Its too hard to count every calorie…or is it?

We are coming to that time of year when many of us will be making New Year resolutions.  I don’t do resolutions but I have decided on a few goals for 2016.  One of them is to get rid of that spare 15 pounds that plagued me all last year.

I have realized that there a variety of factors that have gone into my weight gain–change in activity levels as well as…cough…cough…age.  I therefore decided to look outside the box for you to have some new weight loss tips and to know how to lower your unhealthy cholesterol.

After almost 16 years of having diabetes in the house, I have a pretty good idea of nutrition.  While I no longer have a massive driveway to clear of snow each winter, I make sure that I use the treadmill we have on a regular basis with a decent intensity.  As I said, that has not been enough so I have purchased a few books to look for other theories and alternatives.

For some reason I chose Dr. Phil’s 20/20 diet book to read.  I won’t say if its good or bad because after almost 100 pages, I still have no real idea as to what his diet and exercise plan will entail.  What did strike me was repeated reference to what it won’t entail….

“juggle Tupperware containers all day with “mini-meals”  that you weighed and calculated, you might as well quit your day job,  because your diet becomes practically a full-time job!” (from The 20/20 Diet by Dr. Phil McGraw)

He talks about how unrealistic and unsustainable it is for a person to count calories every day at every single meal.  As I was reading along, I also saw that he mentions that he has insulin resistance and diabetes.  I then began to laugh a little.

While I agree fully that counting every single calorie and weighing every single morsel of food is a challenge, it’s not an option for a person living with Type 1 diabetes. Well it is but the alternative of not doing it is lethal.

I was reminded of this again after a recent visit with my son.  He sat on the couch with a bag of chocolate covered jube-jubes.  He was eating candy after candy, enjoying the super sweet taste and giving us a review of each morsel.  I was reminded how easy it is for the average person to simply mindlessly eat.  In my son’s case, he had to count every single candy that entered his mouth.  He then had to multiply it by the carbohydrates in each candy.  Finally he would input it in his pump to have the proper amount of insulin delivered to his body.

Dr. Phil was right in part, weighing, measuring and calculating can be a fulltime job.  However, if you live with Type 1 diabetes, carb countit’s a job that you do not have the option of quitting any time soon.

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2 thoughts on “Its too hard to count every calorie…or is it?”

  1. Awesome post Barbara! I didn’t know Dr. Phil was diabetic. I’ve never really thought of what I’ve been doing since the 60’s as a full time job (well my Mum took care of that in the beginning until I left home) . Now after reading your words though I realise … yup yup yup …. it’s all true. So this means I can’t retire in a few years ? ?

    Oh and I hear you on the weight gain with us gals aging. Add diabetes into that … along with menopause …. thyroid …. my days being being a centre fold model. … are over …. but main thing what’s inside of us is the most important thing to reflect on at this time of the year. .. or at least it is for me.

    Hmmm, chocolate covered jube-jubes? They sound oh so bolus worthy. .. and hopefully I don’t find them … otherwise I’m blaming your son for the additional 10 lb weight gain ?!

    1. Thanks Anna! Its definitely what’s inside that counts 😉 My son ate over a pound of those candies during his weekend here 😮 He told me that he is in trouble the day that his eating catches up with him 😀

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