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Eating a bagel - becomes its own story

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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: Mar 4, 2011 15:53
  • Eating a bagel - becomes its own story

    Okay - so most of you have seen my profile picture - in my tight black leather suit - reaching with my hand out for the global symbol of diabetes - the blue circle  . That picture is a LIE - it is not my body (though maybe 20+ years ago I "could" have looked like that). That picture is a dolled up "moi" courtesy of Face in a HoleYuppers, my face, not my body (it's actually Halle Berry's aka - used to be a diabetic Type 1 and is now a Type 2 - all abit confusing for me to fathom).

    Well, I felt like having a bagel for a lunch today. I rarely eat lunch - I rarely eat breakfast. I know - going totally against the ADA / CDA way of eating - but that's always been my way of eating for many years as a Type 1 diabetic. I'm very fortunate that I can eat when I'm hungry and not "forced" to eat when insulin tells me to.

    Usually I weigh my bagel, breads, etc. on a Salter scale that has the ability to tell me the carbs and other nutritional facts (though I think I've overused it - as lately keys aren't functioning - luckily has a 10-year warranty - hope so at the price it cost me). Today, I decided, nope. Going to go based on the values shown on the kosher bagels I up and the fact that I've been wanting to open up a Christmas treat of naturally wild smoked salmon from British Columbia.

    Let's just say I was totally BLOWN away by how much a whole bagel weighed - 102 grams in weight. Based on the nutritional label - 28 gram weight of their bagel equals 80 calories and 15 grams of carbs. Usually I eat 1/2 a bagel due to carb count, today I felt like a WHOLE bagel - I was hungry - but my bubble was burst with the actual weight of the whole bagel. Sigh, diabetic brain goes into action for figuring out the healthier choice to go. Who says we diabetics wil get dementia as they forecast we can eventually get? We keep the cogs in our brain well oiled all the time with calculations, calculations and MORE calculations in almost every move we make in our daily lives!

    My little 1/2 bagel calculated in at 28 grams of carbs - if I'd eaten the WHOLE thing - double that figure - as well as calories. How many of us actually take a look at the label and realise the truth behind it? Do many of us know the weight of what we are eating and reconsider our options of what our lustful brain is wanting us to show into your mouth?


    So, as I sip on my Americano with abit of raw sugar in it - 8 grams of carbs - insulin to follow shortly once I retest my blood sugar as I was reading 5.2 mmol/l ( 94 mg/dl ) before eating - something as simple as eating can sometimes take on a whole story of it's own for a diabetic!

    Is it dinner time yet?

    UPDATE: 2 1/2 hours later - blood sugar is 6.9 mmol/l (124 mg/dl) - not bad - considering I didn't take insulin for the Americano.  My calculating turned out well :)

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Mar, 09, 2011 10:28 AM
    LOL - on us eating 1/2 portions of our food - and not looking like Twiggy or our mates that eat the full plate.  It must be something in our genes - who knows?

    Like you say - most people will eat the WHOLE bagel - without realising the actual calories, carb amount.  Fine if they don't have a weight issue or have to watch their carb count - but still - I found it odd that the label on my bagel package didn't at least be more explicit that 28 gram weight of the bagel was only a 1/4 of the whole bagel.  Why not write that 50 grams equal "x amount" of calories / carbs?  Also, what person carries a scale with them in their purse or calculator.  Tho' you can get a travel scale - but I just usually eyeball foods - but sometimes am way off - which leads me to have to compensate with giving more insulin later.  Easy for me to do as an insulin dependent diabetic - but for a Type 2 only on meds/exercise/etc. - not so easy (power walk for an hour?).

    So, when you say you've given up pop drinks - you mean sugared pop drinks?  Just wanting to make sure I'm reading that right.  There was an article last month that I meant to put in the forums here for discussion that was saying drinking diet soda pop actually is not good - it may raise risk a stroke.  The link is
    here for the article .  I don't drink pop drinks too often, they don't fit into my food budget (and don't have any nutritional value - so you're sort of flushing your hard earnt dollars that could be put towards something more nutritional down the drain).

    By: AmariT: Mar, 08, 2011 14:26 PM

    That bagel looks absolutely delicious.

    I feel like the half or whole thing is an interesting social phenomenon. How many people would be willing to eat just half of a bagel? Obviously it's meant to be eating all together.

    Or when you look at the label on a drink or candybar and it says that it's two or three servings for something that almost anyone would eat/drink all at once. 

    Similarly, restaurant meals are a LOT of calories. Way more than anyone needs to eat in one sitting. As such, I only ever eat half of the meal when I go out to eat. I'll often separate it into halves at the beginning of the meal, and when I'm done eating get the other half wrapped up to go. And my friends tease me about this constantly while eating their full meals (yet I weigh more than many of them. How unfair is that?). 

    I wonder if the issue is the amount of food or the amount of calories/carbs per gram of said food.

    On a mostly unrelated note, but I'm excited about it, today marks a month of not drinking soda! Yay! Once I got past the first week, it hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be. I still have pretty strong cravings sometimes, but then I think, I'm not going to ruin [amount of time] without soda by having one now. Before I got through the entire week, my thought was always, I'll quit tomorrow. 

    Maybe now that I know I have the willpower on that one issue, I can apply it towards other issues! 

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