2016 Confessional


I am writing furiously so that I do not chicken out. I am once again sharing with you my readers, so that I can be held accountable. The issue is this: my blood sugar is in the high normal range and I have seen the way diabetes has tragically altered my Mom’s life in so many ways.

Even though she is 89 and has survived two cancers, it is the diabetes that has caused  lasting debilitation. She has been wheel chair confined for quite some time now and when the lift in her personal care home broke down, they indicated that they would no longer be able to get her to the washroom, so you know the rest…… She tries hard to exercise her independence but she is totally reliant on others for her care.

I asked my nurse practitioner if losing some weight would help the blood sugar thing and she replied with a resounding “yes”! So today is Day One and I will “weigh” in with you in a week or so and share some of my new found recipes along the way.

I have considered Weight Watchers as I was very successful on the program between our first and second baby. But the truth is, I know exactly what I need to do without spending money on a program. I need to eat less, and when I do eat, it needs to be the right choices. It is pretty clear to me.

Here is a small triumph from Day One: I have a torn meniscus and have spent the day in waiting rooms, seeing doctors, getting x rays and prescriptions. When our kids were young, I always let them have a treat of potato chips after a dentist or doctor’s appointment. While I was killing time at Rexall waiting for a topical cream prescription to be filled, I spied the chip aisle. Although I was tempted by a big bag of my favourite kettle chips, I resorted to a healthy snack. My appointments meant that I had not eaten any lunch, so it hit the spot. The snack was mostly air but had some crunch and some salt which are the two sensations that I cannot do without.

So feel free to come along my friends as I take you on another food journey.

Kath’s quote: “I have a great diet. You’re allowed to eat anything you want, but you must eat it with naked fat people.” ~Ed Bluestone


Love never fails.



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2 Comments to

“2016 Confessional”

  1. Avatar May 5th, 2016 at 10:05 pm Pat Toupin Says:

    Hi Kathryne. I was your mothers neighbor until she went into care.Like you I have been told my sugar is high. I look forward to recipes to help me cope. I’ve tried other recipes from your blog, and I’ve learned to love eggplant from you.Take care. Pat

  2. Avatar May 6th, 2016 at 7:27 am Kathryne Says:

    Pat, Thanks so much for writing. I would have recognized your name even if you hadn’t introduced yourself. First off, thank you so much for helping Mom out the way that you did with groceries and packing items for her. I hope you are enjoying activity at 532 again. Here’s a tip I can share with you right off the hop-even though I do not particularly like the taste of white Splenda, the brown sugar Splenda tastes great in baking. Last evening I made low fat, low sugar banana muffins and even though they may sound unappealing, they tasted great. I am enjoying one with my coffee at this moment. I am glad that you are liking eggplant now because you can eat all you want while you are being mindful of your sugar and carbs! How are you doing with artichokes? Chat soon. K

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