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I've been told, anecdotally, that people with bipolar disorder crave salt. That's certainly true for me. I add salt to foods described as already containing too much sodium.
I also crave the sweet things that are the worst things for someone with diabetes. In the past I've had times where I'd eat four to six Three Musketeers bars a day, or an entire bag of Raisinets after coming home from work. Now I generally have red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting for breakfast.
For a long time the four basic tastes were sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Scientists have now added umami to the basic tastes which, as far as I can determine, just means "delicious." Ayurvedic medicine goes in a different direction, adding pungent (hot and spicy) and astringent (dry and tart). Tart is another favorite of mine - I add vinegar to spaghetti sauce instead of sugar, as many people do, and I prefer apples and tomatoes to be tangy.
In talking with other people who have bipolar, I've fo...
Do children with diabetes miss anything by having limited sweets? I think the obvious answer is "no," but so many parents go through the emotional rollercoaster of dealing with forced denial and children go through what should be an easy indulgence to something that's denied. That said, I thought the development of taste buds might be a great thought starter for how everyone should look at food choices and particularly the taste for sweets.
The sweet indulgence has filtered into the adult population where it should be better controlled through knowing how to make choices. Comfort foods and the desire to have more than we should seem to derail common sense. If you follow the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) on Twitter and Facebook, the diabetes community appears to have strong opinions on both sides. Some believe it is a matter of carb counting and some believe low carb/paleo is the healthiest diet for people with diabetes. I then asked myself, when did my sugar craving start? Did I lea...
(Honestly, this is a post I always hoped I’d be able to write, and even the title is making me grin.)
I am currently 4 ½ months into my first pregnancy, and I’m beyond grateful for it and thrilled about it. I’m also 23 years into my type 1 diabetes diagnosis, so pregnancy wasn’t always something I felt confident that I’d experience. I have heard more horror stories about diabetes and pregnancy than I’d care to think about, and of course there’s that whole Steele Magnolias movie that is burned into my memory. Thankfully, I followed Kelsey’s journey here on HealthCentral , and she helped to give me plenty of hope. And now, after a few years of careful planning and several months of consecutive diabetes control wrangling, I’m finally there, too. And I have the potbelly to prove it.
While the pregnancy low blood sugars have been extremely surprising (can you say “29 mg/dl ...
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