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Me and my love of desserts

Hello, Jan here. I recently had a really bad high. I had a craving for sugar so I ate about 20 grapes and some snakes as I settled down to watch the evening movie. Well, that little treat spiked my blood sugar so high I really thought I would have to go to hospital (and I probably should have looking back now). I laid in bed for the rest of the night, and the next day feeling like hell. 

I'm not on insulin tablets and it's very, very rare I have an episode like that. But it was so bad I never want to feel like that again so I've got an appointment with my new (fabulous) GP and we'll work out if I need to be on them.

But, after a few days when I finally felt normal again, it got me thinking. Just because I've got T2 diabetes doesn't mean I can't have a treat every now and then. So I started researching across the web and I came across Diabetes Australia's recipes for desserts. And boy do they look good! Here's one I made recently - Baked Custard Pots - yum, yum, yum!

  • To Prep: 10 minutes (makes 6 servings)
  • To Cook: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • olive oil spray
  • 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons custard powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons sultanas
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160C (315F) and lightly spray 6 ramekins with oil.
  2. Combine the sugar and custard powder in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, egg white and vanilla.
  4. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the sugar mixture and whisk to combine.
  5. Heat the milk in a saucepan over low heat for 3-4 minutes until hot (but not boiling).
  6. Gradually pour the milk into the egg mixture, whisking until well combined.
  7. Divide the sultanas evenly between the ramekins and pour over egg mixture; sprinkle with nutmeg.
  8. Place ramekins in a baking dish and pour boiling water into baking dish until halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  9. Bake for 1 hour or until set. Allow the ramekins to cool before serving.
Credits
Family Food for Diabetes, Melinda Morrison

Fancy a sweet treat - here are some recipes - treat yourself and enjoy!

We're now available in South Australia!

We're delighted to let you know that you can now purchase a selection of our delicious meals in Adelaide.

The SA Aquatic Centre is a state of the art facility conveniently located in the City of Marion.

As well as stocking our meals, they offer a wide range of services including a Health Club, Event spaces, Creche, Cafe, Retail store and so much more.

When you drop in to buy your meals, ask about their Fitness Workshops and Breakfast Seminars. And tell them hi from the team at Diabetes Meals Online!

 

What happens when you run one of the most popular design blogs in the world and you get diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes?

We thought this video was well worth sharing. It's quite long but sit down with a cup of your favourite and enjoy.

Grace Bonney & Marie Forleo on the Truth About Work-Life Balance

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Kids and Teens with Type 1 diabetes

Here's another video we like. Great for showing to newly diagnosed younger people so they know they aren't alone.

I just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; but I don't even eat sugar!

We're thrilled to welcome Sherie Sourial (APD,CDE,Health Coach) aboard our team. Sherie will write about type 2 diabetes and offers helpful information for those just diagnosed. Sherie works in Melbourne in both private and public practice - her contact details are after her article below).
I just went to the Dr and she told me that my last blood test showed that I have type 2 diabetes. I know type 2 diabetes runs in my family.I feel a little disappointed about that as I don't even have sugar in my day. Now I'm left with this diagnosis and I don't know what to do. Help ! 
The thought of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming and carry with it so many thoughts and concerns. Like now I can't go out and socialise with family and friends and cancel my big overseas trip I have been planning!
First of all, rest assured, that is definitely not the case at all. Type 2 diabetes can be well managed with a few lifestyle changes ( food and activity ).An accredited practicing dietitian, diabetes educator and/or exercise physiologist can help direct you with a few tips to get you started. 
It's not just about the sugar. While we may not be having added sugar in our food or drinks, our overall food intake may not be supporting our healthy eating lifestyle. We live a busy life and often what we put in our mouths is something we don't often think about that much. We can find ourselves missing meals , eating on the run , getting hungry throughout the day and then overeating at the next meal . We need to practice mindful eating and treat food as a task we need to think about rather than something we just fit into our day. Here are a few tips that can get us started:
* Plan your grocery shopping around what you want to eat that week . We can often buy items that don't necessarily combine themselves into a meal. For example: ' I need to buy breakfast foods. What items do I need for this?' 
* Make sure that the night before school, work etc, you are prepared with what you'll have during the day and at dinner the next day so you're not faced with having to make impulse food choices based on feeling hungry. 
* As much as you can, try not to skip breakfast or any meal in general. This can have a 'domino' effect . How often can this happen? We miss breakie, we rush to work, at morning tea we find ourselves starving. That blueberry muffin looks so tempting than it ever has, we eat it and then feel too full for lunch so we skip lunch and then the cycle continues throughout the day.
* Allow yourself healthy snacks that you can eat during the day, especially at times we know we're slightly more vulnerable. Eg mid afternoon , afterwork. What we want to aim for here is snacks that are nutritious but not too high in calories. Eg a handful of unsalted nuts, 1 small pottle of yoghurt, 1 serving of fruit ( a cupped hand size),sliced veggie sticks with hummus, glass of milk.
Now does it seem overwhelming? Hopefully not like before. These are a few practical tips you may want to think about . Remember to keep in regular contact with your doctor and other health professionals as they are there to monitor and support you. Remember family and friends can also be a great source of encouragement and motivation.
For more information on healthy eating for type 2 diabetes, use the following links
Stay tuned for our next topic on ; portion distortion. Preparing for Christmas
 
Sherie Sourial
APD,CDE,Health Coach
sherie@sourial.net
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