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November 24th, 2008

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08:36 pm - Low-carb Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is around the corner. Wonderful-wonderful holiday! What would make it even more wonderful, if by 10 pm I don't get too many phone calls about blood suagrs in 500s. So, let's look at our dinner plans.

Turkey itself is not a problem. Stuffing, however, is another story! I found today a recipe that looks promising, although I've never tried it before. It is Quinoa Stuffed Turkey Breast. Instead of bread-based stuffing it is using whole grain quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, which I usually buy from Trader Joe's. Here is the video how to make the dish.

And here, once again, the links to the recipes of Quinoa, Leek & Cherry Stuffing and Quinoa Stuffed Turkey Breast.

Nutrition Analysis: Calories: 324; Total Fat: 11.1g; Saturated Fat: 1.9g; Cholesterol: 111mg; Sodium: 980mg; Carbohydrate: 11.4g; Dietary Fiber: 1.3; Sugars: 4.2; Protein: 46g

Now let's tackle some dessert ideas.

From Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars:

In a heatproof mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks about 3 minutes, or until they are pale yellow and thick enough to form a ribbon. Beat in the cognac. Set the mixing bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and beat for about 3 minutes, until the eggs are foamy and warm. Then set the bowl over a pan of ice and beat for 3 or 4 minutes or until the mixture is cool again and thick and creamy as mayonnaise.

In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, add the coffee and melt chocolate in it, stirring constantly. When the chocolate has melted completely, beat in the butter, one piece at a time. Add all sweeteners except 1 tablespoon of the vanilla syrup. Beat to form a smooth cream. Beat the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Taste for sweetness.

In a separate bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites until they are stiff enough to form stiff peaks. Stir one-quarter of egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten it. Carefully fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon into 8 dessert dishes. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Whip cream with remaining tablespoon of vanilla syrup. Top each serving with whipped cream and sprinkle with grated orange zest.

Please, share your ideas for Thankgiving meal in the comments. Thank you and Happy Holiday!

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Date:November 25th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
I just have to ask- I never saw an intro post, are you diabetic yourself or just a medical professional work with diabetics? Just curious.

PS: I don't see why anyone would end up 500 after just a meal, unless they forgot to take their insulin all together or had a pump failure or something. The last time I was 500 (pump failure ftw) I didn't even bother calling my endo, because its always the same advice- take x number of units by injection, call me if it doesn't resolve itself in several hours. ;)
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Date:November 25th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
I am an endo and not a diabetic myself. You can see more about me in my profile. Had a personal blog for awhile but recently started a professional blog to keep my patients engaged, and also in order to glean some insight into patient's perspective on things. Plus, there is so much misinformation about diabetes in the Internet, including LJ communities, that I hoped to become a resource for those who are looking for info.

Pump is a wonderful thing; however, I am still seeing patients in DKA almost weekly, not always due to pump failure.
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Date:November 25th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ah okay, thanks. I've actually found most of the LJ communities on here to be pretty informed, but I'm only a member of 3. (Well, four but the other one is kind of not so much a factual diabetes community but a giant bitch session ;)).

Yeah, that's a problem with the pump for sure- some people think they don't need to check as often and then they don't realize there's a problem with it. I've found the best way tot try and avoid that is to check just as often, more if you've had a high, and to make sure you
change your site and tubing as often as you're supposed to, which a lot of people don't do and then kinks and blockages occur.

Anyway, welcome to the community!

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