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Let's hope you have a good check up.

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You know, I have had the cinnamon, honey and PB before, back in the days ~~ I have gave up breads and flours completely. I didn't know they ever gave me problems, but I'm sure feeling better without them. Not blood sugar issues, at least not that I'm aware of, I don't keep track of that as I'm not diabetic and wouldn't know how to do it without a prescription or something from the dr. It would be interesting to know, though.

I'm due for the yearly check real soon UGH! , so will find out then if that might be an issue.

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Sounds delicious but I can't have honey or bread as they spike my blood sugar.

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Anyone ever try Cinnamon, honey and Peanut Butter on a slice of 9-grain wholesome bread?
Boy is it gooooood. Try it you just might like it.

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9/6/11 10:56 P

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I wish I could make chicken and dumplings like my mom.

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9/6/11 8:35 P

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Isn't it funny how people always refer to the food Mom or grandmother made. Never could get the the seasoning though. measurements were always a pinch or dash for dry ingredients, got the wet ones. My dash and pinch never measured up.

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The only liver I ever liked was what my mom made. It didn't even taste like liver.

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Also like beef liver drudged through powdered milk and simmered slowly till milk starts to brown then add water for gravy. That also is good, but not as good as country fried steak.

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If fixed right it's hard to beat. One of my favorite entrees.

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Graveyard shift at a truck-stop TeddyBears, was how I made it through college. My boss made his own chicken-fried steaks with sausage gravy -- so tender you could cut with a fork -- I still dream of them at 3 in the morning.

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I live close enough to the south that we have a strong southern influence on cooking. Here they call it both chicken fried steak and country fried steak but it is delicious no matter what they call it. LOL. It melts in your mouth.

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Secret............that last one was my favorite. Actually the legal ones. Think I would skip lunch and snack for the country fried steak.

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Are we talking about healthy legal smart carb truck stop choices or cheat choices? LOL.

If we are talking healthy I like a buffet where I fill up on salad, veggies, fruit, and meat.

If I'm splurging and throwing caution to the wind I love chicken fried steak with gravy. Biscuits and sausage gravy are great too.



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Then what is your Truck Stop choice? The only thing I can be safe with is bacon or sausage, eggs ( 2 ), Biscuit and maybe grits. Problem is I can eat Breakfast any time. Then add 15 mins. the next day.
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I'm in the highly active range so I'm in between a football player and Tinkerbell. LOL. I like truck stop food. Just not the calories, carbs, or portions. I have learned to like plain water but it took me years and it has to be icy cold.

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Have a tendency to go for the smoothie when traveling over a long distance in car, less messy and will have my eyes on the road more. Besides it's feeling for me. Truck Stop food is for a football player not for a Tinker Bell L O L. I will use cinnamon as often as it goes with what I am eating. Even have a cinnamon liquid Sweet Leaf liquid Stevia I use with my water. Just can not hack p;an water.

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I could sometime use the extra protein but liquids are not filling to me like other people.

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I make my own smoothies out of Precision Protein Powder, water and fruit. I don't do them real often, but always keep frozen fruit here, so it's always an option when I don't know what to fix. It gives me close to 30 grams protein, so they're filling.

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All food is not created equal. At some time it dawns on all of us that you can eat a lot of good food in a day and 3 healthy meals and snacks for the same amount of calories you would use up eating a Big Mac, large fry, and coke. The latter won't stay with you and be enough for the day so it's important to use your calories and carbs wisely.

Lots of people love snoothies and they can be made healthy if you do them right. I choose not to drink any calories other than milk as I don't feel they are worth it.

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Thanks Tish! Yer a great team leader, case anyone says any different!

It seems sorta goofy, but, yeah...learnin that 20 carbs from a candy bar
and 20 carbs from a fruit salad....dont add up tha same.....sorta took a
little thinking on my part, hahaha.

Theres a lotta common sense involved eh? Healthy numbers are good,
same numbers, from non healthy source, bad.

Dig! At the Kwik Stop I go to every workday...they have Fruit Smoothies
on sale right now....a 24 ouncer or just under 300 calories....well alright!

But....I asked the sweets to check out tha numbers.....30+ sugars! I
didnt even ask tha carbs....I was skeered!

I got me usual decaf cofffee and went on me way, hahaha

We are our own worse enemy and critic.....we say things about ourselves that, if a person walked up n said it, we'd deck um.....


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The definition of low carb depends on who you are talking to. Purists say that if it doesn't cause ketosis it's not low carb and that is difficult in most people above 60gms of net carbs. The American Academy of Family Physicians defines low-carbohydrate diets as diets that restrict carbohydrate intake to 20g to 60g per day. Other low carb enthusiasts include fairly liberal carb diets like Sonoma, South Beach, Sugar Busters, etc.

At any rate this is not a low carb group per se but a smart carb group which makes it inclusive of all dieters on any kind of plan that focuses on selecting the best carbs and avoiding the junky ones. We encourage everyone, especially beginners, to experiment to find what works for them.

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Hey Dey! Thanks homie....um, but, what is a nor-mal? This word, it is made up, yes?

Hahahaha....I dig, and yeah, Im not gonna use anymore cinny than I regularly do...
love it in me coffee since havin it atta great mexican joint....until I talk it over
with me doc!

Thanks for tha resources!

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I tend to do a lot of research when I look at adding supplements to my diet... I try to get to the source studies to verify claims made in blogs... and especially don't trust sites trying to sell me anything! I try to get to the PubMed studies (its a centralized database of clinical trials) for evidence.

Cinnamon is has shown some benefit in lowering A1C and Fasting blood glucose... it is theorized to act as an insulin sensitizer.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2
0854384

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1
9509199

www.jabfm.org/cgi/reprint/22/
5/507.pdf


However, it has not shown much help with cholesterol:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1
9852889


A couple other supplements to consider:
Chromium
Fenugreek

Of course, you should always talk to your doctor 1st... stick with your prescribed meds 1st. Supplements are just that... a supplement. Don't always rely on them... keep testing your blood sugars. A low carb diet will do FAR more than any supplement will even come close to doing. 150 is still higher than most here would consider "low-carb" but still lower than what the "normal" recommended diet consists of... its a good start!

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I dunno ladies.....I'm just...sorta...fakin it till I can get a real
plan goin with me doc....

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Most people with certain medical conditions, like diabetes can't lose on 150 net carbs but some can. It depends on things like your age, activity level, degree of insulin resistance, weight, etc.

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I don't think I would lose weight at 150 carbs, net or otherwise! You are lucky, it does give you a lot of yummy options.

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Yep yep! I'm still tryin ta get a handle on tha whole "net carbs" thing, but, I be gettin there!

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With 150 net carbs you can eat really well and have lots of options.

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Well, to be real? I just let it on tha diabetic thing...and, keep me
carbs targeted to tha 150 range fer now, Imma workin on
droppin them down as I go!

Ya...dropped smokes n started tha diabetic healthier eating thing
all within a day of each other.....hahahahaaa.....anyone got
spare Valium?

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The change diet settings do not give you access to carb amounts if you are on the diabetes management program.

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I just posted this somewhere else and you may see it there but...

so far today I have 5 total carbs minus 1 fiber equals 4 net carbs. Yet the tracker says that the total carbs (for low carb plans) are 8. How does that work?

I am thinking I will just do the math myself, total carbs minus fiber equals net, simple!

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How to Customize Your Nutrition Tracker for Low Carb

You can use the SP tracker to track carbs, fiber and what they call "carbs for low carb diet" which is the same as net carbs.

To customize your SP nutrition tracker click the "tracker options" button that's below the Date. Choose "change diet settings"
Once in this section, if you want to add net carbs, click the bar that says "add another nutrient to track" and pick "carbs for low carb diet" from their list. You can also add fiber.
Once the new nutrients are added to your list, you can set the daily amt you want to consume by using the "edit" button.
Indeed, you can fully customize the nutrition tracker- to set the amt of protein you want to consume, the amt of fats, etc. You can also track the amt of saturated fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as well as many vitamins and minerals. It's overall a very powerful tool.
The only thing I wish it would track that it doesn't is Omega 3 (good) Omega 6 (too much is bad) and Omega 9 (neutral) content of fats.
Hope that helps.

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er...well, I'm type 2....muh good chol is low, my bad is high, hahaha, I hope the diet n meds will show that to be better next blood check in August actually....I take pills andshots for insulin....but, no ones tolt me Im resistant to anything or other....see, me regular doc, that declared me type 2 last June....is out on Maternity leave...so, all this added insulin is since me hospital stay....some 7 weeks bak er so....followed up with her colleague...but, I dunno, she aint MY doc...ya know? I cant WAIT to see my doc again, sweet lil thing she is....tells me like it is, I like that....

Am I ramblin? Yeah....I am....

Any way...I hope to have a pow wow with her inna couple weeks...till then, I been stayin under tha 150-300 thing (yeah, mines too), just seemed too high, hahaha...

See what tha blood work says...Im hopin ta be able ta dump tha pill or shots one for now!

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The SP range recommended (with no way to change!) for diabetics is based on the ADA's recommendations and is quite high and, in my opinion, quite dangerous. Unfortunately, noone at SP is interested in allowing us to change the range to something safer. I was told "this is safe". SIGHHHHHH,,,,,,,

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When I fisrt joined SP in the diabetic program (I'm insulin resistant), they had my carb range from soemehing like 150-300 somehing. I thought that was crazy, so I took myself out of the diabetes program, and changed all my ranges to what I thought was reasonable for me. I haven't messed with calculating net carbs, but try to stay beyween 60-140 total carbs.

I'll have to try that Cinnulin PF. I do remember reading something about water extracts being better and less toxic than dry cinnamon in one of my natural health newsletters

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It kind of depends on what medical problems you have. If you have hypoglycemia, pre-diabetes, diabetes, high triglycerides/cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, PCOS then I would say 300 is too much. I tend to recommend 150 net carbs at most.

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My net carbs (carbs minus fiber) run around 20 a day. Carbs run around 50 if I don't subtract the fiber. But I believe the definition of my plan would be Very Low Carb (VLC). I think low carb is defined as below 125. But I would say if 300 works for you, you should enjoy it.

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Welll doggies...dug around some more...seems that tha "readily available", can even be a form of flavored sawdust???? Thats wrong....but, meh, thats ready made for e huh?

I always thought tha sticks were tha real deal? Whatta mess...

I dont think Im quite ready fer peanut butter n tuna sammys just yet, hahahaha

Hey tish? My tracker has me at around 300 carbs aday....is that too many ya think?


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I see people who are crashing with hypoglycemia and dietitians are telling them to eat more carbs. It's INSANE!!

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This thread got me hankering for a cinnamon fix.
I just had a bowl of greek yogurt w/cinnamon.
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I don't think anyone here would argue with that, Morticia :)

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Actually if you really want to control your blood sugar you have to control your carb intake. Nothing is going to have the effect that it does.

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I have been using Cinnulin PF, a non-toxic water-based extract of cinnamon twice a day for several years. If I run out, within a week or so my sugar starts to rise. Ordinary cinnamon, when taken in large amounts or over the long term will destroy your liver - it contains components that are harmful. In small amounts there is no problem, I love it too! While Cinnulin PF can be expensive, I get mine from Swanson Vitamins online. They are very reasonable and carry good products.

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I was wondering the same thing about the "true" cinnamon vs. the readily available kind we see in grocery stores.

I do know it works as a food preservative. If you put a cinnamon stick (readily available kind) into a gallon of iced tea it will help keep the tea fresh and clear and give a hint of the flavor of the cinnamon.

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One thing I'm a little confused about is whether it needs to be "true" cinnamon or if what is generally called cinnamon (cinnamonium cassia) works as well. Apparently, iut's a very close relative. I take a combo from Swanson Vitamins called Cinnamon Gymnema Mulberry Complex, and their cinnamon is cassia. It's not very expensive, so I figure at least it couldn't hurt. I usually mix a little cinnamon into Greek yogurt with some berries, too.

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Here's Jennifer's take on it at Blood Sugar 101 website
A Terrific website, btw - I highly reccommend
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

CINNAMON
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The idea that cinnamon might have an effect in lowering blood sugar was first demonstrated in the lab by researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center of the FDA in Beltsville Mary land, in 1990, while they were testing foods for an insulin-enhancing effect as part of a series of studies looking into the effect of dietary chromium on blood sugar.

However, cinnamon was only one of several foods described as having such an effect including peanut butter and tuna fish, and the article reporting these results was published in an obscure journal so it pretty much sank without a trace.


Insulin potentiating factor and chromium content of selected foods and spices. Khan A, Bryden NA, Polansky MM, Anderson RA. Biol Trace Elem Res. 1990 Mar;24(3):183-8

Dr. Anderson went on to run a series of experiments on cinnamon and cinnamon-related compounds in Pakistan. He also patented a form of cinnamon extract. Media coverage of some of his studies led to a burst of expensive cinnamon supplements appearing in drug and health food stores. However, most people who have tried them have not found lasting benefit.


In a May 2007 newsletter, Dr. Ronald Tamler, an endocrinologist and editor of PRESENT Diabetes points out that the small studies that found a favorable effect from cinnamon only measured fasting blood sugar. He also cites a more recent study, whose title says it all:

Cinnamon supplementation does not improve glycemic control in postmenopausal type 2 diabetes patients. Vanschoonbeek K et al., J Nutr. 2006 Apr;136(4):977-80.

This study included glucose tolerance tests in its assessment of the efficacy of cinnamon.

Yet another study, not done by someone with a financial stake in cinnamon as a diabetes treatment reinforces this finding. Cinnamon doesn't improve FBG, A1c or lipids.

The Effect of Cinnamon on Glucose Control and Lipid Parameters William L Baker, et al.Diabetes Care DOI: 10.2337/dc07-1711

In yet another study, researchers at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City randomly assigned type 2 diabetics to take either cinnamon capsules or a placebo every day for three months. The cinnamon group took two capsules a day, each of which contained 500 milligrams of the spice. The placebo group took capsules containing wheat flour.

According to the researchers, led by Dr. Steve M. Blevins, the results of the study showed that there were no differences in the groups' average levels of blood sugar, insulin or cholesterol.

Effect of Cinnamon on Glucose and Lipid Levels in Non-Insulin-Dependent Type 2 Diabetes Steve M. Blevins, et al. Diabetes Care DOI: 10.2337/dc07-0098

Cinnamon looks to be another over-hyped and underperforming supplement. But it is one you can test at home safely and cheaply since Dr. Anderson's research, no matter how questionable, was done with plain cinnamon of the type you buy at the grocery store, rather than the expensive patented pure product.

Keep your dose to 1 tsp a day or less and repeat the Meal Tolerance Test two weeks after you start using it. If you have high blood pressure be sure to monitor your blood pressure as some people have found that large doses of cinnamon raise blood pressure.

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Irene's comments - I love cinnamon and use it quite a bit in cooking and I even drink cinnamon tea (Bengal Spice, my all time favorite tea) I say if you like it, use it and enjoy it. If it has benefits that's a bonus. But I wouldn't go out of my way and spend lots of money on the supplements, at least not w/o stronger evidence that it works. And the evidence doesn't have to be scientific studies. Check your blood sugar and see how your body responds. If your BG seems lower after eating cinnamon, go for it!

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I use cinnamon a lot. It's a great spice. Some studies attribute it to lowering LDL, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. The same with with yeast infections, fungus, bacteria, parasites. It is supposed to reduce cancer cell growth. Is a mild anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory which helps arthritis, and to avoid heart disease, heart attacks, strokes. Prevents food spoilage. Helps with memory. Helps prevents G.I. problems like ulcers, diarrhea, gas, bloating, constipation, IBS, colon cancer due to it's fiber and calcium content. It also has iron and manganese. And insulin resistance and diabetes. Some people say it helps them with acne, tooth decay, headaches, toothaches and use it for cold remedies with honey. 1/2 tsp a day is recommended. As with anything too much can be toxic but it would be worth a try. It may or may not work as hyegeek said but that's the same with most things including prescription meds.

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I have heard this, but it looks like one of those things that is dependent on the individual. I have have heard some people who do see an effect on their blood sugars, but I have never seen any change for me. On the other hand, I love cinnamon and use it all the time and certainly don't see any problems as a result.

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I've read it many places and my dietitian also suggested it. Cinnamon pills... or sprinkling cinnamon on foods is supposed to help.

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Never heard that.....sorry!

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OK kiddies.....

I see that cinnamon is sposed to be a goodie at helpin to lower blood sugar.....anyone know anything on this? Tish?

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