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Old 05-23-2016, 18:36   #1
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I have been an active member of this forum for a year this month. Following LCHF has change my life and my health! Now I have a new challenge...

My Father-in-Law turned 100 in January. For his age he is in good condition. He has some problems with constipation, but manages it with prunes and water intake. He has a heart problem that was corrected by putting a heart monitoring devise in his chest. He still gets around pretty well, but this morning my wife found out that in his recent blood work his A1c was 7.6. He has been flirting with a BS problem for a couple of years, but it was always just borderline.

Although he is a really good eater eating lots of vegetables meats and fresh foods, he has a really big sweet tooth! We have tried to help him work through that, but he always said it is not hurting me. Of course now it will....so we have to work with him and getting a meter and learning to eat healthy.

He cannot cook for himself, he has a restaurant where he lives and a number of ways to have meals delivered to him.

My wife and I can help him with menues for lunch and dinner, but breakfast is a problem. He will not go to the resturant for breakfast. He usually eats sugar laden cereal with 2% milk (OMG)!

Anyone have ideas what suggestions we can make to him to order in...fried foods are out as they will not deliver eggs and bacon...I am just looking for ideas from what you guys eat that could be 'ordered in'

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WOW - 100 years old (almost). I bet he's seen a lot of change in his lifetime. I'm 30 years behind him and I've seen a lot myself.

First thing that came to my mind was your fixing a breakfast casserole (eggs, cheese, bacon or sausage - baked in a 9"x13" dish). Then cutting them into single portions and putting them in a refrigerator container. He could take one out every morning and warm it up.

Second thing would be for you to also fix some LC desserts for him to have on hand to satisfy his sweet tooth, so he isn't ordering desserts from the restaurant.

Admittedly, each of these suggestions causes you and/or your wife more work.

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Thanks VJ good ideas...my wife makes that for me and the casserole is particularly yummy!

The work part of it comes with the territory! I was able to be my mothers main support during her last 10 years and after she died, my Father in Law called my wife from Denver, where he lived and asked if she would mind if he moved closer to us....so we are real experienced at supporting elderly parents. We both look at it as a gift to be able to give something back to our parents at the end of their life.

thanks for the ideas....my mind went blank when my wife got a call from my Father in Laws doctors office.....regarding his A1c...

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Just some unasked for advice. Be really leery about letting the doctors prescribe meds for him for diabetes. Insulin or metformin are the only things that there would be significant data on. They are discovering that many meds are more harm than help in the elderly because their systems are not the same as a younger person.

Second, does he get joy out of eating his sugar laden cereal? If so, try limiting the portion size by putting individual portions into ziplocks. Repeat whenever you get a new box. Oh, yes, and see if he's willing to go to whole milk. Can he get lunch time items at breakfast? Even a hamburger with a bun is generally going to be fewer carbs than box sugar-laden cereal.

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I bake 3 lbs of bacon at the time and keep it in the 'fridge rolled in a paper towel bundle 4 pieces at a time and pull just one out and open it up and heat it in my microwave while I eat a couple of hard boiled eggs which I keep peeled in a ziploc also. Also, I like to have deviled eggs and small quiches on hand. Would this help out?

Good on both of you and him too, of course!




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Thanks....all good comments!

Bunjee...my wife and I both reacted to this news saying that we will first try diet vs. any new drugs! He does not react well with new drugs, surprisingly at 100 he takes very little, a water pill and a heart pill and that is all!

He has such a sweet tooth that I think just cutting back on the Carbs and getting him to increase his water intake will be a good start. We have learned at his age, changes must be done slowly or he can have some bad reactions...including falling down! Dropping carbs can cause this if we are not careful. We live 45min. away...that another story! He lives in a retirement community and has support around him if needed. So far he will not take anything....he insists on being self sufficient. He does not want to embarrass his young girl friend (she's a 'young one' at only 86)! Yep, he has outlived two wives....but he had decided not to get tied down, just playing the field now!

Thanks to all for the comments and ideas....

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What to say? 100 years old. A respectful age. Ok high A1C and heart problem although helped by a monitoring device. My immediate reaction is that a major change in diet would just have a small effect in his health and how long he will live. But some changes in his diet to avoid too much carbs like the large amount of cereal might help. My father lived until 95 and had no trouble whatsoever with his blood sugar level. My aunt lived till the age of 98 and was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 75 and had insulin the last years. I had no idea of that until I got my own diagnoses. Don´t know what to say. Correct me if I am wrong. Of course I know that it is very important to avoid carbs and I have been on LCHF ever since I got my diagnosis with a very good result, but medicine and a more strict lowcarb diet when you are a 100 years old...

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Hans....I agree with your thoughts and we constantly struggle with what we should do or try to do for him at his age. I respect him deeply as does my wife, so what we generally do is make sure he knows his options and understands the risks...if he say no, then that's the end of it.

So far to our surprise he still wants to fight the good fight, but taking away his sweets may be a big deal, you just never know....

Thanks for the comments....by the way I had many opportunities to visit you find country as my last job prior to retirement was with DeLaval....

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I do the breakfast casserole for myself (adding spinach and multi-colored pepper, sausage vs bacon) and get 9 huge portions for freezing. What about baking a dozen blueberry low-carb muffins for freezing also to go along with? Sometimes I do 2 dozen because I'm lazy and that sets me up for a couple months.

When Mom transitioned from my home to assisted living with dementia, I would stock a bowl with individually-wrapped bite-sized candy bars. My sister went crazy, blasting me that it wasn't nutritious and Mom could get diabetes. She was in her 90's and bg was normal. Sister also told the dietician not to give Mom desserts, something I over-rode.

With dementia one acquires a sweet tooth. Mom was a light eater, and would have maybe one little candy bar/day in addition to her beloved desserts. The bowl in her room attracted other residents, as well as staff who would grab one and linger. I figured it was a cheap companionship bribe - in addition to who cares at this point in her life? Let the woman have whatever legal pleasures she enjoys.

100. Wow. Kudos!

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I can't really say much about your issue and I am new to this forum. But I was shocked when I saw 100 year old father in law in the posts.
100 years!! that's amazing. congratulations! :d It must be hard for him though...

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