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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Feb 3, 2009 10:33
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  • BMI Calculator

     Yikes - the other day I noticed here on the Diabetes1 website a new little "toy" to play with.   Being part cat in my former life - curiosity took over - and I went into play around with the ball of wool for abit (program is very easy to use - takes you 30 secs - bing, bang, boom equals results).  I put in my details (you don't have to be a diabetic to use this tool if you are wondering) - and I wasn't surprised by the results of my being in the "considered overweight" area.  The interesting bit though of this calculator is the fact that now - BMI isn't the only tool that tells you your health risk.  A CBC link that is shown (yeah - Canadian!!) goes on about the waist / hip ratio actually being a better indicator of your health then the usual BMI result.

    I do realize that I need to shed some weight (who doesn't?).  Age, less activity (especially for me during the winter months), holidays - has caused me to plump up abit.  My excuse is that my wrinkles on my face seem less obvious - so I "appear" younger - this is my story and I am sticking to it (you will find I like to use this phrase from time to time - guilt - guilt - guilt ).

    Anyway, I have started up stationery cycling almost every day when I can fit in 30 minutes here and there with the radio playing in the background (yesterday on CBC Radio 1 - Jian Ghomeshi  of Q  was interviewing Jamie Bamber aka Apollo of Battlestar Galactica).  I've also started to go the route of Doris - another blogger on this website who averages 12g carbs per meal.  I'm going to attempt to cut down on my carbs (e.g. mainly breads/pasta - eating smaller portions - but not cutting them out totally).  It's going to be a hard thing to do as I'm a big lover of carbs - but I'm going at it slowly - and adjusting meds as needed (I'm insulin dependent since age 7).

    In battling the bulge I will try my best on my own along with support from my main squeeze Mike.  He's also been told to lose some weight as well (he did his BMI test as well) - as he went to his GP for the first time in about 10 years!  So, it's not like I'm doing this alone.

    BTW, if you want to listen to a good radio station while you workout (or even while sitting down at your PC) - check out this great Canadian institution where you can learn about what is going on outside of your backyard, along with great music (and no ads) - http://www.cbc.ca/radio/

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  • By: dorisjdickson: Feb, 03, 2009 15:25 PM

    "I've also started to go the route of Doris - another blogger on this website who averages 12g carbs per meal."

    Anna, for the record, I do not eat 12 carbs per meal.  I'm not sure where that number is derived since 1) Dr. Bernstein recommends 6/7 - 15 - 6/7 carbs per day (per meal0 and 2) my carb/insulin ratio is 1:15 and correction ratio is 1:70/75.  The math doesn't work for 12.

    When I eat 3 meals per day, my carb intake is more likely <100 per day with 3-5 ounces of protein per meal.  I don't always bother to eat 3 meals per day either.  But no, I do not then gorge myself.  Food has never been a big deal to me.  I eat to live not live to eat as they say.

    Some of my rules are:  I do not eat carbs without protein ... ever.  I do not eat fruit.  I do not eat Chinese food.  I do not snack.  I don't eat potato chips etc even during the holidays.  I do not eat fast food (i.e. McDonalds, Wendy's).  I don't drink caffeine or diet soda for that matter.

    I rarely eat pizza and then it is a small conservative amount from a very specific pizza place so I know what is likely to happen.  My pasta intake is weighed on a scale prior to cooking and limited to 1 serving (as stated on the box). 

    I am more likely to eat 2 scrambled eggs, 4 pieces of crunchy bacon and 2 pieces of low carb toast (totalling 15 carbs) than ... well, just about anything I can think of. 

    Last night dinner was pork tenderloin with mustard/cinnamon sauce, salad with Italian dressing and ~30 carbs of sweet potato/roasted in butter/cinnamon. 

    Oh ... and I don't drink.  

    That doesn't mean I don't cheat.  It simply means I've made regular day to day choices that have positively affected my health including my diabetes that others are not willing to make. 



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