I had a tough time today....

@vandana7 (55324)
India
January 14, 2010 6:10am CST
It is our festival, and my new year's resolution is to stop taking sugar. All my friends were eating ice cream, and there I was swinging between saying yes, and no. I dont particularly like sweets, but ice cream is something I find very hard to resist. Finally, the new year resolution won of course, but it didn't make me feel any better. Each time I felt like saying yes, I had to tell myself that I will get diabetes and my legs would have to be amputated. LOL. So how often do you say no to yourself, and do you succeed? How do you convince yourself?
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
14 Jan 10
Hi vandana, you should feel pleased with yourself for resisting, no one needs all that sugar. Try frozen yogurt instead, it's much healthier and yummier too. I can say no to most things except coffee and free lobster, but that's because I'm on a tight budget.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
14 Jan 10
Oh! thea, I am mighty pleased. I feel I have achieved something great! :) I am not really addicted to anything, except pickles. That is why pickles will be the last thing I leave. :) he he. Leaving sugar is no big deal. :) I, however, loved ice creams, and pastries. :) You are slim and trim. I am 10 kgs. overweight! LOL. Roly poly. LOL.
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@Hatley (152289)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Jan 10
hi theo and vandy will oneof you explain to this poor yank just what kilo is equivalent to in pounds as we still are antiquated in the US and use pounds instead. maybe kilos of weight would look less bad on my diabetic chart than pounds lol lol lol. I told my Doctor Monday this is the year I am going to lose 60 pounds, and he just smiled. So I am determined to prove it to him. lol.
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@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
14 Jan 10
Well Hatley one is double the other but I still get them muddled even though I used to be in pounds, not kilos. Now which one is more, I think its 1 kilo is 2 pounds, I weigh about 50 so I can't imagine I only weigh 25 bags of sugar, so it must be pounds that are double. Vandy I may be slim but I don't feel deprived with just one scoop of ice cream in town about once a week in summer, if I ate more than that at one time it would make me feel sick.
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@mlhuff12 (800)
• United States
14 Jan 10
That is a big commitment, no sugar. There is a lot of dessert type things that you can get that are sweetened with splenda. I think there is even some ice cream sweetened with artificial sugar. Sure it may not taste as good. But you'll get in your sweet if you so desire. If it were me I would have said just to lower my intake of sugar. Not to eliminate it completely because that is just a resolution to be broken. But I wish you all of luck at keeping it. I know I am not strong enough to be able to keep that one.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
14 Jan 10
We each have our weaknesses. :) Mine is spicy food. :) So letting go of sugar is no big deal for me. :) Except when it is in form of pastries and ice creams.:) In fact, those are the only forms I really take it in, apart from sugar in coffee and tea. I have stopped it in beverages, and bakery items are something I need to avoid only on birthdays of my friends and their kids. But ice cream is something I used to eat once too often. I am 10 kgs. overweight. High time I took a step in that direction. :)
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@mlhuff12 (800)
• United States
14 Jan 10
My weakness would sweets. For christmas I had so many cookies and chocolates. Thankfully all the cookies are gone. I just kept on eating them and eating them.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
15 Jan 10
Hi mlhuff, though it is not advisable to eat, you are still young, and therefore, you can do some exercises and lose those pounds. :) I am not young! Imagine me like humpty dumpty trying to do some exercises and breaking some bones which makes me lie on bed and add some more weight. LOL. So I have no choice but to cut on intake, eat healthy, and once I am reasonably down in weight, try to do some light exercises. :) But mlhuff, do look at it whether you genuinely want to eat that stuff or are doing it as a nervous habit. I found myself eating a whole lot more as long as I watched telly. That is because I loved watching those detective serials, and action packed movies which made me nervous and eating became a way to counter it. :) If it is going in when you are bored, or when you are watching telly, then you might want to change what you eat then, may be stock fruits and healthy stuff instead. :)
@dpk262006 (52378)
• Delhi, India
15 Jan 10
Hi vandana! It is really great on your part that you were able to control your desire of eating ice cream and this way you could avoid consumption of ‘sugar’ intake. Hats off to you. To my knowledge diabetes does not occur due to excess intake of sugar, it happens due to lack of ‘insulin’ in our bodies. However, it is true that when one becomes a diabetic patient, s/he is asked to avoid sugar. I think minimal intake of sugar is always good for our health, specially when one is growing older. I think for me it would be difficult to resist such a tempting offer of eating ice-cream, when others are enjoying the same.
@dpk262006 (52378)
• Delhi, India
15 Jan 10
This discussion of yours figures in 'Today's Top discussion list' (i.e. on 15th Jan., 2010)
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
15 Jan 10
Yeah! I noticed. :) I agree sugar doesn't cause diabetes per se, but excess sugar in the body is transformed into fat, and stored, so when we increase in weight, there are other issues involved. It is best avoided I suppose considering the fact that human body has not evolved to handle such refined stuff. :) I am as it is taking ample carbohydrates through rice. :(
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@dpk262006 (52378)
• Delhi, India
15 Jan 10
It is true that excess of every thing is bad and so is the case with sugar. Excess intake of sugar could be determinental specially, in old age. When one is young, s/he can digest everything and face any adverse impact of excess sugar, however, as one's age increases, it is better to limit the intake of sugar.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Jan 10
Hi Vandana, You can still have and enjoy ice cream in moderation. or there are also those sugar free ice cream just to get into your cravings. i admire you for your determination to finally say no to the "temptation". As for me, it depends on my moods. i can give in but just to have a taste of it them i will be fine.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
15 Jan 10
Everybody was appreciating my determination considering the fact that they knew how much I could eat! LOL. Only I know how tempted I was. And if I'd given in once, there would be no looking back. :) I feel so proud of myself today. :)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Jan 10
Congratulations! You made it! so just be consistent it will bring positive result to you especially your health. i am happy to hear that good news friend! keep on building that thought and determination to say NO!
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Hey vandana! Do you have diabetes? Do people in your family have it? Why are you concerned about it unless you already have it? Unless someone in your direct family line has diabetes or you already do there is no reason for an unnatural concern! I guess I would have to have these questions answered before I could understand why you made the statements you made! I have family members and friends that are diabetic and they don't even make statements as serious as you did so why did you?
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Well, I am familiar with both diabetes and with denying myself things. My father and 2 of my aunts were both diabetics. At the time, everyone assumed that sugar caused diabetes. Since then, they discovered it is not the sugar you eat that caused diabetes, it is too much blood sugar over a long period of time. Every carbohydrate that you eat is turned into blood glucose (sugar) - so, rice, beans, fruits, vegetables, bread, noodles, etc are all turned into sugar by your body. Actual sugar just skips a step and your body does not have to convert it. Keep your weight down, exercise at least 3 times a week, and limit the number of carbohdrates and you can delay or prevent diabetes from occurring. Denying yourself something - I got lazy with my own diet and I am now overweight again! So, at the beginning of the year I went back on my diet. My weakness is not ice cream - my weakness is chocolate! What I do is - I schedule a reward for myself if I stay on my diet. With your ice cream as an example, you could promise yourself a small amount of your favorite ice cream at the end of each week IF you stick to your goal the rest of the week. Then, you keep telling yourself that if you say no NOW you will be able to have your SPECIAL treat when it is scheduled and remind yourself that if you give in now NO TREAT for another week. Hope this helps.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
17 Jan 10
Hi speakeasy, there are no halfways with me. :) That is my problem. :) If I'd eaten on that day, then I would not have hesitated in eating it even today. But once I put in that effort, now it becomes a benchmark of sorts to cross. :) I tried that promising myself a small cup a couple of years ago. I didn't succeed. :) That is because on the day I was to have a ice cream, I would eat enough to compensate for the days that I didnt. :)
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• India
15 Jan 10
Earlier like u I was also liking ice cream.Most of the people like ice cream. I have taken a resolution to avoid salt,sweet and pickle as I grow older to keep my body healthy. Since health is most important because as long a we live in the world , we should not depend on others or be a disturbances to others. So, we got to keep up our health. As the time passes, then we get routine to avoid the things which is not good for health.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
27 Jan 10
That is very heartening to note venkatachary. :) I hope I will be able to bid goodbye to pickles with equal ease. :) For now, I have succeeded with sugar and it feels really good. Not that I really love sugar. But leaving it has been quite easy. :) Even though I love pastries and ice creams.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Everything you do in a day is a choice. I have a picture of slim me and fat me. Which one do I want to be? I let myself have a modest cheat once a week, usually on Sunday, but if there is something on a different day, then I have it that day and don't have it on Sunday. I find one small cheat once a week helps me to stay on the diet longer than never having something at all. Take care. Good going and keep up the good work.
@vandana7 (55324)
• India
16 Jan 10
Hi writersedge, I am very generous with myself. You are talking about small cheat. :) I tried that and I ended up eating much more on the day I was allowed to cheat. :) So I guess, I am not as disciplined as you are. :)
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@karthi_88 (299)
• India
15 Jan 10
hi friend, when we take any resolution at first it will be really tough to follow friend.first your mind will say yes later when you follow this automatically you will say no friend.don't give up friend if your resolution wins means you will sure win friend. have a nice day :)
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
16 Jan 10
Thanks for taking my side. :) Yes, I won, and hopefully I will keep on winning on this one. I guess, after a couple of rounds like this, it wont feel as bad. :) Thanks to all of you, I also started going on walk today. :) Hope I will be able to follow through that one as well. :)
@alikash (37)
• India
15 Jan 10
why you taken that resolution which is beyond of you .... but dont worry awake yourself...keep lotting
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
17 Jan 10
Hi alikash, new year resolutions are always beyond us in some way dont you think? :) It is about making them possible. :) You too have a good day here. :)
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@Sreekala (18778)
• India
15 Jan 10
Hi vandana, Belated Pongal wishes to you. Hope you celebrated it well. I am sorry to know about your diabetic and I heard the people who have diabetic are very fond of sugar/sweets because they can’t eat the same. Not only sugar but they should avoid all the food which is growing under the soil except elephant-foot Yam. I should appreciate you; you stood for your resolution. Actually many people lacking this determination and I know many relatives, they are using the sugar and hiding the same from other members at home. They are only affecting then also they can’t resist. Once again best wishes to you. Have a nice day.
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@dpk262006 (52378)
• Delhi, India
15 Jan 10
Sree! Please read the post again, she says that she fears getting diabtic, she is not a diabtic patient, as yet.
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@Sreekala (18778)
• India
15 Jan 10
Oh my God, what a mistake I have done! Sorry dear Vandana.
@vandana7 (55324)
• India
16 Jan 10
No issues Sreekala. :) Actually, we do have problem in our family, and though so far I am safe, I dont really want to take risks. That is the reason I am opting for prevention is better than cure. And Deepak! Its ok - she has given me good hints!
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@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
15 Jan 10
I'm with you on this health thing. Like in most food joints here in my country, it is encouraging people to ask for less sugar, less salt and more vegetables. I'm trying to live healthily too and to go green as well. Wishing 2010 a more prosperous year than ever.
@vandana7 (55324)
• India
27 Jan 10
Hi zed, yes, I wish I can reduce salt. I think I am ok with the vegetables. :) I eat a lot of pickles, which is rather high even by local standards. About one tablespoon of it. And it has both salt and oil! I need to cut that. But without that nothing gets down my gullet. :) So I think next year and year after I will reduce it to half first. :) Sugar is no issue as I dont really like sugar that much. :) Only ice creams and pastries. :) Ah well, succeeded so far. Next year let me see how far I can go with pickles. I am not confident about that one. :)
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@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
1 Feb 10
Pickles..? You are right.. you have to cut that in half at least. I think too much of that might not be good too. In fact, in anything at all, and I think you know that already. I love pickles too; they are really addictive food, something to munch while we do work, watch TV and etc. I think you can definitely achieve your food goal for 2010..all the best.
@vandana7 (55324)
• India
1 Feb 10
Thanks zed, one month and no cravings. :) I checked my weight today, I am down by half kg! So I am in a good mood today. :) But the belly! I will have to do something about it. :( Ah well, losing half kg is not bad for starters, is it? :) So pickles are your poison too! I too watch tv and on a plate I take something like that. So much oil, and salt! :) Next year, half. I promised myself that. But looks like when I promise myself that, I tend to increase the quantum I eat this year. LOL. Oh! I will succeed. I know me. :)
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• India
14 Jan 10
Vandana some things in life are not to be missed. I had a triple by pass surgery about four years back, and I also have diabetes as well as hypertension. I was not taking sweets for a couple of years.After that I have started to take a lot of sweets,I know it is bad, but I do not care.Even today I had sugar pongal, and some sweets.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
14 Jan 10
You are almost my age! :( I think even if you are ok with it, people at home will be unhappy should anything bad happen, isn't it? :( And I haven't got anybody else to look after me! So unless I keep myself healthy, and hope I will die in deep sleep, things look pretty bleak for me. :( We do have diabetes, cardio vascular problems, and paralysis in our family!
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• India
14 Jan 10
Yes, you are right, even though my wife and mother do not like it.(Me taking sweets), at times, they themselves offer me the sweets, since they know that I love sweets. The same thing goes for taking sugar in coffee etc.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
14 Jan 10
They are torn between giving you what you like, and doing the right thing. After all, we never know. Under such circumstances, it would be better if restraint came from your end, so that they dont face that dilemma.
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• Pamplona, Spain
19 Jan 10
Hiya vandana, It´s not so much about stop taking Sugar although it does help is you have to try to avoid everything else you know is loaded with Sugar that is even worse for you. They have way too much Sugar in lot´s of things and you can´t really know just how much either. For example in soft drinks without naming any in particular they have way too much over the top and the fruit juices in cartons too or in Bottles for that matter. So it´s a tough world if they don´t get you one way they get you another.
@vandana7 (55324)
• India
27 Jan 10
Hi lovinangelsinstead, I dont take soft drinks at all! I find them too sweet! In fact, whenever I used to give company to my friends, I used to add salt in it to bring down that sweetness! That bad! :) I really dont fancy sweet that much so it is not a great sacrifice for sure. Just that I love ice creams and pastries. :) But I have managed to control myself so far, and it feels great. :)
• Pamplona, Spain
27 Jan 10
Hiya vandana, Great if you are having success with that what you are keeping to. I love salty things too but not too much. Worse drink is the energy drink I don´t like any of them I have tried them but no I find water and herbal infusions much more comforting.
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@kiran8 (14212)
• Mangalore, India
16 Jan 10
Hi Vandana, So you dint have that ice cream ? Let go Vandana, dont worry, afterall we have one life and we need to make the best of it. I believe in ewating well and working hard and enjoying life what may come...when I look back I dont want to have too many regrets at not having done this and not having eaten that ....LOL I am not trying to break your resolution ....I am pretty firm if I make up my mind about something. But making up my mind is the hard part _ all the best and have a Great weekend vandana
@kiran8 (14212)
• Mangalore, India
18 Jan 10
I do agree with you Vandana....We need to take care and prevention is certainly better than cure.You find a lot of life style ailments catching up with youngsters these days and most of them can be traced to wrong(?) eating habits and long periods of inactivity while at work, so we have to be extra careful - Take care and have a nice day
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Congratulations on sticking to your resolution! I usually stick to them but not this year. I promised myself I would be more serious about exercising. If it comes down to a choice between sleep (which I love) and exercising (which I don't) I always pick sleep. I keep telling myself "I'll be better next week" and then I'm not. I usually have a lot of willpower and self control, but lately my back and hip have been hurting, so I use that as an excuse not to exercise.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
16 Jan 10
Hi cerebellum, I started walking this morning. I have kept a record of all my statistics such as my weight, my waist line, my blood pressure and all that. I will check it next the next month. :) Just start that way. It helps I think. ;)
• United States
16 Jan 10
I That is a good way to start. Keeping track of everything helps a lot. I keep track of how many calories I eat each day, and am always suprised how fast it adds up. I also will skip foods if I don't know their calorie content and I don't eat at night, because I don't want to write anything else down! I get weighed almost every morning and keep track of that too. I also take my measurements once a month or so, and of course I write it down. If you know where you need work, or that you have gained weight your likely to be stricter with your diet and exercise. Walking is good exercise. I have a disability and have difficulty walking, but I wish I could do it. I'm not overweight but I could be very easily.
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@RachelleNH (1408)
• United States
15 Jan 10
I have a tough time everyday...but what I started doing is buying the 10 calorie sugar free jellos and the skinny cow ice creams-100 calories...that way I can enjoy and not feel guilty. I have a major sweet tooth myself :) It's a daily battle. Don't be too hard on yourself-you sound very strong..I'd have given into temptation :-P I hope you don't wind up resenting your resolution!
@vandana7 (55324)
• India
17 Jan 10
Oh dear Rachelle, its already 17 days, and since I started this, and though my victory is just about 4 days, I feel greatly thrilled about it. On my own, I would not go and buy and therefore, there would be no temptation. But when friends are all eating, it does look odd not to order one for yourself. And they too insist, why dont you just take a small one. It is simply too easy to give in. :) But I know me, if I take a small one, I wouldnt hesitate in ordering another one. :) So I told myself, if I have to do it right, I just have to succeed with saying no today. :) I succeeded. :) I dont know if I am strong or not. I will know it only at the end of the year. I dont particularly like sweets though I love munching. Ice cream and pastries are exception to that rule. Leaving them is truly tough for me. But I am not really missing them now. :) Try it. Even you can do it. :) It takes just about two weeks to stop wanting them. :)
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• United States
17 Jan 10
I guess it's like anything..like when I quit smoking..after 2 weeks-I didn't crave them anymore. It's just hard...I give in so easy to sugar. I commend you!
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@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Well, I too have the same resolution,,,to cut down on sweets this year. But I find that I am bound to fail if it's an all or nothing deal. So 2 days a week, I allow myself a dessert or treat, Wed and Sunday. So far it's working out well since I know I am have a few days to wait if I am tempted by a treat. You might want to allow yourself at least an occasional ice cream treat or you might fall off the limiting sweets track all together. Getting diabetes has a number of factors, not just the sweets so some sweets won't hurt ya. I hope you enjoy the festival and time with your friends!
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
15 Jan 10
Hi Tallygirl, yes, I did enjoy festival time with my friends. :) You have a nice plan in place. :) In your place, I would end up eating more on those days. LOL. I did try something like that, but knowing how self-indulgent I can be, I chose to completely abstain this time. :) Of course, I still eat rice! That has enough carb!
• United States
15 Jan 10
I'm happy to hear that you had such a good time! It's funny that sometimes the little events can make such lasting memories. And while rice is a carb, we all know it's far healthier than an ice cream cone! And there are so many kinds of rice tho so far I like them all!
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@malpoa (1218)
• India
14 Jan 10
Oh that was good to read...till today we had guests and whenever we offered sweets, both the husband and wife would say that they would get diabetics!!! I was quite plum during my high school days, I realised it only when one of our male neighbours commented (which I didnt like much)about it!! I avoided certain food and controled only carbohydrate intake. Recently I got a tyre on the stomach and it took a lot of pain to get rid of it!! Saying no to butter and cheese was very difficult. I ate sweets though. Controlled carbohydrates intake and that was a no pastry period!!! It was a challenge to keep away from all the inviting food when we friends got together, now I am trying to put on some weight and it is not happening!!! hi hi
@vandana7 (55324)
• India
14 Jan 10
Hi Malpoa, long time no see. :) How are you doing? Well, losing weight at your age is easy. Losing weight at my age is tough! :) I too kept on waxing and waning. :) And I was plump when I was in intermediate. :) But of late - I have put on quite a bit, and I am not happy about it. :) Sugar is not one of my favorites. So I am ok with forgetting about it. But pastries and ice creams are tough to let go. :) I feel I have achieved a big thing today. :) I dont eat much oily food either. Except that I love chilli powder, salt, and some hot oil along with idlis, rather than sambhar, and pickles. :) So that is a lot of oil getting in twice a week.:) I need to do something about it. :) I know. :) I am just extending that pleasure till 2012. Once I stop that, I am sure my weight will come down rather rapidly. :)
@malpoa (1218)
• India
15 Jan 10
Yeah we had guests.:(( Hmm dry chutney and idli tastes yum, but it is okay with that much of oil I guess. Just use as much to wet the mix! In the evening, instead of fried items and tea, have fruits. It helps you know, also drink a lot of water. Drinking water before eating meal is one trick to eat less portion. Red rice is better than the white one, also prefer not to cook rice in pressure cooker. also while making veggies, steam the veggies and then cook in the same procedure like how you do. It will take less oil then. Substitiute ghee with oil wherever possible. pastries contain a lot of clories, icecream, you can ask for low fat ones. Once in a while you can indulge in them, I used to have one ice cream a month, the softy available at KFC. It is low in sugar. But no idea about the calorie though!!!:) happy dieting.
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@sweetie1026 (1724)
• Philippines
14 Jan 10
My mother battled with diabetes for 29 long years. Her diabetes was diagnosed when she was 40 yrs old and the complications came when she was 65, she passed away at 69. I could say that she gave it a good battle because although she had it, she was still eating sweets. She gives in to her cravings but in moderation. She was never deprived of the pleasures of eating ice cream, chocolates, cakes and other sweets. The only thing that she really had to give up is rice which is our staple food here in the Philippines. Rice when digested turns into glucose or sugar as her doctor said, I guess what i am trying to say is a little of everything won't hurt.
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@vandana7 (55324)
• India
14 Jan 10
Hi sweetie, thank you for letting me know that. You see, I am an Indian, a South Indian at that. Rice is our staple food as well. I have not given up rice, only sugar, primarily because of that. It is not easy to give up rice, but it is easy enough to give up sugar. :) Yeah, I suppose a little of everything doesn't hurt, but I am 10 kg overweight! I am almost on borderline of being obese! I cant afford anymore risks from hereon. :) I have decreased rice intake, and put a complete stop to sugar. Let's see if I lose any weight in six months. :)
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
Just be careful not to overdo it, because your body will be weaker and will be more susceptible to illness or complications and that is where most diabetic people encounter problems. Always have your blood sugar check.Take care.
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