You can’t outsmart a bad diet …

With the help of social media I get to stalk everyone’s food photos … it’s interesting to see different perspectives of “healthy”. I put quotations on that word because the attempt of eating healthy is there but the amount of food in some pictures makes me sick.

I applaud those who have begun their own journey to a better lifestyle but we must remember that MODERATION IS KEY. That phrase doesn’t pertain only to junk to food; just because you cook lean ground turkey doesn’t mean you should eat 1lb of it (per serving … you think I’m joking but I’ve seen it!).

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Since starting my cooking adventures a year ago I definitely think the serving suggestions are a bit off in some cook books however that doesn’t mean you should cook quadruple and then eat all of it! I stick to 6 servings for the 2 of us, we’re starting to have more leftovers which is perfect for weekends when I don’t cook … I eat 1 serving of the entree plus sides and Josh will eat 2 or 3, but he walks 12 miles a day. Let me repeat that TWELVE MILES EVERY DAY! Don’t believe me? He did a step counter. So if you are using that much energy then yes, you need to replenish your body but if you’re still a couch potato and don’t care for exercise then you have to still watch what you eat.

Not only will you lose weight with eating less food your wallet will start to thank you … eating less means buying less! Take the first step and cut out snacking, you will see that grocery bill drop significantly. We snacked for a few weeks and saw the bill go up about $30 (that’s $60 over 2 weeks… cut it out and hello, that’s a savings of $120 PER MONTH), I got tired of that real quick.  FYI we were buying ‘non junk food’ snacks too – quinoa/flax seed chips and organic veggie dips … but with snacking meant us keeping the couch warm. My opinion is to cut it out completely because snacking brings on laziness.

Being healthy takes work but it’s totally doable … it’s a change you’ll be thankful for in multiple ways.

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You’re not dying: you just have diabetes: you can do something about it.

My latest blog search: diabetic cooking. I was hoping to find other adventurous home chefs out there, not people telling me what diabetes is (I already know) or how horrible diabetes is (um, get yourself together).

Here is what I found: “what is diabetes?”, “how to manage diabetes”, “Type 1 vs. Type 2”, “the worst day ever” (that person just learned of their type 2 diabetes), and other BOOOOOOORING blogs. It’s unbelievable that there are people out there posting blogs as if they’re doctors.  A lot of the info they give is incorrect, if I compare it to what Josh’s doctors/dieticians/nutritionists taught us. The last blog was a kicker, the author was pretty much in tears when they learned about having type 2 – they went on to say “I know I’m over weight and I want to see my kids grow but I am so devastated to learn of my diagnoses”. WTF?! You are overweight, you don’t have cancer! Get off your butt and do something about it! They continued complaining about how it’d be sooooooo difficult to change their eating habits. I get it to a certain extent, you’ve been eating fast food for pretty much every meal – it’s convenient, it’s fast, it can be cheap … but at what point is a cheeseburger ranked higher than your own life? I am going to follow up on that blog and see how this person is doing and suggest they follow me – I’m not the health queen by any means but maybe my dishes will help them get closer to either not being insulin dependent (some type 2’s only need a daily pill to maintain sugar levels) or hey, getting rid of diabetes altogether.  I don’t know what they physically look like (i.e. height/weight/body fat) however we all know exercise does a body good.  Even if it’s a 30 minute walk around the block each night.

Please note, I am not writing a “woe is me” post today … yes my husband will have diabetes for the rest of his life but he’s doing something about it. He’s eating right (thanks to MEEEEEE), watching his weight (to make sure he’s not losing any again), and he exercises daily.  He does his insulin routine too, obviously the most important thing to never miss. I just don’t understand why some people think their lives are over when learning about diabetes … put down the quarter pounder and diet coke, pick up a glass of UNSWEET tea (Crystal Light has come a loooooong way) and a grilled chicken sandwich on one of those “thins”, top it with lettuce, cheese, tomato, MUSTARD (no mayo!!). You have just taken your first step to eating better.

I must brag for a moment.  Those of you who can’t stand “skinny people” talking about losing weight, please stop reading. Now.

Since beginning this new cooking adventure I have given random updates about how my health is improving. Just because I’m “skinny” doesn’t mean I’m 100% healthy. I am 5’5″ and weighed 145 in November of 2013; mind you I was down to 130 one month prior. If you look up any height/weight chart, I was in the “large” frame category. SAY WHAT?!! I didn’t look large but I sure felt it – my jeans didn’t fit and I loved living in yoga pants (I literally got upset if I had to wear jeans somewhere). Fast forward to yesterday, I weighed myself at 130. HOORAY! It’s been over a year since I was that number. Over that time I started feeling better (not so tired, lazy, yucky) and my jeans started fitting again – I knew I was losing weight, I’d check every few months to see the results … you can’t check every day or week – dropping weight takes time. I’m not an exercise buff but I am up/moving every day … I really don’t like to sit on my butt, I get antsy watching more than 1 hr of TV.

It’s up to you – keep feeling gross and not like what you see while getting dressed or you can do something about it. Ya won’t lose weight but wallowing in your own pity. My husband and I have discussed this a few times – we’re in a way thankful for his diabetes diagnoses. Do not take that as me wishing anything horrible on him; we realized that our eating/cooking habits needed to change and this was our wake-up call. It’s just unfortunate it came as a life changing event.