Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Big Daddy is Having Another Baby

Tonight, I take my wife to the hospital and in the morning they induce labor.  This will be my second son.  The first is almost 4 years old.  You can read more on The Expecting Father blog.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Little Known Ways to Prevent Diabetes with Fitness

Reprinted with permission of author Su Rollins who writes for hypoglycemic diet plan, her personal hobby blog focused on tips to prevent and cure hypoglycemia using the right diet and nutrition.

What effect does exercise have on glucose levels?

It is quite easy to manage diabetes when you incorporate a program for exercise in your daily routine. Such exercises have been shown to have positive effects for people who are suffering from diabetes, especially those who have low glucose levels. One example is exercise being able to channel muscle energy, convert it into glucose and then using that glucose as fuel. At the start of it, the body will just use the glucose that has been converted into glycogen from one’s muscles. Glucose is also found in your bloodstream. If you maintain a long term exercise program, it is highly likely that the levels of your blood glucose will not dip. Also, glucogen and other hormones found in your body will also be released. These hormones and glucogen work together and break down all of the liver’s stored fat and then converting such stored fat into more glucose. It is best that you engage in exercise frequently, because your body will improve. It will develop a sensitivity to insulin, as well as help you gain better control of the body’s glycemic index.

Why is the effect of exercise on glucose levels important to those with type 2 diabetes?

Exercise, as mentioned before, has an effect on the levels of glucose. This is important for people who have type 2 diabetes. Many studies show that diabetes patients have better control of their glycemic when they exercise regularly. Those who do not have a regular exercise regimen are not better off. With exercise, your insulin sensitivity improves. This translates to having to use fewer medicines in order to have control over one’s blood sugar levels. Sometimes, people who have type 2 diabetes are somewhat at risk of hypoglycemia, which is exercise-induced. This is during and also after exercise. Then again, there are also some patients who have poor control of their diabetes and are also high risk for hyperglycemia.

Should patients with type 2 diabetes exercise more often or differently than otherwise healthy people?

There are, of course, people who become at risk for hypoglycemia due to the combined effects of their diabetes and engaging in high stress exercise. This happens during exercise and after it, too. If you think about it though, people can also be at risk for hyperglycemia simply for having poor control over their diabetes. Therefore, the leaders in this field recommend engaging in moderate exercise for a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes, or 90 minutes if they want to do vigorous exercise.

What type of exercise is best for type 2 diabetes patients?

In light of this, the frequency of the routine is more important that the kinds of exercise one engages in. There are many researches wherein an abundance of benefits result from both weight training as well as aerobic activity.

When should patients be discouraged from exercising?

There are times when you one shouldn’t exercise, especially if you are at risk for cardiac conditions .It is best to start slowly and tentatively just to be safe.

About the Author - Su Rollins writes for hypoglycemic diet plan , her personal hobby blog focused on tips to prevent and cure hypoglycemia using the right diet and nutrition.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Netrition Order - Product Reviews

Recently, I posted about a Netrition order in which I purchased several items I'd not tried before.  Below is my opinion of these products:

153-0114 NOW Almond Flour, Unblanched 10 oz. $4.69 - Pretty much your typical unblanched almond meal.  Because it's unblanched, it's a darker color.  The bag is somewhat smaller than I am used to but the price per ounce is quite a bit lower than many other brands. 

394-0047 Walden Farms Syrup, Blueberry 12 fl oz $3.79 - This is pretty good.  It tastes like real blueberries.  Mixed in Hood Calorie Countdown milk and it tastes a bit like the milk in the bottom of a cereal bowl where real blueberry's had been added.  It would make an awesome pancake syrup.  Other than this, I can't think of many uses.

230-0008 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Bread Mix 1 lb. $4.39 - It's just okay.  As with many low-carb breads, there is a mild displeasing after taste.  It's not bad but it's not great.

230-0009 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix 1 lb. $4.39 - This has pretty much the same ingredients as the bread mix.  I've not tried it yet but expect it to taste about the same.

443-0001 Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita Bread 6 pack $$3.09 - These are a bit thicker and more bready than Joseph's Pita but not as big of round.  They have a very subtle soy-like taste but it's not overpowering.  While I do like them, I think I still like Joseph's brand pita better.  It's really just a question of do you like your pita soft and bread-like or thin and more tortilla like.  If you like it bready then this pita is for you.

464-0004 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Tortillas 6 tortillas $2.79 - A bit on the rubbery side.  I still prefer the Mission brand low-carb tortillas even though they have a higher carb count.

464-0005 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread 4 square breads $2.99 - The sheets of Lavash were stuck together.  I had a very difficult time pulling them apart without tearing.  If they didn't stick together so bad, I think I'd prefer these over just about any low-carb tortillas.  But due to their being hard to pull apart, I will not buy again.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Crustless Ground Turkey Quiche - 2 net carbs per serving

My wife made this easy quiche for dinner tonight and it was terrific.  We made it with ground turkey but I imagine it would be equally good with ground beef or sausage. 






Servings:  8 @ 2 net carbs each.

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar
4 eggs
1/2 cup mayonaise
salt & pepper
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Brown meat in skillet.  Transfer to 10 inch pie pan.  Sprinkle with onion and cheddar cheese.  Beat eggs with mayonaise, salt & pepper, and evaoporated milk.  Pour over meat in pie pan.  Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.  Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Making another Netrition order...

I just placed a new Netrition order.  The $4.95 for shipping is not much different than the sales tax that I would have had to pay if I bought at the local grocery store.  I can honestly only say good things about Netrition. The delivery is fast and everything has always arrived fresh.  I am telling you about it and I advertise for them because I like their company and want to share it with you.


 
 
These are items I like and have bought before:


  • 177-0005 Baja Bob's Loco Lemon Sweet-n-Sour Mix 1 liter $5.99  (Yes, I still drink alcohol)
  • 230-0001 Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour 1 lb. $8.99   (many uses)
  • 394-0048 Walden Farms Syrup, Strawberry 12 fl oz $3.79   (yummy in Hood Calorie Countdown milk)
  • 464-0001 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread 6 pack $2.99 (Awesome! We can hold our food again!)
  • 89-0959 Atkins Nutritionals Ready-to-Drink Shakes, Cafe Caramel Shake, 11 oz 4 pack $6.99 (Quick breakfast for the road)

These are items I am buying for the first time.  I'll be sure to let everyone know if they are any good:
 
  • 153-0114 NOW Almond Flour, Unblanched 10 oz. $4.69
  • 394-0047 Walden Farms Syrup, Blueberry 12 fl oz $3.79
  • 230-0008 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Bread Mix 1 lb. $4.39
  • 230-0009 Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix 1 lb. $4.39
  • 443-0001 Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita Bread 6 pack $$3.09
  • 464-0004 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Tortillas 6 tortillas $2.79
  • 464-0005 Joseph's Middle East Bakery Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Lavash Bread 4 square breads $2.99

Weight, it's not really a stall... again!

Once again, over the last two weeks, I have experienced no significant weight loss.  But, the waist-line keeps getting smaller.  Ketosis sticks are still showing moderate levels so I know I'm burning fat.  If I were to only be watching the scale, I would be very frustrated right now.  Lesson for my readers:  measure progress in inches, not pounds.