What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

In July 2015, I was diagnosed with prediabetes. A yellow light started flashing, a warning that Type 2 diabetes may be around the bend. Like many people with prediabetes, I left the doctor’s office nervous and knowing nothing. A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes will get you expert education that is paid for by insurance; ifRead more

Resolved: New Year, More water

Resolved for 2022:  I will drink a LOT more water, and not just for a day, a week or a month.   My reasons: Some studies suggest that increasing water intake may help lower blood sugar and also help with headache management – a double winner for me. I’m zeroing in on this one behavior change becauseRead more

“Fat Friday” Tips for Post Holiday Eating

Thanksgiving Thursday: Pie, mashed potatoes,  stuffing, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, rolls, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce…then a few hours later, maybe another piece of pie… Fat Friday: A day of feeling bloated, tired and regret over eating off the rails. Not to fret – health experts encourage us to remember that Thanksgiving is aRead more

The Biscuit Incident

Eating for health or eating for fun? When on the road, meals can turn into a showdown for someone who has prediabetes. For instance, there was that recent Biscuit Incident in Conover, N.C. On the way to Gatlinburg, my husband and I stopped at a nice hotel for the night. In the morning, I went toRead more

Fidget Food for Stress Eaters

  A registered dietitian once gave me wonderful, realistic encouragement about dealing with my habit of stress eating. Her radical advice? Work with my habit, rather than try to completely stop it. When I developed gestational diabetes during my second pregnancy, I was told I was at higher risk to develop diabetes later in life.Read more

Breaking the Diet Pop Habit

It’s possible to kick a serious, serious diet soda habit. For years – decades, actually – I drank at least two Diet Dr. Peppers every day. If I didn’t have a bottle or can in the house, I really missed it, and would buy a drink the next time I went out. Sometimes, I wouldRead more

When is weight a risk factor for Covid-19?

How much you weigh makes a difference in the likelihood of getting Covid-19. It turns out that obesity is a risk factor for the illness,  along with advanced age, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other health problems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that 42.4 percent of Americans qualify as “obese,” whichRead more

Pandemic Eating 2.0

My slide into a pandemic carb death spiral started so benignly – with homemade whole wheat bread. In March I started baking  homemade bread out of necessity: The local stores were out of bread and my family likes toast and sandwiches. I’m an experienced bread baker. So, I got to work, with my favorite KingRead more

Steroids, Surgery and Sky High Sugar.

Seemingly out of nowhere, my blood sugar skyrocketed one night last week. It was a terrible mystery as to why. I’ve learned that a lot of little things can add up to big trouble when it comes to  regulating blood glucose.  Usually, the very highest reading I get is about 160; the night in question,Read more

Back from “Vacation”

I’ve been absent from this blog for a long while, enjoying an unexpected “vacation” from prediabetes. For almost two years, my Ha1C (an average of the body’s blood sugar levels) was  under 5.7. Any number under 5.7 is considered normal; 5.7 – 6.4 is prediabetes. My worry about high blood sugar – gone. Since myRead more