Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sugar-Busting My Way to Better Health

I have decided to go on the Sugar Busters diet in order to improve my health, lose the necessary weight for the army, and get my blood sugar and migraines under control. Sugar Busters is a diet designed particularly with diabetics in mind, but it has been proven highly beneficial for hypoglycemics as well. In this eating plan, you have to give up sugar as close to entirely as possible, as well as anything white (white bread, white flour, etc.). You also have to stick to foods that are low on the glycemic index. It's not easy, but I know that it will do me a great deal of good, plus it may help prevent me from becoming diabetic someday. I've seen what diabetes has done to several of my relatives, and I want to avoid that horrible disease at all costs. In addition, I have also switched over to a five meal per day eating plan as well, as per my doctor's advice.

I am now on day three of my new lifestyle, and I am doing pretty well. I got a bit dizzy for a little while yesterday, but some protein-rich cottage cheese soon made me better. To keep myself from cheating, I threw out any food that didn't fit the plan, and purchased a great deal of sugarless chewing gum in case my sweet tooth needs assistance. I am already noticing that my blood sugar is not plummeting as much as night, which is a vast improvement. I need to work on cutting back on carbs still, but at least the only ones that I'm consuming are the whole grain ones allowed in the Sugar Busters diet.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
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~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"