A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Today I want to share a praise report with you!  I’m so excited and grateful to God that my Hemoglobin A1c is 6.4!!!  I’m so grateful for His loving kindness and guidance on this journey!

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  – William Arthur Ward

This is an actual surgery using the di Vinci robot.  Using a single port, it’s an outpatient procedure.  I was in surgery at 11am and going home by 3pm.  Amazing!

I think I had such a sick gallbladder for such a long time – it was really messing with me.  Now that it’s gone, the struggle to maintain control of my type 2 diabetes seems to be so much easier!

Since surgery I’ve very easily lost 12 pounds and a few inches from my waist.  It’s not about looks with me – but hey, nice side effect anyway.  The best news was my lab report – I never thought I’d be considered a controlled diabetic!  My blood pressure also went back to normal after surgery.

The surgeon said my gallbladder was red, swollen and angry.  I probably waited too long to get it removed.  I wish I had gone in for surgery sooner.  If I had known then what I know now, I surely would have!

I still have to eat right and exercise every day, but I refuse to look at the long-term – I choose to look at the moment and take it one moment, one food choice, one exercise choice, one hydration choice – at a time.  I want and need to be smarter – and keep asking God for help when temptation comes my way.

The most impressive part of this journey has been the incredible amount of energy I have now!  I feel so much better – it’s hard to explain, but every time I think about how much better I feel – it makes me cry because I was blaming so much on age.

I SEEK YOUR WISDOM

Diabetes will always be with me, but it sure is a great feeling to know it’s finally under control!  I’m not saying that everyone with a high A1c has a malfunctioning gallbladder, but in my case – it seems that was part of the problem.

Who knew?  Wink!  😉

 

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EZEKIEL 4:9 ON 4/9

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Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…  – Ezekiel 4:9

HE IS FAITHFUL

I’m out of control again…  and I’m frightened of complications.  I need God’s help so much to make this okay again.  He is faithful to me – He just keeps helping me more and more!

I’ve been forced to look at alternatives to traditional bread made with flour.  The days of walking into a grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread are over.  In mid-March I had a hemoglobin A1c of over 9!  Some changes have to be made – and quick.

Ezekiel 4:9 products have a unique combination of 6 grains and legumes that provide these added benefits:

  • Protein – The breads, pastas and cereals have 84.3% as much protein as milk or eggs.
  • Amino Acids – The products contain 18 Amino Acids, including all 9 essential amino acids.
  • Better Digestibility – your body can digest these products more easily due to sprouting.
  • Better Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • More Vitamin C – Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • More Vitamin B – Sprouting increases vitamins B2, B5 & B6.
  • More Fiber – Since the products are made with both grains and legumes, they are a great source of fiber.

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The folks at Ezekiel 4:9 use freshly sprouted certified organic grains and all the products are kosher.  It seems weird to find your bread in the refrigerated section, but it’s because their bread is not made with flour.  Studies have shown that grinding grains into flour increases the surface area upon which enzymes in the body can work to more quickly convert starch into glucose.

And yeah – that’s not good for diabetics – more glucose not good – not so much!

There are no GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) used in any of the products and no refined sugars.  Did you know that most bread has some amount of sugar?  The next time you go to the grocery store, start reading the labels – it’s an education.

And finally, there are no preservatives or shortenings used in any of the products.

Type II Diabetes will not win!  I’m still in the fight and I’ll do whatever it takes to avoid the ugly complications of this horrific disease!  I have managed to lose a little weight, which in theory should be helpful.  I have until June 22nd to get this whipped back into shape.  I’m not defeated – I can do this!

Of all the changes I’ve had to make, buying bread that needs refrigeration is probably the most dramatic.  I’m thankful for the Ezekiel 4:9 products though, because if they were not around, I’d have to quit bread cold turkey – and frankly, I’m not sure I could do that!  I’m addicted to bread like some people are addicted to soap operas!  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THIS NEW DIET

We are never prepared for what we expect. – James A. Michener, Caravans

Well, I went in today for the dreaded A1c test (the 3 month average blood sugar). I was hoping for better news. It was 8.1 which is not as good as I would have liked. My doctor and I talked about my diet, exercise and medicines. She has increased my insulin to 30 to 35 units every night, which means I’ll be buying the Levemir even more often. That’s the most expensive of all my medicines, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m still going to eat a good diet and move every day.

I think summer is a great time to start eating healthier. The garden vegetables are abundant and at our house we don’t like to turn on the oven because it makes the house too hot. I’m declaring this a salad summer for sure!

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. – Lewis Grizzard

Tomatoes are the one food that I can have as much as I want. The problem with that, of course, is the acid content. I eat as much as I want, however, because I’m the only one in our house that likes them!

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. – Doug Larson

Oh – all this talk of tomatoes and bacon makes me want a BLT!!! You know, when that bacon is smashed up against the lettuce, it really does make it more palatable. I had not thought of it that way before!

I’ve decided that common sense needs to rule the day.  I can eat dessert – I just cannot eat ALL of the dessert in one sitting!  Take a look at this cake recipe!

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Fresh Apple Cake
3 Cups apples, cubed (do not peel)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Cups Splenda
3 Cups flour
2 Eggs
1 Cup vegetable cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (can use more)

1 teaspoon allspice
1 small jar cherries (chopped with juice)
1 Cup pecans (chopped)

PAM

Mix sugar,oil and eggs; beat well .
Add rest of the ingredients and mix well .
Pour into prepared tube pan.
Bake at 325* for 1-1/2 hour. This is a heavy cake so be sure to check to make sure it is done in the middle. It may require additional baking time.
This cake keeps well , wrapped in foil and refrigerated, if it makes it in to the refrigerator !!!

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I have another appointment in 3 months. So, I’ll just take my medicines and keep a happy outlook and a cheery disposition. Mix that with plenty of exercise and prayers, I think things will get better. ❤

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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CHRISTMAS HOPE

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my battle with type 2 diabetes. Last June my Hemoglobin A1c was perfect. It was at 6.5 and I was so happy! Then the bomb shell dropped. I was told I had cancer and needed surgery. I had to be on bed rest for a month with no exercise. I could not even carry my laundry basket. I had surgery on July 3rd. I went in for a diabetes follow-up visit in September and was told my Hemoglobin A1c was 8.6! Well, of course it was high! I was told I could not move for a month!

Well, I did begin exercising and doing more by October. I must say, however, that it was not easy to get back into the routine of exercise after being a lady of leisure for such a long time. But I did, and it has paid off for me! Today I had a diabetes follow-up visit and my Hemoglobin A1c is at 7.5! I still need to drop one more point, but I am so excited that I’m going in the right direction!

Also, my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are great as well. I’m still on medication, but it’s sure a lot better now! I’m so thankful to God for helping me. I’m thankful for my doctor as well. She really listens to me and tries to help all she can.

Of course  you know the hope is for a cure.  That’s my hope at Christmas and always.  But my overall health right now is a pretty awesome early Christmas gift! ❤