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April 07, 2006



I believed about the genes thing. While diabetes is such a "dramatic" disease as people would think, we see that sugar is the serial killer.

Nowadays, when we started to grow older (I hate to say that), we provide ourselves on a right food. And you're right, when we are diabetic, we have to watch our diet. But none of us wants to watch out what we consume each and every time, but this can be avoided if we follow what we know about eating whole and balanced meals.

However, I don't know how to differentiate food between a good coffee and a cigarette butts.

Thanks for sharing. Pengeng CHOKOLATEH pls? ;)


PS. Sorry Ms Gigi, I think you need to revamp again my new link posted above this comment. Gazillion thanks!


I know it's hard to do this in America with all their products out to get you but my thinking is, if you have to keep looking at labels, then that means they're processed, right? ANd I believe natural food is the best way to go - I know it sounds boring but just pick up any Mooswood cookbook (for example) and you'll know it's not boring to eat healthy. There are many ways of eating grains, nuts, fruit and veg. People keep thinking their lives will consist of steamed veg and boiled chicken. There's a whole world of good healthy eating out there.


sorry, that's Moosewood.


HI KnOizki - I changed your link, thanks for letting me know! Boy, you're a hard fellow to keep up with...I feel like I have to keep looking for you (but you're worth it naman, siyempre!). :)

Hello Frayed - I've heard of the Moosewood Cookbook (and restaurant)...only positive things. Their website also lists recipes: You're absolutely right...I really need to make more of a transition into fresh organic food. We're trying, although it's easy to fall back into bad habits when we come home tired after work, etc. But the key is to keep trying. :)


I hate to say I told you so but didn't I tell Sugar-free is not necessarily good? Can you ask your diabetes instructor if he heard of the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet? Does he agree with the thinking that you should take carbo only once a day within an hour so that your insulin level spikes only once a day, thereby controlling insulin resistance? BTW, I think you should be ready, there is a big possibility that when you lose weight, exercise, and control your blood sugar, it's easier to get pregnant. Be warned.


Your supposed difficulty with math is truly heartening. There must be some weakness to balance off such a great gift for writing!

I understand that part of a diabetic's diet is shifting to food with more fiber. A German lady, Rose Marie, who Pinky and I met last week, who majored in nutrition, explained that fiber "keeps the body busy", keeps body metabolism high, which somehow moderates the need for insulin (I think - am not an expert, obviously).

The wonderful part of our meeting Rose Marie was when we discovered that she makes her own bread, complete with grinder for the grains - that time, she had just baked sourdough, complete with fennel and anise seeds. Sourdough is, of course, not something you can easily find in the Philippines. Pinky and I enjoyed the bread a lot, from the crunchy crust, to the soft, dark, seed laden inside.

What I am trying to say is that you can really consider your shift to organic food, fiber-rich food, and fresh produce as a true adventure. Think of all the special bread-and surely you have a wide range to choose from-that you can start seeking and enjoying. All the colorful fresh salads ( I enjoy the mix of red and green lettuce, with the whites and yellows of, say curly endives). Etc etc.

Enjoy the adventure ... in spite of the math.


HI Rosanna - The nutritionist didn't mention that strategy -- she definitely mentioned controlling carbs and increasing fiber, but spread through all daily meals, not just once a day. I'm really curious about the book -- I may just have to borrow it when I go home again (possibly in June, depending on news concerning dad). And thanks for the "warning," but I just heard the H-word uttered by my doctor today (another medical story) so I don't think little ones are in my future, even once I get my blood sugar under control. :(

Hello Gejo - Although I'm supposed to watch bread intake, I'm allowed to eat it as long as it contains lots of fiber nga. Ang sarap ng mga description mo naman -- pati yung salad!!! Do you grow that in your herb farm as well? BTW I don't know if you have a bread maker, but if you do I can bring you a box or two of sourdough bread mix next time I come home. Just let me know!!!

BatJay, Ang Dating Folk Singer ng Ma Mon Luk

it does take a lot of getting used to. especially for me becaue i have both diabetes and high blood pressure. that means less salt as well as less carbs. our meals have indeed radically changed.

lately i've been having recurring dreams of eating adobo or sinigang with a lot of white race like i used to. very similar to when i quit smoking - i used to dream of cigarettes all the time.

i am getting used to the way i eat now. we still eat almost all the food we used to eat a lot of. but now we do it slowly and with smaller portions.


Hi KB Batjay - I noticed recently that my husband's pants were hanging loose on him. Sabi ko, "wow honey, pumapayat ka ata!" He said, "Eh di ko akala na sama pala ako sa diabetes diet mo!"

Bilib talaga ako sa dedication mo. Ako, slowly but surely pa rin (more slowly than surely lang). But I keep thinking of how far you've come whenever I feel like slacking off...and then I get my a** to the gym. :)


Hey Gigi, My mom is type-2 and I worry about what she eats all the time. I know that you find a good way to eat all the yummy foods and still be within your diet criteria.
Now is also a good excuse to exercise....and exercise can take on a lot of creative forms (^o^) -g

mell ditangco

my wife was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago. the adjustment was tough, but after a while she got used to the restrictions and she is much healthier for it.

hey i hope you are doing fine! :)


HI Gary - That's what the hubby says ALL the time!!! :)

Hello Mell - It's tougher than I thought...especially when I'm tired after I come home from work and don't feel like putting together a salad or depriving myself of something I'm craving for. But I know slow and steady will win this war. Thank you for your good wishes and I'm so glad your wife is doing great -- I always love to hear those kinds of success stories.

mell ditangco

well gigi, like you; its an on-going struggle for my wife too.

we were just talking about it over dinner. sometimes, with the hectic schedule just like what you described, its tough to prepare the right kind of meal.

there might be times that you lose the battle, but you'll have to get up and win the next one.

:) i know you can do it! :D


Thanks Mell! I really needed that (seriously!). :)

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