My most recent visit to the endocrinologist left me feeling both relieved and slightly ridiculous, as if I’m making up my pre-diabetic diagnosis or tending towards hypochondria. They tried their best not to see me at all; as a general rule, they only see patients who have been diagnosed with… Read moreIs This Just a Waiting Game?
Sometimes you need a clean break to reset. Like when you realize you’re drinking too much wine and coffee, eating too much chocolate (even if it’s 90%), and pushing the limits as far as you can without having out-of-control blood sugar readings. Or maybe that’s just me. 🙂 Cleaning out… Read moreReset With a New Regime
If you’re revamping your diet to make it more healthy, you may tend to focus on what you’re cutting out — the sweets, the bread, the pasta, whatever it may be. But chances are, if you’re searching around for healthy foods that are easy on your blood sugar levels, you’ll… Read moreFour Healthy Foods I’ve Rediscovered
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. A great truth in life – and in health. One of the biggest shifts I’ve made over the last few years is getting out of “the skinny mindset.” The unwritten rule that said: I am skinny, therefore I can eat this (decadent… Read moreThe Skinny Mindset
Last week, I completed the 5-day Mindful Meal Challenge from Darya Rose over at Summer Tomato. Mindful eating was something I always thought about in the context of weight loss. But I was intrigued because portion-control is such an important factor in managing pre-diabetes and diabetes… it’s so easy to… Read moreWith Pre-diabetes, Don’t Overlook the Power of Mindfulness
The phrase comes from Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food. First of all, I love the idea of vegetables having souls! But apart from that, Pollan makes an excellent point on the connection between nutrition and health. He writes that we can’t possibly know what is going on in… Read moreThe Soul of a Carrot
Last week, I attended a training session run by a local non-profit organization, Real Food For Kids. They have a fantastic goal: working with our public schools to improve the quality of food on offer, raising awareness of health and nutrition among the students, and – I love this –… Read moreSpreading a Culture of Health
In my last post, I highlighted this article with some terrific strategies for reversing pre-diabetes. I’d like to add a few others that have been critical in helping me keep my blood sugar under control: Find a support network Losing weight, exercising, changing your diet – these are all wonderful… Read moreHit the Early Bird Special, and Other Strategies for Lowering Your A1C
When I first began researching pre-diabetes a few years ago, most resources focused on managing Type 2 diabetes. Now, pre-diabetes has come into the spotlight, too — a good thing, because an estimated 1 in 3 Americans is pre-diabetic, and 90% don’t know it, according to the CDC. Those are… Read moreLessons Learned from My First 6 Months with Pre-diabetes
One of the hardest lessons of pre-diabetes has been the end of this idea: indulgences here and there don’t count. If you’re monitoring your blood glucose levels, everything counts. Your daily glucose levels and your HbA1c will tell you that. A friend of mine once told me that her mother… Read moreDoes 80/20 work for you?