Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BASIC HEALTHY EATING HABITS

If you follow this blog you know I have several auto-immune diseases including diabetes. Since my diabetes diagnosis at age 60 I have done extensive nutritional research and sucessfully learned to control my diabetes and improve my overall health. At age 67 I am healthier than I have ever been, including as a child. I do not have to follow a yucky diet as many may believe and you don't have to, either. I eat small meals about every 4 hours and I watch what I eat and how it is prepared. I try not to eat anything after 7 pm. If I need something I make sure it is a small quantity of a healthy food. I have gone from a blood sugar level of almost 500 at my diagnosis to an average of around 100 daily. I take 1 pill a day for by blood sugar and do the rest with diet. It is amazing how this has improved my overall health. My cholesterol is about half what it used to be and I have gone from extremely high liver enzymes to normal. I have routine blood work every 3 months to follow up and it continues to be excellent. If you are interested in improving your health here are some simple guidelines to follow:

  • Eat a variety of foods. Do not drop any particular catagory of foods without discussing it with your doctor first.
  • Watch your portions. You can eat too much even of a good thing!
  • Read food labels. Know what you are eating! Check calories, carbs, protein, fat (avoid trans fats), sodium amounts on everything you buy.
  • Eat on a regular basis, no skipping meals.
  • Eat small meals several times a day instead of large meals once or twice a day.
  • Always eat breakfast. The word breakfast means breaking the fast. This is how your body knows you are up and it needs to leave sleep mode.
  • Match the amount you eat to your activity level. Don't eat for mountain climbing if you will be sitting at a desk all day!
By practicing healthy eating habits you will quickly see how easy it is and how much your health (and weight loss is usually an added bonus) improves.



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