Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving - Try One or Two Changes

Happy Thanksgiving from the 9 Inch Plate!  We are so thankful that you read this blog and stay in touch with us.  Silent Sam appreciates the support and well wishes!

As we get ready to eat our way through the day, let's try and make one change for the better.  Now, if you always behave yourself, this isn't for you. But if, like most, you give in to temptation (especially today!) then how about making one or two changes that might not be that hard but will help your health.

For example you could -

1. Forgo the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie.

2. Not put gravy on everything.  Stick to the potatoes and taste the rest without gravy.

3. Watch your plate size.  Remember the 9 inch plate concept?

4.  Drink a full glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage.

5.  Go for a walk around the block after dinner - wait - after you have cleaned up for dinner if you didn't cook.

6.  Eat your salad and vegetables first.

7.  Skip the rolls.

8.  Put your fork down in between bites.

9.  Drink a full glass of water before you sit down to eat.

10.  Try and remember the term "moderation".  Take smaller portions and eat slower.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We wish you the best!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Resolution for Mid-November


Hello! I know, I have fallen behind again. I am feeling confident that I will be better in the future. (Mostly because I just made that resolution!) Also, while it is hard to tell since I have been inconsistent writing here, this blog is my first love.  The subject is near and dear (quite like the husband that has diabetes) and much it needs more attention.  

Part of the problem is that we have been not behaving very well around here. I hate coming back and admitting that to you AGAIN but I will let you either think that we are human or you can feel superior to us. I can’t control it, so take your pick. 

The Glycemic Load diet, while it sounds very logical and scientific was beyond us. Most of the new meals that we were making since Silent Sam was diagnosed had pasta in them, which we were not supposed to eat. Also, I like rice and potatoes. I missed them – even in the small quantities that we were eating. So we were starting meal planning all over again. Unless you have missed this from previous posts, I am not that interested in meal planning and I am not that good a cook.  (Could be where our problems begin but that is for another day.) And really, telling someone that eats too much that they can have some M&M peanuts because the glycemic index is low is just asking for trouble. (Okay, it doesn't work for me. I am now not interested in having M&M peanuts for a long time.) 

So we are back at square one. We know that we have done it before but it is harder to re-start this time. We are now also meal planning for two, which as silly as it sounds, is harder.  Almost all my recipes serve 4-6.  That leaves us with lots of leftovers.  Also, it is more motivating to cook (even for me) when there are more for dinner.  Life is full of adjustments, huh?

But weren't the leaves beautiful this fall! (That is me being sick of starting over…) 

November is National Diabetes Month. I think it should be moved. November is also “it is getting cold and it gets dark really early and we are all tired just thinking that winter is coming, again”. And really, November is an eating month. Thanksgiving is not a diabetic friendly holiday. Yes, I know, diabetics can eat anything in moderation but still to have awareness month during our national gluttony month seems odd.  Let’s change it to April or May. Those are months of hope. The weather is getting better and we feel ready to take on the world. Am I being too negative? 

Thanks for reading!

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