Friday, March 30, 2012

No Lunch Today - Wait, What's This?

It's one of those days when I didn't bring or have much here for lunch - just a bunch of fruit and very little ryse, and a huge ol' rutabaga.

But then I found a great combination: brewer's yeast (I keep a 14 oz can in my desk) & rutabaga!

I went a couple of years in the early 2000's eating nothing for lunch but a couple of luxurious collard leaves with almonds. It was that good, and that satisfying - never got tired of it (and my nails were growing fast [too fast] and 2-3 times thicker than normal). Well, it seems I found another such combination.

This yeast is very good; you should try it. More nutritional than most, and very good beefy brown flavor. Gayelord Hauser's Imported Brewer's Yeast, Dist. by Modern Products, Inc., Mequon, WI 53092,

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Funny Handles

They call fresh milk 'raw.'

They call regular food 'healthy.' - as having a somewhat negative connotation.

They call regular peanut butter 'old fashioned.'

What is wrong with this picture??


Just in the last week or so, having been through some life changes and becoming sloppy in what I ate and having my need for insulin increase, I just naturally and unconsciously went back to some old key practices. Nothing new here, just a re-affirmation of some essential points.

My wife's cooking centers around beef, sauces and delectable breads. Never mind about the desserts that are abundant. I concluded years ago that I could not eat it and do what I write about in this blog. But sometimes I waffle and eat her cooking because it is irresistible after a tiring day if it's all ready to eat and all I need is a little extra insulin to eat it and enjoy life.

But then I gradually go all out of whack.

My cooking centers around fresh produce and the use of grain, sans bread.

I have been unconsciously yet strictly eating my own of late. Wow, it is so easy. The food is better. You feel better eating it. You feel better right after eating it. You feel better till you eat again. You don't get hungry. You can skip that late snack without even noticing and just go to bed. You can miss a meal and still not be hungry, because you have been eating real food. And your sugar just stays where it's supposed to.

So just lose all the sugar and all the bread. Things become plenty sweet enough after you quickly get used to not adding sugar. Once you reach that point, things containing the American dose of sugar are sickeningly sweet. You only crave or have a taste for as much fat, salt or sugar as you are used to using. It's just that simple and it's just true. The only difficulty you will run into is that people around you will want to share food with you but they will be on a different dosage.

So just see yourself as eating separate from them - like the dogs do.

If you really want to be healthy and especially if you are serious about making sugar level management easy, simply never eat bread or white pasta. I still use buckwheat noodles. And of course, I eat a lot of grain - steamed in a rice cooker, usually. Sometimes I sprout it, sometimes I don't. I do different things with it, including making raw bread. But usually, I just steam it.

I love delectable breads as much as you do. I'm just giving you the facts. You simply need to say to yourself, hey there are many attractive things in the Universe. I have not tried them all. I can live without some I have tried, in order to have others that are sweeter. I had a friend who thought he liked beer more than the gift of the Holy Ghost. In other words, he passed up baptism because he feared that beer was something he owed to himself. He didn't consider that it might be optional even though he liked it so much.

If you make your own bread, it will be distinctly less sugar-charging than anything you buy. So it's better, but it won't get you all the way there. To get the most out of satisfying your need for grain while minimizing the 'carb' effect, the rule of thumb is, keep the berry whole and intact. But I still eat oatmeal now and again. It's about my favorite dish in the whole world as far as dessert-type dishes go.

Okay but I am not finished. Another huge key or two. Eat in short spurts. When you first start to think maybe you have had enough to keep you going, stop there and get up and get working again. Especially with raw foods, and real foods too, never over-eat because you will be much more uncomfortable than you would have been with fluffy foods, stuffing yourself. But with real food, you won't get hungry.

Now that you have your fuel, find something to be interested in besides fooding. Be engaged in interesting activities. This is most effective if the activities give comfort or aid to others.

Follow this pattern and fooding will fade off into unnoticed distance. But then BAM, your spouse will plunck down a pizza or something when you least expect it, and you are tired, and you want to just relax....BE STRONG, because perfect abstinence rather than periodic 'rewards' is the easy way to do this thing.

I went from the age of 14 to 27 not even caring about any sort of cake or candy. I can be that way again, and so can you.

If there is any doubt about how different this makes one feel, simply toss that doubt into the burn bin. It's like night and day. No exaggeration.

There was one other point I may have forgotten. I'll add it later if I think of it. Oh, yeah - my cooking tastes better too. It's a different kind of better but it is definitely better.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I just made a stir fry that I am pretty certain smelled better than any cooking I have ever smelled. So I thought I might as well put down what went in. It amazes me how oriental the flavor and consistency turns out in a good stir fry without any seasoning or sauce.

Coconut oil
green onions
a rutabaga
bagged iceburg lettuce salad (the typical kind with a smattering of purple cabbage and carrots)
fresh ginger root
ryse (including sesame seeds)

losing weight and controlling sugar...

are the same. you eat things of value and then instead of snacking on things not, you go find something interesting to do.

And here's your first basic tip after that: Never eat any bread or pasta.

But don't go crazy avoiding carbs. Instead of eating bread, do grain in a rice cooker - any grain or mix of grain you want. I know my favorite (search ryse).

If you remember just one thing I ever said, let it be that all bread group (or any other group) exchanges are not the same. A slice of bread from the store will never be anything like something homemade. Huge difference in your sugar, huge difference in your anything else. Long term as well as short. I don't care what the wrapper says about whole and multi and HFCS-free.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Wow, last week, my sugar was really all over the place. I would take my standard 4-6 units of insulin (humalog) and eat a very careful spartan meal, and instead of the usual 95, my sugar level would go to 350! Then I would take an additional 4-6 units to bring it down, without eating any buffer. This went on for about 5 days in a row. It occurred to me that my being sensitive to insulin is no guarantee against becoming otherwise, and this could now be happening! In other words, on top of being Type I, I could be becoming Type II eventually, if I was not careful (even though I have never been obese, if that really is a prerequisite). I must include the note that I had not had any exercise at all that week, and perhaps none for a time previous.

Well, I guess I’m back to normal! For about another 5 days, I have been regular. Then today, all morning I was trying to get my sugar up to an adequate level (without over-shooting), having taken only 5 units for breakfast, and again, all afternoon after having taken only about 4.5 units for a lunch that included a hamburger (and peanuts later on) with a white bun and ketchup from the diner/beer store down the tracks. But I also did pushups for both as well. My sugar went into the 40’s both times and I had to repeatedly eat something like an apple, raisens or potato to bring it up cuz it kept going down. Big key to being like this seems to be the abstinence from all breads. Never eat their bread at all and it really seems to kick the diabetes off the train. And that doesn’t mean eat less grain because you eat steamed whole grains instead, and so forth.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ultimate Frisbee and Other Slow and Klunky Games

Ultimate Frisbee is the ultimate misnomer because it is the name of a game in which one is not allowed to run while holding the Frisbee whereas the ultimate Frisbee game is the one in which running is not limited but holding the Frisbee is not allowed - one must catch and throw it all in one motion.

Related side note - one on one basketball is faster and more fun if played with no court boundaries. It eliminates the bother with "bringing it in" and arguing about 'whose ball,' which really slow the game down.