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Posted: Feb 20, 2015
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 that period <lol>) - we had a great time.
I managed to meet up with some great diabetics along the way, that knew I was coming into their ports ... and here is one little story I'd like to pass along to you (more to flow from my finger tips over the weeks). This will hopefully warm your heart as much as it did for me - especially now that I'm the land of snow and cold winter temperatures in Canada (with wind chill it is currently a balmy -30C as I'm composing this - not the 20C we were having in Miami yesterday - brrrhhh).
When I got off in Nassau, I headed off for abit of a jaunt to get my sea legs back into shape (and burn off some of the foods I'd been eating on the cruise ship - oink, oink). I sauntered through the Straw Market on that chilly day. I had on a wool sweater - and looked like a local compared to the tourists in little flimsy gear. I was warm and cozy that was the main thing.
I happened to come across a stall that had some cute hand embroidered straw bags with of course ... Hello Kitty on them. Because I love to spoil my grand niece Mallory, I stopped by and picked up one, and had her name put on it. I started chatting to the owner of the booth as she was embroidering my neices names on to the basket, to discover that her Grandmother's name was Anna and things progressed from there to a few of us sitting around on chairs just chatting away like we'd known each other for years. This is the best part of when I travel, meeting up with people.
She was tellling me that in the Bahamas diabetes is a very big problem due to what she feels is the introduction of foods brought from other countries. Before canned, processed food came to their islands from other countries, she said that diabetes was something that you rarely heard of. As she was talking to me, I noticed how beautiful her skin was, how vibrant she looked, despite the hard work that she has to do every day (the Bahamian government rents out the stalls to them - hers had belonged to Anna and passed on down to her). It's not an easy life, but she is happy and manages.
When I told her I'd had Type 1 diabetes for 50 years, and how old I was, she told me how old she was. What shocked me is that she is 70 years old and to me, she looked much younger. I told her this, and that got her and her friends laughing away. They all told me that they feel that eating from the ground, foods that are not over processed (no foods that have been canned) are what they think is the secret to good health (and I told them maybe not having frigid cold temperatures like Canada probably helps). Food that is prepared fresh, not fast was the big point that I came out of our conversation about their healthy way of eating.
She gave me verbally the recipe for making her favourite cassava dish (or yuca as it is also known). Full of vegetables and slow cooked to perfection. When I find time to do some research and make up the dish myself, I'll post the recipe. It's not a dish for the low carb eaters out there, but even if sampled abit, am sure it won't spike your blood sugars as drastically as what a potato based stew would do for you.
I can add further to this proof, of the yuca wedge fries I had in a Peruvian restaurant in Miami about a week later, that were to die for. I guesstimated the amount of carbs, and no crazy spiking. It helped that I had a bowl of fish soup that was to die for to slow down the process of the carbs!!! Psst, if you're in the SOBE area ... check out Chalan on the Beach - good prices (dishes are large portion - so shareable) - fresh ingredients - drool worthy!!! Even Sock Monkey liked it there!
In the meantime, I've come across a yuca oven fry recipe that I'll be giving a try once I've got restablished back here at home. Maybe you'll want to check it out for youself and give it a go.
How many of you have incorporated this root vegetable into your meal plan and had great success with blood sugar control? I'd love to hear from you!!
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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: May 17, 2012
Whenever we'd go on a road trip - my Mum would always pack snacks - not just for me because of my having diabetes - but for all of us. Often it saved stopping off - wasting time to get to our final destination (usually to the coast for a holiday). Also, it saved money by not stopping off at a restaurant. Eating a road side park was always abit of fun - to run around - let some steam off (so my brother wouldn't contemplate more ways to kill me in the back seat of the car as I kept on bugging him - I mean what are siblings for?).
I've always carried on that tradition (not bugging my passenger(s)) - when we go on a road / air trip - I pack our own food (with air travel I'm abit limited - but still do it - food at the airport is tres cher). When it comes to a road trip tho' - it's a great time to fill up bags with nibbles that I don't usually keep at home - you know - for those boring highway periods - and you get that snack attack (provided that your BG's are in a good zone - since sometimes being inactive can make my BG go up abit).
So, I'm heading off to Boston for the Canadian long w/e with my DH - and one of my treats I've just bagged up - is 15 gram of pure carb delight - Garden Veggie Straws. I'll also cut up some healthy veggies - diced up cheese - and a few cans of diet pop. Oh and who can forget the "sweets" for the road trip! My fav are sour lemon drops made by Sorbee - only 3 of them have 15 grams of carbs (about 50% of what regular sugar candies have). Now of course, this doesn't mean I'll be sucking on these sugar free candies every nanosecond. You have to remember - sugar free does not mean - CALORIE FREE - it all adds up in the end!
What nibbles do you like to pack for the road trip? I'm curious to know what teases your pallet when you're winding through country roads to your destination!
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Posted: Jul 28, 2011
Well, I just got back from a whirl wind tour of Vermont. Yes, I went in my little Smart CDI and …. it did not break down on me – Whoo! Whoo! My little French fry machine as I like to call it – as it’s built in France / engine is from France – is my way of making myself not feel so bad about the woes it’s had over the past 6 months with a mechanic buggering up the car. Smartie is now all better.
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Posted: May 6, 2011
It's been awhile since I posted a new recipe for D-Feast Friday (can be diabetic friendly or not - we just all love good food) that Lorraine Sisto had started last year. The list now is actually hovering around the 200 mark - do we love to cook up a storm or what? Sadly, due to the way Diabetes1.org is set up for embedded links - you will only be able to see the list of the recipes by going to Lorraine's website link above - and clicking on the link embedded on her page - trust me - you'll see all the great recipes posted by members of the D-OC (diabetic online community).
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