Well, his cousin is Carb-zilla. I like an after-dinner Carb-zilla.
If you have been following my recent postings, you may be aware that I am trying to eat healthier - to help manage my slightly elevated blood sugar. It has been an interesting journey.
To begin with - I am not a big fan of artificially manipulating my diet. In the past, it has always failed to bring permanent results. That is because all "diets" are doomed to fail unless you make a "life style" change. Life style changes are pretty hard to do - not impossible, but generally more work than most people want to put into it.
Anyway, I have a valid reason for making this change, beyond how I look in a mirror - who the heck wants diabetes down the road. If you know ANYTHING about diabetes, you know you don't want to have that problem if you can avoid it.
So I have been doing things like reducing bad carbs, eating good carbs but fewer, increasing vegetables, choosing lean meats and increasing my exercise. And other than a few setbacks (like today I just had to have chocolate chips with my peanut snack - I think my blood sugar dropped) ... I have had some success. But it is clear that this process of adjusting my food intake will take some time to achieve. If it were a real "diet", I would throw up my hands and say I failed with the chocolate chips. But it is a process and hopefully a life style change that will be made over time. That is the plan, at least.
Breakfast and lunch seem to go smoothly. I have become a big fan of wraps. I am eating more protein and veggies, and less carbs at these meals - so I am snacking less as a result. All good (except for today with those darn chocolate chips).
Dinner is still a mixed bag of issues. Part of the problem is I am fixing a meal for others - not just myself. So it isn't as carb neutral as I would like. Still working out those details. And I like my glass of red wine while cooking. It is a big fat carb, but it is my reward for cooking. I wish cooking was a reward unto itself, but it isn't for me. Even the book I was reading about Pre-Diabetes didn't totally ding a glass of red wine a day.
Of course, the big zinger is after dinner.
I really like to have something sweet to finish off the meal. Instead of have a traditional dessert or the recommended fruit - I have been having a mini York Peppermint Patty. It gives me an intense sweet after dinner dessert - that is small, not a bunch of carbs or calories, but definitely sugar - a low fat sugar. I guess my need for a Carb-zilla - after dinner is pretty strong. What I find interesting is a single mini York Peppermint Patty seems to do the trick, but a 1/2 cup of ice cream - doesn't. I want more. Anyway, so far this trick works.
The up side so far - is that I am not counting calories or carbs ... a process that is a total downer for me because my brain than demands more once I start micro-managing my diet on that level.
Hoping this mix of diet changes with increased exercise does the trick. Blood tests will tell the truth in June.