Today is Saturday 19th February

The day started grey and dull, but at least it was dry and we had slept through any wind that came our way.
Rain was due to start around midday so after breakfast we donned our yellows and went for a walk along the Kela route. It was quite pleasant until we turned into the wind to come home and that was bitter so we were glad of the wind-proofing.
Just as we cleared the end of our road, we felt water in the air but luckily it didn’t come to anything until now. It’s not heavy, yet, but a fine drizzle that we know soaks through your outer clothes without you noticing it until you come to peel remove them.

We seem to have been fortunate so far, though have seen a couple of fence panels down. How we remember being out in all weathers securing ours when we were in the cottage.
Our fences here are feather-boarded rather than the weaved panels we had before and they seem more robust. Anyway, everything Hubby has had a hand in with maintenance is still standing and solid as a rock.

Lunch was a pasty and beans for Hubby and I had a chicken salad with added beetroot.
Dessert was my 88p pear, fat free yogurt and 5 grapes (I have about 10 left now).
While I was having my shower, Hubby did some checking and my sugar levels convert to 6.1 on the chart I had been referring to (6 is the highest green margin), so nothing too drastic. I took my blood pressure this morning and that was 134 over 75 so more like the figures I’m used to.
He looked up grapes too and according to an official site he referred to which uses ‘cups’ as a measure, 5 grapes look very lost and it is more like 12. It is the old question of how much is a portion. One for one with apples, oranges, bananas and pears are easy to calculate, but grapes, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are not so straightforward. The NHS website recommends 80g as one adult portion, and that equates to about 8 grapes. No wonder diets are confusing.

I have also checked out a few things in my SW literature, and although the diabetes leaflet doesn’t give you plans or recipes, basically it would appear I am doing pretty much what they suggest in keeping my weight and sugars down.
There is some room for some tweaking though which might help in shifting a couple of those annoying extra pounds. We shall see.

Keep safe everyone.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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24 Responses to Today is Saturday 19th February

  1. Paula Light says:

    I guess it makes sense about grapes, though I never would have thought of any fruit as “bad” for health…

    • Fruit and veg are nearly all free on SW’s diet plan, however, I have never been a fan apart from grapes, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, apricots and peaches . Still, I’m doing OK and the numbers are going in the right direction.

  2. Maggie says:

    You seem to be doing so well, Di! Congratulations.

  3. Sadje says:

    I hope you can work out the portion sizes. 6.1 is a trifle high for untreated diabetes. This value is fine for someone on medication. I have 6.3 and the doctor is satisfied with it.

  4. cagedunn says:

    Do you know about cook-cool-cook for carbs? This link is for pasta, but I think it works for rice, too.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29629761
    Really reduces the sugar spike, apparently (my SO is diabetic).

  5. willowdot21 says:

    I hope your day continue on good lines 💜💜

  6. Carol anne says:

    Its too bad grapes have so much sugar in them. I love them! Glad the weather is improving, ours is too! X

  7. murisopsis says:

    My dad was diabetic and his doctor told him that oranges and grapes were very high in sugars and he was to mostly avoid them (though he could have some in very limited quantities). The article was interesting – the short version is that freshly cooked hot pasta causes a big sugar spike, cooked and then chilled and eaten cold makes the spike much lower, but the cooked, cooled and reheated pasta is even better as it reduces the sugar by nearly 50%!!

    • Now that’s interesting and it’s made me check some things! The box for the frozen tomato pasta I like says it’s 15.9g sugars for the 400g single portion meal. Looking at the pasta I buy to make my own, the quills are 1.4g sugar per cooked 100g and the tri-coloured twirls are 1.9g sugar per 170g cooked. The stick spaghetti is 1.5g per 100g but a portion is listed as 170g, so attracts 3.2g sugar. I shall be taking a closer look at labels again when I shop. Thanks for this.

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