Archives for: May 2004, 13
It’s been really difficult to find time to sit and blog this week. I don’t like to let so many days pass. But I’m here now, so will get on with things.
I’ve done something that makes me very nervous. I made an appointment with my naturopath. It is time for me to see her for a six-month follow-up visit. She started me on red yeast rice in December for my cholesterol, and she also wanted me to cut out some of the saturated fats I was eating. I have made the appointment for Thursday May 27th. And I have to take the blood tests no later than May 21st. That gives me just about a week to get my blood levels perfect. See why I’m nervous? I’m so afraid I haven’t been eating perfectly enough to get my levels where they should be. I have cut my egg consumption from two every day, down to the LYFYT recommended portions of 5-6 per week. Instead of half&half in my morning cup of java, I am using 1% milk. I judiciously cut every visible piece of fat off of my beef and lamb. And I remove the skin from turkey. We use very little butter in our cooking, so I don’t think that has ever been a problem. Will this be enough? I would like to think so and will keep my fingers crossed.
My glucose level was a tad over 100 at my visit in December, but we couldn’t really determine from my food diary what was causing this. A1C level was just fine. The only suggestion was to cut down on my alcohol intake. I haven’t done very well with that. I’m also three pounds heavier now than I was at the December visit. That is a result of my love of “good times”. Avoidance foods and lots of any kind of food always seem to turn up at “good times”. I also was tasked at that time to rev up my aerobic exercise. That has been hit and miss, too.
Okay, I ‘ve voiced my fears. And I know what I should have been doing. I’m afraid I haven’t done enough. At least going to see the good Dr. will give me another push toward better compliance and better health.