Well I have been on Weight Watchers since mid-october and managed to get past my plateau after having lost 20 lbs over the summer. I lost another 15 lbs. which adds up to about 1 lb loss per week. Not what I hoped for, but still 15 lbs. gone forever which makes me smile.
Well after having lost these 35 lbs, I had some blood work done to satisfy requirements for our health insurance this year, in order to get a deductible credit. Our family deductible is $5,000.00 but if Mike and I fulfilled these requirements, it lowers to $3,500.00. Definitely worth the trouble in my eyes!
So my fasting blood glucose was 99! Under 100 is normal, and 100-125 is considered pre-diabetes. Mike already is in the pre-diabetes stage, and though I am normal, I am at the very top edge of normal, and that is nuts. I really thought my numbers would be better considering the weight I've lost, and the .8 mile walks I take with the dog!!
So we have decided we will be cutting refined foods out of our diet. I believe the ideal diet consists of lean meats, veggies--many raw, fruits, nuts/seeds. The hunter-gatherer diet basically. I believe it's best to limit foods produced in a lab or highly processed or with a zillion year shelf life in a box, with the exception of salad dressing and Frank's red hot perhaps. I am just being realistic here!!
I know it won't always be easy, but at the same time, if we can see that the standard American diet is not healthy for us, then something must be done! I am not going to go all gung-ho and commando mom on my poor family. In fact we have a lot of wheat products, and some cake mixes I've stocked up over the winter. I am simply trying to limit them. I will not buy more mixes, and I am choosing to make home made breads and biscuits over store bought. Baby steps upon baby steps. Cooking from scratch is not new to me, yet I had been relying more on convenience this past year since moving.
I figure that as Spring arrives I can include even more fresh fruits and veggies and rely a bit less on the "white starch stuff".