I am a guest blogger replacing FatCatAnna while she is on her well-earned vacation.
I'm new at this. Hopefully, I will come through as planned.
I want to talk to you about a recent experience I had with the McGill Health Center in Montreal as part of a research in food and diabetes. Before beginning the sessions, we were evaluated at the Montreal Chest Hospital. We walked the treadmill breathing through a tube, blood pressre was taken, blood tested, weight taken as well as measurements through the waist and hips. Following this evaluation, we were treated to 18 weeks of cooking lessons with a chef who had a Mediterranean background. We were provided with a cook book and a pedometer to count steps.
The cooking lessons began on May 15th and ended on October 30th, 2010. I chose to join the Saturday group which took place at Loblaws located on St. Jacques Street. There were 15 of us, all Type 2 diabetics, male and female. Approximately halfway through the cooking lessons, we were down to between 8-9 participants. These were free cooking lessons with a real chef. I found it unbelievable that anyone would quit.
Our goals varied. Mine was to lose 10 lbs. by the end of the sessions. I lost 15 lbs, reaching my ideal weight for my height. My BMI was very good. Our weights were recorded weekly as well as the number of steps. My average during this time period was between 13,000 and 15,000 steps a day. Not hard to do. I just put the pedometer on first thing in the morning and took it off at bedtime.
Our nutritionists sat with us while we ate what we cook and went over various things we needed to know about nutrition, reading labels, and exercise. I now know how much sodium I am allowed. After 9 years of being a Type 2 diabetic, I can finally read the labels properly. We are allowed sodium levels between 5% and 7% of our daily value. Not easy to find, but doable (if that is a word). My blood pressure is now normal because I am very conscious of sodium levels in processed foods. I am now becoming a better cook, cooking more of my own foods rather than buying processed foods which are loaded with sodium, fat and sugar.
At the end of the 18 cooking sessions, we were again evaluated at the Montreal Chest Hospital to see what if any changes took place in our diabetes. We again walked the treadmill breathing through a tube. Our waitlines and hips were measured. Blood tested and blood pressure taken. Definitely, I did better this time than the first evaluation before May 15th. I also feel much better. I lost enoug weight that I had to change my wardrobe. I was very happy to do so. What we were required to do over the 18 sessions, worked. I still walk a lot and watch what I eat.
By: : Jan, 10, 2011 17:07 PM
The cooking lessons were great. As to the walking, I go to the shopping centers when it is too cold to walk outside. I also walk around my apartment when I want to reach the 10,000 steps. Eating was just one factor in my losing weight. Exercise was also very important. I do wear a step pedometer. I put it on first thing in the morning and take it off when I go to bed. During the 18 weeks we took cooking lessons, I walked an average of 14-15,000 steps. Because of my weight loss, I've had to buy a whole new wardrobe. I learned a lot about food, and am now cooking more than before. I just finished cooking a hamburger soup. I also make my own spaghetti sauce as well as stews. What is important is to stay away from processed foods as much as possible.
I wish I could tell you that some day they may repeat this research with Type 1. Maybe someone should phone McGill Health Center and ask them if this would ever be possible. I think maybe it has to do with Type 1's eating more often than Type 2's.
Anyway, don't give up on walking.
By: AmariT: Jan, 10, 2011 11:38 AM
The cooking sessions sound great. I'd love to do something like that. I think it's terrible that they don't allow type 1 diabetics. I suppose I can understand why (since with the right diet you have a possibility of beating type 2 diabetes but not type 1), but cooking sessions can be great for type 1 diabetics too.
I've been trying to do that 10,000+ steps a day. The problem is that it's winter, and I only work out of an office two days a week. So those days that I don't have to leave the house, I don't want to go outside in the cold and snow. I end up spending the entire day sitting around inside like a lazy blob. I've noticed that my energy levels are much higher throughout the day if I go for a long walk in the morning, though, so I'm trying to get better about that. I really do love walking and I do so much of it in the summer, but oh how I hate the cold.
By: FatCatAnna: Dec, 15, 2010 10:37 AM
Lorraine - many thanks for posting your FIRST blog and hopefully more will follow here at Diabetes1.org (you don't have to be a guest blogger to post here at Diabetes1.org - it's a big sand box for all of us to play in)! Since I've known Lorraine, she's taught an old dog like myself a few tricks that I didn't know about diabetes!
I wanted to go to the cooking sessions with Lorraine - but they refused me due to my being a T1 diabetic (they were only taking T2). It was too bad, because I really wanted to attend, even if it meant taking time off from work. I'm always wanting to learn new things. They did apologise that they couldn't take me - but heck - if I'd gone - maybe I'd be saying the same thing as Lorraine is saying - that I lost some weight!
By: xsicokyle27: Dec, 13, 2010 12:26 PM
Thank you for sharing your experience, Grandma Lorraine!
It sounds very interesting and encouraging. :)