Pancake Day

When I was a kid, I used to love Pancake Day. It wasn’t just that I liked the pancakes themselves, I also liked the small ritual of making the batter and the fun of flipping them in the pan – which sometimes went wrong, of course. Pancakes are tasty and fun for kids and we’ll be making a few after school on Tuesday. Just because you have T2D, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on them and here’s a suitably low carb recipe:

Low Carb Pancakes

Ingredients

– 170 grams of coconut flour

– 3 tablespoonfuls of Truvia granulated sweetener. Or erithrytol, if you like.

– ½ teaspoonful of baking powder

– ½ teaspoonful of salt

– 85 grams of butter, melted

– ½ teaspoonful of vanilla extract

– 255 of sparkling water

– 6 large eggs

 

Method

– In a large bowl, whisk flour, sweetener, baking powder and salt.

– Add the eggs, butter and vanilla and stir to combine.

– Add the water and stir until smooth.

– Let the mix rest for a few minutes, to thicken.

– Shallow fry pancakes in the usual way, adding a 2 or 3 tablespoonfuls of batter mix to the hot pan with some melted butter, flip when the first side becomes golden brown.

– Serve with lemon juice and granulated sweetener, or perhaps raspberries and crème fraiche, or chopped apple and cinnamon.

This mix makes about 12 pancakes. There are 5.85 grams of carbs per 2 pancakes and 181 calories.

For Your Consideration – ‘Super Size Me!’ & ‘Food, Inc’

‘Evening! I hope you’re all having a good weekend.

Now, if you’re at a loose end and fancy watching something thought-provoking and entertaining, I recommend either, or both, of the films below.

I know several of you have seen Morgan Spurlock’s excellent 2004 film ‘Super Size Me’ but I doubt if you’ve also seen Robert Kenner’s 2008 film  ‘Food, Inc.’, which is about industrial food production, as it didn’t get nearly as much press over here as in the US.

They’re both well-made, very entertaining and, to us doing what we’re doing, very interesting and worthwhile viewing indeed.

Super Size Me:

Food, Inc.:

BBC Report New T2D Reversal Breakthrough

Fresh off the BBC News website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39070183

This is interesting stuff. OK, it’s a study done on mice not people and there’s the usual ‘don’t try this at home, kids’ disclaimer BUT the essential insight, that a fasting or ‘fasting mimicking’ diet, actually regenerates the pancreas’ insulin-producing beta cells, is very noteworthy.

It’s also interesting that this diet (on mice, at least) also works by restricting proteins, as well as carbs and relies on saturated fats, as per the LCHF approach (Low Carb High Fat) to health an T2D reversal, as promoted by Diet Doctor and others.

We’re wary of recommending that you fully embrace high fat, as we have a lot of different health scenarios at Dia-Beat This! but the smart money does seem to be on ‘good fats’ being not just tolerable but actually an essential part of a healthy diet.

Anyway, I look forward to discussing this with you all next week.

All the best and have a good weekend!

Guest Speaker for Lancaster & Morecambe

I have some good news: The guest speaker I’ve mentioned previously who undertook a drastic reversal of his T2D in 2014 and has since managed to keep it away has agreed to come and speak with our Lancaster & Morecambe group next Tuesday, the 28th of February.

The speaker, Patrick, may also come and speak with our other groups but that depends a lot on his availability, as he’s a busy chap.

I recommend you check out his talk on the 28th, which will I think mainly be a Q&A, so have your questions ready. If possible, I’ll film the session and make it available to ‘Dia-Beat This!’ participants, on request.

10 Portions A Day For Good Health

It’s great to be in tune with the best current thinking on health & wellbeing.

At the start of the course, Claire recommended that we all eat nine portions of fruit & veg a day for optimum health – although of the fruits, only apples & raspberries for us people with T2D.

This BBC report echoes the same thought:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39057146

Bon apetit!

This One Hundred Year Old Diabetic Cookbook Says It All

This post comes to us courtesy of Carol Middleton in the Lancaster&Morecambe group, who found it on the Diet Doctor site dietdoctor.com, which is well worth looking at, bearing in mind Diet Doctor’s uncompromising LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) approach.

According to the preface of this book, which was published in 1917, the author Rebecca W. Oppenheimer cooked meals for patients with diabetes for eight summers under the guidance of clincians, presumably as a form of diabetic therapy. Rebecca felt these meals deserved to be recorded, for their theraputic value as much as anything else.

The meals were carefully monitored and measured in their carbs, fats, proteins and calories, with a clear understanding that they were foods, not just medicines, and so needed to be enjoyable to eat (does that sound familiar?).

What’s fascinating about all this is that the dietary guidelines, which can be seen clearly on p.13 under the heading ‘Foods Strictly Forbidden’, are identical to the emerging advice for reversing diabetes:

https://archive.org/stream/diabeticcookeryr00oppeiala#page/12/mode/2up

There’s truly nothing new in the world, is there? History seems to be an endless cycle of learning, forgetting and re-learning. All I can say is that we’re lucky to have T2D at a time of the up-swing of remembering, rather than the down-swing of forgetting.

I look forward to reading the whole book, which is included here in its entirety. If you have a look, do let us know what you think.

And thank you again to Carol for finding this gem and to Diet Doctor for making it visible to an appreciative audience again.

POSTSCRIPT: I found an interesting sort-of review of Rebecca W. Oppenheimer’s book, which is well worth a look:

A Baker Resurrects a Diabetic Cookbook From 1917 (Sort of…)

Dr Jay Wortman

In Barrow this evening, I mentioned Dr Jay Wortman … again.

As it happens, although Barrow have now had a double dose of me talking about Dr Jay, I might not have mentioned him in Grange, Kendal or Morecambe&Lancaster, which is an oversight as he’s very interesting.

Dr Jay accidentally reversed his T2D in around 2002 and has remained free of the disorder ever since. He’s a good speaker, tuck in …

Still inspirational …

A month ago, we received this email:

‘Well done Eddy! – I was diagnosed with type 2 on 8th October 2014 and was admitted into Lancaster Royal Infirmary the same day with a Blood sugar reading of 19. Was told I should expect my condition to get steadily worse and could end up requiring insulin injections together with all the associated ill heath conditions that type 2 causes. I too was in shock but discovered Prof’ Roy Taylors web site – I lost nearly 5 stone in 5 months and was off all medication by Mid February 2015. The biggest step for me was making the decision to stop taking Metformin as all medical staff said not to – some telling me to stop being stupid as type 2 was not reversible and once my Beta cells had stopped working there is no way to get them working again – stop talking about reversal and go away and take the tablets. Am a huge fan of the Prof’ in Newcastle and wish you success in spreading the word! Two years on am fit and healthy having changed my lifestyle.’

We’re very lucky as this gent has agreed to come and talk to use about his experience of both reversing and maintaining the reversal of his T2D, an achievement which, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is utterly spectacular.

It was originally posted on this site back on January 11th under the headline ‘Inspirational’ and I think that’s the absolutely the case. We’re looking forward to hear this gent’s account first hand. Thank you!