Time time has finally arrived. It's been creeping up on me for a long time. I'm going to change my way of eating. Over the years I've gradually gained weight, from the time I was married when I weighed 165 lbs until now. Recently, Dorothy and I have learned that some of our friends have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. When I retired, I set a goal of living 30 more years. I want to goof off to compensate for all the years I had to work for a living. But, I want those to be good years, relatively free from disease and disability. Long term obesity and inactivity are the prime triggers for T2D, so it's time to grab the bull by the tail and face the situation.
Dorothy obtained a copy of a diabetic diet so since I'm the primary cook in the family these days I've started using it as a guide to balance the carbs, proteins, and fat plus keep the calories on the down low (how do you like that slang?). Our friends Carol and Carl Keys gave us a Light Cooking cookbook for Christmas (were they trying to tell us something?) and it's a big help in preparing low fat, low calorie meals. I lost 5 lbs the first week and Dorothy lost four. I'll keep you posted about our progress.
I was reluctant to write this post, because once published I'm committed. If I fail then my readers will know (both of them). But were going to put effort into this enterprise and the benefits will far outweigh the loss of all those fast food cheeseburgers. Actually, we haven't been hungry. It seems that if you keep your blood sugar on an even keel by balancing the carbs, protein etc. you don't get hungry. We eat six times a day, after all. I'll keep you updated.