Just FYI: I’m leading this dance now. That’s what happens when I stay on track (which is not always, but I’m working on it!). I thought I’d share what a typical day looks like for me in terms of food and activity.
I generally like to start the day with a nice walk for about an hour, time and weather-permitting. The picture above is one of the trails I walk on. Just beautiful! If I can’t do the morning walk, I either go for an afternoon walk or jump on my rebounder for 30 minutes and/or dance. Music helps! I also often listen to podcasts while I walk. It’s not necessary to walk a whole hour – I just like to. Just 30 minutes would be sufficient – and any walking (or movement if walking isn’t available) is better than none. Smaller increments is great! Sometimes I’ll bounce on the rebounder for one song a few times a day. Some days, I opt for yoga instead – and some days, just rest. I try to listen to my body and what it needs.
It helps me a lot to keep track of my morning blood sugar (and sometimes other times of day), what I’m eating, my activity levels, and how I’m feeling. I note if any foods seem to affect me in a certain way (like I get tired right after eating, or conversely, I feel energized). I’m very excited to have just received some of my new diabetes management journals from Amazon today! Keeping track of everything just got easier and more fun!
Here’s what they look like inside:
So, on a typical day, I usually have two eggs for breakfast. If my sugar is higher than my target range, I’ll enjoy them with veggies. If my sugar is doing well, then I’ll often have half a sprouted grain English muffin with almond butter, and half a grapefruit with my eggs. Lately, I’ve been adding half an avocado to breakfast too. Delicious! I sprinkle my eggs liberally with turmeric and cinnamon, as well as the usual Himalayan pink sea salt and Penzey’s black pepper. (I get all of my herbs and spices from Penzey’s – I love them!) If you’re concerned about my cholesterol with all of those eggs, don’t worry! It actually went from 220 all the way down to 159 eating this way!
I usually have a salad with either chicken, turkey, or beef for lunch. I wish I liked seafood, which is a great option, but unfortunately for me, I don’t. A salad for me looks like a greens mix and/or romaine lettuce with tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, avocado, and whatever protein I choose. I use olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I add cucumbers or sautéed veggies. I’ve just started exploring with adding some hot veggies and meats to salads, which has turned out really well so far!
For snacks, and sometimes as a side for my meals, I make up a nut mix with walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, and pistachios. Personally, I have to be careful not to eat too much of this mix because I don’t have a gallbladder anymore. When I’m doing really well with my blood sugar, I may have an apple and/or some string cheese for a snack.
For dinners, I usually have either stir-fried veggies and meat or some soup with meat if I don’t feel like a lot of prepping and cooking. I cook a bunch of chicken breasts in a crock pot every couple of weeks, then chop it up and freeze some of it so I always have pre-cooked chicken on hand. It’s always handy to have some food already prepped – veggies for salads and stir fries, etc. – so I can stay on track without too much effort for those times when the days are long and I’m tired.
So, that’s a typical day when I’m leading the dance with diabetes. As you can see, I’m not going hungry at all! I actually do feel a lot better when I eat this way. Sometimes, I get bored with it and want some pizza or something like that. But usually, once I’m in the groove, I mostly stay in the groove. When I’m feeling good and my blood sugar readings are in the normal range, why would I risk that? On the other hand, I do like having some flexibility, so I don’t freak out if the foods I usually choose aren’t available to me. One meal off program isn’t going to do too much damage – it’s what I do consistently that matters. And the dance goes on ….
Disclaimer: Please be advised that I am not a medical professional nor a dietician. This site is not in any way, shape, or form providing any sort of diagnosis, advice, cures, or recommendations for medical or dietary treatments. I am simply sharing my own journey and experiences. Nothing I say is intended to replace proper medical care.