Monday, 7 March 2016

Day 67 - Sugar

Infographic found on Facebook

Sugar in all it's many incarnations and called by it's many names is still sugar and it's something we, meaning me and Lovely Hubby are trying to avoid, not not just trying to avoid but should avoid.

Sugar doesn't agree with me at the best of times, but luckily I don't have a sweet tooth and apart from a real craving every now and then ... I don't know where this comes from ... I rarely have added sugar in my day to day diet.  True I make a batch of flapjacks every now and then, and will consume them on a regular basis until they are all gone, luckily without an urge to refill the tin when it's empty, but these days there are no biscuits in the biscuit tin and no cakes waiting to be consumed anywhere in house, I really don't like cake at all ... yep, I'm strange that way.

Lovely Hubby has a far more important reason for avoiding sugar and that's because he is a Type 2 diabetic.  But, and this is where our problem lies, he has a killer sweet tooth.  So he struggles much more than me.  My current challenge is to wean him off all things sugary while not making him feel too deprived.  When he gets deprived he finds it oh so easy to go in the garage to pay for his petrol and come out with two Snickers bars, which will be gone in the blink of an eye.  This has led to a recent rise in his blood sugar readings and a realisation on both our parts that we have to be a lot stricter if he wants to remain off medication.

So I am currently helping him to fight his cravings, which unfortunately on Saturday at the cinema meant eating half a bag of Minstrels so he wouldn't eat the lot .... hence my Whole30 is out of the window!!  The things we do for love :-/

Today is a No Spend Day .... especially on sweet things :-)

16 comments:

  1. Oh, Sue, You're so good to LH, eating half a bag of Minstrels must have required an almost superhuman effort on your part! In my case it takes a superhuman effort to allow my DH to get a look in when there's chocolate of any sort about!

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    1. I know ;-)

      If truth be told I really did not want to undo 5 days hard work in one fell swoop, cheat on the Whole30 and you have to go back to day one. But if I hadn't have date some he would have eaten the lot and I wasn't going to let that happen.

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    2. Which didn't you just confiscate them and hide them at home, then your Whole30 would have been intact?

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    3. Sorry, why didn't you :)

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    4. I know my husband ... that would not have worked!!

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    5. :) He would have sniffed them out.

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  2. I'm type 2 as well so I know exactly how your hubby feels. I've today started the 8 week blood sugar diet - 800cals a day for 8 weeks in an attempt to cut down my medication or even reduce my diabetes. I never, ever want to have to inject with insulin!!

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    1. P.s. it should say reverse my diabetes, not reduce.

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    2. Mrs LH, I'm interested to read you're going to try this diet after you wrote about it on my blog. I hope it delivers what you want it to.

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    3. Thanks...I hope so too! No pain, no gain as the saying goes.

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    4. Its not only the health complications that Type 1 diabetes brings its the other complications. Car Insurance will go sky high, life insurance may be loaded, your driving licence will only be valid for 3 years at a time and you have to jump through hoops to get it. The air turns blue in our house every time the letter drops on the mat because hubby believes he is healthier than most people out there 'who are a heart attack waiting to happen'!!! That's just to name a few. GOOD LUCK with it.

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    5. I wish you all the best with this, it's going to be hard, very hard but SO worth it if you can last the full 8 weeks.

      I'll be watching out fir progress reports ... and cheering you on from the sidelines.

      Have you thought of starting a specific blog to chart your progress, it would help keep you focused and no doubt help other people attempting this too. Good luck.

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  3. Sue, when my husband was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1980 I was 9 month pregnant, he was rushed to hospital as his sugar count was so high they feared he would go into a coma. I went into labour and the hospital transferred him to be at my side, it was all very traumatic at the time. Since then we have been through the many changes that diabetes and the various new types of insulin has brought. The one good thing that came from this is that he keeps fit and looks after himself (although I have had to give him a swift kick up the backside since Christmas as things had deteriorated). His experience in hospital 36 years ago was pivotal as he was surrounded by diabetics who were having limbs/digits amputated. Others were on dialysis due to kidney failure and quite a few had lost their sight or were partial sighted due to bleeding behind the eyes. He was told basically this is what to expect if you don't watch your diet. This baptism by fire made him look after himself and apart from three lots of laser treatment to the eyes to stem some bleeding he has been a model diabetic. He lost his job but we survived. I would recommend everyone to take a look at their diet and carbohydrate content....its not just sugar, its the refined flours/cereals that can take blood sugar way too high to. Complex carbohydrates that contain fibre as well as fuel is the way to go.

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    1. This is so interesting, I wouldn't have a clue where to start.

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    2. The first diagnosis is a scary time isn't it, especially if you were so pregnant at the time, it must have been a horrendous time for you both! I'm glad you came out of this well together. Last Christmas has a lot to answer for, it's when chocolate, bread and overeating crept back into my life :-(

      Learning to manage both types of diabetes is a huge learning curve, and I have to hold my hands up to not being as strict as perhaps I should have been with LH, but my only excuse is that we are only together for three days of each week and when I've been super strict at weekends he goes off the rails during the week, and I don't find out about this until I come across wrappers and bags in the truck that he has forgotten to throw away.

      His is a really addictive personality and it's been a long slow slog to try to get him to take this as seriously as it should be taken. Hopefully the high readings we have had this past weekend will be the final catalyst in him being more of a 'grown up' about the whole thing.

      Luckily of course growing season is upon us and that means more work in the fresh air, lots of homegrown vegetables around that will HAVE to be eaten .... until there will be no more room in his big tummy for any sweet treats .... and getting him into more firmly ingrained habits that will see him through the week.

      His one BIG improvement is that he no longer sits and eats a full box of Mr Kipling Viennese Whirls ..... well not in my presence anyway!!

      And you are very right to point out that the carbohydrate content of foods needs watching carefully too. What a lot of folk don't realise is that all carbs, but especially refined carbs are turned by the body into sugar and dealt with in the same way, giving you the same blood sugar spike. Even complex carbs (brown rice/flour/pasta etc) should be limited if you are a diabetic.

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  4. Yes complex carbs should be limited but you wont get that sharpe sugar spike you get with refined carbs. Moderation is the key. I've lost 2lb so far he has lost 3lb reducing carbs and sugar. I did have a really bad headache though (withdrawal).

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