Sugar, Sugar, Candy Girl ~ Part Two ~(REVISED)

I rode the Tram Car on the AC Boardwalk today. The Jitney drives like 100mph down Pacific Ave. The Tram Car drives like 5 mph on the Boarwalk. It was sloowwww. I could have walked quicker😄😄

I’m sitting on the third floor of The Pier in Atlantic City, NJ waiting for an appointment at the Apple Store Genius Bar. Since the iOS 8.02 upgrade on my 5C, Safari Browser has been hanging up & I’m getting a download error message on my iPad Air. Both worked fine before the “upgrade”. If it’s way of trying force people to buy the iPhone 6, sorry I’m not interested in paying $300 for a phone AT&T will give me for $100 in September. When Apple Texts me to come back, I’ll pause this blog & resume after the appointment is over. Now for the Sugar update…

I drove up to Philly for an appointment with the Reproducitve Endocrinologist. The drive up was enjoyable. I hit no traffic. I always make my appointments in the city at 11:00am to avoid rush hour. I enjoyed the view of the city on the Schuykill Expressway so much I missed the Vine Street Expressway exit and didn’t even notice until I got to the Philly Zoo. I took the West River Drive back into the city which has a fanstastic view of the city as well.

The Doctor’s appointment was interesting. It’s looking more like my blood sugar & Insulin levels spiking and crashing have been causing my hormonal issues. The Doctor told me a Hystectomy or any invasive procedure is off the table until we see how my body responds to the new diet. She said it could take six months to a year for the dust to settle. But we should have a good indication in another three months. In six months, the multiple Ovarian Cyst and missed periods may not be a problem because stabilized blood sugar should help both or I could already be in Menopause😄 I’m hoping for the later😉

I learned yesterday that there are Insulin Receptors on the Ovaries. High levels of Insulin in the body will cause Ovarian Cysts & interfer with Ovulation. While I wasn’t perscribe any medicine, I was given the following advice:

    Take a 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon daily, preferably sprinkled throughout the day. It controls blood sugar and Insulin spikes.
    I was also told to continue the low sugar low simple carb diet.
    High Quality Organic Dark Chocolate in small portions is ok because it’s low in sugar and high in nutrients.

The doctor also told me caffeine is off limits. It spikes blood sugar. Decaf may do it too. I told her I’m NOT giving up coffee but will be sure to drink decaf.Also, I may need another Bladder Scope in a few months after we see what happens with diet changes.

The Doctor gave me a prescription for a Pelvic Ultrasound for the future. She wants me to wait after next week to do it to see if I get a period. If the pelvic pain nags on for too long or if the crazy bad pain i had last week returns, she wants me to try & get the ultrasound while I have the intense pain. She thinks the pain I had last week was actually a cyst on my left ovary rupturing but since the pain subsided, no use having an unnecassary test.

It blows my mind that my blood sugar and insulin are the source of my gynocological issues. But, but knowing it, I feel empowered. I can do something about this. I can do something really good for myself by learning to eat appropriately for someone with blood sugar issues. I don’t need surgery and it’s not life threatening. It’s Sugar. Just sugar. I’ll survive without it.

I had dinner with my best friend last night. We do a one to one dinner once a month. It was wonderful, as always. She finished Chemo a few months ago. She told me last night she had a Pet Scan on Wednesday. There are a few new spots on her Lungs. She sees the Oncologist at Fox Chase which is a few blocks from my Mom’s house in Philly, on Monday. We decided to think good positive thoughts. She feels good and looks great; Nothing like when she was first diagnosed with Cancer two years ago. We agreed to not call the spots Cancer unless the Oncologist says that’s what is. She was diagnosed with Peritoneal Cancer two years ago. Peritoneal Cancer is a female cancer that is especially aggressive and often diagnosed late stage. She has been beating the odds thus far. It’s in God’s hands to ensure she continues to do so.

Just spent two hours in the Apple Store. The boy genius wiped both devices clean and reinstalled my backup. The problems should be corrected. However, the workaround for the phone issue is to use the Chrome App as my browser instead of Safari because Chrome didn’t have a load issue on 5C. If the problem comes back on the iPad, I’ll have to reset it as a new device and not reinstall a backup but recreate instead.
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Sugar Sugar Candy Girl 

Hello. My name is Linda and apparently I have been a Sugar Addict for a long time. I really had no clue. Being a Sugar Addict doesn’t have the same stigma as being an Alcoholic or a Drug Addict. It’s almost a joke to think my drug of choice is Chocolate Mousse Cake, a cookie, Red Sour Patch Kids, and, yes, Venti Nonfat Chai Lattes☕️😄 But, now that I am in the tenth day of my Sugar Detox I see things clearly. And, believe me, I’m feeling the withdrawal symptoms. Sugar Rehab maybe have been a good choice👍

I see now that my love affair with Sugar started a long time but not in the forms of candy or cakes. While I don’t remember being a huge fan of sweets when I was a child, I do vividly remember finding beer as a teenager. There’s nothing like a cold beer on a Friday night or Tuesday afternoon. I really liked beer for a long time. But there’s no sugar in beer, right?

My palate matured in my 30s and I found wine. I never liked the cheap-ass sweet fake wine, White Zinfandel. My wine aficionado days started the moment my former roommate put a glass of expensive buttery Chardonnay in my hand. As my love of wine grew, I became a red wine snob. 🍷 I liked delicious spicy dry Reds. Argentine Malbec wines were my favorite. But, there is no sugar in red wine, right? It’s dry not sweet. Well, that’s what I told myself anyway.

I wasn’t eating cake, cookies or candy. But, I was having a couple glasses of wine every night to unspin my brain and decompress. By 3pm the cravings started and I knew by 6pm I would be into my second delicious glass and savoring every minute of my indulgence. A few years ago having a couple glasses of wine every night didn’t seem like indulgence to me. It was just a way of life. Everyone did it. It’s a socially acceptable norm for people to come home and uncork a new bottle of wine they haven’t tried yet. And, wine is good for your heart, right? Wine is not Sugar. It’s better for you than Beer because it doesn’t have Carbs. For that matter, a shot of Tequila is better for you than beer because it doesn’t have carbs.

Let me keep it real for the drinkers out there. It doesn’t matter if your drink of choice is no carb or low carb, Alcohol adversely affects blood sugar. There is plenty of scientific evidence to prove it. I was telling myself lies.

Do you see where I am going with this? Whether I was ignorant by choice, willfully blind or just basking in the sun on the Isle of Denial, I was really very clueless and bit reckless with my body. Back in those days, I was willing to party hard and take drugs to offset whatever ailed me. There are meds for everything now. You can live the worse lifestyle, be 50lbs over-weight but still have perfect blood tests because of the wonders of the pharmaceutical industry.

Three and half years ago, I made a conscious choice to clean up my act and set my course on a new future. I quit drinking Alcohol and smoking cigarettes on the same day. I decided that day to take responsibility for my sick body and own my shit. I sat in the middle of the storm in my life and chose a new future. Honestly, I don’t miss smoking or drinking. I do miss the flavor of wine. But the flavor of wine will never taste as good healthy feels. I remember that everyday. When I quit drinking, I picked up a bitch of a sweet tooth. In came the new nickname, Chocolate Mousse Girl, at the local gluten free bakery🍰☺️🙀

Almost four years later, I’ve put on a couple pounds, I’ve been having hormonal issues, I’ve lost some hair and slowly my body was trying to tell me something. It was telling me my hormones were messed up and I needed a hysterectomy. Lol😄 That’s right! Let’s do surgery instead of doing that Glucose Tolerance Blood test three hours after eating a meal, Doc! 😄 Really, I’m good with that. Well, I was good with that until a Doctor tricked me; She took an un-fasted blood test on the spot in her office which revealed Hypoglycemia which is a pre-diabetic condition. That bitch called me Insulin Resistant. 😄 She had to be wrong.

Well, the bitch gave me a protocol to follow, asked me to have few other tests and come back in early May or June for followup. It wasn’t until two weeks ago when I started having a flare-up of pelvic pain that I revisited her comments about sugar affecting hormonal balance. She told me too much Insulin, which is a hormone, can throw all hormones out of balance.

I took a five mile walk on the boardwalk and walked home eating like ten pounds of Red Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish. When I got home, I threw out what remained in the bag and started Sugar Detox. The first five or six days were fairly easy. But, since Saturday I’ve fighting a war of wills between the angel and devil. The Devil is having intense sugar cravings and saying, “sugar, sugar, oh, honey, honey, you are my candy girl….” 😄😈 And the Angel is saying “you won’t beat me bitch!”😇

My doctor told me if I absolutely needed a sugar/candy fix , a small piece of 88% Dark Chocolate is fine as it is very low in sugar and has health benefits. I have indulged once or twice. I am experiencing some crazy physical issues. I read the sugar withdrawal symptoms are no joke. I’m dealing with it by drinking lots of fresh Ginger Tea and using Wild Alaskan Caught Salmon Oil & Tumeric to fight inflammation in my body. I’m also taking Natural Calm Magnesium Powder at bedtime. It’s been helping me sleep. All in all I’m getting through it. Detox can’t last forever. Thank God. I got this! I’m doing it like a boss…

As of right now, I’m not using any refined sugars😇 I’m not drinking anything sweet😓 I’m not eating any dessert or candy. I’ve only had a piece of dark chocolate twice. I’m only eating Complex Carbs instead of Simple Carbs(See graphic below). I’m eating fruit. And, I will allow myself a piece of cake and some indulgence as a treat once in a while. But, sugar doesn’t tastes as good as healthy balanced hormones will eventually feel. That’s a fact. And that’s why I’m doing this.
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