The Joys Of Working From Home!

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Ahh, what bliss.  It’s a delightful, gorgeous spring day.  The sun is shining.  There isn’t a cloud in the sky.  The temperature is near 80, but there’s a nice breeze to keep you from overheating.

Absolutely perfect for moving your office outside.  So that’s what I’ve done.  I’m sitting in our backyard with my laptop open and my phone by my side ready to make a few calls.  One of the biggest benefits of working from home is being able to enjoy the nice weather when it comes.  After the chill of winter and before the heat of summer, this is my favorite time of the year.

I do feel sorry for anyone who’s stuck in an office today!

My Further Update on my GC Control and FiberWise Experiment

This blog continues from my last post, My Latest GC Control Update

I stated in my Saturday post that I would continue this experiment today and that I would test the FiberWise further.  My FiberWise test starts with my War On Diabetes blog.

I had the same breakfast today as I’d eaten that day, (two cups of Wheaties.)  There were no cookies though, <sob> so that’s all I ate.

My fasting sugar this morning was 97, so better than the 106 I recorded on Saturday.  As soon as I’d finished my breakfast I drank the FiberWise.  One hour later my sugar was 219.  The same as on Saturday.  I guess if Im going to go on eating cereal I have to accept my sugar is going to have that initial surge.  It seems like nothing will stop that.  Most of the diabetes advice I’ve read or been told state that it’s not worth testing until two hours after eating anyway.  I’ve also heard that diabetics should aim for sugar levels under 180 at the two hour mark.  If anyone has heard different, feel free to let me know.  I’ll always welcome any feedback.

So my sugar two hours after eating breakfast was 160.  That shows the FiberWise is doing something, as I usually start testing two hours after eating and my sugar was almost always in the 200 range.  That’s three times now that my sugar has been well below 200 at the two hour mark, although to be fair, on Saturday I had the Attain shake one hour after eating.  But there does seem to be some consistency there.

What I’m hoping is coming through with these blogs is the amazing consistency of the Attain shakes.  They have never failed to lower my sugar levels.  Sometimes the drop is good and sometimes it’s spectacular.

I guess for one way to look at these two products, Attain GC Control and FiberWise, I could use a sports analogy.  The Attain shakes are like the flashy goal scorer, (yes, I like soccer, or rather football to any European readers) the one who grabs all the headlines and wins you the game.  Meanwhile the FiberWise just quietly gets on with its game, that quiet dependable player who gets the tackles in and just keeps the opposition at bay.  He may not win you the game, but you’d miss him if he wasn’t on the team.  Together they make a winning combination.  Okay, that’s enough sports analogies!

I prefer to do these experiments in the morning because there’s the greatest chance of consistency.  You wake up empty.  You can test your fasting sugar to see where you’re starting from.  I start with a bowl of Wheaties more often than not.  But obviously as the day goes into night you’re going to eat different foods that will affect your blood sugar differently.  For instance, pizza and pasta will not only raise your sugar levels, but they will keep it high for a few hours after.  Especially pizza.  So the morning represents the best time to conduct these sort of experiments as you’re pretty much starting the same.

I want to repeat for the benefit of anyone reading this who hasn’t read any of my other blogs: I’m not claiming these products offer any “miracle cure”.  But it’s becoming increasingly clear that they can be used as a valuable tool in helping to control diabetes.  Before I started taking the Attain shakes some three months or so ago, my fasting sugar was consistently in the 120’s.  My sugar used to be in the 200’s after eating and would stay high.  The only thing that would bring it down was vigorous activity, like a brisk walk.  The trouble was it would start to slowly creep back up an hour or two later.

Now the GC Control shake not only brings my sugar back down fast, I’ve noticed it stays in the normal range.  My fasting sugar is much better.

Disclaimer:  While GC Control lowered my sugar when it was high, it didn’t help with my A1C.  The reason I am off Metformin is because I concentrated on weight loss and on running.  It is those life changes that helped me get my sugar under the control it is today.  If you decide to give GC Control a try I strongly recommend you keep taking any medication you are on and consult closely with your doctor.  I would also advise you to keep testing your sugar as you try this product to see what affect it is having on your sugar.

 

Thank you for reading!

My Health Struggles

Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog.  I’ll have to make more of an effort.

I know I’ve blogged before about my health concerns and that I’m a diabetic.  Well, things have been going much better on that front.  Unfortunately I fell off the wagon of not eating bread.  That’s very hard to maintain.  Sandwiches are so easy and convenient.  I still try to regulate and limit how much bread I eat.  Honestly, if I could cut bread out of my diet altogether my health would benefit.

But I’ve had recent good news on my diabetes front.  I recently had my three month fasting sugar test.  My previous number had been 9.2.  But my latest number was down to 6.4.  For those that don’t know, the A1C test monitors how well your body breaks down sugars in your body over a 3 month period.  I believe 6.0 is considered normal.  So my A1C is close to normal.  This doesn’t mean i don’t have to watch what I eat or that I can stop exercising.  But it does mean that I’m doing well in controlling my diabetes. 

Having diabetes is a life-long battle.  But at the moment, I have the upper hand.  The hard part is staying that way.  I’m in it for the long haul.

So what did I do to bring my A1C down?  Well, obviously eating healthier is a big issue.  I still struggle with that.  We eat out a lot.  Too much really.  But I do try to make healthy choices.  Unfortunately when someone else is cooking your food, you don’t always know what goes into it.  Sauces can still be high in carbs and sugar.  Obviously, cooking at home is the best answer.  I need to learn to cook a greater variety of dishes.  But that’s a subject for another blog.

Another thing I’ve been trying to do is get more active.  My wife and I joined a gym.  We try to go more than once a week, but that takes discipline and that’s something we haven’t quite acquired yet. <ahem>

We found an amazing item called an Access bar. We shop with a Wellness company and the Access bar is only available through them.  You eat one fifteen minutes before starting a workout, on an empty stomach, and it helps to give you a more effective workout.  It’s designed to help burn off your fat cells.  It also gives you more energy.  I’m not too sure how the science behind it works, I just know that it works!  The first time I worked out at the gym after eating one of these bars, I spent over an hour on the treadmill, part of that with the treadmill set to a steep incline.  I felt great afterward, and the best thing was I had no aches or pains after the workout, even the next day.

So I’ve made the Access bar part of my workout routine.  As long as it works, I’m going to keep on using it.  Now, if only we could get into the habit of working out more often….

A Further Update On My Experience With GC Control Shake

I’ve blogged about this product twice already, but I just can’t stop talking about it.  Attain GC Control shake is simply one of the best products I have ever encountered in my ongoing battle against diabetes.  I was diagnosed a  type two diabetic in August 08.  Since then my sugar levels have been all over the place.  For the most part my fasting sugar has always been elevated.  At one point it was in the 170′s.  Through diet and exercise I was able to get it down to the upper 120′s but could never seem to get it any lower.

So what’s in this wonder product that makes it so effective?   Here are the basic details:
Calories: 110
Total Fat: 3.5g
Carbs: 10g
Dietary Fiber: 7g
Soluble Fiber: 6g
Protein: 10g
Sugars: 2g
It includes cinammon Bark extract, ginseng root extract, mulberry fruit extract, green tea leaf extract, sweet potato powder.  It’s also gluten free.   The product comes in powder form.  You simply add a scoop into a cup of water and stir vigorously.   And drink.

It comes in three flavors.  Chocolate, Caramel Creme Brulee and Apple and cinammon.  I haven’t tried the Apple and Cinammon yet, but the other two are delicious.  (Note: Since writing this blog I HAVE tried the apple and cinammon flavor and it also tastes great and has proven just as effective.)

Not only does the shake lower my sugar when it’s high, but it has also lowered my fasting sugar substantially.  Remember i said it was averaging in the upper 120′s and wouldn’t come down?  Now it’s averaging in the low 90′s.  In fact, this morning my fasting sugar was 88.  This has not happened once since I was diagnosed a diabetic.  I haven’t been able to walk as much as I like lately, as we’ve had a pretty cold spell.  So my results are purely down to Attain GC Control shake.

Am I calling this a cure for diabetes?  No, of course not.  I strongly urge anyone who tries this product to  keep taking any medication you are on and work closely with your doctor before making any drastic changes to current treatments.  I can’t guarantee you will have the same results I’ve had but I hope you do.  I’m also noticing my weight is slowly coming down by a pound or two a week.  A good healthy weight loss.  I also feel I have more energy.   If i can help just one person to get their diabetes under control then I’ll be very happy and feel that blogging has been a worthwhile activity.  Be healthy everyone.

Just as another addition: A few weeks ago we went to LA for a 12 day vacation. When we got back my sugar levels were again elevated. I hadn’t been able to take the shakes as often as I would have liked and I wasn’t able to eat as healthy as I should have. It has taken a while, but now I’m back on a decent diet and drinking these shakes regularly again, my sugar levels are once again coming back down. This just proves my point that the GC Control shake is no miracle cure. But it is an effective tool to fight against diabetes along with healthy eating and exercise.

As an update to this blog, in June my  A1C was 5.8 and I was taken off Metformin.  I am now drug free.  I monitor my fasting sugar closely.  It’s averaging in the upper 70’s to the low 80’s.

Disclaimer:  While GC Control lowered my sugar when it was high, it didn’t help with my A1C.  The reason I am off Metformin is because I concentrated on weight loss and on running.  It is those life changes that helped me get my sugar under the control it is today.  If you decide to give GC Control a try I strongly recommend you keep taking any medication you are on and consult closely with your doctor.  I would also advise you to keep testing your sugar as you try this product to see what affect it is having on your sugar.

My Experience With Attain GC Control Shakes

This is an update on this post.  I get hits on this post every single day so there is obviously a lot of interest in this product.  I am now off my diabetes medication, Metformin.  I’ve been off it for almost a year now.  My fasting sugar is averaging in the 70’s and 80’s every day.  Exercise has played a huge part in this.  I started running last year and it made the difference.  I still drink a shake every day.   I recommend GC Control to anyone who is diabetic or anyone who is looking to lose weight.  You can drink a shake each day to replace a snack.  It’s delicious and is sweet enough to satisfy any sugar craving.  And as it’s designed to stabilize your sugar level, you are less likely to have a sugar crash that will have you reaching for a chocolate bar or cookie.  – Update March 23rd 2016

Disclaimer:  While GC Control lowered my sugar when it was high, it didn’t help with my A1C.  The reason I am off Metformin is because I concentrated on weight loss and on running.  It is those life changes that helped me get my sugar under the control it is today.  If you decide to give GC Control a try I strongly recommend you keep taking any medication you are on and consult closely with your doctor.  I would also advise you to keep testing your sugar as you try this product to see what affect it is having on your sugar.

I’ve written a few blogs about my battle with diabetes.  It’s an ongoing fight and will probably be waged for the rest of my life.  I was diagnosed a type 2 diabetic in August 08.  I seem to be up and down with diabetes.  For a while I eat well, and my A1C comes down to near normal.  Then I guess I get lazy or sloppy and the numbers start creeping up.  The only way to truly control diabetes is to combine exercise with eating healthy, low carb foods.  I managed to cut out bread for a while, but that’s extremely hard to maintain over a long period of time.  Let’s face it, bread is damned convenient.  A sandwich makes for a quick and easy lunch.  Sometimes when you have to eat on the run, a Subway sandwich is the easiest option.  It’s healthier than McDonalds, right?

Exercise is good for you.  Everybody knows that.  I love to walk.  But walking in the hot humid heat is no walk in the park. (Pun fully intended.)  Nor is walking on a frigid winter day when the sidewalks are icy or snow covered.  So I let that slip at times.  Now it’s the Fall and the temps are ideal for walking, I intend to start my walking regimen again.

Tomorrow.

The GC Control shake is high in fiber and protein.  It comes in a variety of flavors.  Ingredients include Cinnamon extract, Korean Red Ginseng, Mulberry Extract, Green Tea Extract and Sweet Potato Powder. So a pretty healthy concoction

The shakes are not specifically marketed to people who are type 2 diabetics.  So I’ll be their guinea pig.  Lately, my blood sugar has been surging again.  Sunday, my fasting sugar was 171.  I had my first shake Sunday night.  The GC shakes come in powder form.  You just add water.  And let me tell you, they don’t taste bad at all.  It’s a chocolate shake, so it’s obviously going to taste good.  They have a caramel flavor too. I haven’t tried that one yet.  That one is definitely in my future.  The other day a couple of hours after eating, my sugar was 288.  Yeah, I admit it, I had a bad dinner!  So I had my first shake.  Just 45 minutes later my sugar was 238.  My sugar had gone down 50 points in just 45 minutes after drinking a chocolate shake.  Not bad for the first time!

It gets better.  I’ve had at least one shake every day since Sunday.  Each day my fasting sugar has dropped.  Today, Tuesday, three days after I started taking the shakes, my fasting sugar was 131.  Remember how it was 171 on Sunday?

Yesterday, my sugar at 12:20 am was 198.  I tested 40 minutes later I was 148.  Another 50 point drop in 40 minutes!

On to tonight.  Tonight at around 9:24 pm I tested and my sugar was 211.  Yikes.  So I drank a shake.  An hour later, at 10:50 pm I tested again.  This time my sugar was 137.  A 74 point drop!  From drinking a freaking chocolate shake.  Whoever heard of such a thing?!  In that time between the two tests, I did nothing else that could bring my sugar levels down.  In fact, I was sitting on my ass, listening to a conference call on the phone.  This stuff is amazing.  Obviously the experiment has only just begun but I’ll be sure to blog again as the days go by to give updates.  Am I saying these shakes are a cure for diabetes or will let me eat whatever I want?  Nope. I would strongly urge anyone who tries these shakes to help with their diabetes to continue taking any medication you’re on, monitor your sugar and work with your doctor to see if your sugar levels and A1C are responding to the shakes.  I cannot guarantee that everyone will have the same results I’ve had.  I hope you do, though.

I use this product as part of a healthy living regime that includes calorie control and exercise.   GC Control simply works for me as part of that daily routine.  I know that as long as I see results like this, I’ll be drinking these shakes for life!

Again, I just want to stress this has been my experience with the GC Control shake and I cannot guarantee that everyone will have the same results.  Definitely give this product a try.  But keep taking your medication and consult your doctor before making any changes in that regard.  My diabetes is not cured.  It is under control and I intend to keep it that way.  GC Control works best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.