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Diabetic Mommy Online Magazine Newsletter - December 18, 2004


Hello Mommies and future Mommies!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I am sending you links to new articles, news, and tips.


Here are the newest additions to the site:

10 TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS! Here are real-world tips for real diabetic women from a diabetic woman.

FINANCING PUMP THERAPY. Pump therapy seems to be a key to tight control. But the cost! See the page for advice and resources.

PREGNANCY, DIABETES, AND YOUR FEET: You probably already know you feet will likely get bigger in pregnancy...but what does that mean to a woman with diabetes?

NUTRITION FOR WOMEN WITH GESTATIONAL DIABETES: A handy little guide for one of our most asked questions...what should I eat?

TRIBUTE PAGE TO GABBY: Gabby is Laura's little girl. Laura is one of the forum co-editors. Gabby is a brave little 5-year-old who came to her mother's aid when she experienced an episode of hypoglycemia.

PLANNING AHEAD: PLANNED VERSUS UNPLANNED C-SECTIONS: As a diabetic mom, your risks for having a C-section are a little higher than the norm. This is an except from a book all about this procedure.



Lots has changed in our forum since the last newsletter. We now have a team of forum hostesses/co-editors. You can see their pictures and read their bios on the forum start page:


TIP #1:

Did you know your monthly cycle causes changes in your glucose levels?
When a girl's menstrual cycle starts at puberty, it makes it harder to control glucose levels. They go higher. This is because there are hormones that make it harder for insulin to do it's job - just like the pregnancy hormones do.

From then on, many women experience higher glucose levels 2-5 days before their period. How much it goes up should be pretty consistent from period to period, more or less, but it is individual to you. What you learn about your glucose levels and insulin needs at this time will help you in the future.

This information comes from the book THE DIABETIC WOMAN. It is an older book, published in 1996, and no longer in print. But the information is still relevant. HOWEVER, all this means, you can get a gonga deal on it. Amazon is clearing them out for 1-cent each! Follow the link below.


TIP #2

Current research shows it is important for diabetics to get exercise in many different forms. If you are doing ONLY cardio exercises, it is possible you may be hurting yourself in the long run.

Along with cardio we need strength, flexibility, and relaxation. I was trying to find a nice form of exercise that would combine at least two of these. I found a treasure that combines flexibility, relaxation, AND some strength!

I'm talking about Dixie Carter's Unworkout videos (remember her from Designing Women?). The reviews are awesome and many reviewers have used them for YEARS--they can't start their day without them! The first one was published in 1995 and continues to be a best seller! I have ordered my tapes and I will have them any day now. I'll let you know how I like them. Follow the links below for more information or to read the reviews.







Hello Diabetic Mommies!

This week I re-lived my pregnancy and delivery.
I knew there was a reason I was putting off writing
it - and now I know why. It is a monster - it's
10 pages long! It sure brought back memories.
Check it out if you get a chance. It's got lots of
pictures, all my sonograms, current pictures of me
and the Bubba. It can be found here:


How do you like the Diabetic Mommy site? Would you
like to review it? Amazon has just started a beta
program called Site Info. It looks just like their
product pages, but instead of a pictures of products,
it has cute little pictures of web sites. You are more
than welcome to leave your honest opinion of my site.
It can be found here:



Do you suffer from nighttime lows? I just learned
about a fantastic, highly-technological, advanced
food product that might help. Are you ready for
this "miracle" product? UNCOOKED Cornstarch! Yes!
Plus, I bet you've got some in your own cupboard.

Okay, all kidding aside, some experts believe it can help
prevent low glucose levels in the night. When it is
cooked, it is not so friendly. However, uncooked
cornstarch has been shown to digest very slowly.
It is one of the main ingredients of some of the night
time snack bars that claim to help prevent hypoglycemic
episodes, but can cost an arm and a leg in the long run.

Here are some cheaper alternatives to try:

Mix 1-2 tbsp uncooked cornstarch into yogurt, milk, or pudding.
(Make sure to look at the labels for carb count or
exchange size and work it into your meal plan
accordingly - there should be about 7g of carb per
tbsp of cornstarch)

You could even just mix it into water and drink it down
if you can handle it! Yuk!

Make sure to talk about your registered dietician and
healthcare team about trying these suggestions!

Here are links to study info about uncooked cornstarch:
http://www.diabetesnet.com/adaconf.php (5th section down the page
Blurb is called "Kids and Cornstarch")



I missed spicy Asian food when I was pregnant and had to
maintain tight control. I made up this recipe
to help get some of that flavor without all the
stuff that makes my glucose levels go all over.
This whole recipe hinges on a good peanut sauce (not oil):


SERVES: 1-2 (depending whether eaten as a snack or at meal)


1 Wheat Tortilla (Used Arizona brand)
1 tbsp House of Tang "Bangkok Padang" Peanut Sauce
1/4-1/2 cup sprouts (bean, alfalfa, spicy mix, whatever)
Chopped Scallions to taste
Shredded carrots to taste
Chopped cilantro (aka coriander) to taste
1 stick string cheese
Sesame seeds to taste

Put Tortilla on a baking sheet. Spread the peanut sauce
evenly over the tortilla, leaving about an inch at the edges.
Rip up the string cheese and put it over the top of the
tortilla. Next, spread the sprouts. Sprinkle the
scallions, carrots, and cilantro to taste. Sprinkle some
sesame seeds on to taste. Put it under the broiler or into
a hot oven until the cheese melts a little. If you put a
lot of sprouts or you cook it very long, the water will come
out of the sprouts. It'll make for some runny, but still
tasty, toppings. Experiment with this! Change the toppings! Have fun.

calories 265, carb 26g (1.7 servings), protein 8g (1.14 servings),
fat 12g (2.4 servings)(lowfat or nonfat cheese to lower), fiber 2g



I love "House of Tang Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce. "
It's even fun to say. Say it once!
I found it in the Asian section of my local Safeway.

In the last newsletter I mentioned baby heads of endive and how
you can use the neat scoop-shaped leaves in place of chips and
it's portable enough to put in a sandwich bag and stuff in
your purse. This stuff is great drizzled over a plate of endive leaves.
Then sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top.

Do you have another use for it? Email me!

If you can't find it, you can try to find something similar.
Here's some info for comparing:

No cholesterol, no MSG.
Serving size 1 tbsp, 45 cal, 2.5 g total fat, 4 g carbs, 1g protein.

Contains: Peanut butter, water, soy sauce, vinegar,
sugar, sesame seed oil, sherry wine, dried garlic,
hydrolyzed wheat protein, spice, salt, modified food starch,
xanthan gum, less than 1/10th of 1% sodium benzoate as a
preservative, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate,
natural flavors of ginger, coriander, lemon grass,
and tamarind.



Victor Kline is an executive pastry chef and has written a
cookbook called "Low-Carb Sinfully Delicious Desserts: Sugar Free."
He so graciously granted me permission to post a recipe from his
book on my site!

Get the recipe and more info here:



Okay, I admit I LOVE to shop and the most fun of the newsletter
is getting to go to look for deals that I think might be handy for
a diabetic mommy.

Here's what I found this time:

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THE WRINKLE CURE (Nicholas Perricone, M.D.)(While Supplies Last)
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I hope you have a wonderful day full of blessings and good surprises!

BJ, Editor
Diabetic Mommy Online Magazine

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