Coming from a Latin background I knew that the chances of me getting diagnosed with diabetes was high. I grew up with family members getting diabetes one after the other. First it was both of my grandmothers being diagnosed within months of each other. Then it was my dad being diagnosed and then my sister when she was just 22 years old.
This past summer my husband got the news that he was pre-diabetic. I didn't want another one of my loved ones to become diabetic so it was finally time to do something about it. On August 31st we started our journey of eating a low carb diet and have since lost a combined total of 122 pounds. Last month my husband went back to the doctor to get lab work and we got the news that he was no longer pre-diabetic! It is really amazing how just doing little changes to your diet could reverse something as serious as diabetes.
Now that my husband and I are committed to this way of eating we are working hard to bring our other family members on board. I want to show them that it is easy to change what they eat by substituting little things. One of my favorite family recipes is fried barbecue chicken. Now instead of frying it we are grilling it and instead of slathering it with our favorite barbecue sauce we are just using a little.
While browsing my local Target I took a look through the diabetic aisle. I was pleased to see all of the products Glucerna offered. They had some delicious looking shakes in a variety of flavors. As I was reading the label I saw that they contained CARBSTEADY® which helps lessen blood sugar spikes by allowing the body to slowly digest the carbohydrates. On top of Glucerna being the #1 Doctor recommended brand for people with diabetes, Target was also having a cartwheel of 10% off of their bars and shakes. (Live Jan 10th – 30th)
I decided to make the barbecue chicken and bring my grandma a 6pk of the Glucerna Vanilla Shakes. To make the barbecue chicken I took 3 ounces of boneless skinless chicken and grilled it on my indoor grill. I cooked it for about 5 minutes per side. Then I brushed on 2 teaspoons of my favorite low carb barbecue sauce on top and allowed it to cook for about 30 seconds longer. I packed it up and brought it for my grandmother to enjoy.
What small changes are you making to become healthier?