April 22, 2009

Day 10: Don't panic!

That's what I said to myself after I talked to Mom yesterday morning. My Dad seems to have Diabetes. It's not 100% sure, he only had one blood test so far. But.... you know how I feel now. I have no idea about Diabetes and now I want to know everything about it. My Dad doesn't eat healthily and does not workout at all. I've been telling him to change his life style but he didn't listen. I wish I had insisted more and be a better daughter. But, I know, it's too late. So, I told myself: don't panic! that won't help to anyone. Instead, I tried to calm them down and plan to do some research on the topic and do my best to give advices that doctors might not offer. So, any info you know about Diabetes, please let me know.

The rest of my day went well in term of work and challengeS. The leisure Monday helped me to focus 100% on work for 9 hours and ended up with a sweaty spin class. When I came home, I got two package in front of my door. One from a lovely lady. Krista, you're amazing!!!! I can't believe you sent me so many goodies!!! Opening the package was soooooo fun and sooooo exciting!!! I took them out one by one, "examine" it closely, and then go for the next surprise! :) THANK YOU!!! You changed the color of my day from gray to pink! ^_^
The other package was the famous Country Bob's BBQ sauce, I've seen them all around the blog world and wanted badly to try them out!Okay. recap of the post-carb overdo day.
Breakfast: an apple and a soupy bowl of 1/2 serv. of steel cuts, 2 tbsp egg white and white fungus. (a note for the white fungus: it's really easy to make: hydrate the white fungus for about 2 hours, pour them with clean water into the slow cooker and cook in high for 6 hours. Add dates at the end and keep it warm for 1 hour more).This combo didn't hold me long.... after 3 hours I had walnuts
Lunch Salad: greens, peppers, beets, cherry tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, edamame and pan fried tofu seasoned with Tj's 12 seasoning. Dressing: olive + lemon juice.With 1/2 English Muffin.Dessert: white fungus jelly (white fungus prepared as indicated above and agar powder)PM snack: 1/2 English muffin + microwaved egg white. This combo did hold me well for a solid 5 hours and a 55 min spin class.Dinner: Milanesa + "fake" pasta (broccoli slaw + homemade tomato sauce + nutritional yeast).Dessert: pumpkin pudding (silken tofu + pumpkin+cinnamon) with fresh blueberries. Hit the spot!Question: When do you panic? How do you deal with it?

Today's plan:
- have a new breakfast thanks to Krista
- work
- read about Diabetes
- yoga or cardio

28 comments:

burpandslurp said...

oh no! sorry about your dad...I know a lot of people with diabetes, but all of them lead their lives as normal, despite some discomforts like having to be careful about their diet and stuff. There are actually different degrees to diabetes...I hope your dad doesn't have it at all, but if he does hopefully it's just a mild one!
I panic when things don't go according to the way I planned. I deal with it by calming down, taking a deep breath, and trying to have an open mind about whatever that happened and view it as an "adventure".

Emily said...

Sorry to hear your dad has diabetes. I'm thinking it's type II? If so, he can moderate it with exercise and diet change. His dietitian will be able to give him specific advice and carbohydrate counting meal plans.

I panic when spontaneous things interrupt my schedule. I try to breathe deeply and do the best I can to go with the flow.

VeggieGirl said...

I'm terribly sorry about your dad :-( Hang in there, and hopefully things will be managed.

Alison said...

I'm sorry about your dad. My father in law was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. He was overweight, never exercised, and ate terribly. The diagnosis was a huge wake-up call. He has since lost tons of weight, loves exercising, and sticks to a low carb diet. His blood sugar levels are now at a normal rate - his doctors say he's no long diabetic. So good things can happen!

Gina said...

Here is what I have learned about soy; basically if you have breast cancer in your family (like me!) DO NOT take soy supplements, for anything. Eating soy, however, is ok. The link between soy and breast cancer is with HIGH doses, via supplementation. Those who eat soy at younger ages and through their adult years seem to have lower rates of breast cancer. So in my opinion, keep eating your soy, whether or not you have a family history of breast cancer!

nibblesandwiggles said...

Do you steam/cook the broccoli slaw?

Krista said...

I definitely panic when my kids get really sick! I calm myself down by telling myself that losing control won't help anybody. That usually helps!

So neat to see all your goodies on the blog! Hehe! Glad you had fun with it and that it brightened your day!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

nibblesandwiggles: I microwaved it for 3 min.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Yay pumpkin pudding!

Ah, I WISH I spoke Chinese!! I can speak a little. Mostly, I know how to bargain, give directions, order food, ask for the bathroom (LOL), etc.
I lived in Shanghai. Looooooved it! I miss it though :(

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

Sorry about your dad, but just like Sophia said, people can manage it without too much disruption to their everyday life. HUGS!

TheBoyfriend1124 said...

It is not too bad your father understood he should change his lifestyle to be more healthy.

He will feel more love from you and he will happy and enjoy your care. I am sure he will follow your suggestion and become better soon.

A Toronto girl out West said...

Oh Coco - I'm sorry! :o(

Others can probably give you better info but I know that if it's Type II diabetes then it can be controlled and some say even reversed based on diet!!!!

Meg said...

I am sorry to hear about your dad! Hopefully, you guys will find treatment that will help him!

Lucky you getting all those treats on your doorstep.

annie said...

My mom and her 4 siblings has diabetes. They all got it from their dad. It's not that hard on my mom though. But, she eats healthy and she doesn't work out. I know she always eats sardine bones for calcium and she doesn't eat as much seaweed because of the iodine? My mom leads a normal life and she doesn't get sick alot. Don't worry coco! Your dad will be alright!

ttfn300 said...

your eats look fantastic!! but that's nothign new :) sorry to hear about your dad, but don't even think that you were a bad daughter! your encouragement is only half the battle, he has to want to change as well. hopefully now with this diagnosis, your support will mean even more and help him live happily with the disease

runsarah said...

I am sorry to hear about your dad. :( Glad your day was cheered up by Kristas package, it looks wonderful.

Danielle said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's diabetes darling. Unfortunately I'm not the most informed about the subject but your family will most definitely be in my thoughts today. All my best ( blog hug )

healthyambition said...

Beautiful jelly (though slightly disturbing name...)

I'm sorry to hear about your dad hun. We also recently got some bad news about my dad's health recently and he's seen many specialists in the mean time and has surgery coming up in a month. I wish I would get him to eat better etc but he wont listen.

When I panic I generally eat... bad response!

Pearl said...

oh coco, i'm sorry to hear that about your father! hmm, what i DO know about diabetes is that one type of reversible. keep us updated on how your father is, dear! will he be going through more tests?

Julie said...

SO sorry about your Dad but he will do great especially because you will be there to help out :) I panic when I get lost haha thank God I have a GPS now!

caralluma fimbriata said...

Oh I love this variation. I think this might have worked a lot better for me.


I love how yours turned out! I think I would have liked that better too!

Gina said...

Diabetes....I assume it's type 2? Tell him he needs to start working out and watching his sugar (simple carbohydrates included) intake! As for your question about the 26 grams of soy...it usually depends on the product you buy. The soymilk I drink has 7 grams per cup, but I think others have more or less. You should look at the label and it will tell you. I would guess tofu probably has about the same, 7 grams per 3 ounces, but I'm not 100% sure on that one.

Sharon said...

Oh my, so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope all goes well coco!

Maggie said...

I hope your dad is okay!

I panic when things don't go as I planned. I need to work on this!

laurajane said...

Sorry about your dad.
I tend to panic when I have very little sleep - everything seems like a huge deal then. I'm afraid I don't deal with it very well.

qiao said...

I will let you know whenever I heard anything about diabetes. Blessing!

tuki said...

This looks wonderful!

Caitlin said...

Hi-after reading through your blog a bit I came across this post and wanted to comment. It must have been scary for you to hear the news, but like many have said, there are definitely things your dad can do in terms of his lifestyle (diet/exercise) that will help so much. I'm sure he will be meeting with a dietitian but if you ever have any general questions, I'd be happy to help. I'm actually doing a presentation at the end of next month on the amazing positive effects of exercise for type II diabetics, so don't lose hope!

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