Friday, July 15, 2011

My Visit To The Dietitian

I just got back from seeing the dietitian, Kerry. I had a wonderful talk with her.

The first thing she asked was if I was on any medication for my diabetes. I said yes and explained to her how disappointed I was that I wasn't given the chance to have a go at controlling this without medication. She agreed with me. Its good to see that I am not the only one who thought that it was unfair.

I showed Kerry the app I have on my phone called on track. Its a great little app that allows me to keep track of my BGL, blood pressure, carb intake (not that I use that bit) and weight. It has all these graphs and gives the daily average plus what my HbA1c level might be. Personally I think its a great way to keep everything with me so that I can show my DE & Dr. F when I see them & not have to carry a little booklet.

It was good to learn that I am already doing the right thing. When I explained to her that a lot of the changes to whole grains and low fat were made a long time ago & that there were only a few adjustments that I needed to do she said that it was great. Too many changes at once causes stress (and I know all about that don't I!)

Of course I had to get on the scales while I was there but guess what?!?! I have lost 3 kg (that's around 6 lb) since my GP weighed me about a month ago. I ♥ her scales. That also means my scales at home weren't telling fibs either, like I thought they were. They showed I had lost about 2.5 kg. Either way that's good right? and I wasn't even trying! :D

Kerry said that I shouldn't just focus on my weight. So I explained to her that I would be happy if I was able to maintain my weight but if I lost anything that would be a bonus.

What I need to do is just adjust a few things to make sure my BGL isn't too low at night time (like it was last night 4.4 mmol/L) That I should probably eat a slightly higher level of carbs at lunch rather than none at all like I have done a few times.

Kerry also said that if I have any favourite recipes at home that we haven't used for fear of them being too high in carbs that I should bring them to my next visit so that we can adapt them. The idea is to just watch what I eat and not deprive myself of the things we really like to eat.

It feels good to know that I am doing the right thing already and that I am actually losing weight. All I need to do is make sure I do that horrible thing I don't like doing (you know that swear word) ..exercise and drink more water.
I go back for a review in a month.


PoetessWug said...

YAY! Sounds like you're all on the right track...mostly! And 'mostly' is very good!! :-)

Jo-anne *Blossy* said...

Poetess, it does feel good to be mostly on track. I even walked more when I went shopping just now. I parked near the supermarket and walked around town doing what I needed to do first. Then went & got some groceries.
I still think that 'exercise' is a swear word though :P

WildflowerWool said...

Good for you! My son is diabetic so I know what you are going through trying to balance excercise, carbs and healthy food choices.

Jo-anne *Blossy* said...

Thanks WildflowerWool. It can be tricky getting that balance right but I will get there eventually.

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Don't you love those apps that help us keep track of stuff! How did we ever get along without them? Good for you on the progress. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Jo-anne *Blossy* said...

Beverly, those apps are great aren't they :)