Diabetes. Seriously?!

Diabetes is a  disease that not enough people take seriously. It’s time to change that and look at the facts. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association there are close to nine million people in Canada living with diabetes or prediabetes—and they are living active, productive lives. There is even an active living program called Team Diabetes that I joined in 2006 and participated as a walker in the Dublin Marathon.  I took that seriously—I trained for 16 weeks, and I had to raise more than $6,000 to help pay for the trip, and raise money for the Diabetes Association, so valuable research could continue. (I still owe family, friends, and a lot of other people a huge debt of gratitude for helping me with that mission.)

Why would I put myself through all of this? Diabetes doesn’t walk; it runs in my family, and I want to stop it from going any further. I’d been diagnosed as “glucose intolerant”, now called prediabetes. I didn’t take the diagnosis seriously enough for many years, and while it hasn’t gotten really any worse, it hasn’t gotten much better either.

So, it’s time to get even more serious. That’s why having a program like the Living Primal Challenge helps.  That will  keep my diet on track. Getting more exercise will help too—all part of the challenges I’ve set for myself this month as I wrote in my last post, All in A Month’s Work.

These are tough challenges, but hey, when the going gets tough—the tough get baking. I’ve discovered some wonderful recipes using almond flour and coconut flour, both of which have fewer carbohydrates than the other gluten-free flours I’d been using for baking. (It’s the carbs that turn to sugar that ups the blood glucose.) The recipes from Elana’s Pantry are easy, fast, and the results are delicious. Her “dark rye” bread is one of my favourites. You can find the recipe for it, and many other goodies, all gluten-free, on Elana’s website. This was my first loaf. I’ve made a few more since then. They’re small, but mighty.

By following a diet with fewer carbs and more veggies and protein, I’m hoping that I can keep this at the “pre” stage, and not develop diabetes. If I do, you know that I will be taking that very seriously!

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  1. I was speaking with Terry Cavanaugh, southeastern Ontario regional director for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He is hoping to arrange for me to interview a dietician tomorrow, Sat, Nov. 10. At many Loblaws stores, the CDA is having a Grocery Cart Check-up where people can talk with dieticians and get suggestions for healthy food choices that help to stabilize and lower blood sugar. Every little bit of help, helps.

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