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If you want to control your carbs, then sandwiches are one of your biggest food problems. Using bread for making sandwiches was a wonderful idea to keep our hands from getting greasy from the good stuff inside. But using bread is a bad idea when we want to cut back on our carbs. And now we have even better ideas. Most bread comes from wheat flour, which is one of the highest glycemic foods there is. Few foods will spike our blood glucose more and faster than wheat flour. Corn tortillas are a substitute for some of us. Corn is only moderately high glycemic. Rye is the only other bread that I can think of that is reasonably low glycemic. Still, all tortillas and rye bread are made from grain, which I completely avoid on my very low-carb diet. But each of these breads still has too many grams of carbohydrate for anyone following a very low-carb diet. Sometimes people use a lettuce leaf to wrap their sandwich or burger. But I've never been a fan of a lettuce sandwich. The best san...
One of the advantages of having diabetes is the chance to try all sorts of different, new, and exciting foods. Maybe you haven’t experienced that yet, but people all over the country keep sending me diabetes-friendly products to try. Most of them are healthy and tasty. Anyway, none of them have poisoned me yet. One of the most surprisingly good foods that I’ve had the pleasure of eating arrived a couple of days ago. These are muffins – but not just your typical muffin, which are loaded with carbs (especially sugar), and fat. These NexGen muffins are instead loaded with fiber – 24 grams per muffin – and calcium – 1000 mg, which is 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of both the fiber and calcium. Valerie Berkowitz just sent me 15 delicious and healthy Lemon Poppy and Banana Walnut Muffins. A Certified Diabetes Educator, she is director of nutrition at the Center for Balanced Health . She writes me that her husband, Keith Berkowitz, M.D., and his partner, Peter Radatti, Ph.D., ...
Sometimes I feel incredibly lucky.
For one thing, I'm alive. I know a lot of people who aren't.
Also, I can see and hear reasonably well. I can walk. I live in a beautiful state on a beautiful hillside with a river and mountains across the road.
And I eat delicious food.
I thought of this the other night when I looked at my dinner plate. I had a lamb chop from a lamb some friends raised on pasture. From my garden I had some boiled red amaranth and some broccoli, picked just before I cooked them, both with a little butter melted on top.
I also had a salad from lettuce I had picked minutes before I ate it, plus a little purslane, a "weed" that is very high in omega-3 fatty acids, with virgin olive oil and a little lemon juice. Also some red wine.
Then I had a few blackberries and some heavy cream.
I was thinking how unfair it is that I have this delicious, fresh, healthy food and people in the city are eating fast-f...
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