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Newly Diagnosed 
Apr. 30, 2011 4:40 pm 
Updated: May 1, 2011 3:43 pm
 After being a medic in the military for 30+ years, it didn't come as a surprise when my Dr. told me  "Chris, you have Type 2 Diabetes. Your A1C isn't where it should be."  So now I need to make some lifestyle changes especially with my diet and I have to take some meds. 

SO, now what do I need to do.  I've done diabetic teaching for a long time at least from the physical aspects of the disease, how to check blood surgar, foot care, etc.  But I didn't know what I had to do for diet.  First loose weight.  I was 317 lb when the doc told me.  I've dropped about 20 lbs so far but I'm afraid it won't stay off this time any better than it did last time I lost 100 lbs.   But I know I've got to change.

First is diet, I had to go to classes, I've been to one so far but it didn't tell me all I needed to know, I hope the next one is better.   It is nice they let me out of the blood sugar testing and a few other parts and let me focus on the diet. 

Allrecipes new Menu section is really going to help me get started with menu planning.  It's already given me a number of ideas and meal plans to learn from and with all of the recipes on it should make things a lot easier.  So thank you allrecipes in advance for your help.

Apr. 30, 2011 4:56 pm
Hello Chris, I will guess you were USAF and last stationed at W.P.AFB. Being in the military really opens the world of different food flavors and likes, it makes it hard on a foodie to keep the weight down once you're not on active duty. Sorry to hear of the health problems, but because you are a medic it's not the how but the self will to change your diet. Allrecipes is a wonderful place to get ideas just be gives extra ideas on great things to cook. I've gain 20lbs since I started trying so many different recipes on this site. Glad to have you among the blogs and do stop by the recipe buzz sometime.
Apr. 30, 2011 5:47 pm
Thank you for the warm welcome. Yes 30+ years AF and retired at WPAFB to let my kids finish HS and never left after they graduated. Yes, my travels to the PI and Korea opened up a world of flavors. Tried to get to Europe for 30 years and never made it. Almost got to go to Turkey but that got canceled. I'll stop by recipe buzz. Again thanks.
May 1, 2011 8:05 am
Welcome, Chris! I've been out of the USAF for 44 years and, quite frankly, I'm happy to see the many positive changes that have been made in policy, mission and protocol. It was still a young organization and hadn't found it's comfortable niche in our national defense... A lifestyle change is increibly challenging. It goes way beyond a "diet". Where a diet preaches weightloss as a goal a lifestyle is all encompassing. (Weight control, exercise, proper sleep, eating correct foods, eating correctly etc.) It requires determination and education. As a CMS, USAF you plainly have that, so your success is assured. Good luck and "git 'er done"!
Old 'N' Still Cookin' 
May 1, 2011 3:43 pm
Wow Chris! You're bringing the AF out of the woodwork. I have always thought that I couldn't be the only retiree who could talk cooking. I hung it up 36 years ago last April 1st. Mike is right on, as what we have all been through proves that we could set goals and stick to them. As you are well aware, everything in life requires choices and we are all capable of doing just that. I am sure Mike and I can send support your way as well as good advice if you need it. I'll be watching for your blog. Doug
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About Me
I cook because I love to eat. You don't get to 260 lbs if you don't like food. Wow, greatest cooking influence. That's tough. I worked in deli's, resturants and clubs since I was 14 years old. I've lived with some great cooks, my grandmothers, my mother and now my wife. All four of them great cooks. I believe all four of them were my greatest influences. cooking accomplishments? Not cooking but teaching or helping folks learn or understand about cooking is what I enjoy most. I am a meat cutter and I am constantly asked, how do I fix this or what is a good cut of meat for this or that. I guess that's where my forte is right now.
My favorite things to cook
Tri-tip on the grill is probably my favorite meat to cook. Here's how 1.5 -2 pound beef tri-tip 1 tbsp salt 0.5 teaspoon each garlic salt and celery salt 0.25 teaspoon each black pepper, onion powder and paprika, dill, sage and rosemary Trim any excess fat from meat. Moisten surface of meat lightly with water. Combine seasonings. Sprinkle with seasoning mix covering all surfaces of meat: rub well into meat. Seasoned meat may be refrigerated for several hours to enhance flavor or grilled immediately. Grill roast to desired doneness over medium coals 30-35 minutes, turning after 15 minutes. Tent roast with foil and let stand 10 minutes. Carve tri-tip across the grain into thin slices. From the Oregon Beef Council Serves 6.
My favorite family cooking traditions
No real traditions.
My cooking triumphs
No real triumphs
My cooking tragedies
I baked bread in the microwave and invented the bread brick paperweight.
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