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Posted: Jul 24, 2013

I went down the "evil" isle today - while I was killing time (having new tires put on my little red zoom zoom car at Costco - what a BIG difference - no more vibrations on the wheel now due to chunks of tire flying off).  

Anyway, I love dark chocolate (my fav is the one below).  As per "instructions" from many articles I've come across - a square of the darkest chocolate possible is supposed to be good for your heart.  I like that excuse, I love chocolate (what woman doesn't) - so the brand I usually buy (see below) is what I like best.


Then I saw this other brand, same company, another dark chocolate with that has the latest and greatest phase...  quinoa.   I started to look at the label on the back and then decided - WAIT - I've got to take pictures of both nutrition labels - because what I was reading made it soooo confusing to decide on which to buy.  What do I mean by this - well - if you look at each label I've posted below - you will perhaps see what I mean.
                                       
      **** DARK CHOCOLATE NUTRITION LABEL ****



If you look at the Dark Chocolate nutrition label shown above - it has MORE calories due to the fat/sodium/fibre/protein but LESS carbs.  What really surprised me the most was the fibre/protein being abit more - but it does not contain quinoa.   I found that abit odd - seeing as quinoa has more fibre and protein than regular types of sides dishes that I use - so figured when looking at the nutrition label for below for the Quinoa Dark Chocolate - there would be a change in the fibre/protein content - that it would be more. 

    **** QUINOA DARK CHOCOLATE NUTRITION LABEL ****


Can you figure that one out?  Is there anyone who is a Nutritionist reading this?  So,  I left the store - without any chocolate (though I did buy some Chocolate Peanut M&M's for my DH - who will probably wisely share with me while we're on holidays sailing over the next few weeks).  

I thought looking at food labels in American grocery stores was overwhelming - but to make me feel at such a loss when it comes to my love of a simple dark chocolate!!! Noooo,  I think I'm going to have to go lie down on a shrinks couch and figure out where to go from here :)

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Posted: Mar 4, 2011

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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Posted: Aug 26, 2009

Hostess Twinkie

As we all know, sugar has no nutritional value.  It makes food taste good, who can't deny that?  I know I can't.  I'm a diabetic, and I still use sugar in my coffee. Granted, I make myself feel better by saying "I use raw sugar" - but let's face facts - it's sugar - 10g of carb for a teaspoon of sugar!  Many people who eat sugar laiden food are not eating healthy food (are Twinkies healthy - they taste so good?) and of course there are the calories that are involved in high sugar. Which results in high calories and if we don't burn those off - well - you know where it ends up (I'm looking down at my belly here as I type this out - yikes).

I came across a Good Morning America episode today - that was informing the viewers about sugar consumption in the American population (though I think this applies all over).  Did you know that the average person a day consumes .... 21 teaspoons of sugar a day?  The American Heart Association (AHA) is recommending that we reduce that amount of sugar consumption by a third - to only 7 ½ teaspoons a day. 

Also, what was amazing - was when the doctor being interviewed (Doctor Johnson)  said that a single can of pop drink contains 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar!  Ouch!  I mean I know they are high in sugar - who hasn't consumed a Coke when they need to fix a hypo (I have) - but there is that much sugar in just a can of pop floors me.   He continued to point out that boys (do girls not consume as much I wonder?) from the ages of 14-18 consume on average 35 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Reducing the amount of sugar we consume will of course help reduce our chances of having heart attacks, strokes and of course diabetes.  They are all related in many ways to our love of sugar in our diets.

I know that my parents many years ago decided to cut out excess sugar from their diets.  I'm not sure if it was because of my being a diabetic - but they have managed to wean themselves off of it in their tea and coffee and they also don't eat many sweet things.  Being of British descent - where we are known for bad  teeth (though have been told that's due to the bad dentistry at the time) - that's quite something else.  They are both in excellent health and they are in the 70's - so perhaps cutting out sugar has helped them - along with healthy eating.  I am hoping I can say the same thing when I reach their age - as I'm sure we all feel the same way.

To view the video - as well as read up abit more about our consumption of sugar - go to this link.

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Posted: Apr 10, 2009

I think I'm going to be blogging with the word "evil" in the title over the next few days.  Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate is everywhere - cute bunnies are tripping me up (oh wait - those are my cats wanting food ... again).  So what is a gal without a functioning pancreas supposed to do? Run and hide away from the evils of the high sugared treats at this time of the year?  Never - just cope as best as I can do.   Warning - this is a long read!

It was my birthday yesterday - I don't really make a big thing out of it.  It's just another year gone by since I made my Mum scream with pain as I popped out of her.  I was a 10 lb baby - born at home - and my Mum being a small women - had to deal with my tonnage coming out of her - sorry Mum.  I'm thankful for having good health, a zest for life and a sense of humour. Now, what more can someone want?  Well, I've had this bee in my bonnet lately  - about wanting a birthday treat yesterday at DQ.  I had made up a nice dinner of scallops in a mango/lime/tequila sauce over a bed of pasta / side salad/ glass of wine - fine and dandy - doing alright there.  Then it was off to DQ - something we haven't done in awhile.  They've been advertising on TV an ice cream treat called the Midnight Truffle Blizzard - it requires no description just from the title.  I had a small one - and figured - ahhh - must be about 40g of carbs - so in went the insulin - and in went my spoon into this very SWEET concoction.  I managed to get through it - while a little girl nearby me - literally inhaled a LARGE one like mine! 

When we got back home - feeling like stuffed pigs, Mike looked up on the Internet as to what the actual carb count was and it was probably somewhere between 80-120 grams of carbs (it's not listed on their website - but we "guesstimated")!!!  I was totally floored - not only by the carbs - but that it basically was about 1/2 the amount of my daily food intake calories wise.  So, with that in mind it explained why my BG was hovering around the 14 mmol/L (252 mg/dL) for the rest of the evening - even with correction bolus(s). Yikeroos!!!

I woke up in this morning still at the same level .  Therefore, no breakfast, just an espresso with another correction bolus.  Now 3 hours later - I'm back to normal (or am I ??) -  BG is at 4.5 mmol/L (81 mg/dL) - had some food to eat (was abit peckish) - and have now decided next time we will share a Blizzard - in perhaps 2-3 years from now when I feel less bloated.  

Can't wait for Easter Sunday now ....

 

 

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