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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Dieting is NOT a Piece of Cake

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Since receiving my DIABETES diagnosis almost two years ago...I have been ABSOLUTELY eating healthier. For years I was addicted to sugar ~ had to have something sweet every day ~ usually candy, cookies, pie or cake. It was so yummy and I (thought that I) enjoyed every bite!  However, being addicted to sugar set me up for a life filled with disease and bad health. Sugar has contributed to my high cholesterol level, in particular raising my triglyceride level. Sugar helped contribute to my obesity which I am sure, in turn, contributed to my developing cancer. Obesity may have also triggered/aggravated my sleep apnea which can be a life threatening condition.

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I remember after each "indugence" that I would go into  a "sugar coma" ~ blissed out, happy, oblivious to the world & my problems...now tell me SUGAR is not a DRUG?!?!?!?

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Now I am eating a balanced diet with lots of fresh organic fruits & veggies, whole grains, and very little meat & dairy. I feel sooooooooo much better!!! And now that I have gotten off that "eat sugar, crave fat/eat fat, crave sugar" merry-go-round I find that I am actually craving fruits & veggies instead! Our brains & bodies know how to eat for our good health, but by introducing so many fast food/sugar & fat filled goodies into our lifestyles, we have set ourselves up for disaster!

Even on my diabetic food plan, I am ALLOWED a treat now and then. However, I usually choose NOT to indulge because I know I could be easily lured back into that seductive world of sugar addiction. I know what my "trigger" foods are and I know to stay away from them! HA! Recently, my husband, who bless his heart has agreed not to bring treats into the house, brought something in one day that was starting to get me into trouble... "Take those "EVIL" things downstairs & HIDE THEM would you please?!?" I scolded him....poor guy.

For those of you who struggle with your weight every day ~ I'm with ya. Leave me a comment and maybe we can encourage each other. Although I am eating better, I am still not exercising which is KEY in weight loss....that will be the subject of another post.

I must admit that I DO miss cake (and ice cream) most of all.
And oh! pecan pie.


  1. Oh Emily! My dear sweet husband was diagnosed with diabetes recently. Now he was indeed the official cookie monster.:o) I have to admit we both love sugar, but who doesn't right.:o) The both of us are on the chubby side and have turned over a new leaf!

    I am so proud of him, his diagnoses has been a little over two years as well and is doing a wonderful job of keep his sugar levels just where they need to be. We are both eating a lot more healthy. Chicken, fish, whole grains, fruits and veggies with an occasional treat every now and then.:o) But like you, when we do have our treat I try to stay away from the really rich stuff...oh my how I love the rich stuff especially chocolate, like that cake above.:o)

    You are not by yourself. So let us do encourage one another. Our bodies will love us for it.:o)



  2. Hi Emily,
    It is such a coincidence that I decided to read your blog today, just to see what you write about. Then to find out that it is about taking advice from parents and sugar. I decided today, before reading your blog, that I should tell my dad that if I had even listened to a tenth of his advice, I would be in a much better place today.

    I also visited an old friend today, and she told me that she was worried about getting diabetes. She had just started the South Beach Diet. She explained that it is all based on the glycemic index and how our bodies use sugar, and what the result is when we are addicted to it. I knew she was right. She all but had me convinced to join her. Then within an hour or two, I ate some ice cream and cookies, and guess what? I feel very sick. Then I read your blog and guess what? I am going to go on the South Beach Diet!

    Thanks for sharing your story Emily.

  3. We are all in this together dear ones! I am always so inspired & comforted to know that I am not alone in my struggles. Blessings to you...I will remember you daily & lift you up in my prayers.

    Emily XOXOXO