Wash Your Hands!

The BG roller coaster. If only I remembered the basics, I could have avoided taking this ride.

It’s grad season here. A busy time filled with celebration, ceremony, and light refreshment. No gathering is complete without some kind of food.

I found myself back home ready to take my dinner dose of insulin after eating dinner. Faced with my BG meter I knew the reading would be high. After all, tonight I was doing this backwards.

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If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance…

Have a #yogurt! It’s good and it also helps reduce T2 #Diabetes risk… Oh, really?

A couple of months ago, during #DiabetesAwarenessMonth, I saw a tweet from @YogurtNutrition. It said:

Have a #yogurt! It’s good and it also helps reduce T2 #Diabetes risk…

Oh really? I need to find out more about this. So I asked:

What kind of #yogurt might help reduce #T2 #diabetes? Plain? Greek? Lo fat? Flavored?

After all there are a lot of different kinds of yogurt out there. Some even have more sugar than ice cream! So clearly, not all yogurts would be a good choice when managing type 2 diabetes. The response was:

@SpinningDPlates results were observed on yogurt as a food category. Thus there is no specific recommendation to answer you question.

What?

I don’t fault @YogurtNutrition for doing it’s job, which is to promote yogurt. But I do fault it for presenting incomplete and potentially misleading information about the health benefits of a particular food.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Three Ways to Avoid Causing an International Incident

It’s Chinese New Year and we are welcoming the Year of the Rabbit. Every aspect of this holiday is filled with tradition and meaning. And, as my friend Joanne pointed out to me, most of it involves food and eating.

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Wishing you prosperity!

It’s Chinese New Year and we are welcoming the Year of the Rabbit. Every aspect of this holiday is filled with tradition and meaning. And, as my friend Joanne pointed out to me, most of it involves food and eating.

The first sign of celebration is when the lion dancers invade the office. A cacophony of drums, cymbals and gongs announce the lion who winds his way through the cubicles. All work stops. Along the way the lion “eats the green.” Be sure to feed the lion some green (i.e., money) to insure prosperity in the new year.

During New Years gifts of food are exchanged. And families gather for feasts. Each food brings its own good wishes for the new year. Oranges are for good luck and wealth. Noodles are for long life—the longer the better. A whole fish is for abundance. Gao symbolizes reaching new heights. Sweets bring a sweet life.

Gao? What’s that? Sweets? Uh oh.

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Why You Should Never Drink Anything Bigger Than Your Stomach

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Starbucks announced their biggest drink yet: the “Trenta.”

The reaction was swift, negative, and probably not what the folks at Starbucks expected. I was surprised that such a big deal was made about it.

At 31 oz. it’s not the biggest drink out there. Heck the Super Big Gulp at 7-Eleven is 44 oz. And conventional wisdom advises drinking 64 oz. of water each day for good health—admittedly conventional wisdom doesn’t say to drink all 64 oz. in one sitting.

Why was there such a strong reaction? Possibly because of how it was reported by Canada’s National Post. What they did was very clever. They answered the question “What does this mean?” with a graphic. And that graphic went viral. It showed that the “Trenta” is bigger than the average person’s stomach. Continue reading “Why You Should Never Drink Anything Bigger Than Your Stomach”

Bulgur Revisited

2 Bean Chili with Bulgur

When I looked up bulgur recipes online I found so many possibilities I wanted to try more than just a simple pilaf. Many of the bulgur recipes I found are from Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisines.

I made a Spicy Two-Bean Vegetarian Chili. It promised and delivered yumminess.

The recipe is a pretty standard vegetarian chili with black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, bell pepper and jalepeño. The surprise was 1/2 cup of bulgur added for texture mostly.

Bulgur seems to play one of two roles in main dishes. It either adds texture and a little bulk, or it is a base like risotto. Either way it’s makes for an easy, healthful dish filled with yumminess.