Tuesday, October 16, 2018

How Many Carbs Can I Eat?

An Opinion

I read this article with interest.
I want to eat healthy but now it seems healthy is a term that is just thrown around.
Here are just a few that I looked at
High Carb
Low Carb
Smart Coffee
Vegan Before 6
Biggest Loser Diet
Weight Watchers

Where to Start

After reading about all the different diets
all the different opinions,
I like the statement by the ADA:
In the long run, the eating pattern that you can
that meets your diabetes goals will be the best option for you.
I think I will start the Jay Diet.
Eat and test
Add exercise and weight lifting
Eat and test
Find a program to track food:
macros and micros
Let's see what happens!
What diet or eating program do you follow?
How have you made it your own?
Have a great numbers day!



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Lump in My Throat

The Lump in My Throat

My throat is sore
There is a lump in my throat.
The lump makes it hard to swallow.
I ask my Dr to take a look while on one of my many required visits.
Throat Area
There is no lump that she can feel or see.
No drainage, no allergy symptoms.

Acid Reflux or GERD

No I say
I don't have acid reflux or GERD
I don't have heartburn or any burning feelings.
Do you burb?
Are you nauseous?
She asks question after question.
Some I say yes to like burping, bloating and nausea
which I kind of figured Metformin was the culprit
since it upsets my stomach a bit.
I learned all the symptoms I was complaining about:
sore throat
lump in throat
are signs of GERD.
She gave me some ideas of things to do
a warning that acid reflux was not to be messed around with.
If the suggestions did work, try OTC medications.
I really don't want more pills to take so let's see what I can do first!

Reducing Acid Reflux/GERD

Things to Do and Watch Out For

Eat small meals
Eat slowly
Chew completely
Lose weight
Don't lay down after eating
Avoid eating before bedtime
Watch citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onion, spicy and fatty foods
Limit alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee and tea
 Don't smoke
Beware of aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain medications
Wear loose clothing (No tight skinny jeans!)

Already Heartburn/Acid Reflux Now?

Stand up straight
Sip baking soda and water
Sip apple cider vinegar
Chew gum
Loosen pants and belts or any tight clothing
OTC medications

Just for Me

I eat fast, don't chew, gulp, and tend to drink lots of soda.
Starting here -
changing the way I eat by slowing down,
chewing completely,
swallowing normally
sipping water.
Going to act like my granddaughter who takes 30 minutes
to eat
Have you dealt with heartburn, acid reflux and/or GERD?
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Freestyle Libre Sensor Placement: Inside Arm

Freestyle Libre Sensor Placement: Inside Arm

I can't wait to remove this sensor!

Freestyle Libre Placement Locations - User Guide

I attached my sensor on the inside location of my arm.
I won't put it there again!


Why Inside of Arm Didn't Work (For Me)

Inside My Arm

Too Sensitive

For me the inside of my arm is too sensitive
I could feel "pinches" and "pulls" in the skin and fatty area
That's the only way I can describe the quick intermittent shots of "ouch"
Kind of like getting a static shock - quick and surprising.

I can feel it when I sleep

Because I am a side sleeper the sensor is between my arm and side.
My rib cage does not like the sensor
I wake up to put my hand between my arm and side. Ugh

My skin itches

Not sure why but maybe the inside skin is more sensitive.
The outside of my arm is tanned and exposed to the world.
The inside of my arm is white, almost opaque, and thin.
And now it is itchy.

No Racerback Tanks

I occasionally wear racerback exercise bras and tanks,
The sensor caught the material at the arm hole of my tank.
Not just once but numerous times.
I don't need to rip off a sensor, I have and it hurts!!

Back to the Outside

I would like to try other areas,
for now I am going back to the outside of my arm.

Do you have different areas where you place your sensor?
Where do you avoid?

Have a great numbers day!