Diabetes Journal

Why I started a Journal on diabetes at this late time in life?

You’ve heard many people say  “that I discovered something amazing.” Well I found something that is changing how I treat my diabetes. It’s not a miracle or something amazing, but it has helped me.

It all started with an info commercial. But before we get to that, a little background will help. I have been a diabetic for many years and it all started when, as a Marine I was assigned to Vietnam. There was a little something there called Agent Orange and because of it many Vietnam Vet became diabetic.

I’m sure that I was diabetic before becoming aware of it. I say this because many of the symptoms of diabetes were present for at least a year or two before being diagnosed with it formally. When you run down the list of symptoms many were present such acts:

  1. extreme fatigue
  2. tingling or numbness in my hands
  3. frequent urination
  4. reoccurring bladder infection
  5. unusual thirst

Part of the problem was that I did change employment and my health insurance caused me to switch doctors. This was during what was probably my prediabetic state. So with infrequent visits to my doctor and changing the doctors there was no real pattern that developed for doctors to notice. Also, a contributing factor was the male ego that you don’t go to the doctor unless you are really sick.

The Dreaded Diagnose Diabetes Type II

Once I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was put on medicine to control diabetes. As time goes on (we are talking years here) the medicine became less effective and eventually was replaced with insulin. Another aspect of this is that the medicines, for diabetes and other conditions, along with insulin cause weight gain. This is a nasty side effect that the doctors don’t tell you and contributes to your diabetes.

I have been advised and read that these different medicines can add up to 20 pounds each. One thing I failed to mention was that I injured my back many years ago and still have back pain. This weight gain along with the back pain makes it hard to stand for prolonged periods. When I cook at home prep time can be anywhere from 15 to 30 min. or longer which a little hard on my back.

With these facts in mind and being single and living by myself, I eventually started eating most of my meals in restaurants. I was pretty good at choosing healthy meals. At some point I started eating more meals at home. This is where my choices seemed to fail in the healthy department.

Most packaged products like meats and vegetables are aimed at families of three or more. This along with not wanting to cause back pain lead me to frozen processed meals. Most of these are loaded with hidden sugar and other unhealthy chemicals preservatives. It’s easy to get in the habit of popping a dinner into the microwave. No real prep time and very little clean up.

I fell into this trap and knew it. I would make efforts at cooking but this only was once a week or so. These were not healthy meals; such as  Polish Kielbasa and baked beans or Angel hair spaghetti with Italian sausage along with portion size.

Hope In The Form Of An Info Commercial

Back to my info commercial, most of the time I don’t even look at them. But this one caught my eye and I watched it and decided to check it out. The best way I know to check out how good a product is to go to Amazon. That’s exactly what I did and with surprising results. Amazon does allow their customers to write reviews on products they sell. All the reviews raved about this product, which convinced me to give it a try.

I have never personally cooked a turkey and it was on my bucket list. What caught my eye on the Nuwave Cooker was you could cook a turkey frozen. I chose to order from Nuwave because I wanted to have access to their online cooking club and live customer online support. I have used this support to get cooking instructions on many items.

To fill one of my bucket items and to find out if what they said was true the second item that I cooked was a 13 pound frozen turkey. It did take 3 1/2 hours but came out perfect. I was sold on the product after that and I started using it for cooking some of my dinner. My meals consist of things like pork chop, chicken breast, or a steak with vegetables like corn on the cob, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, or broccoli.

Back to the reason for this entry into my entry, I have reduced my insulin intake for my dinner meal by 60%. I’m sure you noticed that there are very few carbohydrates in the food I’m cooking and no added sugars or preserves. Most of the time my prep time is under 15 min. and I arrange the cooking so that everything is done at the same time. It is nice to have a home-cooked meal. I did try lobster tails and the nice thing was I was able to do the drawn butter while the rest of the meal was cooking.

Another benefit I have noticed is I have lost somewhere between five and 10 pound. It is way too early to tell if this is a long-term trend or just a short-term anomaly.

A Plug For Nuwave

For me the Nuwave cooker has changed my dinner habits for the better. I will recommend anyone who wants good nutritional meals to give it a try. I now take and freeze the meat when it come 5 or 6 per package. I pull the meat out of the freezer and pop them in the cooker and have a meal ready in less than 30 min.

You can also freeze your vegetables like Cajun Air-Fried Vegetables or Roasted Mushrooms and Shallots with Fresh Herbs.  I’m also starting to try some of the many recipes that are offered in the cooking club. When I go shopping now I checked the produce section for fresh vegetables. When I find something new at the store as soon as I get home; I get online and ask for cooking instruction.

If you want more information you may go to their website: www.mynuwaveoven.com. This is not an affiliate link where I would receive a commission, it is just their website. By the way they do offer a 90 day risk free trial.

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