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Posted: Oct 6, 2013

I recently watched the season opener of the Fifth Estate (a show similar to 60 Minutes on USA television) – about the evils of sugar and what it is doing to the populations health around the world (it’s effects on diseases like diabetes to cancer and Alzheimer’s to name just a few).

It was interesting for the most part – it opened my eyes up abit to what sugar does in the breakdown in our bodies (liver – wow does that take the brunch of access sugar).  My only concern was how it was made that sugar is EVIL – that we should really avoid it all together.   That’s not possible.


Sugar is in in everything we eat – it’s either added – or its part of the natural structure of the item we are about to gobble down.  I do believe in reducing my sugar intake but for myself that’s mainly for my being a diabetic (and no – the type I have is not brought on by eating sugar or being overweight - SCREAM – the amount of times I’ve had to explain this to people).  My Type 1 diabetes is all to do with my autoimmune system destroying my pancreas which produces insulin, a hormone that enables the human body to get energy from food.   Capiche?

What I wasn’t aware of when watching this show – that the American government over the past 5 years has been trying to persuade food manufactures to show more information on their food labels as to the “percentage” of sugar – just like  it shows for Fats, Salt.

In the USA, there are no government recommended limits for sugar but the American Heart Association recommends 9 teaspoons (45 ml) for men, 6 (30) for women.  Meanwhile, USA lawmakers are trying to make information on sugar consumption clearer. ”

To me – this makes sense – if you want to have a more informed population of what they are putting into their guts.  As we diabetics all know – especially those of us who match our insulin injections to our food intake – we scrutinize the food label like it’s a mystery novel!  Or at least I know I do. 

Not only, what is shown on the food label, but also the ingredients that are listed on the food label – make a big difference to what I purchase and put on our table to eat.  And we always hope that what is shown on the label is truthful (even more so for those with food allergies – which could result in death).

So, would looking at the percentage of sugar on the product you’re about to purchase make a difference to you?  Or would it just be another time consuming factor in your grocery isle experience?

Personally for myself, even though I try to cook from scratch most of the time, yes, it would help determine my reason for buying a product to consume!


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Posted: Apr 3, 2012
I love pasta - I mean - who doesn't?  Except for diabetics - it can really muck up our blood sugars (BG) depending on how much we eat.  I try my best to have no more then 1 cup of pasta - but sometimes - I can't resist abit more.  I try my best to cover the correct amount of insulin - and like we all notice - sometimes it works - other times - it doesn't.

I was watching a Canadian show today - that has these two cute adorable guys called Steven and Chris.  They are such a hoot to watch - and they often have really great/informative guests - that talk about healthier ways of eating - and sometimes evil decadent foods (hey - just because we have diabetes doesn't mean we can indulge abit ... sometimes - we're only human).  So,  as I was munching on my lunch (not a healthy one today I'm afraid) and watching their show on my PVR - they had an interesting segment on foods that cleanse your liver, kidney, skin - and then the nutritionist showed us how to make this simple "pasta" recipe - using zucchini (an affordable vegetable in my food budget). On the show they used this unique device for making the pasta called a spirooli - but it's probably way expensive for me to buy - plus I don't have much storage space. I make up a similar recipe - using Kraft Italian dressing (or whatever is on sale) - and make my strands using a potato peeler - bit time consuming - but well worth it for your taste buds.

Here's the link for the recipe - and also below is the full text version - go check out their website - you may learn a new thing or two - and want to try something different for the daily "Hey Ma, what's for dinner" situation.

1/2 cup walnuts
1 tbsp hemp seeds
2 cups fresh basil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
4 medium-sized zucchini or yellow summer squash
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), julienned

  1. For the pesto, add walnuts, hemp seeds, basil, garlic, olive oil and salt to food processor; process until well combined.
  2. Cut ends off zucchini then cut in half. Sandwich 1 segment of zucchini between mettle nose of spirooli and spiked handle; start spinning. Repeat with remaining zucchini segment. Voila, instant pasta!
  3. Toss zucchini pasta with remaining ingredients and pesto, to taste.
Zucchini and blossom
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Posted: Feb 13, 2009

I was listening to As It Happens on CBC Radio last night at dinner time (yes - I think you all will come to realise by now - I am a big supporter of public radio).   There was an interview done with Lynne Derwin and her husband from the Yarra Valley, one of the key wine-growing regions of Australia.  The bushfires that Australia has been experiencing the past week have been devastating to that country.  Many lives have been lost as well as those that have managed to survive along with the loss of their homes/livelyhood/possessions.  Now, five days later with 22 confirmed dead in her area - all they have is each other. 


Listening to her talk about her drive down the street to safety - with kangaroos flying left, right and centre as they tried to escape the heat and flames plays a horrific picture in my mind!  She said if one kangaroo had bounced off her small car (Prelude) - she would have been toast!  Here's is the link if you wish to listen to the interview – you’ll find it near the 18:30 mark -


Ms. Derwin was saying that the fire came on so quickly with next to no warning - that she didn't even have time to collect what she said was silly things - like jewelry, etc.  She said in the panic to escape - one doesn't think of things like that - you're instinct is basically one of survival.  One thing she did warn listeners on the radio - make sure you are prepared for a disaster – be organised so that you can get out as safely and quickly as possible.


I think we would all like to be this prepared for an event like this - have our CD's of precious family photos/music all in one spot - along with grabbing the children / pets / whatever.  I'm shaking my head as I type this out - thinking - "I don't think I could do it".  Having experienced the Ice Storm here in Quebec 10 years ago was a wake up call for many of us - but when it comes to a fire – I don’t even want to think about the consequences.  I'm hoping that when/if I ever have to face this sort of thing - that for some reason - I don't go into panic stage - and suddenly become calm and collective.


One thing I was talking to Mike (my main squeeze) after the radio interview is all my meds that I now have associated with aging / diabetes.  Would I be in the frame of mind to pick up all the things I need to keep me going for at least 72 hour?    So, later on in the evening I organized a small bag with most of the nonperishable supplies I require my diabetes – which I can grab if I have to make a quick exit. 


For more information on how to be prepared – please check out this website when you have abit of time …

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Posted: Feb 3, 2009

 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) -

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