Spare a Rose, Save a Child

Living with Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Déjà février ?! La saison des galettes est finie. Mes filles sont satisfaites car elles ont eu 2 fèves chacune sur 4 galettes mangées à la maison (2 sans gluten et 2 avec). Mes glycémies sont contentes car je n’ai plus à gérer les pics inévitables après chaque petit morceau de galette.

On arrive du coup dans la saison de la Saint Valentin. Mes filles sont contentes car nous allons faire des gâteaux en forme de coeur à la maison.  Pour la glycémie ça va – je sais mieux gérer le chocolat que la frangipane. Par contre, il n’y aura pas de bouquet de fleurs pour marquer l’occasion. Voici pourquoi :

Il y a un autre focus autour de la Saint Valentin en ce qui concerne le diabète.  Un groupe de blogueurs américains a élaboré la campagne “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” pour lever des fonds dans le but d’aider les enfants et les jeunes…

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This Is the No. 1 Driver of Diabetes and Obesity


A primary driver for type 2 diabetes is sugar, according to a new report.

In the report, published Thursday in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, ateam of researchers performed a literature review to determine whether certain ingredients are much more dangerous than others when it comes to diabetes, and to challenge the idea that all calories are equal. To do so, they looked at the effects of carbohydrates from similar calories. They compared starch, pure glucose and lactose to added sugars like sucrose (table sugar) and fructose, which occurs naturally in fruit but which we mostly consume as a sweetener, such a with high-fructose corn syrup, added to food and drinks).

What they found was that the added sugars were significantly more harmful. Fructose was linked to worsening insulin levels and worsening glucose tolerance, which is a driver for pre-diabetes. It caused harmful fat storage—visceral fat on the abdomen—and…

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Getting a Little Education


This week it has been hard to find the time to write. Between MBA classes, working on my 2015 business plan for work, taking care of customers, new sales, horse and dog care, housework, taking care of my husband, getting dinner on the table and trying somewhere in between it all getting 5-6 hours of sleep and managing diabetes it has been CRAZY!

Somewhere on Monday I was able to get in a good session with my diabetes educator. I hadn’t seen her since I was first diagnosed back in 2006 when she taught me the basics of giving myself insulin (after my primary doctor at the time threw needles and vials at me and said go nuts!….but that is another, scarier, story).

It was great to catch up with her. Starting in she asked, “What are you here to learn about/need help with?” I started babbling about how I needed…

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Using the natural forces around us

Elizabeth Lotspeich Massage


As I watch my Amaryllis plant thrust a thick green shoot toward the sun from the bulb below, I know my eyes are tricking me. The sun’s light is beckoning the plant’s stem to emerge through photosynthesis; eventually revealing its beauty in a fully formed flower. Using the forces of nature as a guide enables us to move our bodies with maximum strength, range of motion and grace.

Whether you practice yoga, Pilates, running etc… or going about your daily life you can apply basic forces in nature to enhance your body’s movement. For instance, while stretching your body, first notice areas of tension or restriction. Now imagine the dynamic of levity or lightness while you are feeling the warmth of the sun’s rays inviting a release of muscle contraction. Without consciously changing what you are doing, your muscles automatically respond to this new impulse. Your body expands into…

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Persons With Diabetes (PWD)

Your Diabetes Health

There is no stigma when we are all in the same situation and the exception is rapidly becoming good health. Diabetes does not have to define you but if it must, use it for good..

Leonard Thompson, at age 14, was the first person injected with insulin in 1922 and this prevented his imminent death. At the time, insulin was a hormone isolated from the pancreas of dogs by Dr. Banting, who subsequently won a Nobel Prize for his work, and his medical student, Charles Best. Insulin was purified by the assistance of Professor Mc Leod of Toronto University and Biochemist J.B. Collip. Present day insulin used recombinant DNA technology, and continues to save the lives of persons with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, for which oral medications are insufficient. Leonard Thompson died of pneumonia in 1935 at age 27.

Part 2

‘It’s not what you have its how…

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Karachi: A Sensory History

Tropics of Meta

IMG_4227 A roaming band of musicians who arrive at weddings to seek donations, tips in Karachi’s Defense Phase Six

Karachi is one of the world’s largest cities—by some measures, the second largest in terms of population, and likely the world’s biggest “Muslim” city. (In this way, it is like the Indonesia of cities.) More than twenty million people live in this messy, dynamic, fractured megalopolis, the center of Pakistan’s financial and media industries and a major commercial entrepôt on the Arabian sea. Pakistan itself has a population of close to 200 million people, making it sixth in the world, just behind Brazil and ahead of Nigeria. This fact reveals a sobering reality: as Bangladesh places eighth in total population, the Indian subcontinent of the former British Raj counts some 1,611,000,000 souls—more than China (about 1.4 billion).

In other words, despite the subcontinent’s ethnoreligious and linguistic diversity, what once was “India”…

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How I did to solve a big problem of my life.

“I feel very fortunate and privileged to have found this  on the internet a few months ago and read it with great interest in a couple of days. I was quite surprised at what I was reading given the advice in the book is contrary to all the advice I had been given by my doctor. I decided to give it a go.

I’m just astonished with the results! It is by far the most wonderful and enlightening book I’ve ever read. I was suffering from diabetes for many years. By following thisprogram my blood sugar has come down to normal range, I have lost excess weight, I have all kinds of energy and I don’t take insulin anymore!

My overall health has improved dramatically and I am more confident with my life – I finally feel like myself again. And the big plus is being off of all prescribed medications!
This have been a blessing to me and my family and I thank God for this book and advice! I pray that God blesses many people the way he has done to me.”

Here is where I got it