#1 Best Berry for High Blood Sugar, Say Dietitians
I was quickly told that I had an embolism (i.e. a blocked artery in my leg), high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and that I was overweight.
Not much fun there! Intermittent confinement made work increasingly difficult, so much so that I became a prisoner of my house and garden. Exercise goes without saying, my legs can’t cope, but it is hoped that angioplasty on each leg will solve the problem.
This is not the case.I am assured that my high blood pressure can be treated with a weight loss and weight loss medication. The cocktail of four different drugs worked, but I couldn’t lose weight.
So I have a choice: blood sugar can be controlled with medication or with diet. Since I’ve been on four different blood pressure medications, I thought it would be best to try to control my diet. I also hope that it can help me lose weight. But where to start? My diabetes nurse provided me with a blood glucose meter and told me I should try to stay under 9 as my results.
The doctor told me to stay below 7. Now she has reduced that number to below 5. My current long term index is 5.3. A huge drop from the high reads I produced.
So what did I do? At first, I took blood samples three times a day and was really surprised at how my blood sugar spiked. Porridge and water, which I love, produce an index of 16, however, being a slow-release multigrain, I’ve always assumed it would be good for my health. A single apple, showing a reading of 12! Unsweetened Milk Tea, 10. Obviously there’s more to it than eye-catching.
The first learning point is that the body needs water and a lot. Carbonated soft drinks and boiling water. The Swedes call it Silver Tea, I say, and it’s very refreshing. Now one cup starts each day and two or three more follow. Also helpful are low-calorie supplements (quinine helps prevent cramps), mineral water (I especially like the carbonated versions), low-calorie ginger beer, and cold filtered tap water.
Next important learning point: control your carbohydrate intake, in my case less than 0g per day. Eliminate bread, cakes, sweets, pasta, rice, cereals, cookies, sugar, fruit juice, potatoes, honey, jam, marmalade, baked beans. Reading food labels is a real revelation!
Instead, increase your intake of vegetables and low-carb foods and fruits. All are especially good: broccoli, cabbage, spinach, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, rutabagas, pumpkin, celeriac, lettuce green spleen.
Fruit can contain a lot of sugar, so use it in moderation. Choose rhubarb, grapefruit, raspberries, longans, strawberries, blueberries, all are fine, of course no sugar should be added, so sweet with cinnamon. Avocados are low in carbs but high in fat, so you should eat no more than half a fruit a day. Add nuts and seeds to your diet, again in small amounts.
As far as alcohol is concerned, all beers are out. One or two glasses of red wine a day is acceptable.
Avoid processed foods as much as possible and definitely DO NOT eat any kind of hydrogenated fats. In my view they are a fraud of the food industry. and not for use by anyone other than the manufacturers of the processed food.
Buy only genuine, unprocessed lean meat, poultry, game and fish. Reduce saturated fat by cooking on the griddle and cutting off excess fat. Cook with olives and nut oils because these unsaturated fats are good for you. Never use lard. Add the game to your ingredient list, as well as a wide variety of fatty and white fish such as salmon, cod, tuna, swordfish, mackerel and kipper.
I have never felt hungry with the change in my eating habits to simple foods. I always find that I miss eating yogurt, vanilla ice cream, and various cheeses. But every now and then, I give myself a little treat — as long as I stay within my limits.
Good results for my health:
My good cholesterol is high
My bad cholesterol is low
My type II blood sugar is well controlled with food alone
I have lost 10 pounds of weight.
My next mission is to lose another 30 pounds. Now I know it is doable. The more pounds I lose, the more I can increase my activity levels — and the more motivated I am to control my calorie intake. Finally, I feel like I’m taking control of my body again and discovering that you really are what you eat!