Today, we stopped by a small doughnut shop. What can a person expect when walking into a doughnut shop? Temptation everywhere, right?! No temptation, I already decided I would have ONE doughnut. It was wonderful.
Saving up my sugars, I can have an occasional dessert. How do I save up my sugars? I have coffee with half & half, but no sugar. I do not add sugar to anything and I do not do sugar substitutes. When I make cookies, I make my own flour mix of unbleached all purpose flour, coconut flour, and barley flour. ( The barley flour I make myself by pouring a box of flour in the blender and pulverizing it until it looks like flour, it takes less than a minute.) I use only 3/4 of the sugar in the recipe, and I add an extra egg. This is not a recipe though, it is just how I can eat cookies that taste like cookies. The substitutes cause me to feel I am doing all in my power to make healthy choices. This way, when I really want something I can be sensible and enjoy it without guilt.
Let us continue talking about saving up my sugars. When I make up some oatmeal, I use extra cinnamon straight with no sugar, and walnuts, and butter. I drink tea without sugar. The other day, I did have a dr. pepper when I was not feeling good, and it did help me feel better. Usually, I do not have sugared beverages. It all can add up to an increased waistline. Perfection is not my thing, just reasonable in the circumstances I am in at the time. At a wedding I will have a piece of cake. One is enough.
Being a diabetic I strive to have good blood sugar levels and thus an A1C reading that reflects my hard work. Exercise is critical whether it is taking a walk, or doing floor exercises, riding a stationary bike, or just raising the legs up while in a chair. Safety first when doing exercises, everyone has their own unique situation. I strive to start some form of exercise soon after having a dessert or higher carb meal.
I have an area set up in my home for exercise, I call it my Diabetic Control Center. A ballet bar to keep me steady while I do some stretches or legwork my physical therapist instructed me in. Light weights for my arms and shoulders. Bands to help with stretching. And a large mirror, which helps me to monitor correct posture and form. It is a very cheerful area, there is no intimidation here.
Later, in the afternoon my youngest son, Brent, age 20 came in with a box containing a few doughnuts. My husband reached in and got a doughnut to enjoy. I already had my doughnut and therefore, I turned it down. Being content, I just did not want any. Was I tempted? Yes, for a moment, then I remembered, if I eat a doughnut, I will have a doughnut around my middle. No thank you.