Hi Marg and everyone,
I have not used any of those types products, and am hoping i will not feel a need to. Time will tell, I suppose.
I am holding the weight steady.....no gaining, LOL. I am still being very rigid and strict, but I did decide to up my fish/chicken intake slightly, as it had been at 3 oz per day. Now I am doing 4-6 oz per day.
I have now added measureing my waist etc in the morning, as well as checking blood sugar several times a day and trying harder to keep fiber intake high. So far so good....BUT I am finding that the days my pred is lower (alternating days) I feel more pain. I just cannot get the dose lower without the pain and inability to use certain body parts.
I still am not sure my meter is OK, my blood sugar is NOT ever high AT ALL. Not even after my pred. It is holding steady at ALL times at 70-90. My blood pressure seems to alternate some, lower every other day...but the highest it has gone is only 128/86. And it only went that high once. Usually it is 110/76 to 120/80.
Sooooooo, maybe my rigid dieting is working, or maybe my doctor was reading someone elses values or maybe the lab made an error or maybe my meter AND my blood pressure cuff are both wrong? I don't know. MY GPS office has signs plastered all over saying do not call to ask for lab results, they will MAIL them within 10 days...do not call until you waited 2 weeks. Well, I did talk to them by phone, after much phone tag with them not useing the correct phone number, even after I gave it to them AGAIN and told them to use it....and the info they gave me by phone did NOT match the info (sample menu) they sent me in the mail, over a week later.....and remember, they did not say Oh you ARE diabetic, they said I should be ashamed of myself for drinking when I have hepatitis and diabetes. In spite of my chart clearly saying I do NOT drink. AND my chart never said I had ever been diagnosis'ed diabetes or hepatitis before.....so at this point I do not know WHAT to think, except I need a different doctor. ANd am not haveing any luck finding one local to accept Medicare. Yeesh.
I was sitting here remembering the GP being very odd when I went in for my appointment....before he even HAD any values for blood pressure, triglycerides, etc, he was trying to get me to agree to TAKE a statin and a blood pressure medication.....THEN he was not wanting to DO any lab work......
My last visit with him was equally as bizarre, and upset me quite bad. At the previous appointment he informed me I was NOT his patient anymore becuz it had been 2 years since he saw me....well, I have been in the practice, seeing his partners, becuz they were in and he was not, and I had no general problems, and his partners were my specialists at the time. This time when I saw him he was nasty and said well why ARE you here? Yeesh, um becuz aren't there things you do like on an annual basis or every 2 years or something? Um, I am here becuz my rheumy thinks I should see you? I am here becuz my last visit with you you said I let too much time go by in between seeing you?
So I am still basically on my own, becuz I just have difficulty with him and his strange attitude. While I TRY to find someone new.
Marg, I DID make teriyaki/fresh ginger salmon Fri and it was AWESOME! I also had these frozen vegs that are mixed with beans of different types and assorted vegs- LOW calorie HIGH fiber, low low sodium, and LOL they were on special sale, LOL. I gingered those a little, too. LOL and then stirred in a little bit of the leftover brown rice. (Just a little)
And yes, I cooked it in foil. LOL. Quite yummy!
I am now finding it difficult to go over 1,000 calories, I did not mean to be at or below 1000 but....I get full. The vegs are filling me now. So, I had been keeping a journal of everything, and now I consult it often thru the day to determine what I have already had (which food groups) what I still need.....(do I need more servings of vegs? Did I get enough fiber? Have I had any dairy at all today? how much sodium have I already had?)
Becuz I have now been feeling sated, I have been paying more attention to makeing sure I AM getting a good blend of what I need.....and am now focusing on making what I do eat count.
I have a small notebook, I think at stores they often call them memo pads....it is maybe 4 by 6, and each day I use one page, and have a certain place for morning weight, morning BiPolar (BP), my measurement, and then room for my food diary.....at the end of the day (or next morning) I total up various things, such as calories, grams of fiber, sodium, how many servings from each food group etc. and my blood sugars are on there, too, several times per day, starting with before breakfast and ending at bedtime.It SOUNDS time consuming, but, I am getting the hang of it, and have my own little routine, already. It no longer takes as long as it sounds like it might.
I have been running up and down stairs to my basement (holding both handrails, but putting LOTS of energy into it), becuz it has been nasty cold, flooded alternating with snow---and so far my legs remain unaffected. (YAY) and still at store, I park FAR from doors, and power walk perimeter inside store, as well, LOL.
(with the cart in front of me for balance)
So far I am not weary of the food issue, probably becuz there are so many foods new to me that I am finding that I like, LOL.
I also continue to read more and more, about all the diabetic diets, triglyceride diets, special things for autoimmune disorders etc etc....well, no, not "diet" but healthier eating.
So, I think I am not doing too bad. I am hanging in here, anyway.