Upon learning my blood tests show that I indeed have developed Type 2 Diabetes, I cried out of helplessness because I felt like I have made mistakes all these years that led to this.
Admittedly, if I review most of my diet, it has consisted of canned food, some processed meats (luncheon meats, canned tuna) and noodles (I absolutely love Lucky Me Pancit Canton), but this has been my diet since I was a kid. When money was tight, I’d lean on some rice and noodles to fill my belly–I found it comforting.
While I do love eating fruits and veggies, they are quite a challenge to come by in large prescribed amounts on a day-to-day basis. Salty food such as fries (Potato Corner and Mcdo fries) and chips are yummy and are considered a treat after a tiring day. I do enjoy the chocolate in my Milo and I almost always order coffee with choco.
Thankfully, the doctor advised a simple meal adjustment plan. Choosing brown rice over breads. Limiting it to 3 cups per day (1 cup per meal). Choosing chicken over other red meat. Limiting red meat to only 2x a week. Choosing to eat more vegetables and fruits. Choosing to drink water than juice. Avoiding alcohol. Distancing myself from smokers. She didn’t say anything about cutting out coffee, but I assume less sugar and less cream in the mix would be better.
“You are what you eat.”
Thankfully, our office provides lunch and snacks. Most of the time, the food is healthy consisting of veggies, seafood and red/brown rice. On days when there are no rice choices, I choose to skip the white rice completely.
I was told to only pick eating lean meat and stay away from fat. Good thing, I never enjoyed eating fat anyway.
There’s a food sensitivity test I could actually take to check which types of food are considered a “poison” to the body. It is priced at around Php 15,000.00 and seems like quite a hefty investment. Seriously considering getting that as a Christmas gift for myself
Speaking of Christmas, the good doctor warned me about Christmas in the Philippines and how we’d most likely have to attend multiple Christmas gatherings/parties. She told me to closely watch what I eat especially at those times of buffet folly.
How my food choices from hereon will fare compared to the past, still remains to be seen. For now, I have to chug down 6 different types of medications and fight to ignore the tingling in my fingers, brain fog and tiredness.