Tuesday, December 29, 2009
THROW IT OUT!
"It" is referring to all the unhealthy leftovers that your mom sent home with you, the cookies covered in sugar, and the candy.
Our culture has trained us to clean our plates and not be wasteful. The excuse of starving African children is old news. You not consuming all the empty calories and risking elevated blood sugars has nothing to do with starving children.
Just do it, as Nike says.
You enjoyed the holidays for what they were---fun, carefree, and wonderful. But now, just throw it out. Do it. Do it.
Did you do it yet?
Monday, December 28, 2009
The more I don't eat meat, the more I don't miss it. There's nothing appealing about it's texture, it's flavor, or it's appearance. Sure, occasionally I like an Italian beef sandwich or some really unhealthy salami or pepperoni on a massive slice of cheese-laden, white crust pizza.
But becoming a vegetarian doesn't come completely naturally to me (maybe it's innate or society or something else?) and for sure not without some concerns.
- Will I lack enough iron? Are there other nutrients I'll miss out on.
- Will I replace lean meats with too much cheese?
- Is being a vegetarian truly healthy?
- What will it do to my diabetes?
- Tofu---controversy. Estrogen/cancer link? Yes? No?
- How do I please my meat-loving husband, my one year old daughter who doesn't know what she does and doesn't like from day to day, and myself?
- If you eat eggs and salmon, are you really a vegetarian? A flexitarian? Or just a phony?
- How will I eat at other people's houses?
- Will I spend the next fifty years carting around cheese sticks and nuts?
- Is this really what I want?
I think I want to do this. I don't like meat. It's not really healthy unless it's organic and lean. And the cost of organic meat just isn't worth it to me considering I don't like meat to start with.
I need some information on how this will work. Maybe I'll ease into it...like try it for a whole week, and then two, and then three. Anyone want to enlighten me?
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Brown rice and tofu pilaf
(Furthermore, Americans eat way too much meat (which means wayyyyy too much saturated fat which leads to weight gain and heart problems and diabetes...and, and, and). Check out who helps sponsor our government......yeah, those who rule the meat industries, and this is reflected in the "too much meat" section of our food pyramid. Tricky.)
Monday, December 14, 2009
A packed house!
Monday, December 7, 2009
I am honored to share with you a new book about diabetes entiteld Diabetes: Overcome Your Fears, written by my friend Danielle Londrigan, whom I met on an online adoption message board. She recently granted me an interview and, lucky you, her contact information!
First, here's the book description taken from Amazon:
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a frightening and lonely experience. Long-time diabetic and author Danielle Londrigan explains how you can overcome your fears and take control of the disease. Each motivational chapter describes crucial aspects of being diabetic. Written in clear and simplistic terms, it is a welcome relief to diabetics and their loved ones who are overwhelmed with medical terminology and grim statistics. She offers her personal story as a Type 1 diabetic for over 25 years and an active wife and mother of four children, which is sure to encourage and inspire any diabetic. Each section is full of proven advice and tips for managing the disease and preventing complications. She details what a diabetic should do to take control of the disease, find a good doctor, make necessary diet and lifestyle changes, prepare for pregnancy, communicate with others about diabetes, learn to cope, determine whether an insuling pump, continuous glucose monitor, or service dog can benefit you, and so much more.
And the interview:
1: What has encouraged or inspired you the most in your life with diabetes?
Two things have really been trivial to my inspiration to take control of and not fear my diabetes. First, I have become aware of several people over the years who have been long-time diabetics with either no complications or who formerly had complications that healed with tightened control of the disease. Secondly, When I got pregnant for the first time, the whole experience of preparing for the pregnancy, being pregnant, and then managing the disease after pregnancy taught me that I could do this! I didn't have to have a doctor holding my hand, or someone looking over my shoulder all the time. I was perfectly capable. Not only that, but I realized that tight control is not impossible to achieve. It is doable with enough dedication and effort.
2: What is your advice to someone like me who has only had diabetes for a few years?
First, I would recommend that you educate yourself as much as possible! Read everything you can get your hands on that is related to diabetes. Ask your doctor questions. Talk to other diabetics about their experience. Don't limit your education to just diabetes though. Also educate yourself on the inner-workings of basic physiology of the body. You have to learn how to put these concepts together in order to achieve tighter control. You can't do it until you have an understanding regarding how the body works as a whole. My book is an excellent starting point for that information.
3: What is your advice to diabetes veterans, people who have had diabetes for as long as you have or longer?
My advice to veteran diabetics is almost the same, actually. Never stop learning. Once you have mastered understanding the basics of diabetes and your body, then began learning the more detailed aspects. When you are comfortable with how your blood sugars are affected by different circumstances, don't be afraid to experiment (within safe reason) to learn more about maintaining control in all situations. You can always improve your level of control!
4: Why did you write and publish the book?
As I wrote in the introduction of the book, several things contributed. Most of all, though, I was frustrated with the grim and depressing statistics out there that made complications sound inevitable. That is just not true! Additionally, my experiences with doctors, as well as learning what other new diabetics were experiencing, made me realize that many doctors were not educating diabetic patients properly. They were often times simply signing a prescription and sending them on their way. It was almost overwhelming how many newly diagnosed diabetics I encountered who didn't know where to start. I desired to change that. I wanted to provide an easy resource that would fill in the gaps left my the limited education a diabetic received, give them a direction, offer tips and advice that had made my life much easier, and help them develop a plan of action. I also wanted to give them hope and encouragement that they had not been given a death sentence, rather, diabetes could be simply viewed as an inconvience.
5: How/where can my readers obtain a copy of your book?
My book just went to print last month, so sales outlets are still growing. At this point, it is available on Amazon.com and at a few diabetes supply, pharmacy, and other outlets around the nation. They can also get a signed copy directly from me for $10, plus tax and shipping. They would just have to contact me through the book's blog.
You may read more about Danielle and contact her via her blog: Red Gate Farm.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
- 1 stick of butter (I use organic)
- 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar (I use raw organic)
- 2/3 cup of soymilk (or regular milk)
- 2 t vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/4 cups of oats (I use old fashioned)
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/2 cup walnuts (or more---I just dump them in)
- plenty of chocolate chips---I use a mix of semi-sweet, dark, and milk
- Using a mixture, combine the (softened) butter, applesauce, sugar, milk, vanilla, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until it's well combined and creamy.
- Hand stir in the flour and oats. After these are well combined, stir in the nuts and chocolate.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes per batch. This recipe makes 2 dozen cookies (not too many), so I usually double it.
I think these cookies taste best fresh out of the freezer. If you plan to take them places, you can bake and freeze in advance. I suggest freezing 1 dozen cookies on a red, (thick) paper plate and store in a gallon baggie. GRAB AND GO!