Top Gun and other 16 May facts – plus how about a slice of low carb birthday cake !

It seems no matter where I look on news and social media people are talking about the film Top Gun, and I’m doing so too! 😀 The original film directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, first premiered on 16 May 1986 and of course the new Top Gun ‘Maverick‘ premier’s this month in 2022. In fact here in the UK the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) will join the actor Tom Cruise for his U.K. premiere of Top Gun: Maverick on May 19 in London’s Leicester Square. Will we see Kate in full Hollywood glamour? She certainly glittered in gold for the James Bond premiere last September. The date is close so we haven’t got long to find out 😊



But how about these facts:

May 16th is also known as Drawing Day and Sea Monkey Day.


Yes, today is a special day where we can all release our amazing imagination and share it with the world. That’s because today is National Drawing Day. So take out your pencils and paper and unleash your inner artist!

For some of us, sea monkeys may have been our very first pets. They may never have ended up growing into anything like the creatures on the box, but that didn’t matter. We had our imagination to help us! Sea Monkey Day is a day to reflect on these glorious childhood years, or even to relive them!

May 16th, this day marks the 136th day of 2022, and there’s another 229 days to go. (At this rate we’ll soon be thinking about Christmas!!!)


Back on 16 May 2006, The Apple MacBook was released.

Going back a little further to 1966 on the 16th May The Beach Boys released their album “Pet Sounds,” featuring the hit single “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” One of my favourite groups 😊


Even further back … in 1920, on 16 May, Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc.
The canonization ceremony was attended by more than 60,000 people, including 140 of Joan of Arc’s family’s descendants. Joan of Arc is the patron saint of martyrs, prisoners, soldiers, and France. Her Feast Day is May 30.


The above are just a few trivia facts about the 16th May, there are some more here


No, it isn’t my birthday, but you may be celebrating your birthday on this day. If you are I wish you a happy day and how about a slice of low carb birthday cake 😋

It’s a gluten-free (Sugar-free, Low Carb, Keto) birthday cake recipe. It’s rich and moist and no-one will guess it’s low carb and sugar-free. It’s easy to make with just ten ingredients!

Cake
1 cup Erythritol
3/4 cup Butter (softened)
8 large Eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
3 cups almond flour
1/2 cup Coconut flour
1 1/2 tbsp. Gluten-free baking powder
Cream cheese frosting
32 oz. Cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup Butter (softened)
2/3 cup Powdered erythritol (adjust to taste; regular granulated *not* recommended)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
chopped pecans (optional) if desired to decorate.

For cooking instructions and full details please see here

If you need help with weight / measurement conversion this should help, see here

This blog is presented in a magazine style – we hope something for everyone. You will find a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, photographs, music and recipes! However, not all the recipes ideas featured in this blog may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

Savvy Updates, 5/16/22: Dexcom G7 European Launch, Lilly Introduces Mounjaro, RECALL Skittles/Starburst/LifeSavers, Tattoo-like Sensors, A History of Insulin Pumps

Dexcom Chief Tech Officer Leach discusses G7’s European launch and FDA review, expanding Dexcom One as written by Ricky Zipp for MedTechDrive.com, 10 May 2022.

Dexcom’s newest continuous glucose monitoring system, called G7, was released last quarter after receiving a CE mark in March. Dexcom released G7 first in the U.K. and will expand the launch across Europe throughout 2022. Meanwhile, the CGM system currently is under review by the Food and Drug Administration for an eventual U.S.

Tangy Onion Dip

This is not your ordinary onion dip, because were able to keep it creamy-smooth and flavorful with lighter ingredients. Tangy Onion Dip is low-carb and goes great with fresh cut veggies for dippin’.

The Diabetes Menopause Project

Diabetes and menopause – there are two things that have an image problem! Diabetes’ image problem has been discussed a bazillion times on here and is well documented by others. 

And menopause? Menopause is middle-aged women; women who are past their prime and ready to settle down with a pair of slippers and a good book. Women who are a hot mess rather than just hot. Angry old women who are, at best, easily ignored, at worst, are given labels such as the incredibly sexist and derogatory ‘Karen’ thrown at us, especially if we dare demand attention for issues that are important to us. Oh, and we are invisible, apparently.  

Well, fuck that. I am none of those things. I am as loud and out there and determined as I have always been. Sure, I like the idea of settling in for the night with a good book and a cup of tea, but I’ve been like that since I was in my twenties. And the anger isn’t new. Being radicalised as a kid does that to you, and I fairly, squarely, and gratefully credit my mother for it. 

Turns out that my attention now is being turned to an issue that is one of too little research, too little attention, and too little available information that is relevant, evidence-based and engaging. And that is diabetes and menopause, and perimenopause. 

Yes, I’ve written before about before. Missed it? Well, here you go: This time; this time and this time.

If you jump on Twitter now and search the words ‘diabetes’ and ‘menopause’ you’ll find a number of discussions which have been started by people with diabetes who are desperately looking for information to do with the intersection of these two topics. As well as information, people are asking to be pointed to examples of others who have been through it and are willing to share their stories. At the recent #docday° event, the inimitable Dawn Adams from IRDOC gave a rousing talk about why we need to focus more on this issue. (Follow Dawn on Twitter here.)

Here’s the thing: I still get diabetes and pregnancy reminders from my HCPs despite being 48 years old and very clear that having a baby right now (or ever again) is not on my to-do list. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and have an almost fully formed adult to show for it!

And yet despite that, I still get reminders about how important it is to plan for a pregnancy, take birth control to prevent it, and make sure that I take folate. Cool. That’s really important information. For women planning to get pregnant (and the birth control bit is important for women looking to avoid it).

But more relevant; more targeted; more person-centred for me is information about perimenopause and menopause. 

Just over twenty years ago, when I was looking for information about diabetes and pregnancy, there wasn’t a heap of it. There was, however, a lot of research about it. What we really needed were resources for people with diabetes who wanted information that didn’t look as though it had been written and illustrated in the 1980s. We wanted the evidence-based materials that didn’t scare us. And so, working with other women with diabetes who were the same age as me, and looking for the same sort of information, we made it happen. The diary I published online when I was pregnant added to other stories that were already there. It was hugely reassuring to know that I could find others who were sharing stories that either mirrored my own or suggested the path that mine might follow. 

These days, it’s super easy to find stories about pregnancy and diabetes. You don’t need to search too hard to find and follow diabetes pregnancies on Instagram, from pregnancy announcements through to delivery announcements and every twinge, craving and diabetes concern in between.

Less so menopause. Look, I get it. What’s the cute, good news story here? With pregnancy stories, there is a baby at the end – a gorgeous, cooing baby! There is nothing like that with menopause. Despite that, I think there are stories to tell and share. And a community to provide support and lived experience advice. 

Right now, there is a chorus of people in the diabetes community who are calling out for this information and talking about the topic. I’m willing to bet that a lot of us were the ones who, twenty years ago, were calling out for decent diabetes and pregnancy info. 

I’m not a clinician and I’m not a researcher. I don’t write grants for studies about menopause and diabetes that suddenly put this topic on the research agenda and start to help grow an evidence base. But what I can do is generate discussion and create a space for people to share their stories, or ask for information in the hope that others will answer the call.

The ‘The Diabetes Menopause Project’ isn’t really a thing. It’s a community cry to generate that discussion and some lived experience content. There are some great pieces already out there and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pointed people to those blog posts and articles. But there needs to be more, and they need to be easier to find. 

And so, to start with, here is what I do know is out there. If I’ve missed something, please let me know and I’ll add to it. At least then there is an easy one stop place to find the limited information that is out there. Get in touch if you have something to share. 

The Big M – More Taboo Subjects, from Anne Cooper. 

Type 1 and the Big-M – a five-part series from Sarah Gatward about her personal experiences of type 1 diabetes and menopause from Sarah Gatward

Managing Menopause and Type 1 Diabetes – also from Sarah Garward, published by JDRF-UK

Menopause + Type 1 Diabetes – Ginger Viera’s writing for Beyond T1

I hosted a Facebook live with endocrinologist, Dr Sarah Price where, amongst other issues, we discussed diabetes and menopause

Research!! This journal article looks at the age menopause occurs in people with type 1 diabetes 

Balsamic Pork with Olives : Tasty and Low Carb

Pork can make a nice meal, is usually reasonably priced, and a recipe like this one is quick and easy. So, if you’ve had a busy day and do not want to spend too long in the kitchen cooking dinner, this recipe suggestion – ready in about 20 minutes – could be just what you are looking for!

Ingredients
Serves Four

3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 boneless pork loin chops
2 handfuls green olives, pitted and halved
large handful basil, chopped
Method
1. Mix the oil with vinegar, mustard and garlic. Score the meat on both sides, season, then put into a dish. Pour over the balsamic mixture and leave to marinate for 5 mins
2. Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Lift the pork from the marinade, scraping off any garlic, then cook for 4/5 mins on each side. Remove the meat and keep warm. Pour the marinade into the pan with the olives, cook for 2 mins, then stir in the basil. Pour any juices from the pork into the pan, drizzle the sauce over the pork and serve.
Nutrition Per Serving
Fat 41g Protein 27g Carbs 2g
From an original recipe here
Serving suggestions
please note – these are not included in nutrition figures above, if you are diabetic best to choose a lower carb serving suggestion and not the pasta!
Mashed Swede/Rutabaga, Courgetti, Broccoli, Cauliflower Cheese, Green bean salad, Pasta.

Two Alternative Recipe Suggestions

Basque Chicken Fricassee, a tasty dish – see it here

Mushroom Bourguignon with Celeriac Mash – see it here


Dear reader, not all the food and recipes ideas featured in this blog may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.


… and yes, unfortunately I am still having problems with leaving comments on so many blogs, it is very frustrating. I thank all of you that have commented and left suggestions on my previous posts this week. I hope that blogger will sort it out soon, refer to this post here

All the best Jan

‘US readers: Help shape the dietary guidelines, now!’

Sharing a post from Diet Doctor site:

“US readers: Help shape the dietary guidelines, now!

If you’re an American whose health or weight has been improved by keto or low carb eating, we hope you’ll speak up to shape the next version of the US Dietary Guidelines.

Your honest, personalized comments can help guide the process to include taking a harder look at the evidence supporting low carb diets.

Note: The timeline to provide input is short. The US government will close off comments at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday May 16, 2022. Below, we’ve provided simple instructions and a link to add your voice to the review process.

But first, here’s a bit more background about what is happening and why the timing of your input is so critical.

Last month, the United States Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS) began the process of reviewing the Dietary Guidelines for 2025 by publishing a list of the scientific questions they propose to address.

These are the questions that a special committee (so far unnamed) will review in order to create the new version of the guidelines for 2025 to 2030.

Unfortunately, not a single question — not one! — is asked about the science of low carbohydrate diets. If no questions about low carb diets are in the review process, the review committee will not examine the ever-growing body of evidence. In essence, they will ignore research amassed over the last 20 years that supports carbohydrate reduction for weight loss, diabetes management, and improving many other metabolic health issues.

If the special committee doesn’t review this science, low carb diets will not be included as a healthy option in the next version of the guidelines.

The current guidelines advise Americans to eat more than 50% of their daily calories as carbohydrates. These guidelines impact medical advice, government nutritional policy, and government programs and services. They even impact the menus in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, army bases, and more.

“We need [to encourage] the government to finally review the science that demonstrates the vast benefits of low-carbohydrate diets in helping people overcome diabetes, improve their cardiovascular health, lose weight, and so much more,” urges Jennifer Friedlin, president of the Nutrition Coalition.

The Nutrition Coalition is a non-profit educational organization created with the primary goal to ensure that US nutrition policy is based on rigorous scientific evidence. The coalition is leading the effort to get US citizens to submit comments to the Dietary Guideline process, demanding that the set of scientific questions include a question about the evidence for low carb and keto diets.

This is the specific wording the coalition suggests be added to the list of scientific questions:

What is the effect of low-carbohydrate diets (including low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets, defined altogether as less than 25% of total calories or 100 grams of carbohydrates per day) on overweight/obesity, pre-diabetes/diabetes, and heart disease risk factors?

The coalition suggests that ordinary citizens request that the USDA-HHS include this question about low carb diets in the scientific review and then use their own words to share how their health and weight have improved with this way of eating.

Since Diet Doctor shares the goal of improving world health based on healthier, evidence-based diets, we are urging supporters to submit a comment by May 16. Please submit a comment, and share this post to encourage others to share their perspectives.”

Words above and the link to the commenting process. can be seen here


Related Post From 2020

American Diabetes Association CEO manages her diabetes with a low-carb diet – see here


Thanks for reading …

All the best Jan 

Weekend Low Carb Pizza, not quite the same as the Louis XIII Pizza !

Dear friend and fellow blogger as I post this today (13 May), along with many of you I am still having problems with leaving comments on so many blogs. Many of you have kindly suggested ways in which this situation may be fixed but alas not for me (and I suspect many others), it is very frustrating, and I do hope that blogger will sort it out soon, refer to this post here

In the meantime I hope you will enjoy todays post …


Goodness me!

Did you know that the most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 dollars. 

The Louis XIII Pizza is certainly the most expensive pizza globally, and the amount of time required to make this masterpiece partly explains why it is so costly. It takes about three days to make a perfect Louis XIII Pizza. Another factor that results in the high cost is the list of ingredients used to make this wonder happen.

The dough itself is made using Arabian fur, which is mixed with pink salt dust and thus the crust has to be made 72 hours before adding toppings. Different types of caviar, organic buffalo mozzarella, different types of cheese, prawns from Cilento, mantis shrimp, and lobster from Norway are used as toppings. No wonder an entire Louis XIII Pizza comes at a whopping price of about $12000, although one has the option of purchasing half of it at $6000.

I know a very nice and reasonably priced low carb pizza recipe
that is great for the weekend 😋 and can be cooked in the oven or grill

Ingredients

Serves Two
11g net carbs per serving

Flatbread
225 ml (125 g) coconut flour
3 tbsp. (25 g) ground psyllium husk powder
½ tsp (2.5 g) baking powder
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
4 tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil
475 ml water, hot but not boiling
Toppings
275 g fresh mozzarella cheese
175 g cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp. fresh basil
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
Tips
For even more flavour, feel free to spice up the flatbread dough with extra seasonings. Garlic powder, oregano or red pepper flakes make the pizza-style base crust even more delicious.
The absorbency of coconut flour and psyllium husk changes a lot depending on what brand you use. This means that it’s best to add the hot water little by little, until you reach the desired consistency. Start with 3/4 cup and add more as you go, if needed.
If you added too much water and the dough is sticky, just add some more coconut flour to absorb the liquid. If the dough is not sticky enough, add more water.
Recipe instructions are here

Low Carb Flours
If you are just starting a low carb diet/lifestyle you may feel confused with which low carb flours to use. You may never have used any of them before and how to use them properly can be daunting. Low carb flours do not behave like wheat flour, and how to use them in your old regular high carb recipes is a common question.
More about Low Carb Flours can be seen here

~ wishing you a happy Saturday ~
and a wonderful weekend

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.


All the best Jan

Diabetes Trivia Question: May 2022

What are the brand names of the FOUR commercially available home-use treatments for severe hypoglycemia?

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