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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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The joys of having Bowie my CGMS – Chapter 1 - Sep 02
 Okay, for those of you who have never read my #dblogs before, I give names to all my little gizmos that I use for controlling my diabetes.  What we have today, ...
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In a slump and scared - Jul 21
It’s rare for me to compose a #dblog that is not all “chirpy chirpy” … I think the last time I did one that was kind of down was at Diabetes1.org ...
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Surviving the Holocaust with Type 1 diabetes - Mar 27
  " To the best of my knowledge, I am the only diabetic who survived years of imprisonment in German concentration camps. This is my story "   The above words ...
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Sugar and Your Health - Mar 06
The other day I emptied out a 4 kg (about 10 lbs) of white sugar that I had dated a year ago when I opened it.  I use white sugar purely for cooking (I make my own ...
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Eating from the ground - Yuca Fries - Feb 20
I am home now from a working holiday, in the Bahamas and Miami.  Despite the weather being abit cooler then normal (they only get 2 weeks of winter - we were there in ...
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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 13:40
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    I was eating my breakfast this morning, and was flipping through a magazine, when a pile of promotion ads fell out of the pages.  The first thing I saw was "50% less sugar and calories" in big bold letters - followed by "than the leading 100% orange juice. An excellent source of Vitamin C".   The thing is - the ad states that it's a Vitamin Enhanced Juice Beverage.  My mind slammed into reverse at that point.  It was like TV ads for "juices" for kids that are loaded with sugar / vitamins / "real fruit" - for an instant snack / boost of energy - rather then a crisp apple or  handful of almonds or something not commercially made.  Is it my upbringing of not eating commercially processed foods that makes me this way?  Is it due to my being diabetic, and wanting only the best that I can afford going into my temple of worship - aka my body that got me urked so much?

    I went to the manufacturers website - and of course - it seems to be aimed at women (the spokes person is a well known American actress).  The big draw is that the product is "natural" - and the sweetener used in the "juice" is stevia - so of course - lower the sugar content of the "juice" (there is no mention on the website as to the nutritional make up which is very important to us that are watching our carb intake).  I have nothing against this sweetener - I have tried it - but didn't like it in my coffee (it left a bitterness) - so switched back to the evil "sugar in the raw" (8 grams per teaspoon - .75 units of insulin).  I guess my big beef is that what is wrong just with 1/2 a glass of natural OJ - at only 12 grams of carbs? 

    I rarely drink orange juice to begin with and get my Vitamin C via other sources.  I guess given the choice - a fresh orange is my choice.  Yes, it takes time to peel - eat - rather then a quick gulp of a glass of "juice" - but that's my choice.    What is yours?

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