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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).

Straw Market Nassau

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.   

Cassava or yuca

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.

Peruvian Yucu fries

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.

So, back to the topic on hand here.

I’m at the American border and the guard asks:

“What is your purpose for coming in the USA” In his mind he is going – where the F is the ass of this car????

I, the friendly Canadian say - “I’m going to visit some friends in Burlington and also attend an art show which I’m going to be acting in”. Oops as usual too much information – I’m so friggin’ honest!!!  Should I have mentioned to him I was also doing some table top dancing????

“Are you going to be paid for this and how much?” says the Border dude – thinking to himself – she is a spy – come to destroy our country with this disguise of a story!!!  Hmmm, wonder how fast that little French fry machine with no ass can go???

“No sir – it’s all volunteer – just out to have some fun with diabetic friends” says little FatCatAnna thinking in her head …. but I will make TONNES of money once the video of this event I’m attending goes viral / my pictures go into Vogue and I receive my Oscar next year and I will thank you … the friendly American Border dude for making me feel like an evil person at your border crossing when you should have welcomed me without any questions like John Candy.

Anyway, the jist of the whole thing since I guess I look like a threat to your country – but it’s okay – I’m over it now is that I just came to the good ol' USA to have abit of fun. I laughed / ate / petted Blue the doggie / farted & belched / had fun with Ginger Vieira along with a dinner table of 20 people and 10 guests. We all participated in this great art show entitled
The Antidote that Dana Heffern also a Type 1 diabetic was awarded with a scholarship to fund as she attains her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) at Goddard College in Plainsfield, Vermont. Dana wanted to show what Type 1 diabetes is all about since there is sometimes a misunderstanding about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.


Ginger and moi (sans my black skin suit I usually wear - you know - the one with the little cape?)

I was asked at the last minute the same day of the event to be one of the 20 “actors” at the dinner table – where we were served up delicacies that we weren’t quite sure what they were. Alongside of us were nondiabetics who had brand new BG meters to use (yes they had to do blood tests) – along with needles (short needles – lucky buggers) – pretend insulin (saline). We “experienced” diabetics helped them out with determining what the carb amounts were that we were eating, and what we all thought appropriate amount of insulin to cover what we were gorging out on. We had to guesstimate for most of it; because the food was sometimes not recognisible (we only got the actual menu mid-way – which helped abit). All I can say, I was a stuffed pig after this episode of 3 fabulous courses (no wine – darn – the chef drank the bottle I’d viewed in the cooler earlier). Through the majority of it – I sadly was having a hypo (went as low as 2.9 mmol/l or 52 mg/dl) – but I was well taken care of by Alissa (my Mummy) for shoving a lollipop in my mouth (we had candies in fancy containers at the dinner table).

To top it all off – the audience was allowed to sit at the table with us and “observe” – though a few wanted to talk and got frustrated they we weren't sure if we should respond as we were told not to notice them (I did alot of winking to them - I'm so naughty). Through the whole 2 hour production – we were being photographed and video tapped (the reason for my upcoming Oscar nomination of the woman wearing crotchless underwear – this will be another blog discussion at a later date).

All I can say – WOW – another great experience in my life as a diabetic that I’ve been blessed with since starting to blog and mentor about diabetes a few years ago. Sharing how we take care of our diabetes – learning new things (
mini-dose glucagon) with others.

Even better? Getting to feel up Ginger’s muscles in her forearm – whooza – she is one strong Mama – should have had an arm wrestle with her at the dinner table …. but that will be another story for another blog one day (better start pumping iron and grunting like a pig!!!).

To check out more pictures from Dana's event – go to this link at my Flickr account!  UPDATE - HERE'S a SHORT VIDEO FROM THE EVENT THAT I POSTED HERE AT DIABETES1.ORG IN 2012!

Can’t wait for the next diabetic meet up which is …. TOMORROW …. at the Children With Diabetes Friends for Life 2011 conference and expo in Toronto. I’ll be taking the train as the little Smartie will be staying behind on this one – while I have a semi relaxing trip by train – and then get to work with D-teens over the next few days!!! Sleep???? Ahhh – I’ll wait until I’m older for catching up with sleep.

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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).

My contribution today is a favourite I like to make on the sailboat (which is going plunk into the water today and it's actually NOT raining today - has been all week here in Montreal).   Sadly I'm not there - suffering from a nasty cold since coming back from holiday in Spain - darn 9 hour flight with coughing folks sitting around you.

I did try making a sweet potato gnocchi one time - big mistake!!!  Sticky messy ordeal, I think some of it when forming the gnocchi may have ended up as artwork or wood filler on part of my old kitchen walls that are pine (check it out next time you visit - it will be hard to detect as it has become well blended in and adds extra character to my kitchen ).  I now buy ready made potato gnocchi made by Aurora - at $3.00 a pack - you can't go wrong for a 500 g package which serves 4 portions nicely - or if you aren't afraid of carbs - 2 people could probably eat the package (I'd be stuffed).  I tend to eat my pasta dishes similar to Italians - no more then 1/2 cup serving - followed by a nice side salad - and perhaps some crusty bread to mop up the sauce in your bowl.

The instructions to make up this meal are dead simple as it has to be in the small galley I have on our 30' sailboat.  Pour some olive oil (or your preferred oil to cook in - butter, etc.) - I use about 15 ml (1 tablespoon) into a saucepan with a lid - heat up the pan on Medium heat - toss in the gnocchi (I separate the gnocchi from the package with my fingers prior to tossing in as they tend to be stuck together).  Cook for about 3-4 minutes moving them around to ensure they are covered in the oil and cook evenly.  I then cover the pan with a lid for 2 more minutes, which makes the gnocchi nice a crispy.  Once they are cooked (total cooking time is about 4-5 minutes - fast food!!!) - I serve them up either with my own home made sauce - or a premade sauce with some added FatCatAnna ingredients to make it taste "home made".  Freshly grated parmesan, ground pepper (always have a grinder on our boat - I'm a pepper snob) and there you have a fast meal.

NB:  If you want to take the time to make your own potato gnocchi - in my search for a picture to post - since I didn't take a picture of my meal the other day - came across this recipe that actually looks easier then the one I'd used for my sweet potato gnocchi - I'm going to bookmark this link - and maybe give it a go one day!

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