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Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti : “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

"The bottom line is that the same supplement used by two different people for the same condition can produce two entirely different results. What does that mean? It means that gulping down "miracle herbs" and "miracle supplements" to treat disease is like trying to hit a clay pigeon in the sky, with a 22-caliber rifle . . . while blindfolded. The odds are very much against you.

The secret to health, the secret to all the success that the great alternative healers share, is that they look to raise every inch of a person's Personal Health Line. If you do that, if you raise the entire line, the odds are in your favor. In fact, it's almost impossible to miss."

Jon Barron...

on using glucotor.
on balancing blood sugar.
Jon Barron is the person to whom I turn to for verification, whenever I read about something new. (This doesn't mean I follow every recommendation he makes, or follow a vegetarian diet which he recommends - just that he writes with such clarity about complicated conditions and presents a scientific approach to the subject of nutritional therapy.


George Bernard Shaw

"It is easy... terribly easy... to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that, to break a man's spirit, is the devil's work"

Words of wisdom by J.K.Rowling
The single mother's manifesto


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facing the truth...

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Beth once challenged me on my measure of whisky being more than a double, but I had checked on it and knew I was right and so won that challenge. Now if she had challenged me on how many units were in my wine glass I would have lost! This glass is the smallest of my wine glasses, I considered it a small glass. In order to achieve 21 or less units a week (which I had thought I did sometimes!) and also in order to be aware of the extra cals alcohol contributes, I decided to record alcohol units and calories in my diary. I discovered that this glass which I thought not quite full would hold 1 unit 'ish' will hold 2.5 units and still a little room left approx 145 cals which is not too bad. The other problem is the way alcohol works with the body! Anyway I am now informed so will try to act accordingly. It is a treat I don't want to give up because it is one of few that I can have on a low carb diet!
3rd May 2012, 13:53   comments (12)

Ok going for it...

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So my 5 on the 1-10 scale of whether I ever thought I'd achieve my weight loss, changed to a six after I'd seen Lesley the dietician and I made sure I was on the 13.10 mark for seeing Sue - the practice nurse for my check up.

BP, cholestrol, weight control, feet, OK
sugar control - unsatisfactory still!
I discussed changing insulin (a follow up from meet with Lesley the dietician) and arranged a meet with Julia a diabetic nurse for the next week. Me making this diary and having a change of insulin is a result of that 1 hour meet. Yes, my medical practice is ace!

Julia is just so spot on. She analised a weeks record of food, drink, activity and insulin/blood sugars and she changed my insulin to a more rapid response insulin, which gives me more control. I now have 3 professional people supporting me or on my case :) But I have so many more peole silently wishing me well and I am going to use them to reinforce my willpower. I've thought about the 5 on the 1-10 scale of ever achieving my weight loss and I think it s like many big things in life that are difficult, and I assure you that committing to a low carb/low GI diet for life in order to keep my insulin use as low as possible (it's not all about weight loss) is difficult. One of the big stumbling blocks is accepting the challenge, because if you accept it and fail it seems worse. Where on earth do we get that sort of thinking from.I remeber defining my aim as an infant school teacher as giving a child the confidence to try and not feel a failure if things don't work out. I have worked on low GI for the past 2 years and now I am nearly there. I am proud of that - I know I have the tools in the knowledge I have acquired and as established I have the support. I am not sure how my body will respond but I am going to accet the challenge.
3rd May 2012, 12:54   | tags:,comments (2)

my birthday card by Reuben

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Think this could be a 'Spot the difference." :)

Noticed it was 2 years since I started this blog so thought it was relevant to post an I am another year older marker!
3rd May 2012, 11:04   | tags:,,comments (3)

One from my holidays

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Day 3 - I was feeling good :)

Ate really well while I was away as the food was fantastic but there were so many 'healthy' options that I didn't stray very much - but I did eat lots, plus a few drinks each day - hard to resist when they are all inclusive... and a few crepes. The result came back 13.11 the same as I started, today and yesterday 13.10. :)
14th Mar 2012, 12:36   comments (2)

March 1st... on holiday tomorrow!

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Also 101 years since my father was born. Can't believe he's been gone for over 6 years now!

Love my Beryl Cook calendar :)
1st Mar 2012, 09:00   comments (3)

These are my constant companions...

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As well as my cups of tea, I start my day by testing my sugar levels. Still much room for improvement!

Monday is the turn of my little finger on my right hand :)

Before diabetes, I never imagined I would start my day by reading about - Adiponectin a 244-amino-acid-long polypeptide which is a protein hormone that modulates a number of metabolic processes, including glucose regulation and fatty acid catabolism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiponectin
20th Feb 2012, 07:34   | tags:comments (1)

Count your blessings...

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Had family photos and some handmade cards (H&B;) that I kept on or near the bookcase in the hall - then the children's artwork started to arrive so I decided to have a noticeboard to feel close to family near and far. Mainly mine and Alan's sisters' grandchildren and my sister who died a year ago today.
9th Feb 2012, 09:30   comments (8)

the anti-diet conspiracy...

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1. cheap - booze and speciality chocolate
2. Yorkshire grey/dull,damp, winter weather
3. diabetes and insulin
4. a body that says back to averaging around 13-10 then - I'm happy with that
5. a husband who loves his carbs
sure I could go on but it might depress me and depression would be number 6!

Got another one a wardrobe full of clothes I rather like and that won't fit me if when I lose another stone.
31st Jan 2012, 10:18   | tags:comments (1)
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