HECK, GO FOR THE PLEASURE
To all doctors, nurses and health bureaucrats: Stop telling people to give up their pleasure – especially in food, lifestyle and hope. It doesn’t motivate people and it doesn’t make their lives better.
Health professionals are especially guilty of this in the area of blood sugar management.
One in three Americans have blood sugar levels headed into the danger zone. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p0126_diabetes.html
That means it’s a good idea for them to get their blood sugar down before it causes damage to their eyes, feet, kidneys and other vital organs.
And yet, many doctors and nurses report that education and counseling about food and exercise don’t help people make the changes that bring blood sugar levels down. In fact, people with levels of blood sugar already in the danger zone even resent their counseling.
Why is that?
A recent study of people with high levels of blood sugar in Sweden gives us some clues. The recommendations are just too grim. It takes the pleasure out of life. “Give up your pleasure foods like ice cream and sprinkles and apple pie. Watch what you eat all day long. Think about the horrible things that can happen in the future.”
Instead of giving them a picture of life full of enjoyment, pleasure and energy, the recommended changes in foods and lifestyle made their lives “poorer, grayer, and duller.”
People with high blood sugar felt they had to give up “the gilt edge in life” and adjust to life that is “not fun at all.”
Who wants that? Since you often don’t feel the ugly effects of rising blood sugar for years, it’s hard to be motivated to live a “dull, gray life with no fun” when you have no symptoms.
Changing the foods you eat is one of the hardest things to change. Our food bonds us to our families and friends. A friend of mine was born with diabetes type 1. She was very careful not to eat any sweets. Yet, her husband’s family resented this. At her wedding, she chose not to have a sweet cake she could not eat. Her new in-laws resented this so much that they brought a sweet wedding cake themselves to the reception.
Just about everyone in America could benefit by reducing the sweets, sodas and carbohydrates that cause blood sugar to spike. Yet it’s often sweet foods that are ritual “bonding” foods for the holidays or celebrations. How can you enjoy life and still keep your blood sugar in check?
Whether you have documented blood sugar spikes or not, making some pleasurable changes in your diet can help keep your blood sugar out of trouble – while you still have some fun.
Nothing’s More Fun Than Foods High in Good Fat
1. Delicious, healthy fat– Gradually switch from sweet pleasure to fat pleasure. Both sugar and fat give our brains a pleasure rush. However, good fats like real, unsweetened whipping cream, butter, olive oil, cream cheese, and coconut oil will not spike your blood sugar (and contrary to years of false information, good fats won’t give you heart disease, either.)
Delicious good fats are very satisfying. I suspect that many blood sugar management programs recommend a low-fat, low-carb diet. Talk about grim!
Instead of ice cream which will spike your blood sugar, substitute real whipping cream with a smidgeon of vanilla (the kind you whip yourself). Instead of coffee creamer high in ugly trans fats, use a tablespoon of whipping cream (only 60 calories). Instead of high-carb potato or tortilla chips, munch on delicious nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and macadamias. Eat them raw, roasted, or dry roasted – whichever you prefer. They are satisfying, fun to eat, healthy and several studies say they actually aid weight loss!
Delicious, healthy fats won’t raise your blood sugar and they will give you a pleasure rush while you are gradually reducing your carbs.
Delicious, Easy Home-Made Healthy Chocolate
1 T coconut oil
1 heaping T dark unsweetened cocoa (or to taste)
1 T shredded coconut (optional)
Stevia to taste
Increase amounts as needed for more servings.
Gently heat coconut oil in small pan, turn off heat and stir in cocoa, stevia and desired options. Other options: chopped nuts, almond butter, flavorings like peppermint, vanilla, raspberry, etc.
Form into balls and refrigerate until hard. Or pour onto flat plate coated with coconut oil, refrigerate, then break into pieces.
2. Investigate natural dietary supplements that help keep your blood sugar down. It’s good to be pro-active and manage your blood sugar before you head into a danger zone. There are several natural ingredients like purslane, milk thistle, biotin, chromium, bergamont citrus extract, seaweed extract and others that reduce carb cravings and keep blood sugar levels under control.
Here’s to more fun, pleasure and enjoyment of life – and low, healthy blood sugar levels!