Eat carbohydrates. Take insulin.
I do a pretty good job of maintaining that balance. But that is not what today is about. Today writing prompt is about sharing an area that could use a little improvement.
I am tempted by the fact that the easiest way to know how much insulin to take is when the amount of carbohydrates and the serving size are printed right on the package. As a result, I do not take the effort to eat enough fruits and vegetables and my pant size is clearly showing the result. It’s not about clothing sizes, it’s about not being happy with the way I look.
At diagnosis, I was given a specific meal plan to balance with my awful insulin regime of NPH and Humalog. I ate the exact same thing every day so I remember it now eight years later.
- Breakfast: two scrambled eggs with cheese on top, light bread with peanut butter, half a banana
- Lunch: peanut butter and no-sugar added jelly sandwich, the other half of the banana, a handful of chips, and two no-sugar added cookies.
- Dinner: baked chicken breast, baked potato, zucchini
It was boring (especially after a few months of the same meals) but it was balanced.
Once I started on my first insulin pump I began to gain what I like to think of as “pump weight” – it’s like baby weight but with no adorable child at the end. A few years ago, members of the diabetes online community organized a weight loss/A1c reduction challenge. Having that accountability and support was the perfect thing for my competitive side, and I was able to get back to a place I felt more comfortable.
Slowly but surely I have put that weight on plus a few more pounds.
For example, just this past weekend I was out of town for a wedding. Instead of doing six hours of driving in one day, I stayed over night in a hotel. I suppose I could have brought some food from home, stopped at a grocery store to pick up some fresh food, or eaten in the hotel restaurant, but the convenience store stop was just so much more convenient.
I need to get back to eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed food so I can feel healthier and enjoy the beautiful south Florida summer that has already begun.
Can you tell with my memes the past two days that I really miss Hyperbole and a Half?