i am sooooo tired of being fat with all the negative parts that go along with it-
lethargy (mental AND physical), wear and tear on the human frame and organs,
increased insulin, etc.
grocery shopping is depressing. the cereal aisle kills me- allllllllllllllllll sugar. well,
i was looking over the quaker oats fruits 'n' cream instant oatmeal break-
fasts and the amount of sugar in them is appalling. off to one side i found kroger
brand reduced sugar variety pack instant oatmeals. flavors are cinnamon and spice, maple and brown sugar, and apples and cinnamon.
5 grams of sugar to a packet. the sodium is a bit high- 350mg/day is what we're allowed, and each packet has about a third of that. still, in 2 days i have reduced my insulin for breakfast dramatically. the oatmeal is tasty, the cinnamon is good for diabetes, and i put a few frozen blueberries in for more variety.
at present i work in a free medical clinic shuffling papers. pretty sedentary, but takes a lot of brain energy. 3 packets at breakfast hold me until lunch. i may try eating it for lunch, too.
you can (and i do) stretch those packets by cooking up some plain 5 minute oatmeal and
mix it in. the flavors stretch out, too, and drive the cost per meal down. plain oatmeal is cheap, and cheaper in house brand.
i'm using kroger's form of splenda, too. called apriva. i use it in kool-aid (5g of sodium per packet) instead of drinking diet soda (lots of sodium there, too). sodium makes you retain fluids. i lost 14 pounds of fluid in 2 months by knocking off the sodas. my doctor went nuts over that. hopping around, waving his arms, hollering (new at the trade, early 30s, and probably depressed at all us vets in terrible condition). if'n he'd had pom-poms he'd
a-been shaking them something fierce.
i'm back in school and taking a medical terminology class. am working on a presentation about diabetes. others have done rotator cuff repair (complete with her surgical pics, woof!), stroke, and various syndromes. they have all been fascinating, and graphic enough to make me think i am catching all these things. a 20 year old had hydrocephalia at birth and had a shunt installed when 5. it is for life and hasn't had to have it replaced yet (some folks' only last a few years).
i ride part way to/from work, but streets have been bad for the past 3 weeks. the plows shove the snow into the bike lanes. grrr. i finally got a break and back on it.