Category Archives: healthy diet

My fridge is lower carbohydrate now and more healthy


I have fresh vegetables including broccoli (Danny Ray is saying “I told you so LOL”). Meats, high in protein (good for diabetics) and no carbs.

One of my problems with the insulin is that my meals must be more regulated. No eating, munching whenever I feel like it. Will be good in the long run and may even lose weight, but driving me crazy right now.

My fitbit announced at 2PM that I had hit my walking goal for the day. My goal is still low. It is just under 2000 steps per day right now. May be time to raise it.

My antidepressant is still working except for the mood swings (manic right now, or maybe hypo-manic) and I am sleeping too much still. Appointment tomorrow. She might lower it or raise the mood stabilizer. This has been the best one so far aside from the initial reaction to the Cymbalta which lasted 8 months.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Sugars have been high all day…


Not sure what is going on. Maybe the stress of meeting with my old grade school friend in person had something to do with it.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Todays levels – fasting 110 and 5 hours later 117


I ate 3 inches of a hoagie and the meat and cheese of the other 3 inches, not the rest of the bread.

I just filled 2 weeks of pills. I hate that job. I take so many and some are day, some are night and some are both. Annoying!

One of the skills I miss the most is my typing. It now takes forever and I have a ton of mistakes to fix.

I also wish I could sleep like a normal person. I can sleep longer if I sleep during the day. Forget sleeping at night.

I have a surprise birthday/Marine Corp Boot Camp graduation party tomorrow for my grandson. Not a party or people person.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Fibromyalgia Pain Relief: Control Your Carbohydrates Intake


Fibromyalgia has been associated with reactive hypoglycemia. Reactive hypoglycemia usually occurs a couple of hours after one takes a large portion of carbohydrates. It causes symptoms such as headache, dizziness, anxiety, fatigue and sugar or carbs cravings. Furthermore, whenever high amounts of carbohydrates are consumed, it causes a corresponding increment in insulin production which can increase pain sensitivity.

Limit your carbohydrates consumption, but do not abstain from it because an appropriate amount of carbohydrates is still essential for normal brain functioning; unlike the rest our body, our brain only gets energy from glucose.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Healthy Poll, please answer – Tessa


As most of you know I have many health issues. At the moment the mental issues are outweighing the physical pain.

My 2 biggest concerns are Diabetes and Bipolar.

I have created a poll to help me find out what every one thinks is the health plan I should start with. I can’t do more than one at a time. It simply overwhelms me.

Give me your best ideas to get started.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Fibromyalgia and B12 vitamins.


Many people have low B12 vitamins in their systems which cause many side effects such as exhaustion and brain deficiency.

You can get B12 by eating certain foods, an injection or a vitamin supplement.

The old we get the least we absorb B12.

I personally can’t say taking high doses of vitamin B12 helped my Fibromyalgia any. Try it for yourself.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Eating Healthy with Fibromyalgia


Many people don’t realized just how hard eating healthy can be for someone with Fibromyalgia. I can’t just go grocery shopping and shop the whole store. I can only handle a quick trip which means it is harder to keep fresh, healthy food available without making multiple trips to the grocery store. Too much shopping can cause a flare.

Those of us with Fibromyalgia tend to rely heavily on convenience foods and frozen meals to make food preparation easier to handle. We don’t have the stamina for long grocery trips or cooking large meals and then cleaning up. Fast food becomes more frequent.

Of course our diets may enter into the reason why we have such bad flare-ups. There are some foods that are definitely not recommended for people with Fibromyalgia. Sugar is one of the major ones and if you have a gluten allergy, you have to watch the foods that contain gluten which is in a lot of convenience foods. Foods that we tend to eat a lot of due to the convenience and not wanting to up our pain by over-exerting ourselves.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com