Yogurt: Diabetes Defender?

Huh?

The newest set of  research data is suggesting just that.

According to a few different sources (I’ll post a few below), eating yogurt a few times a week could help ward off T2d. Now, I’m not sure (and neither are researches yet) if this is because people who eat yogurt regularly jut eat healthier in general, or if it has something to do with the probiotics.

Either way, it’s just another reason to eat yogurt regularly. It’s delicious, generally healthy, and good for your tummy, which is open to a whole host of problems because of the ‘beetus (see this article about Gastroparesis).

 

Here are a few links to those studies, for your reading pleasure:

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You NEED To Plan Your Meals. Like, Really.

Cheap-o tips:

  1. plan your meals.
  2. Plan them around the sales.
  3. But what you need.
  4. Don’t forget lunch and breakfast.
  5. Probably get a snack or plan that out, too.

But really though. I grocery shopped for my family for $72.40 this week AND I have delicious stuff planned for these guys.

BREAKFAST is easy. Bars, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt… those things are easy and at least one of them is almost always on sale somewhere.

LUNCH is a tough one. If there is extra money int he food budget, I’ll pick myself up some Lean Cuisines. Otherwise, almost any combo of yogurt, those pouches I make (also good for breakfast!), cheese, fruit, veggies, or some chicken nuggets/hot dogs even (don’t lie, you know you do it) will work.

DINNER has gotten so much easier for me. Here’s why (I know it’s a little blurry):

better menu

 

The point is, it’s a menu. Not only do I not have to think about what’s for dinner, answer any questions about what we’re having, stand there like an ass in the grocery store, figuring out what I’m gonna use some obscure thing for, but I also sound fancy. Who doesn’t want to be organized AND fancy? I know you are tiling your head (maybe even raising an eyebrow) in agreement. Exactly.

How did I come up with all that awesomeness? Well, I looked to see what was on sale and what I had in the freezer, and went for recipes with included those things. Usually, I start with the protein, since meat is usually the most expensive part of a dish, then go from there. I get a lot of recipes online and from other people. This week alone, 3 of the dinners on my menu are either new or something I’ve only had once, at someone else’s house. You can pull recipes from diabetic sites, too. Doing that will hopefully help to curb junk dinners because not only do you make things that are healthier, but you also don’t pick on crappy food or order pizza because you don’t want to deal with the whole “what’s for dinner” pain in the butt discussion.

Some of the things on there, like the roast and stew, are going to use the same piece of meat. I spent 10 dollars on the roast. That seems like a lot until you realize that I’m using it for 2 night’s meals. The chicken (though this time I happen to have leg quarters in the freezer for soup) can be made using one family pack of chicken, split into 2 portions.

The other thing I started doing, which has little to do with saving money and more to do with saving time, is prepping my veggies and stuff ahead of time and freezing it. I know a lot of people don’t like to freeze fresh veggies, but I’m all for it. I have never noticed anything off about them afterwards. Today, I went shopping, came home, put the baby down for a nap, and while she was sleeping, cut all the veggies that I needed for dinner for the week up and bagged them (I labeled the bags with what was in there, the date, and what it was for – you don’t need to). This saves me from messing up my kitchen (even more) when I make dinner and it stops me from having to cut veggies more than once because, really, who wants to prep veggies all the time?

 

Sports Candy? No, Sprout, I’m Not Buying it.

Ok, Sprout. Here’s the deal: I have been watching you for years now and I’m pretty on board with most of the things you do (Get Up and Go Bars happen in my house on a regular basis). Here’s what I’m not getting: Sports Candy.

Sprout keeps pushing this “sports candy” thing as a euphemism for fruits and veggies. It comes from the show “LazyTown“, which actually was on when I was a kid and is being re-aired (maybe re-done? I don’t know) on Sprout.

My question is…. are kids stubborn or just not stupid? I mean, I know my kids aren’t stupid and I know my kids are stubborn so although, generally speaking, my question is already answered for me, let’s just assume I’m talking specifically about this sports candy thing, because I am. I tried selling a veggie to Haley as “sports candy” and she laughed at me. Does this really work? I’m not really trying to be condescending here because I really want to know. Would selling broccoli to your pre-schooler as candy get them to eat it?

Age? Could age be the trick? Should I give up trying to sell veggies as candy to Haley and just wait for Harper? This show is for pre-schoolers, so surely not, right? I just don’t know.

Sports candy sounds like bs to me. Big time.

 

My New Diet Plan!

Yesterday was a morning like every other one: Harper woke me up by screaming at the top of her lungs (not crying, just screaming for fun), Haley let herself into the room to wake me up some more (in case the screaming didn’t work, I guess), hubs was at work, and I begrudgingly stomped out of bed, grabbed the baby, changed a diaper and headed straight to the kitchen for feeding time at the zoo. Bleary-eyed, I grabbed two cups, filled them each half way with water, grabbed two breakfast bars, and headed to the fridge for 2 kids yogurts, the juice, and some greek yogurt for myself (I have no idea how I manage to remember all these things while so sleepy…). That’s when my new diet plan hit me in the face like ton of bricks.  I opened the fridge and there it was: A freaking spider. Just chillin’ there. Dangling from a strand of evil, guarding the contents of my fridge with his man-eating fang-face. NOPE.

Now, am I exaggerating? Eh. Maybe a little? Hell no. That was a messed up thing to do to me first thing in the morning, spider.

What did I do? 

Shut that door and walked the hell away. The kids got a juice box from under the kitchen cart, I ate nothing for breakfast, and the kids got 2 breakfast bars a piece. Do I feel badly about that? Not. One. Bit. Nope. It was way too early for that crap.

So, of course I tell hubs all about this horrible thing that happened to me and he laughed, telling me that he was going to put spiders in the fridge all the time as my diet plan! Dammit. He was right! That bug-eyed bastard kept me out of the fridge all day! I did have to check all over and reach in for the coffee creamer (thank God it was right in the front!) because well, let’s face it, a day without coffee is hardly a day at all.

So folks, that does it. Want to curb your eating? Just pop a spider in the fridge. If you’re anything like me, you’ll never open that thing again!

 

#Real Parent Talk. (not re-touched)

Take a look at this video (it’s like, 3 and a half minutes long).

I’m curious to find out how other parents are feeling about this.

Personally, I feel torn. Yes I think that marketing has set goals that are unattainable for girls and that’s causing a problem BUT the 13-17 age group is a large group, easily influenced, and just old enough to get some money, but not yet old enough to realize what they’re spending it on. Does this mean I’m going to freak out when I find a thong in the laundry and my kid is only 13? Not necessarily (though if it said “let’s get naughty” or something like that on it, well that might be a different story). I feel like being open with your kids is the key, as opposed to just shutting out any sort of advertising or product that you find “too old” for your kids. After all, America was built on capitalism….

I’d like to go back to the point I made earlier about advertising setting unattainable goals. I know there have been a few articles out there about people (mostly women) writing complaints and whatnot about airbrushing in magazines/television. As a woman and parent, I definitely have to agree. Airbrushing the “gap” on women in VS magazines, or the skin in an ad, or the waist size in a music video is just doing damage to body image. The average teenage girl isn’t going to have a teeny waist, fabulous skin, “the gap”, full hair, and flawless makeup, but she will have some SERIOUS body image issues. And Yeah, I know… grow up, life’s tough, blah, blah, blah, but still.. come on, it’s getting out of hand.

So, should we spend less time worrying about the potential damage editors might be doing and more time talking to our kids about body image and explaining the fact that the pictures are so edited, they are hardly real, OR is editing really getting out of hand and people are right to be mad?

Weigh in, guys… I want to see some opinions in the comments section!

An example of airbrushing. Though this one is minor, it is just one of many out there and there are others that are far more extreme. (credit: prweek.com)

How High Are You?

I came across this today on the internet and it terrified me:

According to the 2004 Guinness book of World Records, Michael Dougherty, at 12 years old in November 1995, was found to have a blood sugar level of 2,350 and was still conscious. The normal blood sugar range is between 80-120.

What?! And to think I got sick after 250 at a time in my life. Jeez. And 12 years old?! Woah. I actually came across this while looking up “diabulemia”. In summary, this is when type 1 diabetics deprive themselves of insulin and put their bodies into “starvation mode”. Oh, and at risk for DK. Sounds like a great idea, right? Hmm… I don’t understand some things I suppose.