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Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Diabetes – Check-in, Gympact App, Diet, Exercise, A1C Result


Well hello! I know I haven’t been posting many recipes lately, and I do apologize for that. I have been changing my diet, exercise schedule and attitude about everything. Not to mention, getting the lab tests done for my Diabetes!

As you know, I was a bit worried about the last a1c reading I had which was a little above 7. I decided I needed to change to improve this number. The doctors also told me that in order to have kids in the future, my a1c needs to be below 6. I’m not going to lie, this freaked me out a bit. So I switched things up for the better and saw a huge difference!

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Diet – Veggie Up!

I have been cutting down a lot of foods I eat and sticking to tons of veggies and a small amount of protein. I’ve also been on a huge seafood kick lately – for some reason, I feel better eating seafood than I do when I eat chicken, pork, or beef. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, my gut just feels better when I don’t!

We have also been extremely busy in preparation for the wedding… and oddly enough, I have lost some of my appetite due to stress. Fear not, of course, I am still definitely eating! Making more veggie/fruit smoothies for morning – not juicing – but smoothies, to make sure I get all the fiber, vitamins and minerals from the meat of them. I attempted the all smoothie diet for a couple days and that didn’t go over so well. All in all, I’ve made it a point to eat tons more veggies – specifically via smoothies and simple soups.

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Exercise – 30-Minute-Minimum – Gympact

I’ve also increased exercise. I downloaded this app called Gympact. This is an interesting app. Basically you set a goal whether it is to work out 2-7 days a week (minimum 30 min workout, double days do not count), or eat more veggies. Every time you reach your goal, you MAKE MONEY. Granted, it’s not a lot, it may be $1 or $2, but hey it’s better than nothing! IF you MISS a day after week’s end (Monday through Sunday range), you will be CHARGED MONEY. This value can be changed such as $5, $10, $50 etc. You have the option to take a break if you’d like as well. So, if you’re sick, on vacation, injured etc., you can pause your regime on the app. So far, my goal is 4 days a week at the gym.

My personal goal is do at least 30 minutes of cardio at the gym, and then 30 minutes of weight lifting. I am seeing a HUGE difference with the combo. Cardio immediately decreases the blood sugar, whereas lifting weights is more of a prolonged decrease over time (2-4 hours). Not only have my blood sugars been so much better, but my energy is much better throughout the day!

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RESULT?

Lab tests were done on Monday, July 21st. The results came back Tuesday. What was my a1c? 6.2!! My average blood sugar has been 131. It is so relieving to know that the hard work pays off. Lab results don’t lie (usually). I’ve got to remember to keep this up and to strive for the next goal… I would like to see my average lower, so this is what I’m striving for – 5.8 a1c.

I’m excited about the progress I’ve achieved thus far and am ready for the next goal! Let’s do this!


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Diets: The Good, The Fad, and The Ugly!


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It’s true! Moderation is always key. I’m trying to find a great balance for my life… It is truly a lifestyle change, not just a temporary change in diet. What is realistic long-term? Find the right balance, and what suits your needs according to your exercise regime, and likes and dislikes in foods 🙂


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Diet & UC / Crohn’s


What's the difference between Crohn's & Colitis?

What’s the difference between Crohn’s & Colitis?

The article I was reading this morning intrigued me because it said that eating certain foods may not trigger IBS, but that it will irritate symptoms. This makes perfect sense, but I never thought of it like this. Foods may not trigger the disease itself but only a symptom. A symptom is a feeling or observation made by an individual. Interesting…

Symptoms of IBS, food allergies and intolerance’s are very similar. These include stomach cramping and pains, nausea, loose bowels, and urgent bathroom trips. Food allergies and food intolerance’s should be watched carefully as there is actually quite a difference. People with UC have an immune system that is switched on very easily, causing major inflammation, which then causes the body to want to eliminate any waste or potential harm to the body. This is a normal reaction, however not to the extent of time a person with UC has it. Their bodies stay in ‘fight or flight’ mode for a long time after the potential threat is eliminated.

Everyone is different. For Tom, Popcorn is the culprit. Nothing else seems to do it like popcorn does. The symptoms get so bad that he’s not even tempted by it! That would be like me drinking a glass of milk. Geez that would hurt and cause SO much discomfort! But I know it would be gone within a day or two. That popcorn for Tom makes the discomfort drag on for an entire week! We believe that because popcorn kernels are more difficult to digest, it may irritate the intestines during digestion causing his symptoms to flare up. Of course, this is just our speculation.

I wonder… what other foods trigger the symptoms of IBD/UC/Crohn’s?

Key:
IBD = Irritable Bowel Disease
IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome
UC = Ulcerative Colitis

Visit the link below for more useful information. I have been reading more on the recent studies as well the causes, triggers, and treatment.
http://www.ccfa.org/resources/diet-and-ibd.html


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An awesome reminder…


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I have always been very weight-conscious my entire life. For the past 12 years I was misdiagnosed as Type 1 instead of a Type 2, and provided with the incorrect dosages and medications. This caused a huge weight problem due to excess insulin in my body. The extra insulin I was taking (Novolog in particular) was stored as fat which caused me to be unable to lose weight. I was exercising 3-4hrs a day, and eating Paleo style 90% of the time. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I felt fat, confused, frustrated and helpless. Through a change in the way I was eating, as well as seeing the right doctors, this has subsided. To this day I still feel very conscientious of my weight, but at least now I have control of my body – not diabetes! 🙂

This photo, to me, reminds us that our society puts too much pressure on appearance, and doesn’t see the truth behind an image. There is always so much more than what meets the eye.