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I understand, their intentions are good, but some of these new diet rules don’t make sense for everyone. And, most of the time, it’s about PORTION CONTROL above anything else.

Here are the diet rules that I, as a hypoglycemic, break all the time:

Dairy is evil.

Seriously??? I live on dairy. I actually have to limit myself to two glasses of milk a day. Otherwise, I’d be downing milk all day long. Also, for a hypoglycemic, 1 cup of low-fat milk is 100 calories, 7 grams of protein and a serving and a half of carbohydrates, making it the PERFECT composition for a great snack.  And cheese? Low-fat, low-sodium cheese is a great protein for a snack. And, by the way, for all you protein powder lovers out there, it’s also the base ingredient of whey protein.

Never, ever eat bread 

This one is equally laughable to me.  I eat bread all of the time. It’s wheat, whole grain, or some other dark bread 90% of the time, but it’s still bread. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are one of my most favorite foods on earth and I love a healthy soup with a side of bread with A LITTLE cream cheese on it. I also limit how much bread I eat, but the limit is no more than three slices, or rolls, or whatever per day.

Eat salads

As a general rule, this is actually a good one to follow, but the problem is what we consider a “salad” in the US. Our salads are huge and have tons of crap on them, which kills the whole point of eating a salad. The MINUTE you add cheese, bacon bits, candied nuts, friend chicken, SALAD DRESSING, or anything else that isn’t “natural” onto your salad, you’ve killed it. Don’t think that eating a salad is healthier, it may not be.

Don’t eat 2 hours before bed

This one is probably a good rule for most people, but as a hypoglycemic? This is just not very realistic. If you have to eat every three hours, you’d have to time this so spectacularly each night so that you were eating exactly two hours before bed. Otherwise, you will have a hypoglycemic attack during the night. And those suck. I usually have a small snack, like a glass of milk, right before bed. That usually prevents hypoglycemic attacks during the night and I wake up in the morning mildly hungry.

No carbs (insert the latest trend here…for dinner….ever…with protein…)

Again, it MIGHT be a good rule for the average person (although, I doubt that), but the hypoglycemic diet calls for carbohydrates and protein at every three-hour meal or snack. So, this isn’t a possibility at all. The bigger thing here is to eat HEALTHY carbs such as fruits, whole grains, etc.

 

So there you have it. What “diet rules” do you break?

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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

Three silicone baking dishes, red, all nested in each other.

From Flickr: piepjemiffy

Useful tool: Silicone baking dish


I originally bought a 9 x 9 one of these for preparing baked goods. But I quickly figured out that things seem to bake much faster on this pan. Bad for baking goodies (it kept overcooking them), but MUCH faster when I need a quick meal.

My pan is ugly to say the least. First, it’s a dorky heart. Second, I used non-stick spray on it, which is apparently a no-no and turned patches of it brown. But, if I need to cook chicken or heat up an egg roll (a guilty pleasure of mine) fast, this pan is my go-to.

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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

A plastic pitcher for drinks

From Flickr: Michael Nugent

Useful tool: Pitcher

When I was young, we made a lot of muffins and it was ridiculously difficult for me (especially as a kid) to get the liquid batter from the bowl to the muffin holes without spilling a lot of it. So, now, if I have a recipe that has a lot of liquid ingredients, I either mix them in the blender, or mix them in a pitcher and just pour them in pan.  It’s much faster and cleaner. For thicker batters, I use an ice cream scoop.

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A couple caveats to this post:
– This is in no way commentary on the new health care laws.  It’s more me venting because I prefer personal relationships, especially when it comes to my healthcare.
– This is also in no way a criticism of physician assistants (PA’s) or Nurse Practitioners (NP’s). Often, I request to see them and I’ve always had great experiences.
– The conversation below has been truncated to remove irrelevant/personal details.
– For this post, I’ll nickname my doctor Dr. House. It’s not too far off from his real name, and he does remind me a lot of the TV Dr. House; he’s brilliant, but isn’t known for being very personable.

Phone call to Dr. Houses’ office
Me: Hi. I’m still sick. I’ve been in there twice and seen (male PA). It’s not getting better.
Nurse: (expresses empathy…she is so sweet…we discuss whether or not I need to come in…I really don’t want to)
Me: Oh, also, I’m having an allergic reaction to (my medicine). I was told I should let you know right away if that happened.
Nurse: In that case, you need to come in.
Me: Dang, I hate paying my $25 copay, but ok. Can I see Dr. House? I haven’t seen him in a long time.
Nurse: Well, we can ask, but, for him, you can usually only get to see him if it’s an appointment that’s one or two weeks out. That’s why we are here (the nurse is the nurse for the PA), so you can see someone right away.
Me: I understand that and I love you all very much. It’s just that, he’s my doctor and I’ve only ever met him once, and that was a year ago. I’d like to know who he is and I’d like him to know who I am if he’s going to be my primary physician.
Nurse: I’m going to transfer you up front, you can ask.

(scheduler and I exchange pleasantries)
Scheduler: I understand you need an appointment?
Me: Yes, but I’d like to see Dr. House.
Scheduler: He is really busy and the nurse said you need to be seen right away.
Me: I understand that and I know that the reaction I’m having is dangerous, but I’ve had it for the past two months, not knowing what it was, and I’m still ok, so I’d rather wait a few more days and see him. I really want to see my doctor.
Scheduler: (long pause). Can you come in at 7:20 a.m. tomorrow? He gets here at 7:30 a.m. We will make you his first patient of the day.
Me: Yes, thank you very much.

By the way, I’m fine, but it was nice to see Dr. House and he gave me a new treatment plan for my illness and the reaction.  And, he was very personable. Perhaps he’s a morning person.

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A photograph of three sugar cubes

Sugar is a main culprit in disease and obesity. From Flickr: Uwe Hermann

 

This month’s National Geographic cover story is an article titled, Sugar Love: A not so sweet story. I would really encourage you to read this. Not only is it a fascinating account of the history of sugar and sugar’s ties to slavery, but it really made me realize just how much sugar I am really eating because of added sugar in most of my processed foods.

It also does a great job of explaining why, after we as Americans cut so much fat from our diets, we are still unhealthy and obese. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the article:

“As a result, fat makes up a smaller portion of the American diet than it did 20 years ago. Yet the portion of America that is obese has only grown larger. The primary reason, says Johnson, along with other experts, is sugar, and in particular fructose.”

This article definitely made me rethink some of the foods I’ve been eating; even some of the protein and energy bars I’ve reviewed positively on here! Join me in paying attention to the sugars in your diet and let’s work together to get our needed carbohydrates from natural sugars.

 

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