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Spring has sprung!

Felt really spring-like today, managed to get out in the garden and do some tidying. We have a lovely garden, but it is going to take lots of work. Took the old bean poles out and Abby & Claire cleared up some twigs and leaves. Luckily we have our monthly garden refuse collection tomorrow.

Pumped up the tyres on our bikes too. I have resolved to cycle to work in the near future. It is only about 2 miles and this afternoon we did a recce to find the best route. It turns out there is a canal that you can get to on backroads from here that goes right past work. We had a walk with the double-buggy this afternoon along the canal and made it as far as Halfords, where we bought a new saddle and some lights. Have no idea how to fit the saddle to the bike, so may have to take it back as I am not sure it is compatible.

Cooked another curry tonight. Garam Massala seems to be a key ingredient and once formed part of a lovel curry. Will continue to experiment with recipes. Each day the diebetic diet seems to be less restrictive and I am being more positive about what I can eat. My levels have continued to be mostly under control. Have had discussions with people about Carb counting. Not sure I totally agree with how it is implemented (but what do I know, I have only just been diagnosed?) by some people. The principle of carb counting is that you know how much carbs are in your food and then take the amount of insulin to cover that amount. I think that this could get you into bad habits, as it seems to give you free reign to eat what you want. "If I have sticky toffee pudding, as long as I take 20 units of insulin, I'll be fine". To me this defeats what impact diabetes has on your life. You are more susceptible to getting fat with diabetes and this extra carb, if it were to happen often, would add quickly to your fat stores. The way I prefer to look at things is much like the Weight Watchers points system. I try to keep my insulin doses constant. I then tailor what I eat to the number of points that I have available with my insulin regime. I am told that 1 unit of my rapid acting insulin covers 10g of carbohydrates (total including sugars and other carbs). If I limit myself to approximately the amount of carbs that I have covered with my insulin, this should be OK. In this way, my levels shouldn't go too high and I shouldn't be taking in to much sugar (carbs). As I said though, what do I know?

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justme said…
Hey! Seems you had quite a weekend! Waitrose was great - I remember leaving with stuff I did not go for! Thinking of you and your family today for your son's appointment. chat soon.

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