Where did it all go wrong?

When I visited my doctor after I was diagnosed with Diabetes, I was assigned a specialist who went over some very important things. I refused to believe that this was really the case, but after a while, I decided to take my blood glucose for the first time. The number that got recorded on July 20, 2020 was 422. The reader said it was very high, but I felt fine, so I left it at that. with in a few minutes later I noticed I had an email from the health provider monitoring my glucose. I chose to ignore that email, and within 10 minutes later I received a phone call from the health provider making sure that I was okay. Because of the phone call, it scared me some, enough that I needed to start rethinking my sugar intake once more and listen to the doctors. When my birthday came and I turned 49, I thought about making some serious changes in my life.

When I was younger and up to my 30s, I never really ate breakfast or lunch normally, or at actually eat food. Before 30, I just did not eat, and if I did, I could only finish half of whatever was on my plate. The US Navy loves to over feed its people, but once I left the US Navy, I did night shifts for a company. It is here where my body took a toll on itself, since I would be awake all night, rush home to so that I could watch my son during the daytime. I would get about no more that 6 hours of sleep each day. One the weekends I worked the shift, and would use that time to try and catch up on some sleep since my wife was home on these day.

Each night I would eat some sort of fast food around 2 AM, and that would be my meal for the day typically. Other than that one meal a day I would consume a number of soda throughout the day. Reflecting back in my life with my son, every photo of me had a soda in my hand, and I drank on average 2 liters or more a day of Mountain Dew. After a few years working nights, a co-worker introduced me to Red Bull; in time I was pounding 2 – 20 ounces of Red Bulls for breakfast and maybe a few more throughout the day just to stay awake. My sugar intake was off the cart, and my family warned me but I just did not hear them because my mental image of myself is the skinny kid that was fit and 115 pounds. After a number of year of abuse on my body, I am starting to pay the toll on my body.

I am planning on revisiting a nutritionist once again soon, it may be after the COVID-19 is no longer a threat to people. The doctor from the first visit suggested to me that I needed only to track my carbohydrate intake. She was very adamant that I do not follow any other diet trends out there such a Keto, Fasting, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc. they don’t really work. But whatever I do, do not fast.

She told me that I only need to follow the following and I will lose weight guaranteed. And it worked when I followed it the first time, but I fell off the wagon when I was travelling and I was not ready at the time to correct my mistakes. So here it is:

  • Breakfast – 45 grams to 60 grams of Carbohydrates + protein
  • Snack – 15 grams of Carbohydrates + protein
  • Lunch – 45 grams to 60 grams of Carbohydrates + protein
  • Snack- 15 grams of Carbohydrates + protein
  • Dinner – 45 grams to 60 grams of Carbohydrates + protein
  • Snack- 15 grams of Carbohydrates + protein

You can change up the snacks before breakfast and end with dinner or just as and there is No eating after 8 PM.

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