DessaLyn's Journal, 28 June 2013

So happily--I can log again at work. This makes me happy!!!!

It's funny how not logging during the day really threw me off my game. I got my walk in here at work, and just got done eating lunch--peanut butter and strawberry basil sugar-free jam, along with some raspberries and blackberries.

And I was reading about hidden sugars...and then tracked down this paragraph from the American Heart Association about how much added sugar one 'should' have:

How much is just right?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance. For most American women, that’s no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. The AHA recommendations focus on all added sugars, without singling out any particular types such as high-fructose corn syrup. For more detailed information and guidance on sugar intake limits, see the scientific statement in the August 2009 issue of Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association.

I've started tracking sugars down--and now need a new breakfast idea. Unsweetened or naturally sweetened greek yogurt.

What do you eat for breakfast?

Diet Calendar Entry for 28 June 2013:
838 kcal Fat: 28.54g | Prot: 31.32g | Carb: 117.30g.   Breakfast: 2% Fat Milk, Coffee, Millville Low Fat Fruit & Grain Cereal Bars - Strawberry, Dannon Oikos Fruit on The Bottom Nonfat Greek Yogurt - Black Cherry. Lunch: Arnold Sandwich Thins 100% Whole Grain, Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter, Blackberries, Raspberries, Smucker's Strawberry Jelly. Snacks/Other: Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws - Zesty Ranch. more...
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And then there's those who are like me. I have severe hypoglycemia and need 200+ grams just to keep my blood sugar around 72, healthy blood sugar is around 100 so even taking in that much I'm still on the low end! You don't want to know how much I have to take in to get my blood sugar to 100 points, it's a lot nearer to 350 grams of sugar a day. It's insane! But if I don't do it I risk a hypoglycemic coma again and I would really rather not go for round two with that lil issue! 
28 Jun 13 by member: ManVsAna
Hypoglycemia can be quite dangerous as well....I'm insulin dependent diabetic and need to be aware of lows. Fortunately, my blood sugars don't swing wildly. :0) 
28 Jun 13 by member: DessaLyn
Yea, I've had it since I was a kid, good thing is I only have to worry about lows, I couldn't imagine having to worry about highs as well when I've already gotten so much to keep track of with my diet to start with. It's great that you don't gave horridly swinging blood sugar levels though, I've known some who did and it was a living hell for them. 
28 Jun 13 by member: ManVsAna
I'm also diabetic (on metformin. Did insulin during my pregnancies.). I've been told (by my nutritionist)that I'm pretty stingy with my carbs and I am always on the look out for hidden sugars. Yoghurt (pretty much anything dairy) is a challenge. As much as I like greek yoghurt, I've had to give it up because I have yet to find a brand that is low enough in sugars for me. I do have yoghurt a few times a week for breakfast (a low fat, no sugar added brand... Source. 10g of carbs for 2/3 cup), and I usually combine it with all-bran buds (1/3 cup = 11g carbs) to up my fiber intake. The other days of the week I usually have a multi-grain skinny bagel (25g carbs) with ham and a slice or two of cheddar cheese because the protein helps me stay full longer. Once a week I usually make a big breakfast for my family, and I'll have eggs.  
29 Jun 13 by member: mrsgamgee
One thing I wanted to mention but forgot... any time I see a low fat or zero fat food, that's a red flag for me for hidden sugars. When you take out fat, you take out flavour. And food manufacturers like to use sugar and sodium to help bring that flavour back. For me, I would rather eat smaller amounts of whole foods than lots of low cal, low fat chemically enhanced stuff.  
29 Jun 13 by member: mrsgamgee
I'm the same way with that low fat foods, some I'll eat a little of because I like them but really, I don't trust the ingredients. Too many use artificial sweetener and that stuff can do some horrid things to the body over time, the less of the fake stuff the better. Most also take in far too much sodium (I do once in a while but try not to) when 2000 milligrams a day should be the max, closer to 1000 is nearer the average ideal. 
30 Jun 13 by member: ManVsAna

     
 

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