Sunday, February 26, 2017

Managing Diabetes - The Wife's Confession





So, time to fess up to the true reason I haven't been posting regularly as of late.  I have been a little busy, well actually I have been surprisingly busy!

My husband was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes.  His fasting blood sugars were literally out of control, along with his HgbA1C.  
He came home from his routine physical almost in tears, with blood glucose monitor and testing strips in hand.  

Let me preface this by saying that my husband is the most stoic of men.  He's strong, silent, compassionate, supporting but most of all, he's a fantastic husband and father!  So to see this man of mine scared for this first time ever?  Well, "I" had to do something to help him.
We sat down and had a long heart to heart.  We decided that we were going to go high protein, low carb, with healthy fats, lots of vegetables, legumes...
Basically back to my very Greek roots.  I also do not believe in any fake sugars or substitutes.  So the foods that I would be making that have a higher carb count, or sugar count, well they would not be off limits, just not served that often.


So our dinners started to look like this;


Ginger Curry Beef Noodle Soup


and this...


 Garlic Parmesan Wings - Baked not Fried

or this...

 
Dan Dan Noodles - chock full of Bok Choy, beef broth, ground beef, seasonings and just a smidgen of noodles w/ the goodness of half an egg for extra protein. 




Cauliflower mash, garlic wilted spinach, Baby Bella scampi and the star?  Garlic, lime grilled shrimp.  Hubby had absolutely no idea these were not mashed potatoes, he was totally blown away that they were cauliflower, he's now a firm believer!



Breakfast you ask?  





With healthy snacks like hummus with crudites, nuts, cheese slices etc.

The results?  Hubby has last 43lbs!!  His fasting blood sugars have fallen almost 200 points and his HgbA1C?  Reduced by 4 points as well.  His endocrinologist is absolutely thrilled.  He still has some weight to lose and reduce his A1C.  His doctor said that if he can reduce his A1C by a few more points he is going to take him completely off his medication!

So my friends, I have been busy, helping my husband, making sure his meals are colorful, delicious and good for him.  I hope my confession helps you, helps anyone...
My intention was to help you understand that diabetes can be managed, maybe eliminated if we just go back to our roots and start eating real food!

I hope you enjoy the recipes I will be sharing with you as much as we do!

Thank you so much for supporting me and following me, especially thru my long absences. ♥ ♥

Till next time!
Dishin with Didi

24 comments :

  1. Wow Didi! I am so impressed with the way a food adjustment has turned your husbands health around! And it all looks so colorful and inviting! You should be so proud of yourself! My friend, you are amazing!

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    1. Awww my Mela! ♥ Not amazing, desperate comes to mind! LOL, we have known since our low carb days that real food is the way to go, but somewhere down the line it sort of went away... especially w/ all the trending foods, that are not necessarily good for us!

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  2. That's fabulous, good for you both! Hubby's lucky to have you.

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    1. Thank you so much Karen! ♥ I also am very lucky to have him!!

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  3. Awesome. Don was also diagnosed with T2 in Jan. His AC1 is out the roof @ 11.5 and he hasn't gotten a second one but his fasting BG has gone from 400 to 141 so far. No medication except good ol' low carb high fat. He's had a few cheats here and there but his fasting BG will always show the proof of it the next day. His daily BG before and after most meals (not cheats) are in the high normal range now down from the high 200s. Low carb works... Thank God we know this. Hugs and blessings and continued great results for them both! 💝

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    1. Kudos to you as well with Don my Kimmie! ♥ Thank goodness he has you, you steered him towards the low carb eating too! Plus I know your cooking skills, he's feasting!

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  4. Sorry to hear Darlin, but so happy he has you! I am forward to making a few of your recipes. My Dr asked I cut down on carbs, single and poor, its about all I eat, because its cheap and quick and easy. And carbs are about my fav foods! :-) she don't want me to become diabetic. Any who, thank you greatly for this post!
    Love And Hugs

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    1. You are most welcome my Wendy! I found (and I know we've heard it before), fresh in season produce is definitely the way to go! Right now mushrooms are cheap, cabbage that kind of thing. So I try and make different dishes using fresh produce that I don't have to spend a fortune on! What is up w/ the prices of groceries anyway these days? We are all walking around the grocery store going; "huh"? LOL You can do this Wendy!

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  5. You are a rock star Didi! Your husband is a very lucky man.

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    1. Aww, thanks Jules! ♥ I don't know about all that, just trying to help him!

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  6. Forgive me if I'm overstepping, but isn't this food we all should be eating, with out without diabetes? It's healthy and beautiful!

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    1. Mimi my friend you are NOT overstepping in the least. I totally agree with you. Alas, you know that "society" today and sometimes I am just as guilty is all about fast and easy. After our long talk w/ hubby he has come to understand sometimes dinner can't be ready at 6:30 when I don't get home sometimes till almost 7pm.

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  7. Hi Didi, My husband has diabetes as well and gets blood tests every 3 months. His blood sugars are under control and I know that your husband's will be before you know it.

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    1. Thank you Karen! ♥ It came as a shock to be honest!

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  8. My dad is diabetic and he sure watches his diet very tightly! I think it is good for the whole family. We all need to watch out and eat less carbohydrates. I am sure your husband will be just fine since he has a great cook like you to take care of him! Filakia!

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    1. Thank you Katerina, he is feeling so much better!!

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  9. Sounds like you have your priorities straight! And your meals look awesome! Husbands can scare the crap out of us, can't they? I say to mine "you may never die." At least not while I'm alive. Better to find out what he did at a routine physical rather than in the ER.

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    1. Alex!!! Yes, husbands can scare us, and he did!! He's actually enjoying these meals, and he's feeling so much better, that's the best part!

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  10. Oh Didi! Thank you for sharing! Such a good post!

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  11. That is remarkable, bravo both! Hubby's fortunate to have you.

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    1. Thank you positive parent coaching, he is also diligent!

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