HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOUNDLOVER1 HOUNDLOVER1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Purslane - a wild food that could feed the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745373 Purslane is considered a weed in the United States by most people. But it is also considered a culinary delight by more and more people and it is eaten in many countries around the world. It has a lot of great nutrients and it grows in almost any soil, any climate and it multiplies easily in many ways. Once established it's about as hard to get rid of as morning glory or dandelions, but given that we benefit from eating why would you want to get rid of it? <BR> <link>landscaping.about.com/... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:36:12 EST Free summit - growing your own food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734121 It starts today and all you have to do is sign up and look at the videos every day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>growfoodsummit.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:39:05 EST Toxic apples? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684924 I eat apples very rarely because of the high sugar levels but at least make sure they are always organic. <BR> Here is another reason: <BR> <BR> <link>www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2<BR>014/04/u_s_apples_banned_in_europe_doe<BR>s_diphenylamine_or_dpa_make_american_a<BR>pples.html </link> Thu, 1 May 2014 12:34:44 EST A great whale story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684507 I found this video on youtube and wanted to share it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXU7G6zhjU </link> Thu, 1 May 2014 00:48:44 EST This could prevent GMO labeling forever - please spread the word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682579 Regardless how exactly we feel about GMO's right now, if this bill passes we won't be able to change our minds later. <BR> <link>action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/sto<BR>p_Monsanto_and_Big_Foods_secret_plan_t<BR>o_kill_GMO_labeling/?t=4&referring_aki<BR>d=1207.278959.eyu3Uc </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:24:41 EST First World Problems - This will solve all of yours :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681638 I went to my trusty source of great web info for this one, my teenage daughter: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN2WzQzxuoA </link> <BR> <BR> I do think it's worth a serious discussion, given the PROBLEMS so many of us deal with on a daily basis. So feel free to comment. <em>213</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:35:55 EST A classic podcast with Jackie Eberstein, Dr. Atkins' nurse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679596 This interview was recorded by Jimmy Moore and it is long, about 2 hours. But there is a wealth of info about many things low-carb that people don't know or tend to forget about. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownote<BR>s/10015/810-llvlc-classic-jackie-ebers<BR>tein-carrying-on-the-legacy-of-dr-atkins/ </link> <BR> <BR> As a previous emotional eater I found the comments on emotional eating that is triggered by a blood sugar roller-coaster very interesting, even for people... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:29:48 EST Finally got A1 c results back - surprisingly high http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678346 Given that my daily blood sugars, both before and after eating, had improved a lot, the results from my Hemoglobin A1c test (the mail-in type from Walmart) were surprisingly high at 6.3, which is higher than my last test at the doctor's office had been a month earlier. <BR> I was looking for possible reasons, because I thought it is unlikely that I have low fasting morning readings and fairly low levels throughout the day (usually under 110 after eating) but have an A1 c level that high. On... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:27:14 EST Exercising in keto-adapted state http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678021 This video is showing Dr. Peter Attia, from eatingacademy.com doing a very hard workout while in ketosis. So much for the argument that we need to eat carbs to have energy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjpxQJ0ykMc </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:46:36 EST A change in position by the American Diabetes Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677386 I just found this article earlier today in " Diabetes Spectrum", a publication by the American Diabetes Association and thought it was interesting that there seems to be a much greater openness toward low-carbohydrate diets for diabetics and also towards the consumption of saturated fats. <BR> <link>spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/conten<BR>t/25/4/238.full?sid=205120d8-8d95-4c3c<BR>-aed7-3bbd4bcea55f </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> I started a thread about this article in the nut... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:44:14 EST Here is the trailer for the World Reversing Diabetes Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675753 <link>thediabetessummit.com/trailer/?inf_c<BR>ontact_key=c78396c770f94fbd5a1c4488045<BR>c8b4ea72e95efc252ed817f5bcc7fe8226033 </link> <BR> <BR> It looke like a very interesting line-up of speakers and it's free. <BR> It starts on May 5 and you can still sign up to get all the info. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:03:34 EST Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt interviews a physician who had type 2 diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675461 The interview is with Dr. Jay Wortman. <BR> This again raises the question whether type 2 diabetes can be cured with a low-carb diet. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-cure-type-<BR>2-diabetes-2 </link> <BR> <BR> You may also enjoy this video of Dr. Wortman doing a spectacular study on native Canadians. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5aWbrxiyYU </link> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:25:47 EST The CDC and childhood type 2 diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675111 Here is an article that talks about the Center for Disease Control's plans to tackle childhood diabetes: <BR> <link>www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/cda2.h<BR>tm </link> <BR> <BR> What concerns me a lot about this article is not how little is known about type 2 diabetes in children but the fact that there is no talk about early recognition and prevention. If type 2 diabetes in children is in fact harder to treat and more severe (including the possibility of keto-acidosis) then the focus sho... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:20:59 EST Diabetes in Children - Standard treatment ineffective, but there is hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674773 This story made me sad. <BR> <BR> <link>www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health-jan-j<BR>une12-diabetes_06-06/ </link> <BR> <BR> But I know that there is hope. If we can just get the information out there. My own daughter tested positive for pre-diabetes about a year ago when she was almost 16 with an H A1 c level of 5.7 in spite of having about 16% body fat and being a successful and muscular Highshool swimmer who, together with her team, won the State Championship for her High School. <BR> W... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:31:34 EST 4/15/14 Biggest blood sugar spike yet - Quest bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673221 This one was somewhat unexpected. I wanted to try one of the Quest protein bars which have a half-decent ingredient list and relatively low net-carbs. The sweeteners are all supposed to be very low-glycemic. The variety I tried was one of the two without sucralose (Splenda), Lemon Cream Pie <BR> <BR> <link>www.questproteinbar.com/protein-bars<BR>/lemon-cream-pie-single-bar.html </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to like this one, hoping that I may have found an easy occasional protein source fo... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:43:31 EST 4/14/14 Blood sugar spike after coffee - or was it the diabtes meeting? ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672482 I'm not kidding, the local diabetes meeting was filled with confusing and contradictory information. The dietician that gave the talk probably had no choice but to present the new guidelines of the American Diabetes Association. I suspect her knowledge base was heavily influenced (or shall we say limited) by sources that the American Diabetes Association uses. <BR> Overall there were some hopeful signs. Some things were not outright condemned any more, among them a low-carb diet. Instead it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:18:32 EST Blood sugar 4/13/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672002 Everything was back to normal yesterday. I did not eat any higher carb foods. I did low-level exercise throughout most of the day, cleaning up at the barn, steam-cleaning and cleaning up our bedroom and walking with the dogs and the horse. <BR> <BR> 8:00 am 97 <BR> 11:20 am 107 <BR> 1:30 pm 90 <BR> 5:00 pm 97 <BR> 9:30 pm 95 <BR> <BR> average blood sugar: 97 <BR> high blood sugar: 107 <BR> low blood sugar: 95 <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:44 EST 4/12/14 blood sugar all over the place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670874 I wish I knew exactly why, but can only guess why some of my blood sugars were so high today. Was it the fact that I did not move much this morning? Was it the fact that I had a large breakfast, incl. both an omelet with veggies and also a small portion of yogurt, berries and walnuts? Was it the sugar-free chocolate I had last night? Was it totally unrelated, maybe some accidental wheat ingestion? Some inaccuracy of the glucometer is most likely part of it, too. <BR> I'll never know and it is... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:39:51 EST Good results after blood test for LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670229 After both my physician and a local diabetes educator expressed doubts that I am insulin-resistant, based on the fact that my weight and body fat % is in the normal range but my last A1c level was at 5.8 in spite of being on a low-carbohydrate diet it seemed quite possible that my pancreas is not producing too much insulin (as is characteristic of insulin-resistance) but rather too little insulin. This usually happens when the beta-cells of the pancreas are reduced in number/dying because of ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:39:50 EST 4/10/14 blood sugars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669479 Nothing unusual today. <BR> <BR> 7 am 92 <BR> breakfast sausage and eggs, lettuce, nuts <BR> 11 am 94 <BR> snacks of nuts, cheese <BR> 2:30 pm 84 <BR> 8:00 pm 93 <BR> dinner of ground beef, mushrooms, tomato paste, green beans <BR> 9:30 pm 124 <BR> 9:50 pm 108 <BR> <BR> average blood sugar 99 <BR> high blood sugar 124 <BR> low blood sugar 108 <BR> <BR> A good reminder that tomato products are higher in carbs than fresh tomatoes because they are cooked down so much. Tomatoes are really ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:04:45 EST Body fat % down significantly - thanks to blood sugar measuring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669082 I just had a body fat scan this morning and my body fat % is down to 18.3 percent from about 21% just over a month ago. This is by far the largest drop I have ever had in such a short time. Before I was working out much harder, this time I did easy cardio (walking, short jogging segments, few occasional sprints) and a little strength training (mostly assisted push-ups and a few planks and sit-ups) 3 times week. <BR> The only difference is that I kept a close eye on my daily blood sugars and ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:11:06 EST 4/9/14 blood sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668669 6:30 am 94 <BR> 10:15 am 104 <BR> breakfast (sausage, salad) <BR> 12:15 104 <BR> 3:00 pm snack 3 tbsp. almond butter, 1 oz. cheese, decaf w/cream <BR> 5:00 pm 109 <BR> 2 hours of walking <BR> 7:50 pm 88 <BR> 8:30 pm dinner (ground beef with spinach) <BR> 9:50 pm 100 <BR> <BR> average blood sugar 99 <BR> high blood sugar: 109 <BR> low blood sugar: 88 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:54:56 EST 4/8/14 Blood sugars back in line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667822 Today my blood sugars were looking better again. The highest reading was after eating about 1 1/2 oz. of sugar-free chocolate. <BR> <BR> <BR> 8am 98 <BR> breakfast at 10 am sausage and eggs, decaf with cream <BR> 11:15am 103 <BR> 1:00 pm 99 <BR> 1:15 pm lunch 5 oz. plain yogurt with 3 oz. berries and nuts <BR> 2:40 pm 93 <BR> snack of 1 1/2 oz. sugar-free (Lilly's) chocolate, decaf with cream <BR> 4:50 pm 112 <BR> 6:00 pm 83 <BR> 8:00 pm 93 <BR> dinner spinach with eggs and sausage <B... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:17:34 EST 4/7/14 Did wheat screw up my blood sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667322 I don't know for certain but I suspect so. The other possibility is that higher carb foods work cumulative and have a delayed effect. After the dinner two nights ago that included some wheat-based soy sauce my blood sugar yesterday was much higher in spite of the fact that the carbs I had consumed were not higher. <BR> <BR> <BR> 8:40 am 109 <BR> 10:00 am 98 <BR> breakfast of 3 oz. berries with 4 oz. yogurt <BR> 1:00 pm 140 (I double-checked) <BR> 15 minutes strength training <BR> 1:40 pm... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:25:14 EST Can type 2 diabetes be cured? Why it matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666670 The answer I got at our local diabetes meeting was a certain and clear "No". I was told that type 2 diabetes can only be managed and at best the progress can be slowed down. <BR> <BR> Since I question everything that is presented to me as truth and do my own research and experimentation it did exactly that: think about it, read abou and experiment. <BR> <BR> Before we can answer any question we need to make sure that we understand the question fully. <BR> We need to have a clear definition ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 16:07:25 EST 4/6/14 blood sugar and another dinner out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666160 I was pushing the envelope a little today. I wanted to know what would happen if I went out to dinner at the same Chinese restaurant but ate a little bit more and had a little dark chocolate for dessert. This resulted in a blood sugar of 118 a little more than two hours after eating, not terrible, but definitely something I don't want to do too often. It was interesting to see that doing only 10 minutes of planks and situps was enough to where my blood sugar was back down to 100 half an hour... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 02:33:07 EST A 4 minute explanation about sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665721 For those that may not want to watch a 90 minute video on sugar, here is the short version, a great explanation in simple words. Please pass it on. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>ed.ted.com/lessons/sugar-hiding-in-p<BR>lain-sight-robert-lustig </link> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:24:39 EST 4/5/14 Bloodsugars and another dinner out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665410 Tonight we went to a Chinese Restaurant and ordered chicken and green beans and beef with black bean sauce, peppers, mushrooms and onion. We skipped the white rice. To my surprise the blood sugar impact from the sugar in the sauce was very modest about 2 hours afterwards. <BR> I did exercise a little more today, incl. walking/jogging and also some push-ups. <BR> Overall a good day. <BR> <BR> blood sugar today: <BR> <BR> 8:30 am 101 <BR> 3:40 pm 93 <BR> 4:40 pm 91 <BR> 6:30 pm 82 <BR> 9:... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 01:01:33 EST 4/4/14 A busy day- no time to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664759 Today was a very busy day. I had no time to exercise other than some dog walking. I had no time to cook much other than a few fried eggs so the rest was just grabbing things as I went. <BR> <BR> Blood sugars today were a little higher, probably because of the lack of exercise. <BR> <BR> 8am 99 <BR> 9:30 am 89 <BR> 11:10 am 94 <BR> 2:10 pm 84 <BR> 4:30 pm 110 (2 hours after having yogurt, cranberries and nuts with "Just like sugar" sweetener) <BR> 6:30 pm 102 <BR> 10:20 pm 108 <BR> <BR>... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 03:15:35 EST Blood sugar on 4/3/14 - dinner at Thai restaurant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663970 I've been busy today. My husband went to a conference for a few days and I did not have enough time for much eating or cooking. So breakfast was 2 cups of decaf with heavy cream. Lunch was a beef roast from a cafeteria near where I was during the time. Dinner was at a local Thai restaurant. Given all this I'm pretty happy with my results for the day. <BR> <BR> 8:30 am 99 <BR> 2 cups of decaf with heavy cream <BR> 10:30 am 91 <BR> 1:30 pm beef roast with horseradish sauce <BR> 6:40 pm 89 <B... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 02:20:42 EST Blood sugar on 4/2/2014 - My tentative interpretations from one day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663506 Now that I'm a virtual pro at using a glucometer I decided to see if I can lower my daily average blood sugar further. It consists of one morning (fasting) blood sugar, 3 pre-meal values and at least 3 post-meal values. I say at least three post-meal values because I may occasionally take one one and two hours after eating for foods where I want to find out how quickly my body can lower blood sugars. <BR> Sometimes I will also do a separate measurement after a big workout as well to see how m... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EST Playground equipment for all - exercise as play for adults, too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662576 This blog post is the result of my reading CTUPTON's blog post here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662541 </link> <BR> <BR> It is about the accessability of playground equipment for kids with disabilities and how to best do it. The idea is beautiful, the cost sometimes prohibitive and the goal should be to find funding and less expensive ways to make these types of playgrounds possible. <BR> <BR> The reason for me to write this blog post... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:22:08 EST My eliminating pre-diabetes - First ten days of blood sugar levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662528 Russell's advice to test the response to each food was the best idea ever to control blood sugars. Here are my first 10 days of high's and low's (all the other values were not as relevant this time because I was still learning to use the meter and test strips and had to re-test many times, so for this round I'm only taking the average between highest and lowest. In the future I will use a real average (mean). <BR> <BR> Date----High--Low--Average <BR> 3/22----124----96-----110 <BR> 3/23----12... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:37:12 EST My weight solidly under 130 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661739 This is almost a shock to me. My weight was 129.6 this morning and I was not dehydrated nor is it likely that I lost muscle as I have been exercising a lot more. My weight had been sitting at around 132 lbs. for months now, although my body fat varied a little. <BR> The only thing that could have happened (because it's the only thing that changed) is that I cut my carbs further, not by counting carbs, but by testing my blood sugar frequently and avoiding anything that sends my blood sugar ove... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:10:39 EST The battle of the Diets: Is anyone winning - Christopher Gardner 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659005 Here is another talk that I want to look at again as it gives an interesting perspective on obesity and dieting in this country. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=eREuZEdMAVo </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:23:36 EST Safe starches - discussion from the Ancestral Health symposium 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659003 I decided to review this 1 hour video that has a panel of experts discuss the prose and conse of safe starches. <BR> There were a lot of things that made me think, especially with the renewed discussion about resistant starch. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyvlWUQAkxM </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:15:35 EST A short video by Dr. Rosedale - Leptin and your health (aging) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658997 Here is the link for a 7:30 minute video. It explains why we need to do something different than paleo-lithic man who optimized for reproduction, we want to optimize for longevity and quality of life. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHbYqrv3Dq8#<BR>t=305 </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:00:37 EST Voluntary GMO labeling - NOT what we need at all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658528 Please read here for more info in how our rights as citizens to know what we eat are violated: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.organicconsumers.org/articles/ar<BR>ticle_29618.cfm </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:39:12 EST Insulin and it's metabolic effects - Ron Rosedale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658269 This is a long article that I just rediscovered by Dr. Ron Rosedale. It explains the role that high insulin levels have on aging better than any other source I know. <BR> Dr. Rosedale also talks about the effect that insulin has on other hormones. <BR> This article gives hope for people who have struggled with diabetes for a long time and I think it is worth the time it takes to read it. It is understandable for non-scientists/physicians. <BR> <BR> <link>drrosedale.com/resources/pdf/Insu... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:12:34 EST How often to test blood sugars? (Not just for diabetics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656152 I am really a beginner at this so anything I say should be taken with that in mind as I'm really making my own philosophy about it. <BR> I decided the last two days to take the bull by the horn and test my blood sugar a lot: when I got up, before I ate, 1 hour after eating, 2 hours after eating and whenever the results were questionable. I went through a box of test strips in 2 days, 9 dollars that I can't spend on a regular basis for even the least expensive brand I found. <BR> But because ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:14:30 EST Blood sugar coming in line - Milk chocolate blood sugar test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655850 This morning after getting up: 95 <BR> 1 pm before my brunch and after 2 cups of coffee with lots of cream and some exercise: 89 <BR> 1 hour after a 3 egg omelett with green beans: 105 <BR> 2 hours after: 91 <BR> 1 hour after afternoon coffee with cream snack of 1/3 cup blueberries, 4 oz. plain yogurt, 1 oz. walnuts: 105 <BR> 2 hours after snack and coffee: 108 <BR> 2 1/2 hours after snack: 98 <BR> 3 hours after snck and before dinner: 84 <BR> dinner of ground beef, collard greens and chedda... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:14:49 EST More blood sugars - running out of test strips soon :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655021 No, I have not been testing twice an hour, I just wasted a whole bunch of strips, in part because I tried blood samples that were to small, in part because I double-checked a few times. <BR> Today I decided to try some intermittent fasting to see how low my blood sugar levels would go. <BR> They started out at about 100 this morning and were down to about 85 in the early afternoon after some strength training and a few walks. I still was not hungry so waited a couple more hours and it jumped ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:13:04 EST Late night and early morning blood sugars - not what I had hoped for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654543 Thanks to all who commented on my last blog post. I kept taking my blood sugar a few more times last night since I was up late for a movie anyhow. <BR> There results were not what I had hoped for. My blood sugar never went below about 100, even 3 and 4 hours after my meal. It was also still about 100 this morning which explains why my A1c is still in the pre-diabetic range, but suggests that my body indeed does not make that much insulin and normal gluco-neogenesis during the night does not ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:44:26 EST A rare dinner out followed by blood sugar measurement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654292 We had not gone out to dinner as a family for several months. My husband and daugther both finished major work projects and it just seemed like the right thing to do. <BR> We went to our favorite Thai restaurant and had one dish with pork, peppers and bamboo shoots, one red curry with chicken, eggplant and peppers an avocado curry dish. <BR> I skipped the white rice completely since I was never tempted by it anyway and it would only serve as a sponge for the rich sauce which I could tell ha... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:01:18 EST The GMO elephant in the room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653130 For all the advertising for organic foods and healthy kids diets that Michelle Obama does the new food label recommendations don't reflect this: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.organicconsumers.org/articles/ar<BR>ticle_29532.cfm </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:34:01 EST I finally broke down and bought a glucometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652018 I had been thinking about it for a while, but because my doctor thought I did not need to check daily I had shied away from the expense (ok, and from the finger-pricking, too). <BR> But I have been curious for a while. So I got the cheapest meter that Walmart has and it's fancy enough that you can load it's memory onto the computer. <BR> Following Dr. Richard Bernstein's advice I decided to prick the side of my finger, but must have used too small a gauge (33) to get enough blood, ended up p... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:12:02 EST An excellent resource concerning obesity for you and your doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650417 This resource was developed by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Please take a look and if you like these download and share these resources: <BR> <BR> <link>www.asbp.org/obesityalgorithm.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Birgit Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:40:40 EST What I'm doing to lower my blood sugar levels further http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649556 I am experimenting with cutting my carbs to an absolute minimum of 15-20 grams/day or as close to that as I can get. The reason is that my blood sugar levels are still not quite out of the pre-diabetic range. <BR> Here are the dietary changes I am making: <BR> I am replacing 3/4 of my plain yogurt with sour cream. <BR> I am reducing my daily berry serving to 2-3 oz. from about 8 oz. <BR> I am staying with very low-carb nuts which eliminates cashews. <BR> I am limiting myself to triple cream c... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:53:23 EST Why factory farms are not the answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648416 Please take the time to watch this documentary. If you are vegan, vegetarain or a regular meat eater like me, you can contribute by spreading this information to the health and well-being of people, animals and the economy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=knNLZvphhfs </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:51:32 EST The unhealthy meat market - NYT article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648116 What are we really eating, and why is meat so much cheaper than it used to be: <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/opinion/k<BR>ristof-the-unhealthy-meat-market.html?<BR>emc=eta1&_r=0 </link> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:54:43 EST