Archive for May, 2009

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Welcome to our new grandson! My daughter and her baby are doing well, but it was a long journey, during this past week.

(c)2009 Em, https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com Our new Grandson, Day 1

As I think about all I pray for and hope for on their behalf, it brings out some topics worth discussing which will be reflected in my lessons and discussions here, which will appear in time.

It’s a chance to grow, for all of us.

Best to all — Em

(c)2009 Em https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com


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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

At the moment my only daughter is in labor. I am trying to stay steady, but for diabetics, this is not always easy when emotionality is involved. So, among everything else, I am trying to remember to take care of me. Staying up most of last night won’t help that, unless I get some good naps today, and eat as close to regular timing as possible.

Sooner or later we are all in these circumstances. The choices we make are what counts. But, that also applies to the Larger Picture. Most of us are over-weight to some degree, diabetic or not. However, it’s part of the nature of diabetes to cause obesity issues, as metabolism is awry.

So, when we see evidence like The Biggest Loser that diabetes can really be turned around by weight-loss, it prompts us to start thinking.

But, please remember:

Firstly, the show is a game, and I think that undermines it. We’ve talked about this before. It shows the way, but in not enough detail. How valuable the online and CD resources are — I don’t know, but I believe they will be better than most. Both Bob and Jillian are now more familiar than most trainers are about working with over-weight, ill people, but the show FORCES too far, too soon, in my opinion.

However, the value of a balanced regimen between aerobics and strengthening muscles really showed up in the shows finale last week, in Jerry and Estelle’s case. More on that at the end.

Meanwhile, secondly, Helen won the prize, at 117 pounds, but she still had the midriff bulge that shows she’s still not down to her ideal weight, even after all that effort. Different body types have their first overload of fat in different places, and as she seems one of the same types as I am (Thyroid or a sub-set of it). I remember that first roll. She will need to pay attention, and at 48, her metabolism is a lot better than it had been, but only if she keeps exercising decently.

For Mike and Tara and Kristin — 5 pounds made the difference between “winning” and “losing”. How absurd. They are all winners! But, what damage did the show’s dumb format do to their self-image, even subconsciously.

It will still be a long journey for Kristin, and I sincerely wish her well. I think she can DO it!

For Tara, she continues to need social network and support until she really is sure of the tremendous Power she has. Once she’s constantly connected, and leaves self-doubt behind, she’ll be able to live a charmed life. Just look how much she accomplished — winning just about every challenge. I admire her efforts very much.

For Mike, I think taking responsibility for walking away from his father’s shadow is what is naturally part of his growth cycle, and before he heads off to college, I hope he really helps his younger, still-severely-obese brother, Max, get help. Become an advocate for local college resources to help your brother, if your family can’t afford a personal trainer for him. Enjoy your new body, but your life needs to be balanced, not just having body-image consume you. And, take the responsibility this summer, before you leave home, to learn how to cook properly and maintain proper portion control.

Thirdly, there is not enough information to tell about the root causes of diabetes in any of these participants, but if you’ve read my articles long enough, you know that the acidic biochemistry of stress and wrong-food choice, leaves it very hard to get to the daily alkaline pH goal.

Take the time to get a moderate exercise program started, after you get permission from your physician, and learn more about pH alkaline foods. Include both aerobic and strength-building approaches. Jerry may have won the at-home prize, but without the personal trainer’s guidance, just walking didn’t leave him (or Estelle) toned and with muscle-powerhouses to keep weight normalized in the future.

Both Estelle and Jerry were kicked off first and second. They deserved more help than they received from the show. Their dedication, doing it all at home, should have been supported with the same knowledge given participants at the Ranch, so their results were the same firm bodies, for the same effort.

Instead, they look older, and the skin is hanging off them. That’s not fair. It may have happened less, if they had not had the artificial deadline of the show’s final weigh-in, but it showed me that even a faithful, effective walking program did not produce a well-toned body, and underscores that fast weight-loss is not a good idea, and especially if muscle isn’t built all over one’s body!

So, I hope the show inspired people, but I also hope it’s lessons or lack of lessons aren’t “lost” on the general public. I keep wondering when the show’s producers will do a better job. It shouldn’t just be about their getting money from advertising to fill their coffers. In a fair exchange, our time for their knowledge, it can be a win-win.

The stakes are really high for the health of whole nations. Step up, Biggest Loser! Otherwise, I’ll be sure to NOT support ANY of your sponsors. How’s that for a deal.

(c)2009 Em https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com
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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information” (TM)

“Looking at the top articles at the New York Times, I was struck by one about how the food manufacturers are dealing with increased outbreaks of food poisoning. It caught my eye especially now, as my daughter is about to give birth to her first child.

All of us have been trying to conscientiously follow the guidelines given to her by her physicians / nurse practitioners. And, once her baby is finished with breast-feeding, we’ll be looking to protect a curious toddler. So, what’s going on NOW that we should be concerned about?

Well, it seems that the largest multinational corporations are taking the tack that ‘the end responsibility for your food belongs to the consumer!’ and they are not finishing all the safety food production aspects, necessarily.

In some cases, that’s almost totally true that we must be aware and take responsibility, and in other cases, it’s hardly true. But, it’s a convenient strategy for the corporation!

To be able to “judge” the safety of a product, you need its “provenance”  (history), and up until recently, the manufacturer’s associations weren’t interested in helping you know anything!

Now, after last year’s pot-pie scare from Banquet (ConAgra’s budget line), the sneaky secrets are out about who was and wasn’t testing and what kinds of things were found. All of this knowledge is imperative for pregnant women, young children, the elderly and chronically ill — like diabetics.

According to the Times article, I’ll be suggesting Amy’s Natural Foods (I think they are still in Santa Rosa, CA and as a family business, quality is prime). They’ve always been excellent.

And, I’ll continue to downgrade my use of the “big-guys”: Nestle (Stouffer), Con-Agra (Banquet and others),  Blackstone Group (Swanson and Hungry-Man) as all of them evidenced “problems” of one sort or another. Imagine what the lesser financed factories are doing!

You must learn more about food-safety. Learn more at www.fightbac.org and DO buy an instant thermometer and USE it!

The estimated use of these thermometers, by Americans, is 3%. That’s terrible and terrifying.

Frozen foods instructions are being re-written (but some companies are still using old packages with now inaccurate instructions! Dumb, huh!)

Less companies are allowing microwave instructions. Microwave ovens have erratic geographical heating — they leave “cold spots” in the foods, places where the food is not cooked to proper, safe temperatures.  Many less expensive microwave ovens also are not powerful enough (they need to be at least 1100 watts — see the metal label usually on the back of the machine).

Regular ovens take longer but heat more evenly and thoroughly. They are now “preferred”. So much for convenience.

When the scientists looked for pathogens in various foodborne disease outbreaks, they found it in domestic and imported ingredients, and even in 8% of spices! But, lacking a “history” trail, most problem sources are not found. Proper handling at home is your ONLY defense.

The bac.org site will help you learn all you need to know. Pay attention to proper handling for:  the convenience canned and frozen and fresh foods, to the unprocessed fresh foods, to foods from your gardens or friends’ gardens.

That does not mean being paranoid. It means being savvy, knowledgeable, careful and consistent.

You can read the NY Times article here.

I haven’t had time at the moment to keep up with my pantry project. I’ll get back to it as soon as possible (ASAP). But, I was horrified to see this article about the manufacturers leaving the last-and-most-important safety steps up to the consumer. You need to contest this, and make sure you cook things and care for foods properly.

Have a good week.

Best to all — Em

(c)2009 Em at http://diabetedietdialogue.wordpress.com

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

This is a busy week for me, with my birthday and Mother’s Day, this week-end; my sister’s 60th birthday was earlier this week as well as a cousin’s 50th. Then in less than 2 weeks, it’s the same sister’s and my 40th wedding anniversary to our respective husbands. After that, my daughter is due to give birth. Just lots is going on.

So, I want you to understand any erratic posting for the next month.

And, I want to encourage you to spend time with your relatives, especially your Mother, if you are lucky enough to still be able to do that together. My husband lost his mother about 1 month ago, so we know each day, week, month and year is precious.

The door-bell rang today, and my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law had just sent 18 beautiful red, long-stemmed roses, with greetings addressed to my Mum, my daughter and I.

My daughter, heart-of-my-heart, is about to deliver her first child at the end of the month or in early June, so this is a REALLY special Mother’s Day. Three generations of mothers, all together. It hasn’t happened in my mother’s family for nearly 50 years.

My mother’s older sister was only 4 years older than my Mum. My cousin, was only 4 years older than I, but all that happened nearly 50 years ago in THEIR family. Time is so strange.

My cousin, had three children after marrying young (only one I know of in our family).  So, she probably had her first child at 20. She had 2 more and then died of melanoma at 31.

All of her children had my aunt as their “Mother” figure yet-again, for their Dad did not re-marry, and as a Holocaust family victim, had only one brother in Israel left as family.

But, all the children grew well, and have fond memories of their Grandmother-mum as well as their real Mum. Now, 2 of the 3, (the girls), have many lovely children of their own; the oldest of which will turn 18 in a few more days. Families go on.

We need to remember all those who came before us, and who made the sacrifices for their children, so each generation could hopefully have a better life.

All this is very much on my mind in these uncertain financial times. And so is the love and support that families can offer one another. They do. It’s natural.

My Mum, at 86 1/2, is really excited about becoming a great-grandmother. Now, this is the focus of her hopes and dreams. It is prompting her to try to “be there” for my daughter and her child; to make the daily effort to get through her pain to be able to enjoy seeing my daughter help her little son grow-up. Love is a powerful catalyst.

So, I wish all the mothers, grandmothers and great / great grandmothers a wonderful day. Humanity needs your love and wisdom and dedication. Your example is what will permeate the world with Love.

Best to all — Em

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