustments in my diet. It should be easy by simply stating that I will only eat from certain food groups each day. Any food I put in my body will be as close to being pure and clean as I can possibly obtain. Easy, right? We all know that this is never the case because if it was we most of us would be at our ideal body weight.

After working hard all week with the new workout regime I think that a day off is well in order. My body has been sending me messages since I got up this morning that I need a day off. Just a little discomfort in my hip and ankle that tells me to lay off the cardio for a day, and a slight pain in my shoulders letting me know to spend some time at rest is enough for the beast in my to calm down.

Blood Sugar- 85, Weight- 172.0

NO WORKOUT TODAY – DAY OF REST

Meals
Breakfast- Bacon & Eggs
Lunch- Salad
Dinner- Burger, Salad

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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6 Responses to Soup and Salad

  1. suzewannabe says:

    Congrats on the news about work!
    Nice!
    I just made a bone broth yesterday-made the whole house smell great!
    I would be interested on your take to this video:
    youtube fructose 2.0

    It made me realise that aside from salad, I cannot do veggies unless I work out 91 minutes or more. If ever there was a “fat vegan” it was me.

  2. pjj510 says:

    I just made my first bone broth a couple of days ago and can’t wait to reap its benefits.

  3. jncthedc says:

    Thought I would add a quick comment on weight. Skin calipers or electrical impedence are simple methods to measure body composition. If the weight stays the same or elevates, but the body fat reduces, your exercise is achieving the goal to increase lean body mass. This is an important goal for a person with diabetes. Most health clubs will have the tools to measure you. I also recommend weighing yourself daily. Weight fluctuations significantly on a daily basis. Take your seven measurements (weight for each day) and divide your total by 7. This will give you a weekly average. Compare this number from week to week to have a more accurate account of true weight. You are doing so many things well, it is just a matter of time and patience before you achieve your goals.

    • Thanks. I was a fitness trainer about 10 years ago, but never renewed my cert after I left a certain position at work and my hours changed. I still have the calipers for measuring BMI. I like the weekly average idea, it makes a lot of sense. I think I have reached a plateau in weight loss, but with the summer approaching and getting back on my bicycle that will change. I wish it was so easy to get together with a group of men my age and just play some basketball, but groups like that are hard to find. This is one of reason I am seeking out Tampa Florida as a new home at the end of this year.

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