Everyday, in our house, we live with Type 1 diabetes. This is different then type 2 diabetes. There is NO cure for Type 1. The most important thing I have learned while living with diabetes is that you must educate yourself on what you eat. Everything that we put in our mouth effects blood sugar. Do you know what you are eating? I sure thought I did.....a year ago, but that has changed.
The Mr in the house is the one that "has" diabetes. He was diagnosed with it over 8 years ago. We have been married for over 5 years and so I live with it too. Because I am the one that does the cooking I really had to change a few things. Frankly, I needed the help too because I needed to loose some weight. I made most of these small changes last year and I have really learned a lot by doing it. They are simple, really. But the side effects have been HUGE!!!!! My husbands A1C dropped to a healthy range and I lost 50 pounds. (I only gained 10 pounds during my recent pregnancy) Here are a few things you can do now, whether you have to make a change because of a medical issue or not, to live a healthier life through food.
First, drink more water!!
Second, have a good breakfast. Me and the Mr are not big breakfast eaters so I make protein shakes and then freeze them. This way they are ready for those mornings we are rushing off to school, or work or to doctor apts.
LOVE this stuff!!
We also LOVE tortillas in our house. These are my FAVORITE!!!!
They truly are good and the kids eat them too.
I also make Breakfast burritos as well and freeze them.
(the 19 is how many carbs is in one burrito and the 1 unit is so my husband knows
how much insulin to take. I do this with everything)
Third, MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE!!!
Get a scale, get 3 or more sets of measuring cups and measure all your food. One, this will really teach you what a portion really is and second it cuts your food bill drastically because you can make 2 or 3 nights worth of meals out of one.. Who doesn't want that? less cooking :)
Fourth, Learn how to cook.
I have always loved cooking. I have cooked a lot.
I have learned how to do it more healthy and I really enjoy it.
Keep it simple and easy and it's amazing how good it tastes.
(egg salad sandwich)
I grew up in a house where you ate everything no matter if you were full or not. I don't believe in that so I don't do that with my kids. But I do believe in no sweets until you have eaten something substantial. It's important to fill up on the good stuff before filling up on the juck stuff.
( If you don't buy the junk stuff your kids won't eat it )
If you have respect for food it will respect you in return.
.......that reminds me.....I have a brownie waiting for me in the kitchen (smile)