Why Do Blood Test Results Vary?

Nothing like waiting around for blood test results. Good times.😳 Twice a year, I get blood work before my checkup. A day later, I gingerly pull up the results on the MyChart app. Like everyone with blood sugar problems, I worry about my numbers for fasting blood glucose and Ha1C – a number that reflectsRead more

Jam Happiness – Guilt Free

How did I overlook this heavenly jam? Crofter’s Organic Premium Fruit Spreads have been produced in Canada since 1991, but I discovered the jars last month, when I returned to leisurely, in-person grocery shopping. I bought a jar of Crofter’s organic blueberry. A week later, with most of the blueberry left, I purchased the organicRead more

Breaking the Diet Pop Habit

It’s possible to kick a serious, serious diet soda habit. For years – decades, actually – I drank at least two Diet Dr. Peppers every day. If I didn’t have a bottle or can in the house, I really missed it, and would buy a drink the next time I went out. Sometimes, I wouldRead more

When is weight a risk factor for Covid-19?

How much you weigh makes a difference in the likelihood of getting Covid-19. It turns out that obesity is a risk factor for the illness,  along with advanced age, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other health problems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that 42.4 percent of Americans qualify as “obese,” whichRead more

Donato’s Lower Carb Pizza

I’m excited about Donato’s lower carb pizza, made with cauliflower crust. It has 30 percent fewer carbs than regular pizza – but it tastes like regular pizza! I did a stint as a newspaper restaurant critic, so I’m pretty picky about food. This pizza passes my test – it has a crispy/chewy crust that servesRead more

Why One Diet Doesn’t Fit Everyone

Consider the following: Amy and Carmen both have prediabetes. The two friends go out to dinner and eat the same foods in the same amounts. Two  hours later, Amy’s blood sugar level is normal while Carmen’s is way too high. Confusing? It turns out there is no one-size-fits-all-diet that is good for all of theRead more

Pandemic Eating 2.0

My slide into a pandemic carb death spiral started so benignly – with homemade whole wheat bread. In March I started baking  homemade bread out of necessity: The local stores were out of bread and my family likes toast and sandwiches. I’m an experienced bread baker. So, I got to work, with my favorite KingRead more

Pancakes – guilt free!

Yay for a great pancake recipe that is blood sugar friendly!  No joke: Protein Packed Pancakes are 18 grams of carbs and 18 grams of protein a serving. They pass the “doesn’t taste healthy” test: Family  members who  love regular pancakes also enjoy this version. The pancakes are sort of a pancake-crepe mashup, with aRead more

New Lower Carb Ketchup a Winner

Who wants to give up ketchup? Not me, even though regular ketchup is a sugar bomb. So, I want to give a shoutout to a great new product, Heinz Sweetened With Honey Reduced Sugar Ketchup. A mere tablespoon of traditional Heinz Tomato Ketchup  contains 5 carbs and 4 grams of sugar – the sugar beingRead more

Steroids, Surgery and Sky High Sugar.

Seemingly out of nowhere, my blood sugar skyrocketed one night last week. It was a terrible mystery as to why. I’ve learned that a lot of little things can add up to big trouble when it comes to  regulating blood glucose.  Usually, the very highest reading I get is about 160; the night in question,Read more