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Counting Calories

Counting Calories
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I used to believe that one's weight was a simple matter of calories in verses calories out and that calories are calories regardless of source. However, over the years of Type-1 diabetes testing, logging and analyzing, I have learned that it is not that simple. A major lesson learned is that carbohydrate calories...
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Believe

Believe
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Relatively early in my Type-1 diabetes adventure I discovered that a low-fat plant based diet was key to full health. This discovery was due to a frantic effort in blood-sugar control for fear of all the debilitating complications that I had witnessed in other diabetics. After discovering the elevated level of health provided...
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Blood-Sugar Simplified

Blood-Sugar Simplified
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While the biological mechanisms of blood-sugar control are indeed complicated, the basics are quite simple: blood-sugar is an equilibrium between supply and consumption. Sugar, specifically glucose, is biology's primary fuel. The drawing above illustrates how blood-sugar is a simple balance between sugar intake and the "burning" of it as a fuel. Consuming foods...
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Don't Worry... Be Healthy!

Don't Worry... Be Healthy!
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Do you consider yourself health conscious? Do you ever worry about getting enough nutrients? It seems common for the health conscious to seek out foods with the best and most nutrients. In the beginning of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I was completely clueless about nutrition. I knew of the words "protein" and "vitamins",...
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Callie's Cancer

Callie's Cancer
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Callie is a very dear member of our family. She is a person who just happens to be a 14-year-old cat. She plays a very prominent role in the family. She supervises household work. She loves (demands) loving time which includes being carried around the house lying on her back in my arms...
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Fad Diets Part 3

Fad Diets Part 3
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This is part 3 in the Fad Diets series. Please also see Part 1 and Part 2. During the 1970's I worked as a repair technician at a high-end audiophile shop. I loved working with that equipment. It was all handcrafted works of art composed from the heart of its designer. The design...
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I'm Doing Just Fine

I'm Doing Just Fine
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So, how are you doing (health-wise) Do you feel good? Unfortunately, that is a hard question to answer, because "feel-good" is relative - and the reference, itself, is variable. This makes the perception of "feel-good" very nebulous. This realization became profoundly evident to me in the early stages of my Type-1 diabetes journey....
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Alternative Medicine: Part 3

Alternative Medicine: Part 3
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This blog post is Part 3. For a better understanding, please pre-read parts 1 and 2. Webster's definition of Alternative Medicine: any of various systems of healing or treating disease that is not included in the traditional medical curricula of the United States and Britain. I feel certain that there are at least...
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Alternative Medicine: Part 2

Alternative Medicine: Part 2
 
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Webster's definition of Alternative Medicine: any of various systems of healing or treating disease that is not included in the traditional medical curricula of the United States and Britain. But, what if a traditional medical curriculum is in error? Advancements in our society are built on top of previous advances. Each advancement...
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Alternative Medicine: Part 1

Alternative Medicine: Part 1
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A few years ago I was checking out at a local grocery store where I was purchasing some organic apples. The checker asked me if the organic apples were as good as the real ones. I was struck in pause by the question before answering, " the organic apples ARE the real ones!"...
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Bland!

Bland!
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Many people suffer great difficulty transitioning to a Whole Food Plant Based diet because it is perceived as too bland. It feels like a terrible sacrifice! We have five traditionally recognized senses: hearing, vision, touch, smell and taste. Interestingly, each of these senses are adjustable. The perception automatically scales to an equilibrium based...
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Alzheimer's!!!

Alzheimer's!!!
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I was watching NASA TV the other day and a story on Alzheimer's research was playing. The story was about the benefits of growing cell cultures in micro-gravity. The goal is to study and learn the biological mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease in order to develop a drug for treatment. It was expressed that...
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