Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Day 13/31: NO-ADDED-SUGAR one more good day.

Wow.What a busy day! I was telling a consular corps colleague that I felt I needed roller skates but then revised my comment to needing wings. He said I needed no wings. I am already an angel. How nice! 

I had to be at the downtown campus for 8:30 and left there at 9:15 to get back to the main campus for a 10:00 am - 12:00 pm meeting. Then I scarfed down some lunch so I could squeeze in a 20 minute walk before heading off to a 1:30pm meeting. That lasted till 2:15; then back to my office for a few minutes before heading to the Legislative Building for a protocol briefing for all Consular Corps officers and reception with the Premier at 5:30pm. 

There were some ministers also present and a surprise visitor - Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest. 

Now, how did I handle eating on a busy day of back to back meetings? I started out with a good breakfast and had 2 cups of tea between breakfast and lunch. I had a good lunch and between the afternoon meeting and going to the legislature, I had a few grape tomatoes with slivers of cheese. At the legislature, there was coffee and cookies but I had only half a cup of coffee with milk. No cookies. At the reception, there was: 
  • Red and white wine. Rejected. 
  • Sliders with meat and white bread. Rejected. 
  • Small containers of tiramisu. Rejected. 
  • White bread pizza pieces with cream cheese and veggies. Rejected. 
  • San Pelegrino water. I had a glass. 
  • Loonie sized chicken pieces and dip. I had two with no dip. 
  • Shooters of shepherd's pie. made with small amounts of meat topped with potato. I had two of those. 
  • Olives and pickles. I had one olive. 
As you can see, sometimes it's hard to go out for social events without consuming all the sugar or sugar mimics. I am learning and I am glad for that. Now to go and complete 3,000 more steps for today's goal. 

This is the end of my 4 days of removing sugar mimics from my diet. Tomorrow I can eat some fruit and I thought I would be looking forward to it much more than I actually am. Maybe tomorrow I may feel differently. I have already made my oatmeal breakfast and I've already made my lunch so I may not be wanting the fruit. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 12/31: NO-ADDED-SUGAR - another success

Day 12 and the going is not easy but it is definitely not getting any harder. My cousin Eddy tried to tempt me with some metegee yesterday but I was not feeling the love. I am not sure What I saw was a picture full of sugar mimics - yams, cassava and dumplings. Those are all the things I like to eat but I am getting a lesson in rethinking just what I eat when it's not refined sugar.

I realize that although I think I eat very healthy, I overload on sugar mimics - that's my new phrase to describe the type of carbs that I like to eat - the kinds that spike your blood sugar. I did not coin the phrase. I am borrowing it from the book I am reading about being sugar smart. I am having quite a time educating myself about sugars and sugar mimics. This is much like I did many years ago to cut back drastically on salt and I managed to do that. Now it's time to clean up the sugar. 

I told my doctor that I will be back at the end of March for a blood test that will indicate a lower AIC number and if it does not, then I will have to consider myself a diabetic statistic and start taking meds to lower my blood glucose. But I will know it was not because I did not try to do it with my diet. I can't change my genetics of two diabetic parents but I don't have to succumb without effort. 

Today was another crazy day and after work, it was a meeting that lasted most of the afternoon. Then I came home to brand new hardwood floor in the living and dining rooms but alas, I had to get on my hands and knees and damp wipe the floor followed by dry wiping. It looks great but not that you can tell. Here's what it looks like: 

We are getting new carpets in the rest of the house so underlay and carpet is sitting in the living room and furniture and boxes are stacked in living and dining rooms - making for a giant mess. This is not a good time for such a mess because I spent most of the evening working on computer related stuff for Sunday's Interfaith event. 

Tomorrow is another day and just before going for my shower I realized that I have not completed my steps for today. There will be a tomorrow but that will for sure be a challenge because I have back to back meetings and engagements from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Day 11/31: NO-ADDED-SUGAR at work or home

Hanging in on Day 2 of cutting some sugar mimics - fruit, rice, sweet veggies and bread. I had a dull headache yesterday and today was more of the same.

Why am I doing this? I keep asking myself this question periodically throughout the day and the answer I give myself is: You are not doing this forever because it would not possibly be a sustainable way to eat every day. You are doing it to retrain your palette to appreciate what sweet things taste like. So there. 

I had a healthy breakfast of turkey sausage, sauteed with mushrooms and onions and eaten over quinoa with a bit of finely chopped bell pepper. At lunch I had a Tex-Mex dish with fresh cilantro and for dinner some turkey sausage and veggies served over a bulgur and quinoa blend. 

I had a pile of work to do after dinner for Sunday's event but managed to complete my goal of 11,500 steps. I did over 12,000. I will celebrate completing 11 days of no added sugar plus my steps for today. That's what I am celebrating. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Day 10/31: Made it so far of NO-ADDED-SUGAR but hard today

I am trying an experiment for the next 3 days of going without sugar (not carbs) from a book I've been reading called Sugar Smart. That means no fruits, rice, pasta, flour and no veggies with higher amounts of sugar, which include pumpkin, squash, beets, and a host of other veggies. 

The list of things to eat is long on spices and somewhat long on veggies but I am not inclined to eat a lot of them so it's bell peppers, mushrooms, cukes, tomatoes, asparagus, onions, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, and cauliflower. Breakfast was oatmeal cooked in milk with a dollop of strained kefir and about 10 cashew nuts. There was no sweetener - natural or artificial. I like oatmeal but eating a cup of thick oatmeal was not that pleasing to the palate.  

The mushrooms below is for my dinner tomorrow and the dish below with the cream cheese of for Robin. 
Sauteed mushrooms and onions

With a bit of low fat cream cheese, broth, chives and cheese
Why am I doing this with the "no-sugar" food? Because I want to wean myself of the taste of sugary food. I had a dull headache today but manged to get through the day. I chaired a meeting from 1-4:45 pm for the Interfaith Service and Reception that we are having next week. It's in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Guyana's Independence. It was tough concentrating and taking accurate notes. I got through it. 

We were offered a complimentary lunch from Fareez, the general manager of the hotel where we'll be having the gala dinner in May and if you have ever been to a brunch buffet at the Canad Inn, Polo Park on a Sunday, you'll know there are about 60 or more items there. I was so good today. I took some meat, a slice of cheese some spinach, cukes, and a few cherry tomatoes. That was it. I looked at every dessert there and there must have been about 15 of them - looking too sugary for me any day but today especially so. I looked at bowls of several varieties of fruit. I looked at bowls of salads including potato, pasta and rice. I looked at the hot food and there was more of the same. Salad dressings for every palate but I was so good. I had a lemon juice/oil blend on the side. 

I was glad when the meeting ended because I was feeling a fatigued and felt like I needed to relax. But not so. Fareez gave us some complimentary tickets to Celebrations Dinner Theatre at the Canad Inn, Fort Garry and after calling Robin to see if he wanted to go, we did that. 

That was another challenging meal as it is a set menu. I skipped the rolls and soup and crackers. I don't drink wine so it was easy to say no to a glass. I had a small salad. Dinner was chicken, shrimp, beef or pasta as the main course with mashed potatoes and carrots. No carrots, no potatoes, Only meat and some horseradish on the side. No dessert of pecan pie, chocolate cake or fruit platter. Three cups of black tea. That was it for today. 

No sugar. No fruit. No starchy veggies. No dessert. Did I have a good day? A bit head-achy and now tired. Work tomorrow. More of the same. Not feeling the love right now. 

It's my health so it has to be worth the effort.