AmyT

License to Snack

All of my adult life I believed that avoiding eating between meals was the ticket to avoiding weight gain. In other words, I believed that 3 meals a day with no snacks in-between was the Holy Grail of healthy weight management. Religously, even: I regarded snacking as the Ultimate Excess whose Temptation never ceases. Now I come to find out that it’s a good thing. Talk about your paradigm shift!
I guess I heard the…

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Happy Halloween (aka Scary Sugar Day)

Last night I was thinking what a crazy American tradition it is, building an entire holiday around consumption of sugary sweets. Of course, it didn’t start out that way. Originally, it was simply a fall fest to drive away evil spirits. Sugar was introduced later with the Trick-or-Treat tradition.
Nowadays, it is aptly referred to as the “Sugar Fest, with Imagination.”
Mexico’s Day of the Dead, for example, is more about fine dining: “In some…

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Glucose Meter Mania

A few days ago The Diabetes Blog posted a bit about “what features do you shop for in a meter?” And I was all set to reply today with a ranty post about “who actually shops for these things?” I mean, don’t most of us get the free or discounted models that our doctors provide at diagnosis, and then just get attached to them? I don’t know anyone who actually went out meter shopping. But…

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Is Your Pet Psychic?

(I’ve always loved that line.) But seriously, here’s something that blew my mind: my friend has a diabetic cat. She tests its glucose levels once a day with a standard-issue BG meter, and she gives it insulin injections twice a day. She says she can tell when it’s having a low because its paws splay out and it stands there looking idiotic, like a steer with Mad Cow Disease. She also says the hardest part…

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