It's Juice that's bad, not fresh, frozen or whatever.

poliphilo has done a post about fruit juice, saying that he's disappointed that I say (from my reading) that it's just sugar water.

He's off at a tangent. It's not the fact that the orange juice comes in a carton - he could squeeze it himself and it would still be bad for him.

Let me try to explain what I've told him several times.

Sucrose is 50/50 Glucose and Fructose. Fruit is fructose. Glucose hits your mouth and starts being digested straight away. Fructose can only be digested by the liver. If you take in fructose without fibre it hits your liver when everything else does - the liver is busy and it puts it to one side to deal with later - and unless you've just done a huge workout it will turn it into fat - because there is plenty of energy knocking around from all the other food.

If you eat whole fruit - which doesn't taste as sweet as the juice - then the fibre takes the fructose with it to the intestine - 22 feet of slowing it down - and the liver has dealt with the meal and has the time to deal with the fructose and use it for energy.

I'm reading Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar by Dr. Robert Lustig. He deals with paediatric obesity. You can watch him talking about fructose on you tube - Sugar the Elephant in the Kitchen and Sugar: the Bitter Truth. He's very personable and understandable.

I picked him up at first from

Another one posted on Facebook. Food Glorious Food

I've just finished reading: Salt, Sugar, Fat - How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss and am now reading Felicity Lawrence's Not On The Label - What Really goes into The Food on your Plate. I thought that not eating processed foods I wasn't doing too badly, but what happens to and what is in our 'fresh' food beggars belief.

I've read a lot of nutrition/diet books now - trying to work out a healthy, sustainable diet to help me lose weight, keep my blood sugar under control and possibly ease a few health problems. High Fat Low Carb has helped me to lose weight, Intermittent Fasting has also helped and given me more energy, and my blood sugar is over 80% of the time in non-diabetic levels.

I'll just get all this sorted and some b*****d will blow the world up!!

A Little Tongue in Cheek - but not 100%

I've also posted this to Facebook so ignore if you are a FB friend.

I read on Facebook this morning - not that I think it's true - that the Queen could legally shoot Donald Trump and it got me thinking.
If we took a group of very poor but reasonably healthy senior citizens (who we're often prisons live much better than) and taught them to shoot, the government could then use them to kill people they didn't like (US presidents and the such) - in fact we could have a shoot a politician petition page and after so many signatures they get it.

Then the senior citizen would either be dead before they were brought to trial or they would be in a place with 3 meals a day, showers, well heated etc., In fact we could set up special prisons for them - like Prison nursing homes.

Paying it forward

Tony ( poliphilo ) will be 66 tomorrow. We've been together since the end of April 1991 and I've learnt a lot from him over the years.
How to deal with children - his - as I'd never had to share space with any before I met him, is one of the most important, it has also made interacting with grandchildren - both by his children and Odi's 3 much more magical and fun.

One of his things is that if someone disses you, let it drop, don't play it forward. You don't know why they've done it - or even whether it is anything to do with you. Look at them with friendship and caring.

He does it all the time - I find it harder.

Ive also learnt to be me - and learnt who I am.

Happy Birthday poliphilo. Thank you xx


Every day I do several quizzes. Today one of the words was Stylite - I got it wrong, and said so to Tony who told me that they were saints who stood on top of pillars. His Ma came back with 'who stands on top of pillars?' Tony 'Stylites'. Ma 'what's a Stylite?' Tony 'saints who stands on top of pillars'. Ma 'who stands on top of pillars?' Tony 'Stylites'. And round we went - she did keep saying we were going round in circles, but then kept on asking.

I was cracked up and told her I was enjoying it anyway.

I've reversed my diabetes

I lost a fair amount of weight by following low carb, then I lapsed. Recently I've been back on it and I started reading - he's Swedish and follows Low Carb High Fat, he also has videos by different people. One of these is Doctor Jason Fung who is a Canadian Nephrologist - he deals with diabetics who need dialysis, and believes, as do a lot of doctors these days, that type 2 diabetes and fatty organs are due to hyperinsulinemia - insulin resistance and that treating the excess glucose in the blood is like treating the shakes for an alcoholic by giving them alcohol to stop the shakes while ignoring the real disease.

He is a proponent of Intermittent Fasting. I've been fasting for 20, 24, 48 and 72 hours - in that order. Other than that I eat one meal a day - some people eat over an 8 or 6 hour period and fast for the rest of the time. The first thing I learned is that you don't need to eat as soon as you get up. Today I haven't yet had my break fast meal.

The other thing is to only eat real food. No processed food at all. No sugar or sweetener - no fruit or fruit juice. Leafy green vegetables, no starches, some protein, but lots of fat - good fats, no vegetable oil except Olive oil. Plenty of avocados, heavy cream, butter, bone broth and fatty meat. He has written a couple of books The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss being one of them. I'd recommend them.

Following this regime I've come off my diabetic meds - and still become pre-diabetic rather than diabetic, my cholesterol is 6.5% but will come down - Dr Fung explains how burning body fat releases the cholesterol out of the fat cells and into the blood stream to get rid off. I've still got protein in my urine, but again this hopefully will come down.

I'm still testing my blood sugar regularly and I've bought a blood ketone meter so that I can test for those - they're a sign that I'm burning body fat rather than glucose.

I really am a happy bunny. Right time to eat.

I woke with a sudden realisation

I woke in the middle of the night with the sudden realisation that my doctor had, rather than give me a thoughtful, erudite answer, given me the knee-jerk answer of the moment.

I had asked her vis-a-vis my diabetes and protein in my kidneys - and being unable to take the medication for it - what I should do to keep my kidneys healthy. She replied 'lose weight' and I believed her, because she is a doctor.

Yet the real answer would have been to keep a very tight control on my blood-sugar. If I was obese and not diabetic (type 2) they wouldn't even test my kidneys very often. Type 2 diabetes is very different from type 1. Type 2 is insulin resistance and there is some thought that it could be the resistance which helps to pile on the weight rather than the other way around. Type 1s are short of the cells that make insulin, type 2s just don't use it properly and keep firing more and more into the cells, which grabs glucose and turns it to fat.

I could - if I followed a high carbohydrate, low fat diet especially - lose weight and still have high blood-sugar. I've done it before when I calorie counted and lost weight. I've been carefully monitoring my weight going down and up - and finding dieting a real strain. I've been craving sweet stuff - so I bought sugar free biscuits. I stopped checking my blood. I cut my carbs enough to lose odd bits of weight, but not enough to keep my blood-sugar down to non diabetic levels.

So, sod the weight, if I lose some with going back to diabetic level carbs (under 40g per day) that's a bonus. I will look after my kidneys by trying very hard to reverse my diabetes. It is possible.

Dr. Bernstein is a guy I listen to. He's the longest lived person with type 1 diabetes, he has very few 'diabetic' problems. He keeps his sugar at 'normal' levels (if you're non diabetic then your reading will never go above 100 US/5.6 old UK/38 new UK). So that is what he says to aim for - and I'm going to. It's just hard to take being a diabetic and living with it as the most important thing you have to think of.

Goodbye CFS (for now)

I feel like I'm awake for the first time in almost 2 years. I've been dragging myself around when I've had to, and spending lots of time just 'resting' on the bed. Okay I hurt, but I've hurt all my life (that I can remember) so it shouldn't hit me that hard. It's the brain fog and the total lack of energy for anything at all - talking to people, thinking - well anything. I've been sitting away from everyone to use the computer and often to eat my meals. Yesterday I moved my computer to the dining table so that I'm with the others. I've even done a little cross-stitch - I haven't done any since we got Marlowe who keeps trying to sit on my knee and attack the needle.

I said to Tony yesterday, that I was suddenly feeling alive and wondered why. He told me to just enjoy it and not worry, so I am doing.

I'm even sat downstairs at my main computer now at nearly 9pm. It's been a long time since I was still up at this time.

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I had been going to write a post about how unfair it is that even though I look after my diabetes, I'm still getting problems. Then when I thought about it, I realised that although I've kept my sugar reading reasonable I haven't really been looking after my sugar. I've been eating lots of fruit. I know we're told fruit is healthy - but not to a diabetic. It's carbohydrate which converts to glucose which in turn pushes up blood sugar & insulin need. As a type 2 it is more than likely that I suffer from insulin resistance so pushing up the need is not good.

This has all come about because I was at the doctor's yesterday. I've been put on Ramipril - a precautionary drug to stop damage being done to my kidneys - but they were making my feet very jumpy, so the doctor changed them for a different drug. If I can't take this one then I won't be able to have any, so I asked what I could do to help and she replied that I should lose weight by following a low fat diet. I told her that to lose weight I follow a low carbohydrate, high fat, medium protein diet and she was happy with that - as long as I lose weight.

At just short of 200 lbs (90.7 kilos) I am only slightly higher than my lightest weight as an adult. Tony suggested that as I've never been slim, why not try to aim for it. After all I know that it's not going to make any difference to my life - except, perhaps, my health. So I'm going back to the low carb. It's a shame I decided this on a Thursday, when we get our shopping delivered on a Wednesday - lots of apples, pears, bananas, peaches nectarines, strawberries and blueberries - the last 2 being the most acceptable on low carb.

A new beginning for our bright new place in the world.

Speaking of which I was surprised that the Leave campaign won. Both sides were so negative, stating what would go wrong if we did the other thing, but nothing positive about what would happen if we voted the way they wanted us to. It does look like areas/people who have been left with crap jobs and high unemployment - manufacturing areas that seem to have been turned into call centres - have voted against the more affluent big cities and professionals.

We will never know what life would have been like if the vote had gone to the remain as we can only live the life we have. What we need now is positive intent to make the decision have a good effect on the country rather than a negative one.