At a recent endocrinologist's appointment, I was told that my blood sugar was rather high. So, I did a glucose tolerance test to find out whether or not I had diabetes. (Do not misinterpret the name. The "tolerance" part is actually a test to see if you can tolerate the taste of the liquid glucose they make you drink!)
After getting my blood drawn, I drank the aforementioned liquid glucose and shudder at the sweetness. Then I got to wait for two hours. And since I had to wait for two hours, I was advised to bring a book or something to keep me busy. I took my iPad and iPod, and was lucky enough to be able to stream some video.
Two hours later, I got another blood draw. I've had so many blood draws that the veins around my elbows are shot. So I just tell the tech, take it out of the back of my hand. You can see the veins there. So yes, I got two blood draws in two hours. Ouch.
When the results came back, they showed that I was pre-diabetic.
So I get to enter the wonderful world of . . . carb counting.
My endocrinologist has a dietician. I'm a bit skeptical of dieticians, because I've seen two of them in my lifetime, and both of them have told me that I need to "eat organic". When I protested to one that I couldn't afford organic, he said, "It's better for you in the long run." No mention of the cost factor.
The other one wanted me to eat weird food that I couldn't afford and probably didn't like.
So I approached that appointment with a mixture of fear and trepidation.
This appointment, however, was run by a reasonable person.
She gave me a guide to carb counting, and when I asked her if I was going to be told to eat weird food that I couldn't afford and didn't like, she said, "No." She also said that no, I didn't have to eat organic. Thank God. But she did say that I needed to add more protein, more vegetables, and exercise consistently.
So now, the challenge is, how in the world do I plan meals with fewer carbs? Probably, I just have to sit down and do it.
The answer to everything these days, it seems, is "exercise and eat your veggies."
So, all together now:
Carb, two, three, four; carb, two, three, four . . .
Just my .04, adjusted for inflation.