Just have to get this written down somewhere that I can go back and look at it.
~No pork. It seriously messes me up, so I just need to stay away from it.
~No regular pasta or bread. I pack on the pounds when I eat this stuff, plus pasta is a comfort food for me and I need to learn that food is for fuel, not comfort. The buckwheat noodles are fine. Bread will be the hardest. I love to bake and in order to get better at baking you have to taste...
~Cut out all possible sugar. I'm prediabetic, sugar is not my friend. Sugars in fruits are fine... the sugar that is going to be the hardest to give up with be the two teaspoons I put in my coffee each morning. I'm going to reduce to 1 tsp and go from there. Oh, and no more starbucks. I'll miss it, but I'm trying to get DH to get me an espresso machine so I can make my own. I've already told DH not to fill my stocking with candy!
~Protein is a must for breakfast. I discovered that when I eat protein for breakfast I don't get hungry so soon. Small portion for lunch (like 3 oz) then a slightly bigger portion for dinner. Why? Because I'm trying to balance my meals. Also protein helps me not get so hungry so soon.
~ Use the plate method (found at diabetes.org). Eat mostly non starchy veggies, one serving of starch (veggie or something like brown rice) and one serving of protein (does not have to be meat).
~No exceptions. I made an exception for Thanksgiving and look where that got me? Feeling awful and 5 pound heavier! I will not make an exception for Christmas either. I will pack myself a bento box for dinner following the plate method. If anybody has a problem, it's their problem, not mine. I'm not going to be rude about it, but
~exercise is a must, but I need to listen to my body as well. Aim for at least 10 minutes a day, and work my way up from there. My goal is 90 minutes 5 times a week. But for example, I have not been sleeping much, so today I only did 23 minutes. And I'm okay with that.
~Dairy is a no-no too. I'm lactose intolerant, so it's already bad for me. I love cheese, but I need to give it up. Yogurt is still okay, in moderation.
~Soda's I'll have once in a blue moon. I don't drink alcohol but once or twice a year, and when I do I make a wonderful sangria that you add Sundrop to. Marvelous! But that is a once or twice a year thing.
~No fast food. Pack a lunch. Pack a snack. I'm serious. I found a great container for packing a snack in, I'll put it in my purse for just in case. A JP bar or some carrots to tide me over till I get home and can eat.
There are a lot of No's in there, but my pre-diabetes has gotten worse, and this is my health we are talking about. My mother passed away suddenly from untreated, undiagnosed diabetes. Slipped into a coma and never came out of it.
I don't want to hear any nay-sayers. I've managed to do most of this for a week now. I've had my slip ups, but I know those will happen, the goal is to stick as closely as I can, not perfection. I'm not beating myself up over my slips, I'm learning from them and moving on. I know this is a hard road, especially with all the restrictions but honestly, other than the major cutting down on sugar, I've done all this before, so I know I can do it. Sugar is going to be a battle, but I'm going to win. I've got my Spark friends and my friend who has already cut all this out and is mostly raw, to turn to for support. With that help and God's, I know I can do this.