In February of 2014 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was tired, overweight and had out of control diabetes. I knew nothing about the disease, what caused it or how to treat it. After attending nutritional classes and meeting privately with a dietitian, I knew my lifestyle had to change. Number one, I had to change how I ate and what I ate and bring my high blood sugar down, along with some help with medication. Number two, I had to lose weight. Thanks to Sara Lee® for sponsoring this post so that I can share my experience with you.
I had no idea, until my nutritional classes, that carbs were the ‘enemy’. How was I going to cut down on my faves of pasta, potatoes and bread? My dietitian gave a limit of 50 grams of carbs per meal. Thanks to Sara Lee®’s Delightful Breads at only 45 Calories I found I could still enjoy my sandwiches and toast. I experimented with lots of different brands and types of bread but I found the taste I was looking for in Sara Lee®’s Delightful Breads. Not only is it only 45 calories, it has only 17 grams of carbohydrates for two slices which is very important to a diabetic. Serving size is the first thing that diabetics look for on a nutritional label. An added bonus is that the bread also has 5 grams of fiber. When the fiber is 5 grams or more you divide the fiber by two and subtract from your total carb count. That would make the bread 15 grams of carbs! For a diabetic that is a delight! It is also great for a heart-healthy diet and the bread contains no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup.
From the day I was diagnosed with diabetes I decided to make a change and I started that day. I started eating healthy by eating smaller portions and concentrated on eating fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, nuts, beans. I am also realistic and realize that I cannot eat the same thing every meal of every day. I still enjoy my sandwich for lunch with some fruit on the side. The difference is now I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with natural peanut butter and sugar free jelly on Sara Lee®’s Delightful Breads. On some days I will eat sliced turkey that I roasted in the oven instead of deli meat. I also love a chicken salad that I improvised to be less carb loaded, but still satisfying. You can find the recipe below.
In the nine months since I was diagnosed with diabetes, I succeeded in my number one priority to bring down my sugar level that even shocked my doctor. I now have my diabetes managed but something else happened in my quest. I lost 65 pounds and brought down my bad cholesterol and brought up my good.
I am 63 years old and I feel ten years younger! I found the energy that I thought was gone at my age and have started walking more and in general moving more. When people ask me what kind of diet I was on to lose weight, I tell them I don’t diet now and never will again…I changed my lifestyle.
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I also want to share my recipe for my delicious Low Carb Chicken Salad Sandwich with you.
- 2 cups grilled chicken breast cubed
- 1 rib celery diced
- 1 green onion diced
- 1 cup red seedless grapes halved
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup diced avocado
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Mix first six ingredients in a bowl.
- In separate bowl mix mayo and Greek yogurt and seasonings.
- Pour over chicken mixture and stir well.
- Serve on Sara Lee® Delightful Oatmeal bread with a tomato slice and leaf lettuce.
This is a sponsored post written by Pam Burbey on behalf of Sara Lee®.
Pam Burbey is the mother of a son and daughter and the grandma of an adorable boy. Pam shares a house on the beautiful Kankakee river with her two furbabies, a fierce dachshund and a shy spaniel, searching for life’s answers and only finding more questions.