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Living With Diabetes [Apr. 20th, 2011|01:51 pm]
Tony Grist
 Ailz gave a filmed interview on her diabetes this morning. The material will be cut into a short film for presentation to a medical conference- mainly of GPs- in Barcelona. It was a paid gig- and the company sent a car to transport us to their HQ in Wilmslow and back.

Ailz has started taking more care of her condition. She's now eating a GL diet- low on carbs and sugars- which means I'm working from a new cook-book. Today for lunch I made a mushroom risotto- only with barley in place of rice.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2011-04-20 12:52 pm (UTC)
mmmmmmmmm, that sound good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-04-20 02:52 pm (UTC)
It was very nice. :)
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2011-04-20 01:04 pm (UTC)
How was that? I think of barley as tougher than the rice used in risotto, so it would be hard to get the same taste.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-04-20 02:54 pm (UTC)
It'd a lot tougher- and to be honest, I'd rather have rice- but the flavour was fine. Barley doesn't really taste of anything in itself.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2011-04-20 03:08 pm (UTC)
Good for you, Tony! I, too, adapt existing recipes to use alternate ingredients, often with very tasty results. Lucky Ailz, to have you do the cooking!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-04-20 06:48 pm (UTC)
With barley instead of rice, you get a different texture, but the flavour's much the same. It's also remarkably filling.
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2011-04-20 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'm SO happy to hear that Ailz has started taking better care of herself. I am the poster child of what can happen when you don't, and I so hate to see anyone for whom I care burying their head in the sand. It's just too important.

My only excuse for myself is that my diabetes remained undiagnosed and asymptomatic until the point where I was hospitalized, near death. As she really gets into this, I would be very surprised if she were not to lose some significant weight, also, which will have so many additional benefits.

I don't know the details of the GL diet, but it's very important that ones kidneys have not already been compromised if any diet involves increasing protein consumption. That increases strain on the kidneys dramatically.

Good luck to her! :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-04-21 08:37 am (UTC)
Ailz has had type 2 diabetes for a long time. It runs in the family; her father and brother are also diabetics. She manages it with diet and metformin.

The GL diet cuts out sugars and carbs. Thus far none of the meals I've prepared have been particularly heavy in protein.

It would be good if she could also lose weight.
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2011-04-22 11:02 pm (UTC)

It would be good if she could also lose weight.

If she *is* successful in that, she should start to see some very dramatic improvements in her diabetes, and a lot of other physical things also. I'm convinced it's the single most important thing someone with our challenges can do for themselves.

Not for aesthetic reasons. She's a beautiful woman just as she is.
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