Thursday, February 6, 2020

Diabetes Newsletter from Lion Del Neumeister

I know I told you in the last newsletter we were going to talk about sugars.  However, in case you didn't notice, it has been almost TWO months since the last newsletter.  It is that time period and what it means to diabetics that I am going to talk about this month.
In the last two months we have had Christmas and New Years.  Although they are really big ones, they aren't the only celebrations we have in a year.  Birthdays and anniversaries are also celebrations which can be a challenge for those of us trying to watch our sugar levels.
So, what do I do?  Do I just say, "No cake and ice cream?"  Or maybe, "I'll just eat vegetables for Christmas dinner."  That, my friends, isn't realistic, let alone sounding like any fun.  Part of the answer is portions.  We don't have to have a great big slice of cake or 1/2 a pint of ice cream or a 14 inch plate full of dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and so forth.
It has been my experience that eating some of those "forbidden" items doesn't mean I have failed and might as well just go ahead and eat whatever I want.  
It also doesn't mean that you don't eat for the next two days (exaggeration).  
It means that you watch what you eat after that; that is saying you took a reasonable portion of food, and continue with your diet.
Remember, diabetes is a lifetime as well as a lifestyle.  No one expects you to stop living just because you have diabetes.  No one expects you to eat perfectly either.  Monitoring your blood sugar is just that, watching it go up and down and you adjusting what you eat based upon that.
OK, let me end by saying that if you have questions, contact your physician, they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Well, let's see if I can get back on track for next month and talk about sugar.

Your 5SW Diabetes chair, Lion Del Neumeister

Sunday, January 12, 2020

First 2020 program: "America's Kids Belong"

Our first meeting of 2020 featured a presentation about adoption and foster care of South Dakota children.

To describe the January 9th program, we refer to the draft minutes for our Lions meeting of Thursday, January 9th at Grap's in Belle Fourche: 

Damen Woolsey
"...we were given a presentation by Damen Woolsey regarding America’s Kids Belong and he identified himself as co-executive director of South Dakota Kids Belong. 
   Some statistics regarding children in 'the system':  there are over 400,000 nationwide with 100,000 available for adoptions with the remainder in the foster care system.  It is one of the goals of this group to give children a face and a voice insuring that the children are seen as “real.”  It is also one of their goals to have the government support their program.  There are three other goals:

          1) that there are more than enough adoptive parents 
        2) that there are more than enough foster parents 
              3) there is more than enough support.  

    Damen then passed around a sheet for email addresses of those desiring to support the program.  A discussion followed regarding some of the difficulties with the “system” as well as some of the successes."

For more details about the meeting, check out our Draft Minutes for January 9th, 2020.