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Monday, August 31, 2009

7 out of 10 People 65 and older have Diabetes!

"Seven out of ten people 65 and older have diabetes or prediabetes (glucose levels that are too high, but not high enough to diagnose type 2), but half of them don't know it. This means that their bodies are already being stressed and possibly damaged as a result of high blood sugar." The article was in a Diabetes Health e-newsletter:

I read that and honestly I have to tell you, it shocked me!! Can this really be true?! 7 out of 10 people over age 65. That is downright depressing and even weird. Something is making people sick!

My husband sent me another couple of articles: Chromium Deficiency = Diabetes Risk and Why High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Insulin Resistance.

"Dr. Schroeder revealed all of this decades ago and identified the key agent as the mineral chromium incorporated within whole grains and whole sugar cane.

Schroeder noted that more than 90 per cent of chromium is removed from whole grains to make white flour and white bread. In the case of white sugar 98 per cent of chromium is removed to make white sugar.

My aside: "Brown sugar for most of us is out, but some of us eat whole grains. Chromium is a naturally-occurring mineral, trace amounts of which are found in everyday foods like meat, poultry, fish, and whole-grain breads. FDA recommends a daily chromium intake of approximately 130 mcg, as infinitesimal amounts of chromium are needed to aid the transport of blood glucose across cell membranes Combining chromium with picolinic acid simply aids in efficient chromium absorption, and it is this combined form that is popular on the diet market today."

A quote from the second article:

"Fructose is much more readily metabolized to fat in the liver than glucose, and in the process can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. NAFLD in turn leads to hepatic insulin resistance and type II diabetes.

Scientists have clearly linked the rising HFCS consumption to the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in the U.S., and medical researchers have pinpointed various health dangers associated with the consumption of HFCS compared to regular sugar."

It seems the biggest contributor of HFCS is in regular sodas. Ironically, in the early 1990's when I was writing my diabetic dessert cookbooks using Splenda Granular, we were told that people with diabetes could occasionally use fructose over sugar. A couple of my recipes contained granular fructose. Later, we heard that fructose raises triglycerides. I'm under the impression though that a high-carb diet or even sugar raises triglycerides.

Eating fruit with fructose in it is not a problem, because apparently the enzymes in the fruit help us to digest the fructose properly. It is in the absence of these enzymes that the trouble occurs.

Anyway, this was all rather interesting. I remember also blogging about a chemical in white flour that can cause diabetes in susceptible people: toxic substance in white flour.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Dangers of Antibacterial Soaps

I blogged about this before, but it bears repeating: Dangers of antibacterial products


I often make this chicken curry, but lately I add one teaspoon of dry crushed red pepper to spice it up a notch.

The photo - oh dear, yes, Jon photographed it for me on a small bed of rice. Did you know 1/4 cup of cooked brown rice equals about 10 grams of carbohydrate? A little of the real thing can go a long way to adding a little something to the meal, however, cauli-rice is really tasty and if you've not had that before, then you're in for a real treat. I have that recipe in one of my cookbooks, but I'm sure a quick googling will bring up similar sorts of recipes. I like to make a Chinese-style stir-fried cauli-rice and it really is good - totally denatured and does not taste like cauliflower. I used different vegetables in the curry in the photo than in the recipe, so be creative and use what you have on hand.

Excellent curry. Serve on Cauli-Fried Rice, page 53 of More Splendid Low-Carbing, if desired.

8 chicken breast halves, cut into
bite-size pieces
1/4 cup olive oil (50 mL)
1 tsp salt (5 mL)
1/4 tsp black pepper (1 mL)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil (25 mL)
1/2 cup chopped onion (125 mL)
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion (125 mL)
1/4 cup tomato paste (50 mL)
1 tbsp Curry Powder, page 61 (15 mL)
1 tbsp soy, OR vital wheat gluten (15 mL)
2 tsp dried parsley (10 mL)
1 tsp dry crushed red pepper (5 mL)
1 cup water (125 mL)
2 tbsp seedless raisins (25 mL)
1 envelope chicken bouillon (15 mL)
1/4 cup slivered almonds, (50 mL)

In wok or electric frying pan, heat 1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil and stir-fry chicken until turning white. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and add garlic. Stir-fry a little longer. Set aside.

In 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil, stir-fry onion until soft. Add green pepper and green onion; stir-fry 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Curry Powder, page 61, soy or vital wheat gluten flour and parsley. Add chicken. Stir in water, raisins and chicken bouillon. Stir until sauce begins to thicken, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add almonds in last 5 minutes, if using.

Serve with Microwave Peach Chutney, Splendid Low-Carbing, page 102 and a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut, if desired. This is delicious on Cauli-fried Rice, page 53.

Nutritional Analysis: Yield: 8 servings, 1 serving: 271.3 calories; 31.6 g protein; 12.6 g fat; 6.0 g carbs

Kent (Bowulf) has made a new video!

Kent (Bowulf) is the nice man I met years ago on the Atkins Diet Bulletin Board. He had to have been one of the most inspirational people on there, having lost a great deal of weight on the Atkins diet himself. He was always kind and courteous and his answers were always intelligent and well thought out. I have a link to his you tube videos under blurbs about my cookbooks.

I was surprised, honored and happy to find Kent had done a video of one of my recipes: Instant Chocolate Coconut Mousse The recipe can be found on my blog as well. Good job, Kent! What a lucky wife you have to spoil her with her favorite desserts!!

A funny aside: Kent admits that he is not too wild about chocolate. My eldest son, Daniel, feels the same way. They must be from Mars, right? (smile)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weight is not necessarily an indicator of health

Weight isn't the absolute indicator of health article

"But that doesn't mean exercise isn't important. In fact, it turns out that physical fitness is a far better barometer of your long-term health than weight is - and that holds true even for thin but inactive people who thought their fabulous metabolism meant they didn't need to exercise at all.

In fact, he says, obese people who are physically fit are half as likely to die as people of normal weight who don't exercise.

This message is particularly crucial for people who start exercising and soon get frustrated - and perhaps quit - because they don't succeed in losing weight. As long as they're meeting basic exercise goals such as 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, Dr. Blair says, they're gaining important health benefits no matter what the scale says.

Seen in this light, the Statscan results are less surprising - in fact, they closely mirror the results of a similar U.S. study from 2005, which also found that those carrying a few extra pounds lived longer."

Here was a recent article on my blog along similar lines: There is Such a Thing as being Too Thin - a study done viewing results from Statistics Canada population data.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


This photo - I used small paper bon bon cups:


This yummy confection is going to very strongly remind you of peanut butter cups! My family and especially Jonathan loved it.   Keep it in the freezer.  This chocolate has a real "snap" to it.

1/4 cup unsalted butter (60 mL)
1/4 cup coconut oil (60 mL)
1 oz unsweetened Baker's chocolate, OR Lindt 70% chocolate (30 g)
Sweetener to equal 6 tbsp sugar (use a mixture of powdered erythritol and sucralose or stevia) (90 mL)
1/4 cup vanilla whey protein (60 mL)
1/4 cup whole milk powder, or skim milk powder (blend in blender if coarse) (60 mL)
1/4 cup peanut butter,* (60 mL)
  sugar free (can contain salt)
1 tbsp whipping cream (15 mL)

In double boiler, melt butter, coconut oil and chocolate. In food processor with sharp blade, blender or in bowl with electric mixer, pour melted chocolate mixture. Add sweetener, vanilla whey protein, milk powder, peanut butter and whipping cream. Process. Pour into 8-inch (20 cm) square glass baking dish. Freeze very solid. This candy needs no thawing; using a knife, pieces break easily.

Variation: Chocolate Almond Butter Candy: Use almond butter and a pinch of salt.

Helpful Hints: *If peanut butter is unsalted, add a pinch of salt to the recipe. 

Nutritional Analysis: 25 servings, 1 serving:
64.9 calories; 1.7 g protein; 6.2 g fat; 1.1 g carbs 

The above analysis is a rough estimate, as the pieces that break are not uniform in size. Do not be worried by the texture of the pre-frozen product – it tastes wonderful and different once completely frozen. Double the recipe – you’ll be glad you did!

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Monday, August 17, 2009


This one recipe makes 2 half moon slightly dense cakes – one for yourself and one for your hubby, boyfriend or friend to enjoy perhaps with coffee, tea or iced tea, if it is a hot day. I didn’t factor in the carbs for the filling, as you can use as much or as little as you like and sweeten as desired.   By the way, don't feel bad, I've eaten a whole moon pie cake in a sitting!!

1 egg
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp whipping cream (or milk)
1 tsp cocoa (up to 1 tbsp, if desired)
½ tsp baking powder
Sweetener to equal 1/4 cup sugar (60 mL)
½ tsp vanilla extract
Grated unsweetened baker’s chocolate (optional)

Cream Cheese Filling:
Spreadable cream cheese
Liquid sweetener, to taste

Cream Cheese Filling: In food processor or in bowl with softened cream cheese, combine cream cheese and sweetener. Set aside.

3 Minute Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake: In blender, combine egg, peanut butter, whipping cream, cocoa, baking powder, sweetener and vanilla. Blend until well combined. Pour into ungreased cereal bowl. Nuke 1 minute in microwave oven (my oven does not run terribly hot, so depending, you may need a few seconds longer). Allow to cool 30 seconds. Loosen edges with a knife and invert cake over a plate. Allow to cool a little longer until you can comfortably handle it. Use a knife to cut the cake vertically in half and slice a pocket in each (pita pocket-style). Fill with sweetened cream cheese and serve immediately so that the cake is still a bit warm. If desired, sprinkle cakes with grated, unsweetened baker’s chocolate or sweetened chocolate of choice for a deeper chocolate flavor and to make your cake look pretty.

Nutritional Analysis of Cake (without cream cheese filling): 2 servings, 1 serving:

158.5 calories; 6.9 g protein; 12.8 g fat; 3.3 g carbs

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Swine Flu' Vaccines - Potentially Dangerous to Our Health

One would think that a vaccine should protect us and our children, but lately the thought of being vaccinated seems a more scary concept than ever before. Nowadays they might add something to the vaccine to make the immune system way overreact, thereby needing to give the person less of the expensive vaccine. It's a money-saving thing at the expense of our health, unfortunately. The problem with this tactic is that it makes people susceptible to acquiring autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis, for instance. Here is the full article by Dr. Mercola (yep, he occasionally has some really good articles, even although I don't agree with some of them wholeheartedly): The Swine Flu Vaccines Dirty Little Secret Exposed

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bon Appetit - Julia Child Inspired Me And Many Others - Movie Debut

Who can ever forget dear Julia Child? I know I won't forget her. I blogged about her a while back and her influence in my own life - Remembering Julia Child. Now a movie called Julie and Julia is coming out on August 7th. I can't wait to see it!! Here is a Link where you can check out a trailer for the upcoming movie and also listen to interviews with the two main characters. Meryl Streep, a favorite actress of mine, plays Julia. Meryl is an incredibly talented, pretty actress (incidentally also not concerned about appearing as a raving beauty in films, but instead she chose some very interesting character roles) and at the same time has been a wonderful mother and faithful wife to her first husband. I do admire that she has managed to accomplish all of that in decadent Hollywood, including overwhelming fame and fortune, and remained the nice person she is.

Monday, August 3, 2009

There is such a thing as being too Thin - Overweight People live longer

Get Fat, Live Longer?

This was a very interesting read. I already sent the article to a few friends who thought so as well. Thought I'd share it here.

So, what do you think? Here is an interesting and shocking excerpt:

"For reasons that are not well understood, people who lose substantial amounts of weight, or go up and down on yo-yo diets, suffer long-term adverse health effects. Oprah is an absolutely terrible role model, along with all the folks featured on America's Biggest Loser. As one expert told Newsweek, “People show an improvement in short-term risk factors [blood pressure and blood sugar levels], but they die. I don't think that's a good outcome.”

So who are the healthiest people of them all? Dear reader, they may well be people just like you - aging boomers who have reluctantly succumbed to middle-aged spread. Reubin Andres of the U.S. National Institute on Aging reviewed all the major population studies and found that people who gain a pound or so a year in middle age live the longest.

That extra weight is protective, especially for women. So relax. God doesn't want you to fit into your old jeans." This last sentence was a bit comforting to me, I admit. Even although a few of my old jeans from my twenties and thirties still hang around in my closet, it's been a while.....(wink).

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Happy is not so happy - Again!

The UTI returned and Happy is sick as can be again. Same thing! We even kept him on the antibiotic a full week longer than the vet told us to. Keep Happy in your prayers. This is so difficult... :-( The vet is coming this afternoon. I managed to get a urine sample and will give that to him.