Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I hate the word Diabetes. Maybe I'll use a different word...

Like, SugarBoogers. "My SugarBoogers is getting better." Or Daisy Bee Bees. That sounds too cute to be a *disease*, you know? "That's my Daisy Bee Bees medicine!" Anyway. Sorry, I digress....

So, how's it goin'?

Me, I'm officially a week into my new diabetic lifestyle, and for the most part I'm doing well. This week I started checking my blood sugar every day, which has been much less traumatic than I thought it would be. I thought I would be a wuss about pulling the trigger on the lancet device (I remember my grandmother's sounded like a staple gun to me when I was a kid), but this one is super gentle and it's just a teeeeeny tiiiiiiny sting. My sugars continue to be high (but getting better) and so far I'm only taking 1/4 of the dose of medication I'll eventually be up to. This stuff does funky things to you (my side effects are cramping, mild nausea that lasts for hours at a time, and, um, other intestinal joys that I won't detail for you here) so we are stepping up the dosage gradually to let my body adjust. Today, in fact, we go up to one pill in the morning and another at night (eventually it will be two pills at those times). Having just begun to adjust to the side effects, I'm a little wary of how I'll feel this evening, but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

On the food front, I'm doing well. I miss the hell out of some chocolate, so I got some Dove sugar free chocolates, and those at least help me not feel completely deprived. I also got some reduced carb, no sugar added ice cream bars, because I cannot sit and watch my husband have an ice cream sandwich and be happy with a stupid sugar free popsicle. Otherwise, the changes are minimal really--whole wheat tortillas, bread, pasta, and english muffins; reduced fat cheeses, 1% milk instead of 2%, and heart-healthy margarine (I'm still upset about this, I once vowed never to use anything but real butter ever again); salt substitutes and Splenda--it's sounds like a lot, but they are minor alterations since, really, we ate pretty well before.

I know I sound a little like a broken record on that subject, but if I thought for a second I was just saying that to make myself feel better about the way Matt and I eat, I got confirmation of how well we are doing yesterday, when I had to go to stupid mandatory "Healthy Eating" class. Of the six of us in the class, I was the youngest by 3o years (no joke), and apparently the only one that doesn't subsist on pre-packaged processed foods and Fried Stuff with Cheese and Gravy. The whole room groaned when the dietitian said to stop drinking whole milk (are you kidding me? I didn't think anyone drank whole milk anymore...), and bless their hearts, only half of them had working hearing aids. It was a long two hours, and while I did learn a thing or two about servings of carbs and the origins of trans fats, tips like "when you go out to eat, don't eat the whole basket of rolls, and try to order water, unsweet tea, or diet soda" were kind of a no-brainer for me. I also have a mandatory one-on-one session scheduled with the dietitian, and I really can't wait to break out my weekly menus and recipes to show her and say "Okay, you tell me, what *else* can I possibly do?"

Speaking of menus, this is what we're having/had this week, just to show (and remind myself) that it's not all that bad...
Monday: Bourbon and Mustard Marinated Flat Iron Steaks, Whole Wheat Couscous with Mushrooms and Rosemary, and Spicy Broccoli with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes
Tuesday: A recipe courtesy of my mother, Southwestern Turkey Soup, topped with Avocado and Sour Cream (mom swears this soup is magic and always reduces her blood sugar--true to reputation, my sugar last night was my lowest so far)
Wednesday: All recipes from my Diabetes cookbook--Super Lean Meatloaf, Green Peas, and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Thursday: Sezchuan Tempeh Stir Fry over Brown Rice (also from the cookbook)
Friday is leftover free for all, and Saturday we have plans to go out.
Sunday: All fresh Veggies from the Garden--yellow squash, green beans, navy beans, tomatoes and cucumbers, and maybe some purple hull peas if we get lucky.

So, I'm still cooking like Cortney--we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief ;) Katie, there is a Pez picture post in the works for next time...

8 comments:

Jessica, Myron and Rylie said...

I wonder if the dietian will believe you can really make those yummy meals. I wouldnt belive it if I didnt know you!!!!

I like daisy bee bee's!!!

KatieKate said...

Yah- I vote for Daisy Bee Bees, too. That's so awesome. So glad you are surviving your diagnosis. Woman, with the way you cook, you can make anything healthy. I've no doubt you'll conquer this thing through diet (and a little medication).

I'm waiting for Pez Day...

CortneyTree said...

Yes, Daisy Bee Bees has grown on me, too, so Daisy Bee Bees it is! :)

Hannah said...

Hey Cort! Saw your post on Shanna's page and thought I would catch up with you through the Blog. Sorry to hear about your Daisy Bee Bees but it sounds like you are taking the Bee Bees by the horns. I have to admit that my mouth watered while reading your menu :) I may have to get some receipes from ya! I need your email too because I watched SNL best of Mike Myers and all I could think of was you and Natalie. "Hello my name is Simon...And like to do drawrings".

sunday said...

you are amazing! check out that menu. sounds like the only downer for the bee bees is chocolate.

CortneyTree said...

HANNAH! I am tickled silly to hear from you, my leetle Hannaka! Yes yes YES PLEASE email me!! popaddict1 AT comcast DOT net (I never change anything). YAY!

And thanks Sunday! I'm trying my best not to let it be a downer (I was pretty down at first), and really, it's just bumping up the healthy factor in my cooking already, something we should probably all be doing anyway, right? And the Dove sugar free chocolates and the Blue Bunny ice cream bars? Totally awesome, almost as good as the "real" thing ;)

Christy M said...

My vote is for daisy bee bees as well - and wouldn't I love it if you would share the recipe for that southwestern turkey soup!! :)

CortneyTree said...

Dude, you got it, I'll email it to ya! :)