I see a commercial on TV about a pasta sauce that says more people choose one more often than another. The lady in the commercial starts thinking about what other bad choices she has made. Of course, you can’t go back and undo a previously bad choice, but I believe that you can learn and change the choices in the future.
I really try to think about major choices that I face in life as a what if choice. What if I do this, what are the consequences, and if I don’t do this what are the consequences. And then try to look at which would benefit me more. Most times it works out ok. The worst choices I have ever made are the ones where I just simply say, I am doing something, and deal with the fallout when it comes up. I typically don’t deal with the fallout too well. But the benefit was fun, for only a little while. Up until about 4 years ago, most choices were about spending money, then came diabetes. Now more choices are more critical to life and death now.
New choices, while more critical, are more basic. Eating, exercising, sleeping, checking, deciding what is best to do now, or wait till later. Eating is probably the most problematic for me. I used to think that I ate healthy before. Well at least once a day, every day. But that was really it. One good (debatable) meal a day. The rest was usually unhealthy snacking. I tried to snack healthier, because I wanted to lose weight. I chose baked chips instead of regular chips, dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate or milk chocolate that had nuts instead of just plain. By the way, the chocolate choices are still the same, just not as much. I would eat burgers and fries several times a week for lunch. And soda was always around. But through all of that I would always make the evening meal, or at least attempt to, a healthy choice. A large portion of meat, maybe a half portion of vegetables, and usually some kind of pasta or noodles. Maybe right choices, but in wrong portions. I have regularly used frozen vegetables for years, rather than canned vegetables, mostly for economic reasons.
Now I eat more vegetarian foods and not very much meat. Also no white potatoes. Pasta, bread and cereal are “whole grain” and to the greatest extent possible no or little HFCS. I found that the products that say multigrain are usually better as far as my blood glucose goes. I still like sweet. And there are many choices for sweeteners for people with diabetes.
Artificial sweeteners and natural zero calorie – zero carb have been somewhat troubling for me. So I took a little time the last 2 weeks to learn more. It seems most artificial sweeteners have been associated with risks of the other disease that worries most Americans, cancer. Table sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup are associated with weight gain and obesity, which in turn can lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Even some of the other natural sugars are controversial. Basically, Mayo Clinic and WebMD websites say the secret to all of the controversy is moderation. The same advice that you would get in just about anything. After all that time, I decided that I am going to do the same thing. I use sucralose for iced tea, honey for breakfast and diet soda (the one with ginseng) as I have for the last couple years. Maybe honey is not the best idea for breakfast, but it is what I prefer. I may change that in my search for something that I find a better choice.
If you have a chronic disease or not, your life is going to be full of choices. Sometimes you will make good and sometimes bad choices. I sincerely hope both you and me make more of the good variety.
Sign the Petition Drive
I found this petition on the American Diabetes Stop Diabetes website. With this being the Presidential Election season, I am sure we are all seeing a lot more of the requests to sign a petition for something or the other. It is another choice you have to make. I have already signed this petition, and think that it is a good choice. It does not cost you anything except your time.
Please help: Spend 30 seconds and tell Congress to Stop Diabetes by signing the petition:
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As a PS today, I would like to add a little bit about chocolate. I was shopping today, picked up 2 GIANT bars of dark chocolate. Ironically, it was the first thing I put in my cart, but I was stopped and asked to do a survey. It was a survey about those well known little nuggets of chocolate in new packaging. For my time I got $10 gift card!. I spent about $3.50 on the bars of chocolate, so I made about 6.50 for less than 10 minutes. Who says that chocolate never did you any good? 🙂