6 anti-inflammatory foods

Ongoing inflammation in the body is behind the development of many medical conditions, including abdominal obesity (fat around the middle), insulin resistance, hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) and high blood pressure.

Doctors know that healthy diets and weight loss are the key to reducing inflammation and insulin resistance. And that Mediterranean diets, rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil, with a moderate amount of red wine and small serves of meat and dairy – have been shown to reduce inflammation, whereas Western diets high in saturated fat from processed and takeaway foods increase inflammation.

But now, researchers into the Mediterranean diet have developed an index to rate foods by their capacity to cause inflammation.

Here are 6 foods that can reduce inflammation:

Fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced inflammation. Eat a mix of different-coloured fruits and vegetables each day. The different colours come from different phytochemicals which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Lycopene is red and is found in tomatoes (especially cooked ones). Beta-carotene is orange and found in carrots, butternut squash and red peppers. Chlorophyll is green and found in dark green leafy vegetables and anthocyanins are red and purple and found in blueberries, cherries and radishes.
Herbs and spices. Despite the relatively small amounts that we use in cooking, these condiments punch above their weight in terms of health benefits. They can help in lowering high cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, slowing brain decline and help with blood sugar control. Use them to flavour food, in place of salt.
Nuts. Eating nuts is associated with lower levels of circulating inflammatory compounds in the bloodstream. Aim to eat 30 g of nuts per day.
Legumes and wholegrains. Legumes, such as beans, peas and lentils, have great fibre content, are low GI and have anti-inflammatory properties. Similarly, wholegrains, where you literally eat the whole grain, including the germ and the bran, contain more nutrients and phytochemicals than refined grains, such as flour, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Wholegrains include oats, wheat, barley, corn and quinoa and can be found in wholegrain breads and cereals. Legumes should be eaten at least twice a week and wholegrain breads and cereals every day.
Healthy fats. Fish, fish oils, walnuts, flaxseeds (linseeds) and canola oil all contain healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation in the body. Extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal, a natural anti-inflammatory substance which has been shown to reduce inflammation and kill cancer cells in the laboratory. It also contains oleuropein, another anti-inflammatory agent. Dietitians advise eating at least 2 fish meals a week, incorporating omega-3-rich nuts and seeds into meals, and using extra virgin olive oil in cooking and salad dressings.
Tea, red wine and cocoa. These foods contain several different antioxidants, including polyphenols, catechins, procyanidins and resveratrol. Luck for us, all of these antioxidants have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, but that doesn’t give us carte blanche to over-indulge. Experts advise that it’s OK to enjoy dark chocolate and red wine in moderation, but drink green and black tea regularly.
Adapted from an article in Medical Observer “.” by Lisa Yates, an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. Disclosure: Lisa Yates consults to the tree nut industry.



Diabetes is my problem


Don’t you hate it when you go to the Dr, and they blame your Diabetes for every thing. “I have a cold” Dr. It’s your Diabetes., ” I have female problems” Dr. it’s your Diabetes ect..

Who knew that diabetes could give you a extremely painful frozen shoulder? Ive had extremely bad pain in my left shoulder, neck, elbow and wrist for a little over 5 months now ( I don’t visit the Dr much, just for me refills). Ive put up with the pain as I have previously had calciferous tendinitis in my right shoulder, but this felt different. Ive also had both my wrists operated on previously, due to carpal tunnel syndrome and tendon problems. Now the left wrist has the tendon poking thru again.

Well I’ve now been told that uncontrolled be sugar levels contribute to encapsulated  (frozen shoulder). The pain is unbearable at times, I am still working. My husband does not understand the pain, I am having problems cooking, cleaning, folding clothes ect.. But work this week will kill me, as I have to lift quiet heavy display tables, and process food for demonstration. I love my job, working with customers showing them the different things a Vitamix can do (this is one of the Great loves of my life #vitamix) other than coffee.

Would I have listened to a Dr if they had told me this could happen? probably not. But don’t you want to kick yourself when you findout that you have contributed to the pain you are now in.

Scientific study explains why you should eat at the right time

Another cause for Diabetes.


When one eats may be as important as what one eats!

istock_000024965109medium The time of day you eat really does make a difference when it comes to health outcomes http://bit.ly/255la16

Biological clock also known as the circadian clocks are found in living things from bacteria to flies and humans, controls our rhythms of sleep, activity, eating and metabolism. It is like a daily calendar, telling the body what to expect, so it can prepare for the future and operate optimally.

New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science and in Germany led by Dr. Gad Asher, which recently appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that the cells’ power plants – the mitochondria – are highly regulated by the body’s biological, or circadian, clocks. This may help explain why people who sleep and eat out of phase with their circadian clocks are at higher risk…

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Just Me

Okay, I’m sitting in my local coffee shop again. I had to order a luke warm doubleshot latte, hmm not my favorite (I usually have a long black with a bit of cold milk on the side). But due to me getting my tounge pierced 5 days ago, I have been advised to 1. Steer clear of hot drinks, as it will burn inside the the wound (and do I miss the lovely hot blacks i usually drink. 2. Soft bland food as chewing will aggravate the wound, well I’m finding this a problem. I mostly eat healthy foods with crunch and fibre, that means no nuts no grains and no crispy crunchy veg I am literally starving.

The piercing did not hurt at all, the working up the courage to go hurt my head more (as I have Anxiety and Depression, due to a verbal and physical attack a while ago now, at a previous job by a customer). I walked in on Monday to get it done, I was told the piercer would not be it till Wednesday well that was a bit unsettling. So I made the appointment for Wednesday. I went in for my appointment all ready to go, filled in the consent form askes if I have Diabetes (what difference will Diabetes make to a piercing?) I have had my ears x 3, maddona, nose, eyebrow (I can’t wear these as I work with food) and a nipple done. Not one of the previous piercers ever asked about Diabetes. What the hell is my Diabetes going to do when I get pierced? (the problems are usually due to aftercare) I understand the questions, have you eaten today, are you allergic to metals or antiseptic (but none of the allergy questions were asked).

So I then find out that she might not be able to pierce my tounge,as it is very short (my luck) I have a very tight frenulum (the webbing under the tounge). I am not happy hearing this, she then says “I won’t pierce like others do, even though I could use the money in my till. Well Okay. So I sit down the bed (after using a mouth rinse) and she gets all the gear out, then marks my tounge.  She then puts the clap on, then releasing and re clamping (as i previously stated, I have a very short tounge) then pushes the needle thru my tounge. No pain at all (this makes me so happy).

But the annoying problems after have got me angry with myself, did I google the after problems? NO. I did not realise that I would be sucking on ice, to bring down the swelling of my tounge (my tounge is approximately 2 to 3 times it’s normal size) I’m living on Ibrufen, ice cream and anything mush related. Nothing healthy at all. I am having problems drinking from a cup (as your tounge does more things than I thought). Speaking is also a problem (I also have a enormous gag reflex, so  I gag badly in the morning) I worked on the week end, and I am sure my customers though I  had speach impediment.

So this is a “Uniquley Dee” thing,  Just Dee.



A Uniquley Dee day

I have had times with this diabetes thing, that has picked me out of all the people I know. Some days it’s no problem (not many), other day it just annoys the me to the extreme. Today I go out to pay a few bills (simple task for many), well I didn’t take a bsl this morning and the machine is at home as well. So I don’t know if I’m on the highish or the lowish side, am I tired because I went to bed late or is it because I am low in iron or is it because because because?

Then I think do I get something to eat, well I check my bag for a pen to inject (I have recently given my pump and me a break)  hmm no pen in my bag. Cursing myself and am I good at that, more questions do I eat as it is 1 pm and I have not eaten today and wait till I get home to inject? Do I go without and feel even more tired? This Diabetes is killing my head, after 43 years you think I would have it in control ( as people tell me I have every thing in control) well I don’t.

I need a bigger handbag, I have forgotten I am not able to leave the house without my blood testing machine and insulin, as well as my phone my glasses (seeing and sun) also my purse (at a minimum).My head is hurting now I really need a break from “diabdee” today.

Testing Sugar levels



I was sitting here thinking how testing for sugar in you body has changed over time. I can remember as a child in the 70’s, how I had to test urine with the old clinitest tablets using a test tube and an eye dropper. The clinitest tablet was corrosive. I had to urinate in a plastic bed pan on the bathroom floor, this made me feel angst every time I had to do it.  From my recollection I had to put 5 drops of water and 2 drops of water,  the drop the tablet in the test tube. I then had to wait for the fizzing to stop and shake the test tube,then compare the colour on a chart my parents has put on the inside of the medicine cabinet.



If the sugar reading was high, I then had to use keto diastix to check for ketones. Which I only have recently found, they are still used to check diabetic dogs urine for sugar levels. I can remember trying to hide readings, from my parents as I would be yelled at and blamed for a high reading. If they had only known that stress raises sugar level readings, also that urine testing could only test sugar levels hours 4 to 6 hours earlier.



Late in 1979, I got my first blood testing machine. It was the size of a lunch box, and had what reminded me of a windscreen wiper measurement screen. That was the start of stabbing my fingers 6 times a day, before and after meals even though my insulin dosage was not changed much that I can remember. Previously I had used the blood testing machine in Camperdown children’s Hospital, using a lancet to stab my fingers. The lancets then were as sharp as a scalpel, and left me with bruised finger tips as they went in deep (no adjustment of depth on the old lancet).

Now we have blood testing machines that don’t need calibration, they connect to mobile phones, measure ketones, wirelessly to pumps, also the cgm and now the freestyle libre that I’m looking into. (http://www.freestylelibre.com.au/)

About Me

I have been a type 1 diabetic since 1973, since the beginning of urine testing and the dip strips. Since then technology has moved me from the glass syringe, to the disposable syringes, flexpen and now the pump.
I had a really rough childhood with diabetes, in and out of hospital, missed half of 5th class and had no report card for that year.
I also had parents that made me feel as diabetes was all my fault and made me feel different to everyone else.
I have 3 children, having spent 8 months hospitalised due to diabetes and being pregnant as a 17 year old.
Now my oldest child has type 1 diabetes, previously diagnosed with type 2 when she was in her 20’s, she was told that she had got it from me by a General Practitioner.

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