These past few days have seen me checking out a few things in readiness for this post.
You might like to have a recap of the latter part on Monday’s post to get an idea.
I know I prattle on about my diet so I won’t be offended if you skip this post, as it is rather long and possibly boring! However, it helps me get things into perspective.
I AM NOT A FOOD EXPERT OR PROFESSIONAL DIETICIAN.
MY COMMENTS ARE BASED ON PERSONAL OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCE. IF YOU ARE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT OR HAVE HEALTH ISSUES, SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP AND GUIDANCE FROM YOUR GP OR HEALTH WORKER.
Diets have always confused me. What is recommended one month might not be the next, and foods we consider good for us maybe aren’t, depending on what we are trying to control.
I was diagnosed with borderline type 2 diabetes in 2011. I have managed to control the numbers by diet, apart from cholesterol, which in recent years had seen a decline but is now on the up.
The funny thing was I got checked out not because of the above symptoms (I didn’t have any) but because my Mum was diabetic as was her brother and father, and following my visit to NZ, I was such a novelty at not being on any meds, eating the skin on my baked potatoes but not chicken, and didn’t drink alcohol, I thought I’d better play safe.
My cholesterol has always been a bit high, but in 2001 my GP of the time was more concerned with getting my body sorted in order to lose weight and she didn’t seem that worried. Fast forward to 2011, and suddenly every GP was pushing statins and aiming for a cholesterol level of 4. Mine was then 6. Reading about possible side effects and being aware of people whose levels were on the increase from taking them, I held my ground…… until now.
In February, I had my diabetes MOT, 2 years after the last due to a lackadaisical surgery. My sugars were 4.1 (they like them below 5) and cholesterol 6. New surgery, and blood test recently revealed my cholesterol had shot up to 6.9, the highest it has ever been. I do however believe a lot of that was bad diet content these past few months, even though I synned what applied. The fact that I have maintained my SW target for 2 years must surely count for something.
So, my plan of attack was to do a traffic light system from the doctor’s diet sheet of cholesterol reducing foods given to me by my neighbour as her husband had high cholesterol, and check out what else I could do to help myself. I have six months before the next blood test, so won’t have any idea if it works until then, but I can at least try, right?
I also started my new Ezetimibe meds last night so that has also got to help (please??!!)
I’ve highlighted in bold things I usually have , so with all the home grown veg lately and my fruit intake, I thought I was doing OK.
Now out of curiosity, I also did a bit of groundwork on what I spend on fruit too.
It’s sad I know, but I keep a spreadsheet of our food expenditure which is considerably less than last year already, and I cannot say that is just down to not buying Maggie’s food anymore. We are simply shopping less often and buying less.
Fruit and veg equates to nearly 18% of our total food bill so far, and of the £204.55 spent. 58.66% of that is on fruit.
Grapes, strawberries and bananas are top of the leader board, but not all fruit is considered good for you, especially if you are controlling your sugars. My figures do not include frozen fruit which I buy periodically as that’s nice with yogurt, which is fat free.
I found this interesting in respect of watermelon (though I don’t like it and prefer honey dew or galia which aren’t mentioned), baked potatoes, white bread (especially baguettes as I love those), some popular cereals, and rice, but equally interested in butter and cheese which were too low to measure. I hope you can read this OK as I had to reduce it in size.
It is available on the internet though.
As I’ve said, my sugars are OK, but is it no wonder people trying to eat sensibly get confused with the data available?
So on to my amber traffic light:
I thought I was OK here, but the cakes, pastry and puddings made with suitable fat are probably a no no as I don’t bake much now, and so all are shop bought. If I do make a crumble, it has no fat in it, just a 50/50 mix of oats and granola, and cooked on top of the fruit in the microwave. I do have mayonnaise on my salads, and that is a low fat variety which carries 1 syn per tablespoon. I confess I have a generous dollop so allow 2 syns in my diary.
Finally, the big No-No list.
Funny how we can have egg whites but not yolks. Both of us love meringue nests which attract 2½ syns each, the same as a gingernut biscuit, but the sugar contents knocks them up on other charts. I haven’t bought sausages for months, we open a tin of spam which will last us 3 days, and have found the bakers do delicious savoury pastries since discovering the meat pies we liked are no longer a viable option for Hubby. Those are therefore off the list, but I did have them, and above all else in these kinds of posts, I try to be honest.
The cakes and pastries though I have not highlighted in bold type as usually they are very few and far between for me. They are however something Hubby can tolerate so have snuck in but allowed for in my syns.
Cream of course goes without saying in the cheese cake I make, but the last was on my birthday 3 months ago.
With all this information available and by highlighting what I have or likely to on a regular basis, which is exactly what I did with my SW bible, I am hoping to get my cholesterol under control.
The question of course will be is it the meds or my diet? Time will tell, and of course, I’ll let you know.
If you read to the end, thanks, and you deserve a chocolate fix with a cup of coffee.
I’m now off to get lunch.