A Heated Frosty Battle

Recap of Your Assignment (Post follows right after)

Well, I did get to add Lebanon to my list.  But, from yesterday’s post:
I was looking at my statistics page (mainly, because it’s fun) and I pressed the button that gives me a summary by country for the past several months. I could not believe that 43 countries have viewed my post! Then, I got to thinking about goals and interactive posts. Here’s what I would like to try:

Each week or so, I will choose a country. The object is to get one view from that country on my blog (mostly, countries who are not already there.) Your part is huge – I will be asking you to find me that person. Your friends, your post viewers, whoever – ask them to just view my post, and if they will comment with their name, country, and mention you, I will put both of those names in my next post (along with a link back to yours)! Sounds like fun to me!

Okay, this week’s country is Holland (Netherlands). Let’s go! You have your assignment!

——————–>>> On to the Post (and, they’re off)—————–>

Okay, today I am excited!  Can you tell?!  It’s such a simple thing, but sometimes that makes the most difference.  I was mulling over food.  That’s what you do when you are too fat, too skinny, or on a very restricted diet (I think that’s the rules:  mull).  One of my biggest food regrets since the “attack of the carbs” due to my diabetes is ice cream!  Got that?!

I don’t see the milk shakes, but I bet they’re hidden from the penguins!

I know that God made ice cream and that Adam and Eve had it daily in the garden, but I am not supposed to partake of this delicious dairy delight.  Now, anyone worth their salt who is talking to you about diabetes will not come outright and say, “No, you can’t have that.”  What the really good ones do is sneak up on you with such gems as “Well, if you eat that, you could go into diabetic shock and remain in a coma or die.”  (why is it spelled “diabetes” and “diabetic”?  What’s with the e and i stuff?  Makes my spell checker work overtime.

Anyway…so, I am “fed” this line and “fed up” with it (why so many food / eating references when you are talking about not eating?)  What’s the line: “Oh, but I digress…”  I have looked and searched and refined (see my previous post on foods I eat) my diet, but the one thing that has eluded me has been the “milk shake”.

The McDonald’s chocolate shake with 91 carbs per 12 oz is low – average on the count, I think.  But, with me only being able to ingest about 55 carbs for a meal, that’s just a drop or two over a half of a small shake (take a good look at that amount sometime.  6 oz is 3/8 of a cup, basically.  That means that I could have one if I ate no other carbs -possible, but not very good- for that meal).  When I think that I used to drink a 32 oz shake (can we say 242 carbs!?  That’s almost 1 1/2 days of carbs for me!) along with two cheeseburgers and a large diet coke and large fries, I understand the stroke more and more.

So, what you should be gleaning from all this scrumptious nutrition / diabetes knowledge is that milk shakes were a no-no for me.

I was looking at Wal-Mart the other day for my groceries and my eyes, of course, ran to the dairy freezer.  I saw labels, looked at them, and the idea of 25-35 grams of carbs for 1/2 cup was slightly tempting, but I knew that was so little ice cream the package would, probably, spoil before I finished it.  I would do this,  at least, twice a month, just in case.

Well, this particular day last week, I saw a package labeled “Breyer’s Carb Smart” chocolate ice cream.  The price was about the same for a 1/2 gallon as I was paying for my delicious fudge lites (see that article, folks).  The serving size was 1/2 cup (no surprise), but the carbs were labeled at 17 and 4 grams of fiber giving a net serving of 13 grams per 1/2 cup!  The box says “4Grams Net Carbs”, but I don’t know how they really come up with that.  I couldn’t eat it like that.  Carbs – Fiber is my formula that works.

Now, this was progress.  I bought it and went home.  That evening, I ate a very light carb meal (1 can of Progresso soup at total of 16 carbs) and then set to work figuring out if I could really do this.

I did the math and measured out 2 full cups of ice cream and 1 cup of vanilla soy milk into my small mixer/blender (It’s called a “Magic Bullet”, but I kept calling it a “Silver Bullet” so, for those who know, you understand why it’s my small mixer/blender).

After mixing the 3 ingredients up, the concoction was very good and my math showed (17-4)x2 + 8-2 = 32 carbs for the whole thing!  That was a 3 cup milkshake with a shade over 2 servings of carbs!

I luxuriated (is that a word?  Spell check says yes, but it looks like I peed silk when I see the word) over the drink for quite a bit and then realized that I had beaten yet one more thing in my arsenal of dreaded diabetes no-nos.

One at a time is a good motto, I think.  I have my basics in order, now to just knock over the pins one at a time.

Thanks for listening to me prattle on.  For those of you who are going through vast personal and interpersonal problems, I hope this tells you that nothing is impossible, and that we can all, through determination and endurance, get what we need out of life

…plus a little now and then.



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  • 4amWriter  On July 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, you are really a great patient! You put my mother to shame. She has been diagnosed with diabetes several times (it comes and goes because she is so bad at maintaining a proper diet), and she refuses to follow the rules. She’s a big ice cream lover, too, but I don’t think she’d ever hunt down the “good” ice cream like you did! Well done.

    Lovely idea about the countries. I, too, will keep my eyes open.


    • kindredspirit23  On July 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much. I, actually, give a lot of the “sticking to the rule” credit to my stroke, which seems to have reset a lot of filters in my life and allowed me to leave some out while healing. I can now swallow pills with ease, something that has, traditionally, been extremely hard for me. I also have lost a lot of my OCD (it’s still there in spots, but so much easier to deal with now), so sticking to the diet (and not dying) has been easier, where, before, it was nearly impossible.


  • Aspergers Girls  On July 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

    great….now you’ve got me craving ice-cream and all things yummy. I think that’s a great idea about the countries…I’ll keep my eyes open for you. 🙂


  • buckwheatsrisk  On July 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    ha! very good! my Grandmother had pretty severe diabetes and the only sweet she wouldn’t give up was ice cream. come to think of it, maybe her diabetes was so bad because she never measured anything or stuck to a diet other then no sweets-ice cream…hmmm…i was wondering don’t they have diabetic ice cream now?


    • kindredspirit23  On July 12, 2012 at 12:27 am

      This was “approved” for diabetics because the carbs were so low. I approve it because it tastes pretty good. Not quite as sweet, but I could add a sweetner if I really wanted to.
      Now I am hungry! 🙂


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