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Last Sunday night I had a diabetes episode that left me feeling cranky and exhausted on Monday morning. It was a completely self-induced event, which just heaps guilt onto an already icky experience. Here's what happened:
The kids were asleep and I was settling into the couch to watch some TV with my husband. My blood sugar was 127 mg/dl after a dinner of salmon and roasted sweet potatoes (yum!). I decided to have some banana chips dipped into natural peanut butter as a snack. I didn't intend on eating many, so I bolused just one unit of insulin.
My first mistake was bringing the entire bag of banana chips to the couch instead of just taking a serving. One handful of banana chips turned into two, then three. In the back of my mind I heard this nagging voice whispering, "You should bolus, this is far more than 20 grams of carbohydrates..." But, I ignored it.
A couple handfuls later, I encouraged my husband to take some ...
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.
Like most people, especially those of us who have diabetes, I have to watch my weight all the time. That's why my favorite dessert is one that doesn't have any carbohydrates and only 30 calories. It's simple to make with only four ingredients besides water. Another good thing about these ingredients is that since they aren't perishable, I always have them on hand. All the tools you need are a bowl, a measuring cup, and measuring spoons, a stove, and a freezer. The only problem with this snack or dessert is that it doesn't give me instant gratification, since it has to set for an hour. But I consider that a small price to pay for something tasty and filling that won't attack my waist or my blood glucose level. Most of us know my favorite dessert in a related, high-calorie form. And some of us think of it as a cheap substitute for a real dessert. In the form of Jell-O, that's true. And my favorite dessert is certainly inexpensive, but tasty enough for my taste buds, which haven't to...
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