Weight loss: 5.5 pounds
Happy Saturday everyone!
Yep you read it right! I’m down 5.5 pounds-in less than a week. I’m so happy to see the 180’s gone…off the scale!! See ya 183! I’ve kicked you to the curb!
I have the best parents in the world and I am so blessed by God to call them mine. But even with the best parents come some unwanted genes. I have always been told that I am a carbon copy of my daddy. I have his attitude (mom says that’s nothing to brag about ha!), his sense of humor, his hair color, his eyes, his long eyelashes–and his sugar and cholesterol problems. My daddy is a diabetic. I hate that word. I don’t use that word. I replace it with “sugar issues” (sounds sweeter…no pun intended). I hate that my daddy has to deal with this health issue. He is so strong and does exactly what the doctor tells him. He eats right, checks his sugar several times a day, eats only sugar free desert, drinks unsweet tea but he still has to take medication to control his ‘sugar issue’. My mom is the best thing in the world to him. She helps him by cooking diabetic and healthy meals. And when they go out, he knows exactly what he can eat to keep his sugar in check. I don’t know what my dad would do without the support of my sweet mother. I do know he is my hero for going through this unwanted lifestyle that he certainly never asked for. I am so glad he is disciplined and in control of his diabetes. It is true what they say-what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. He is a fighter!
For many of you (myself included since I too have ‘sugar issues’) food can be a tough thing. You want to eat that slice of birthday cake like everybody else but you know what it will do to you and how it will make you feel. I avoid all sweets. My body can’t handle them. I can’t even eat sugar free cake because it makes me sick. I’m fine with that because I never had a sweet tooth. My sugar issue comes from fruit. I’m like a goat…I could hang from a peach or plumb tree and eat every piece of fruit on it (and when I was a kid that is exactly what I did). I’ve been known to eat an entire bag of plumbs in a day. And as good as they taste they make me sick as a dog if eaten in large quantities. So why do I do it? They make me happy and don’t we sometimes eat to make ourselves feel good? So I now have 1 piece of fruit a day. I handle that very well because I eat protein with it. That helps to level out my sugar. It also gives me something to look forward to. And you may be asking yourself…what’s wrong with fruit? It’s healthy. It’s full of natural sugar and that is hard for your body to process if you have high blood sugar levels.
So if you are a person who struggles with ‘sugar issues’ don’t give in and eat that cake, cookie, pie, whatever…walk away from it!!!! Is it really worth the toll on your body to eat something that is really empty calories? I don’t know about you but I want to live. If that means skipping some sweet fattening treat-I’m good with it!
A few years ago, my family and I put together a cookbook in honor of my sweet grandmother. She is an amazing cook-but I will save that for a later blog. We added a section called “Diabetic Delights.” And I promised I would post recipes on here. You can have your desert, in a small amount, if cooked properly. And isn’t moderation the key?
This is one of my favorite recipes that my mom makes. Hope you enjoy it!
Angel Food Oreo Delight
1 angel food cake mix
1 package sugar free Oreo Cookies
1 (12 ounce) sugar free Cool Whip
1 (3 ounce) package sugar free white chocolate pudding
Bake angel food cake according to directions on package. When completely cool, cut top off and lay aside. With shark knife cut trench around cake, leaving about 1-inch on each side. take out middle of cake. Mix pudding with 1 cup milk (will be thick). Add Cool Whip. Crush cookies with rolling pin (leave 2 or 3 for garnish). Fold crushed cooking into pudding mix. Fill trench with mixture. Put top of cake back on and spread mixture on top and sides of cake. Crush or break remaining cookies and sprinkle on top.
Have a great day everyone-and remember….You can conquer anything that comes your way! Take charge…it is your life and your health!
Best to all,