Recent Readings and Links

A couple recent articles that I liked. While I don’t agree entirely with them, I thought they were good.

This first article delves into starches and quantities of carbohydrates. It has a South Asian lean, and that’s useful for most of us, because (at least in the English speaking world) most people eat at least some kind of South Asian food.

Having diabetes is nothing less than a punishment especially if you are a foodie. You are under diet restriction, regular medication to somehow manage to keep your blood sugar under control. But are you making a meaningful sacrifice? I have seen many diabetic patients make 5 silly mistakes in their diabetes diet. Are you doing the same? Let’s see.

See: 5 common mistakes in your diabetes diet

This second article has a western or American inclination, explaining what to avoid immediately. Avoid everything in this photo.

Yes, it can be tricky to navigate proper nutrition, especially those foods that can actually wreak havoc on your blood sugar and overall health. To stay on track, you must avoid these foods in diabetes that will spike your blood sugar and lead to chronic inflammation. Having diabetes does not have to stop you from […]

See: What foods to avoid eating in Diabetes immediately? — MedClique

If you eat an East Asian style diet (even outside of East Asia, many people eat this kind of diet), this article explains dietary adjustments which include some foods common to the Korean, Japanese, and some Chinese diets:

The most important part of treating diabetes is diet. Since it is the patient who decides what to choose and how much to eat, the patient’s full understanding and active participation in the diet results in good treatment. It may seem difficult, but if you think about it from a different perspective, a diabetes diet is also a diet that is commonly recommended for health. Even if you don’t have diabetes, practicing a diabetes diet can help you maintain your normal weight, prevent chronic diseases, and keep you healthy.

See: Diet therapy for diabetics

Carb Fiending

I just ate a whole pack meatballs. I feel bloated.

The product, Aidell’s Chicken Meatballs Caramelized Onion flavor, had 15g of carbs per package. That’s well below my daily quota of 50g. So, they were pretty low in carbs, but it was mostly sugar, and the product is sweet.

The way I ate them was freaking weird: squeezed them out of the package and ate them cold, with hot sauce, until I couldn’t eat any more.

I think I was “carb fiending.”

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Looking at Urine Ketones: Comparing Several Tests Sticks

Comparing the Accuracy of Three Different Keto Test Strips I Bought Online (May 12, 2019)

I dipped three different ketone test sticks in my morning urine to compare their relative accuracy. One definitely didn’t work, one was “okay”, and one seemed to be good. There are problems inherent in measuring ketosis with urinalysis strips. Knowing how they work helps you find the best keto strips at a good price.

What is “Keto”?

It usually means the “keto diet” or ketogenic diet, a low-carb, high-fat diet that causes the body to get into ketosis, and stay in ketosis. Ketosis is a state when the body is consuming fat and using it as an energy source.

The body normally prefers to use glucose as its energy source. Glucose is easy to eat, and some foods, like juices, are immediately absorbed and raise the blood glucose level. When blood glucose rises, the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone which assists in “opening up” the cells to use the glucose as an energy source.

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Asian Keto Snacks, Low Carb Snacks, Diabetic Snacks

This post was originally from April 25, 2019. It’s being revised and aggregated with other snack stories.

I’ve been looking for diabetic and keto diet compatible snacks, especially at prices that are affordable, and thought that the local Asian market might have some. They did! I’ll start buying them and reviewing them in the coming months. Subscribe to get updates.

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Cooking Basics for Low Carb or “Keto” Diets Specifically for Diabetics

This blog’s had several pages about cooking, recipes, and meals. They’re going to be consolidated into this page, with new content added, and old content improved. If you’re reading this on another site, please read and bookmark the original article at Complaining About Food.

This page will be improved over time.

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Soy Paper? Yuba, Soybean Tofu Skin

Soy paper is better known in the Asian communities as tofu skin or soy skin, and is called yuba in Japan. It’s made from the skin that forms on soy milk used in the production of tofu. It’s typically sold dried. Recently, using it as a wrapper for sushi has come into vogue, and it’s sometimes called mamenori (bean nori) or soy paper or yellow soy wrap.

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