How to Eat Ice Cream

Ahh the Diabetic’s forbidden fruit: Sweets. And it’s summertime so I have to mention the foods we will all be around at the barbeques and summertime events.

Do you remember your Mother telling you at some point NOT to do something. And it did not matter what it was, the fact that it was prohibited made you want to do it. Curiosity, and the feeling that you would experience sensations you’d never had before, made the forbidden desirable.

Our shared forbidden fruits make appearances in our lives all the time, especially on special occasions. So can we indulge our senses? We are human. We do strive for perfection, but are not perfect. I believe an occasional indulgence is ok, as long as you eat responsibly!

We all know what drinking responsibly means: don’t drink and drive, don’t drink too much, don’t act out in public, etc. What does it mean to eat responsibly? Here are some basic guidelines:

  1. Eat in moderation. Easy to say, hard to do.  Stick to just one serving, whatever it may be. Make sure that you are not starving so you don’t overindulge and stress out your body, and it’s ability to handle the carb/sugar load.
  2. Eat a good, filling,  healthy meal before eating your treat, like ice cream. If you have had a good meal beforehand, you will be less likely to overindulge in your treat.
  3. If your indulgence is your meal, like pizza, eat a salad or some veggies with it to get the extra healthy fiber and help to fill your belly.
  4. Drink a large glass of water before you eat. This will help a bit to make you feel full so you won’t want to eat as much.
  5. If you use an insulin pump, make sure to take advantage of your extended bolus settings like “Square” or “Dual-Wave” boluses. This is the most important part to avoid an after meal high blood sugar. Not sure how to do this? My best advice is to see your Doctor or nurse practitioner for insulin pump education. I’ll explain how I bolus for a meal or snack like this:

Dual-Wave Bolus

When I eat a high-fat, high-carb meal it takes longer to get digested, and it needs insulin right away, and a little later to handle the breaking down of the combined fat and sugar. You can administer shots the same way, it’s just a bit more tedious. It is essential for you to know what your carb ratio is: How many units of insulin do you need when you ingest 1 gram of carbohydrate.

For example: If I have a ratio of 1/10, Meaning I need 1 unit of insulin for every 10 grams of carbohydrates I consume.

My treat is one serving of ice cream equal to 40 g Carbs. I will need 4 units of insulin (some now and some later).

Using my Dual-Wave Bolus setting I will probably need anywhere between 1/2-2/3 of my insulin right away, and the last 1/2-1/3 of my insulin dispersed over the course of 1-4 hours (this depends on your body’s specific response to the food). I can tell you how it works for me, but it may be very different for you!

That’s 2 units now+

2 Units over the next 2.5 hours

This works much better than overdosing on insulin after a splurge, needing more sugar to get back to normal, only to find yourself way over normal blood sugar levels in a couple hours. That’s what happens to me if I don’t spread out my dosage in a square or dual wave bolus. Not only do I feel crappy afterwards, I feel like an idiot for not dosing my insulin appropriately.

As I mentioned before, an occasional indulgence is ok, but sometimes you may want to look for an alternative, or lesser evil, to such an indulgence:

  1. Single servings are available in the local grocery store, so you are not tempted to eat more than just that 1/2 Cup. Haagen Dazs is one of my favorite brands because it is just real stuff- no preservatives or colors, just good old cream and sugar with natural flavors.
  2. I just discovered an ice cream made from whey protein that is very low in carbs and calories. It is called Arctic Zero. There are only 37 calories in one serving of their ice cream, and 7g carbs; 150 calories for the whole pint! The  bars with vanilla or chocolate ice cream dipped in chocolate are 85 calories with 8g carbs. Visit them at MyArcticZero.com  where you can search for local grocers that carry the products and view all they have to offer (site may have some technical difficulties, if so visit Amazon to have it shipped directly to your house). The ice cream bars I like the best so far because they have a thin chocolate shell on the outside that makes me feel like I’m eating the real thing!
  3. Make some homemade real fruit popsicles (not fruit juice)- Yum!

Review of Dr. Bernstein’s Webcast

I am so inspired by Dr. Bernstein, who has been able to control his Diabetes so well that blood tests would not show that he has Diabetes at all. It is something we should all aspire to. And why not? As he put it, “Diabetics should have the same privilege, or right, as a non-diabetics in attaining good blood sugar control and perfect, non-diabetic A1C results.”*

Below are some highlights from his last webcast:

  • Ideal Blood Sugar is 83 at all times: before, during and after meals. Though this is much more difficult to be so precise with a Type 1, who takes insulin, as opposed to a Type 2.
  • What is Gastroparesis? Delayed stomach emptying, which many Diabetics experience, and will affect blood sugars. The digestion of food becomes delayed as nerves are damaged over long periods of time with elevated blood sugars. Some symptoms include heartburn, nausea, constipation and.or diarrhea, and just about any other symptoms associated with poor or irritable digestion.
  • Many think that fruit is a necessary part of any diet. However, “Fruit does not contain any phytonutrients that vegetables do not. Therefore there is no reason to choose fruit, which only contains one thing that vegetable do not, SUGAR, over vegetables.” What are phytonutrients? According to Glyconutrients Reference, “Phytonutrients are nutrients derived from plant material that have been shown to be necessary for sustaining human life.” And what is it that we Diabetics are not supposed to eat…SUGAR! So veggies are the way to go. YAY VEG!
  • “Eating a couple pounds of cheese per week should not increase your cholesterol when you follow a low carb diet.” Huh! I found this very interesting. Dr. Bernstein said he eats about a pound and a half of cheese every other day, and his cholesterol numbers are almost non-existent!
  • Januvia can be given to a young child to prevent beta cell burnout if you fear he/she will develop diabetes. This is definitely something you would need to discuss with an endocrinologist, and one who is proactive.
  •  Deiodinases & T3- I don’t recall the exact question that was asked, but this mention of Deiodinases and T3 made me curious. Deiodinases are enzymes that work with thyroid hormones, at the cellular level, to make different things happen depending on what the body needs, and the body’s present conditions. According to the National Academy of Hypothyroidism, because the deiodinase enzyme works at the cellular level, a typical thyroid test, testing serum levels, may not be accurate for what is really happening inside the body. See this site for more information about Hypothyroidism and why a regular TSH test result may not be telling the whole story.
  • Less T3=Higher LDL: According to Cornell University, T3 stimulates the receptors for LDL. Therefore if the receptors are not stimulated (T3 is low) to take in the LDL, there is more floating around in the blood causing a higher LDL count.
  • What are the best tasting protein shakes? Many like Atkins, or Jay Robb and it can flavored with Walden Farms sugar free chocolate dip.

Don’t forget to tune into the next Webcast on Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 8pm. Click here to register for Dr. Bernstein’s Free Live Teleseminar and Webcast. You can send a question to ask! Click here to read more about Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.

*Dr. Bernstein was quite frank about why the common medical community in the US does not encourage A1C’s at non-diabetic levels: as the test result is an average, it is assumed that there will be some highs and lows, and to obtain an A1C that low, doctors fear patients will be experiencing too many low blood sugars, for which they can be sued if a patient dies. The doctor cannot, however, be sued because his patients’ blood sugars are too high resulting in any number of complications. Interesting…

Diabetes Support

After more than 20 years with my sister-friend Diabetes, I decided to attend  a local support group meeting last night. I am happy to announce that it was quite a pleasant experience, and I would recommend it to everyone out there- whether you have Diabetes, have a loved one with Diabetes, or wish to discuss things with any other group that connects with your life. You may walk away with more knowledge than you went with, and maybe a new friend or two.

I have had my prejudices in the past about going to a group meeting for Diabetes, but I did not want that to stop me. I went in with an open mind knowing it may or may not be the thing for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. We ended the evening laughing about our clever sugar-free dessert creations.

I have recently moved to a new location and I’m anxious to meet new people. Although attendance at our group meeting was slight last night, it was a good way to get out and be social. In addition, here are some other highlights:

  • Learning what others have experienced and how they handled certain situations
  • Discovering research that I have not been exposed to in my umpteen hours at the computer each week
  • Recommendations for further education and medical support (especially helpful when you’re new to the area)
  • Being a part of your community where you share common interests, successes, plights, and discoveries.

I personally discovered three new very important things for me to pay attention to improve my overall Diabetic health: (It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different; foods and medications will affect one person slightly differently than the next)

  1. Steak can take longer to break down, and you may require insulin, and/or an extended bolus, with a steak meal. Not something I ever paid much attention to, but I will be testing my blood sugars after a steak meal next time to see how I react.*
  2. Where your insulin is injected will affect how well it is absorbed  and utilized by your body. Certain types of insulin work better when injected in fatty tissue (like your belly), whereas others do not need the fatty tissue (as in your thighs).*
  3. Fructose may be a cause of Diabetes and can have negative effects because it is broken down in the liver. This article about sugar substitutes by Kenneth Chang briefly mentions this possible negative effect of fructose.

*The best thing to do is talk to your doctor and/or Diabetes educator to find out how these things might have an effect on you, and what the best treatment is for your health and Diabetes.

Ask the Diabetes Expert

If you have a question about Diabetes that you haven’t yet found the answer to, you can ask Dr. Richard Bernstein. He will be participating in a live  Free TeleSeminar and Webcast on Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8pm EST. Click here to ask Dr. Bernstein a question.

Dr. Bernstein was diagnosed with Diabetes at a time when no one had a personal glucose meter and it was very difficult to control the disease with the little information that doctors gave to patients. Through his desire to live a better, healthier, happier life, he discovered the optimal way to care for himself by self monitoring. Because of his wish to share this information with others, he went to Medical school and became a physician to treat others with Diabetes.

His book opened my eyes for the first time in my early twenties. I was so surprised at how different his treatment was compared to the endocrinologist that I was currently seeing. So I began to follow some of his protocol and found that it really works for controlling blood sugars, and it is possible to make changes in your routine, especially when it makes you feel better.

I am excited to listen to the webinar and anticipate discovering new information about how I can be a healthier, happier Diabetic!

Don’t forget to submit your questions and register for the webinar. As long as the question has not already been answered in one of his previous books, he will try to address it: Ask Dr. Bernstein.

World Thyroid Day, March 25, 2012

Thyroid patient advocate and author, Mary Shoman is highlighting today, World Thyroid Day with a live Broadcast all about the thyroid gland. Click here to see Mary Shoman.

She had also informed us of a webinar tonight 8pm EST: Gena Lee Nolin, of Baywatch fame, and naturopathic physician Dr. Alan Christianson talk about thyroid issues. Visit: Thyroid Webinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Choose Organic?

During my weekly trip to Costco, I was picking up organic eggs, as I usually do, without any thought at all. A gentleman who was examining the eggs asked me, “What is the difference between the organic eggs and non-organic eggs?” Sometimes I take for granted that I have done so much reading and research in this area about our food supply that I was surprised someone could not know the answer to this particular question. However, I was delighted to answer him.

Here’s  the summary:

  • No Antibiotics
  • Cage-Free
  • More Nutritious
  • Better Taste
  • Price
  • Brown not White shells

The chickens are cage free, as opposed to caged. This means that the chickens are able to get more exercise producing a healthier chicken and healthier egg. “Cage-free”, however, does not mean “Free-Range”, which is ultimately the best environment to produce the healthiest eggs and chickens. Most egg/chicken farms in this country contain their chicken in cages where they cannot get any exercise at all. The chickens become unhealthy and fat. This produces a less healthy/nutritious egg. Also sometimes in this environment, there are far too many chickens with not enough space. Therefore they would have a tendency to get sick, which brings us to the next topic of antibiotic use on the chickens.

The chickens that produce these organic eggs are not given antibiotics. Why is this important? What many of us forget is that we consume what has been given to the foods we eat. So the antibiotics used on the animals that we eat can lead to our inability to fight off infection. The more antibiotics we eat or use, the less effective they will be when we need them. We are seeing this with many people and infections: the low-grade antibiotics can no longer fight their infections because they have ingested so much of the medicine through their food supply that they will require more of a stronger antibiotic to get better. And at times this does not even work. Our bodies were made to heal themselves. And with proper nutrients they can do just that. There are times when medication and antibiotics are necessary, but this is not for every sniffle, and we shouldn’t  be eating it every day. This is a sensitive topic for many people, I realize that, but it is important to know what we are eating.

These chickens are fed a better diet consisting of vegetarian feed, not animal feed. They are fed a diet of healthy grains, fat and vegetables, “…No animal fat, animal by-products, and no recycled or processed food” (EgglandsBest.com). This means that these eggs are healthier and more nutritious than those fed a less-then-desirable diet. In addition they actually taste better! Did you ever eat out or at someone else house and think, “Wow it always tastes better when someone else cooks it.”? This is just the opposite- in my house we do like to go out to eat quite a bit, especially for breakfast. But I can tell you for sure that my eggs at home have a richer and better flavor than any eggs I’ve ever eaten at any restaurant.

Organic, cage-free, or free-range eggs are generally more expensive than conventional eggs. The price will vary, but in this store the cost was double that of the other eggs. Why is this? The cost of raising the chickens is higher because of the feed they use, and there is usually less volume (not as many chickens and eggs). That higher cost is passed along to us, the consumer. Inquisitive-Buyer-man was more than happy to pay the price if he knew he was getting a better, higher quality product. My thoughts on this are I would rather pay more for healthier foods now and keep my body as healthy as possible, than pay for high medical costs later because I did not take care of myself, and the foods I fed my body.

As I walked away from this gentleman, after he decided to try the organic brand, he yelled out, “Oh no! But these are BROWN eggs!” I chuckled a little to myself as I assured him that there was no difference between brown and white shelled eggs. He was convinced that they were going to taste bad, or be too liquidy, or not cook like other eggs. But this is simply not the case. Brown eggs are the same as white eggs. They say that the color of the shell is determined by the breed, or species. The color of the shell does not determine the nutrient value or the taste, or the age. You can check for yourself, Wikipedia has some info on eggs, as well as this UK site about Egg Color. The only reason to choose one color over another for an egg is serious prejudice. Lol, and that is just personal preference.

So care for Yourself. Care for your Family. Care for your food. Choose Organic.

Click here or more information about Eggland’s Best eggs and their production.

Setting Goals

I met with a friend of mine last week who had just finished classes for Thai massage. She was telling me about her instructor and his goal to teach a specific number of people how to do Thai massage. I thought this was very admirable and something my mother had taught me long ago: “Always set yourself a goal so you are working towards something, no matter what you are doing.”

Sometimes we forget these things and the reminders come in the most unexpected ways. I have also been inspired by my new favorite blog, Eating Bird Food. The author, Brittany Mullins, has many healthy recipes and great tools for staying healthy. So here is my new goal: to post at least 2 new recipes per week, including photos. I cook all the time and make at least one new recipe per week, although what is old to me may be new to you, so I will contribute my old and new for your enjoyment.

Here we go, Recipes!

JDRF Walk in Avon, NJ Tomorrow

 

 

Please Join us tomorrow in Avon,  NJ for the annual JDRF walk. I will be walking with “Noah Almighty” Team. It’s going to be a beautiful day, maybe the last one for some good fun in the sun! If you can’t join us and would like to donate to research for Juvenile Diabetes, please click here: https://secure3.convio.net/jdrf3/site/SPageServer?pagename=walk_center#pc2=dashboard-home. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Understanding Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

 

Yes we Diabetics are just like everybody else, only we have more responsibility to make daily adjustments to maintain our health. It’s not just once a day, but all day. We need to be conscious of how our physical body feels and reacts to things we do, and eat throughout the day.

One common misunderstanding is about Type 1 Diabetics. Many people commonly think that we have Diabetes because we ate too much, gained too much weight and are just fat and unhealthy. While some foods that we may have eaten could have triggered full-fledged Diabetes, there is an important genetic factor. If you have Diabetes you were more than likely born with a genetic predisposition to get the disease. This means that your body has the ability to develop the disease much easier than someone who does not have a genetic predisposition. What may have triggered destruction of the pancreas’ beta cells is often unknown, but may be caused by some type of virus and/or diet and lifestyle.  [Read more...]