Tuesday, November 20, 2018

One More Voice in the Noise Pool

It is said that reducing stress will also help reduce blood pressure and blood sugar.

If that can be believed.

Edited. Orig Img by Andre Hunter
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There is so much conflicting information on the Internet, from "experts" in the field, that the very act of researching information on what kind of food to eat, what kind of exercise to undertake, and what kind of stress management to implement causes higher blood pressure and, therefore, higher blood sugar levels . . . at least it seems that way to me.

I was browsing medical sites and nutrition sites for information for the glycemic indexes for different foods to help me make better eating choices. One health site shows one set of numbers, another site shows another set of numbers, and so on. And when looking at the information offered at an alleged 'paleo' expert's site, they argue that glycemic index doesn't really provide good indicators for making choices, because, it's the glycemic load a particular food will produce when combined with other foods on the dinner plate that will ultimately matter.

Then you have to factor in how foods are prepared (steamed, boiled, baked, fried, or raw) will change a food's particular glycemic index or glycemic load number and totally screw up the healthy, balanced meal you just planned.

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Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE math? In fact, I just hate numbers in general at this point. I don't even want to see a phone number pop up on my phone. I don't want to look at speed limit signs. I'm no longer going to check distances on Google maps, because numbers are involved. I refuse to look at mile-marker signs. From this day forward I am just adopting an "I'll get there when I get there kind of attitude." I am no longer going to pay attention to the digital readout out he exercise bike. (I am up over 7 miles now, by the way, but my time hasn't improved.) There are numbers on clocks, so I might be late for things if I start ignoring those numbers. I am going to throw out the scales I weigh myself with and get one that doesn't measure in numbers. Maybe there's one that talks and says, "Back to the exercise bike," or "Wow! You're lighter than yesterday. Thanks for that." Perhaps it's not carbs I need to cut out, but numbers . . . and researching all this stuff.

There's just too much conflicting information and far, far too much math involved in all of this and the mathematics are causing my blood pressure and, therefore, my blood sugar levels to stay elevated. That's right, I'm blaming numbers. Maybe I need to cut all the numbers out of my life. It certainly would save me time. Drat you education system for teaching me to count, how to add, how to multiply, how to subtract, and divide. I think I was happier when I didn't now about numbers.

Maybe I just need to pray more.

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