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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: Dec 12, 2011 12:48
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  • It's pineapple season!
    Pineapples from the Caribbean at this time of the year are in season - and of course - the best prices can be found.  I bought a beautiful ripe one from Costa Rica on Friday - and today - I set upon the carving it up - and using EVERY bit of it.

    You're probably scratching your head wondering - "using EVERY bit of it"?  Well, a few years ago, when I was in line for paying for my groceries, I got chatting with a lady from Jamaica.  She told me about how in her country, they use the skin and core to produce juice from it, by simply boiling it up in water.  Since that time, I simply cut up the fruit that can be eaten, then throw the core, skin into a pot.  I barely cover the skins with water, then bring it to a boil, and then set the temperature to a medium boil for about 20 minutes.  I actually found a link today, when doing some research on this blog, that tells you in a few easy steps how to do it.  Don't just take my word on it - others do the same thing as I do!

    Now, I know that some diabetics who are on low carb diets who don't eat too much fruit may frown at this sweet treat, but it actually isn't "that" bad.  I measured out about 100 grams of the cut up fruit (about 3/4 cup / 200 mL) and it comes in at my happy snack zone of around 15 grams.  That amount of pineapple yields you an almost 100% source of Vitamin C, along with a scattering of Vitamin A / Calcium / Iron.  

    You'd be amazed at the history of how pineapple originated.  If you've always noshed on this fruit without realising that at one time this was considered the fruit of the rich folk - then check out this link to find out more.  Next time you serve up some of this sweet treat to guests - you'll be able to amaze them with some fascinating facts on what they're eating.  The better educated nosher is in my books a healthy diabetic / person!!!

    Off to do abit of dancing with my fruit hat on!

    Carmen Miranda
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  • By: FatCatAnna: Jan, 31, 2012 10:33 AM
    Amari - the pineapple plant looks like something from a novel by John Wyndham (one of my favs is Day of the Triffids)!

    I treat the pineapple juice that comes from the rind - pretty well the same as regular unsweetened pineapple juice.  I figure on about 6 oz being about 30 grams of carbs.  I actually added the last batch of juice to an alcoholic concoction - yum, yum. 

    As we all know, pineapple is rich in Vitamin A, C, manganese and fibre (my version of the juice has more then the regular store brand LOL) . 

    I didn't know this, but manganese assists in bone and tissue formation, blood clotting and brain and nerve function. It also helps your body break down carbohydrates, absorb calcium and regulate blood sugar. According to Paul Pitchford, author of "Healing with Whole Foods," manganese also helps synthesize fatty acids and can be useful in treating schizophrenia.



    By: AmariT: Jan, 30, 2012 12:01 PM
    Have you ever seen a pineapple plant? They're these giant spindly things with a single pineapple right in the middle:



    You can see more pictures of them here. I'm honestly surprised they aren't STILL something only rich folk can afford. Think about how much real estate they take up!

    Do you happen to know the nutritional information for the juice resulting in boiling the skin in water? It doesn't seem like it should be too bad, and it's something I've never thought to do!


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