Amisa Gluten Free Seeded Bread Mix Review

Amisa Gluten Free Seeded Bread Mix Review

Check out my last post if you wonder why I’m trying out a few gluten free products.

Off the bat I’ll say - there are no affiliate links and nothing in this post is sponsored. And you will quickly see, these are real reviews because not everything I have to say is rainbows and sunshine.

Here’s me assessing some of the new gluten free (GF) goodies which arrived on our latest Ocado shop. There are so many pre-made GF goodies . . .

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Considering Gluten Free & Diabetes - Why?

Considering Gluten Free & Diabetes - Why?

I’m sampling some gluten free products here and there, but so far I’m not impressed!

My next post will review Amisa Gluten Free Bread Mix, which we trialled the other day. And I’ll be honest about these foods, even if they are awful tasting.

Two taste-buds are better than one, so Hubby is in on the reviews. And he can be picky!

Why I’m Testing Gluten Free Products . . .

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Oops, We Did it Again!

Oops, We Did it Again!

We awoke this weekend to a deliciously crisp Saturday morning, with a true autumnal chill in the air. I swear the leaves are already starting to turn, teeter and tumble. Saturday was pick up day for our new family member, Kiki. We were so excited!

Breakfast was rapidly eaten and we headed out in search of Kidderminster. Of course we had to stop on the way when we saw The Cornish Bakery at the Services. They serve Union Coffee, which is, in my humble opinion, the best coffee going.

Our coffee cups were filled to the brim and carrot cake had to happen because my blood sugars would not stabilise. That’s my excuse and I’m wholeheartedly sticking to it.

I’m trying some gluten free products out, after some advice from Dr Schwarzbein - more on that in a follow on post soon! This Carrot Cake was real wheat though. Small steps.

We chatted with the breeder about jabs, tablets and microchips. Then this little pickle sat quietly on my lap and slept most of the way home. Nothing like when . . .

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Autumn and Pugaliers are in the Air

Autumn and Pugaliers are in the Air

Oh, my goodness it took a sharp turn into Autumn this week. On our usual 5:30am get up, yes- utter madness - my car was frozen solid! But it’s still reaching close to 20 degrees in the daytime. Hold on sunshine, hang in there.

My breakfasts are going to need to be warm soon, but in the meantime, my new addiction is below. Banana, thick Organic Greek Yoghurt, the tiniest drizzle of honey (more on that in a moment) and honey roasted cashews. It looks like Autumn in a bowl and it’s so easy, delicious and fulfilling.

This honey is the best I’ve tasted. It’s from bees feeding on wild thyme. Well, all I know is, it’s thick and sweet and perks up my brekkie no end. Which is high praise as I used to be a bit of a honey monster. I even put it in my coffee years ago.

I’ve completely let go of the reigns on . . .

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Killing Eve

Killing Eve

We love a good BBC Drama and this BBC America one is exceptional.

We truly, (truly!) hate when people recommend television and then proceed to tell us anything / everything about the story-line / plot. Everyone seems to feel it’s their place to help you interpret the story the way they did! What’s with them?! Can’t they allow you to enjoy it and trust you can understand it without their intervention?! The psychology behind that one . . . hmmmmmmmm.

We’ve had whole series ruined by well-meaning people telling us critical plot twists / turns while re-inforcing - “Oh no, I won’t tell you the whole story!”.

So, all I ever say to people when I recommend something is what I’d like them to say to me. “Here’s . . .

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Diana Schwarzbein MD - To The Rescue

Diana Schwarzbein MD - To The Rescue

You may have heard of Diana Schwarzbein. If you’ve studied nutrition or diabetes at any length, you will almost certainly have read her books, studied her work and looked at her research.

Dr Schwarzbein is an Endocrinologist (study of the hormone systems) and has been in practice for over 25 years.

Throughout my training, and subsequent personal studies, I’ve read everything Dr Schwarzbein has available. If I’d chosen to set up practice using my nutrition qualification, hers would undoubtedly be the recommendations I follow for my clients. And it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have an email conversation with Dr. Schwarzbein herself. I mean I was pretty taken aback she took the time to reply in person to begin with. Let alone . . .

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Changing Things Up

Changing Things Up

Eating low carb is challenging at times and especially when you feel like something is not quite working for you.

Fast forward 8 weeks into my low carb diet and there are so many pro’s:

  • Better blood sugar control

  • Less concern about low blood sugars

  • Less concern about high blood sugars

  • More security going to sleep

  • Food is pretty darn delicious

However, eating only 30g carbs per day Bernstein style is super-restrictive. It means no fruit, only measured portions of veggies, no starches to mention and I seemed to be eating a lot of artificial sweeteners. By choice, this is certainly not a necessity - but still. I felt I needed them for my sanity.

I started craving - relentless craving, the kind you cannot ignore - strawberries, peanut butter (which I cannot eat because I’m intolerant), oats and houmous. Something was clearly missing! Plus my body just felt - off. Lethargy, upset stomachs, bad skin . . list goes on.

So, while I am certainly still super low-carb by anyone’s standards, I’m not quite as low carb as a week ago.

I’ve switched to a more Schwarzbein-esque eating style. Google this Endocrinologist if you’ve not heard of her. You won’t be sorry. She has helped a lot of people with diabetes gain fantastic control again. Every time I feel a bit rubbish, I . . .

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