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...
The biggest lesson I've learned from tightly managing blood glucose levels during my one and half pregnancies, is the benefit of eating a lower carbohydrate diet. I actually enjoy having a set carb limit at each meal because it helps me to make smarter food choices and keeps my blood sugar levels much more manageable. I suppose it is simple logic that fewer carbohydrates require less insulin, and the more moderate your insulin needs the less likely you are to miscalculate your insulin bolus.
If you're curious, the carbohydrate limits I (mostly) stick to during pregnancy are:
Breakfast: 15 grams
Morning Snack: 15 grams
Lunch: 45 grams
Afternoon Snack: 15 grams
Dinner: 45 grams
Bedtime Snack: 30 grams
Those certainly aren't "Atkins" diet levels of carbohydrates, but it is a lot less than the typical diet, I'd imagine. When eating out or measuring certain foods, it's amazing how quickly a regularly sized meal hits 60-75 grams of carbohyd...
Everyone eats differently on vacation than at home. Those of us who have diabetes probably vary our diet less than others, but being away from our usual places always means eating different food. On vacation we eat out more and usually go to restaurants that we have never seen before. For me, that’s one of the joys and surprises of vacation. Since New Year’s Day I have been vacationing with a friend in a rented condo on Pine Island in Southwest Florida. Neither of us had ever been to this relatively undeveloped barrier island off the coast from Fort Myers and Cape Coral before. Another friend, Dyveke Kanth, lives in Sweden and like me, follows a low-carb diet. She writes for the Swedish low-carb high-fat website LCHF.se and has followed a very low-carb diet for years. “I think that it is the only right way to eat even if you do not have diabetes,” she says. When I wrote Dyveke that I was vacationing in Florida, she asked me, “How is it going with the food in...
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