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Understanding the beginning of diabetes

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: Sep 30, 2019 | Replies (8)

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I remember when I first read about TOPS that it was too restrictive for hard working people, so I stayed away from it. Amway has some energy drinks that are caffeine. No thanks. I do like to drink Carnation Instant Breakfast for dinner once in a while as the nutrients are similar but it has more milk and less egg whites than Optifast. it was strange that I felt good on Optifast and wasn't hungry. I finally reasoned that the fat loss released much stored estrogen which lifted my spirits and energy. It is not recommended to do more than once in a lifetime. No sense in talking to my thin doctor, however he might send me to the nutritionist again. I have the Mayo Clinic Diet book and I can follow that however my portions are more than they recommend. I have my booking and tickets for Florida in February where I will sit in the sun and knit, and sometimes walk to the mall. The same group of nice people will be there as last year, so it is enjoyable to socialize which I don't have at home in my community in the winter. I fix my own meals and I eat a careful breakfast in the hotel, free.
My father's people were all short and fat and very happy. The women lived into their 90's. My brother and sister are gone. Bad health.
I guess we can keep working on little things and be happy we can still walk, even if it is not far at a time. My mind is excellent. Maybe I should write books and keep my fingers clean at the computer. I once had a mouse bite my bare toe while I was absorbed in typing at the computer. He didn't live long after that. Thanks for the support. Dorisena

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TOPS club is basically the exchange program diet. It's not restrictive unless you make it that way. That's what my mother-in-law did. She lost too much weight to gain her KOPS status and had to stay within a two pound limit of her goal or she would lose the status. She would hardly eat anything for a couple of days before weigh=ins and then take a laxative the night before. Her being so obsessed with losing that status really made her unhealthy.

Hey, I have a pet rat that I've named "Ben" in my garden shed. I haven't seen him in a couple of days so I think he's "left". I hate mice in the house!! I drink Almond Milk or Coconut Milk as dairy doesn't agree with me. I keep plugging along. Trying to walk every day and trying to get my flower beds and garden ready for winter. I'd sure love to go to Florida all winter. I'm from Iowa so winters are so very cold here!! Have a blessed day!!

@dorisena I am thinking that you probably live in the colder areas as we do in NH. My husband would love to get out of here in the winter but he won't until we sell this house which is once again at a standstill since I cannot accomplish much while recovering from my fracture. I don't think it will happen this winter, but maybe next? We haven't thought about which warm destination we would consider yet. The advantage of Florida or somewhere south on the Atlantic coast would be that we could have our car there, the drive would probably take a few days. Southern CA is a bit far to drive and his choice would be Hawaii but that is simply too darned expensive.