I am such a food snob. A fake food snob, really. It's a shame, because I shouldn't be one. I have no right. I can't cook, I don't have a refined palette, and for the most part, I can't even pronounce the foods on the "fancy" restaurant menus. But somehow, despite these classless tendencies, I'm still known to turn my nose up at things like Fruit Roll-Ups and juice boxes, because I'm always trying to avoid excess sugar, HFCS, and foods that aren't organic. My husband and I purchase as many organic foods as possible, and I kept close tabs on the origins of my meals, especially during the course of my pregnancy . Ah, the blissful moments when I actually had TIME to read all the food labels and to putter around at Farmer's Markets for the best local produce. These days, time isn't exactly on my side. I have two factors in play at the moment: watching my daughter and my inability to lift her car seat due to post c-section recovery restrictions.
Our local organic grocery store has a pastry chef who has won all kinds of awards for her tasty treats. I am partial to her cookies. They're big. They're cakey. And they're organic, made with all-natural ingredients. I give her awards every time I eat one! One winter a few years ago, I got hooked on these cookies despite their carbiness. They became my drug of choice on winter nights when I was fighting the winter blues. But during one of my regular acupuncture appointments, my acupuncturist felt my pulses and expressed concern over what she was noticing. I broke down. I told her about my cookie fetish. She remarked that the excess sugar was apparently doing some wonky stuff to my spleen, as well as a few other unhealthy things.
[Note: You don't have to believe in acupuncture to get the point of the story. Nor do you have to have a cookie fetish in order to relate. I know I also don't need to mention how excess carbs drive up your need for insulin--a lot of insulin, especially lat...
All of us snack on food from time when we’re hungry and hope that it wouldn’t raise our blood sugar too much. But I wonder how many of us take “exercise snacks.”
New studies on food and exercise snacks point us in different directions. Food snacking may not be what it’s cracked up to be, and I will report on that study soon. But a new concept of exercise snacking is showing that brief but intense exercise before meals can help us manage our diabetes better.
In the paragraph above I emphasized the phrase “before meals” because we already knew that when we get exercise after a big meal we can quickly bring down our blood sugar level. That’s a good strategy that I have followed myself ever since my late wife asked me after dinner one evening what she could do to reverse a high level somewhere above 200. We went out for a moderate 10 to 15 minute walk, and when we got back home and she tested again her level had d...
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