Dangers of PFCs

I found this article posted in my endocrinologist’s office.

The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Salewa, and Mammut company clothing, footwear, and camping equipment that contains PFCs that damages the endocrine system and causes cancer.  PFC can also be found in the following products:

  1. Takeout containers such as pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers
  2. Non-stick pots, pans, and utensils
  3. Popcorn bags
  4. Outdoor clothing
  5. Camping Tents
  6. Stain-repellant or water-repellant clothing
  7. Stain treatments for clothing and furniture
  8. Carpeting and carpet treatments
  9. Certain cosmetics, particularly eyeshadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer, and blush.


1. Search online for sustainable businesses near you.

2. Use stainless steel, cast iron (can be found at thrift stores and flea markets), and BPA-free plastics

3. Buy non-GMO microwavable popcorn or buy popcorn kernels to pop.

4-8. Read labels and look for alternative products (e.g., buy a wool or sisal-wool blend carpet and natural cleaning solutions.) You can also research eco-friendly methods to clean your old carpet, clothing, tents…to get rid the PFC.

9.Natural & organic cosmetics which includes body powder, nail polish & remover, eyeliner…

  • Juice Beauty.
  • Real Purity.
  • Afterglow.
  • RMS Beauty.
  • Jane Iredale.
  • ILIA Beauty.
  • Vapour.
  • Burt’s Bees






Pasta For Those With Glucose/Gluten Sensitivity

Hey, Gals and Guys!

I hope that all is well with you.  If not, I wish you a better day tomorrow.  I haven’t been blogging for months. Since I have many new followers, I decided to introduce new products that I’ve tried.

I have a low tolerance for foods that convert to sugar. Last week I found an alternative to traditional pasta. Explore Cuisine Products are non-GMO, organic, high in fiber and protein, and gluten-free. Read labels carefully before buying. A few products contain soy. I found Explore Cuisine products at Mom’s Organic for  $3.50 per 8-ounce box. Comparison shop online before buying.  Below is the link to view products, recipes, ingredients… And yes, it tastes like pasta. Bon Appetite!



If the dietary fiber is 5 g. or over, subtract it for total carbohydrates. 19 g carbs – 11 g fiber = 8 g carbs


Need Shoes For Mismatched Foot Size?

I have pork chop feet with narrow heels. To top it off my right foot is a half size larger than my left foot. For the past year, I’ve bought and returned shoes at Zappos. Finally, I found two pairs of boots, however, I can’t wear them during the summer months. After discussing my dilemma with Zappos’, she had a suggestion. Contact Nordstrom, Birkenstock or HealthyShoeStore.com Mismatched Shoe ProgramMy sister then shared a news clipping from the fashion section of the New York Times titled NYT If You Have Hard To Fit Feet…. that was also helpful. After reading the article I decided to search for blogs on the issue. There are were many blogs and the list for stores selling mismatched shoes has expanded. Visit Amy at  AbilityHacker for an in depth and process for purchasing shoes. It’s simple and to the point. They also provide helpful links.  And Yes, I found a pair of shoes by Waldlaufer, a German company.


Wear w/footies, stockings, or thin socks w/padded bottoms. Shoes are nubuck leather w/leather lining ($155-$170)





The 6 Diseases Linked To Osteoporosis​


Sit-ups with my pooch


There are 6 diseases linked to osteoporosis and Type 1 Diabetes is one. I was given Fosamax, however, I didn’t take it yet. You have to take it with once/week with 8 ounces of water, and sit straight without leaning or bending for 30 minutes on an empty stomach. Since I couldn’t master that, I decided to wait. Also, there’s concern for fractures. I was advised to only take med for a short-term, then give it a 3 month rest. I’s still weighing my options. Until then, exercise, diet, and remove or secure hazardous objects that are in the home.

To learn the other about the other 5 visit  WebMD Link to Osteoporosis.  Click the listen to the icon to hear the information. There is also additional info on questions to ask your doctor, foods to eat, exercises to do, meds to take, slide presentations and videos. Stay informed and take care of your body!

The Pork Chop Stops Here!


Use a 9″ plate and pile food no higher than a 1/2″.  Add a fruit and dairy if you wish along w/flavored mineral water or unsweetened tea. Want seconds? Go for the non-starchy veggies.

Before the weather breaks, you’ll either give a barbeque or be invited to one. As a Type 1 Diabetic for 44 years, I’ve mastered the art of eating a balanced meal to avoid overeating.

Be a considerate host and avoid foods swimming in salt, sugar, fat and lighter fluid with chemically treated charcoal. And don’t forget to plans activities with movement: Charades, hula-hoop, medicine ball toss…. Step away from the plate, because the pork chop stops here!

Last, as a guest, offer to bring a healthy dish that’s colorful, meatless, and filled with veggies.

Tips from American Diabetes Association:

1. Survey the table before diving for food.

2. Use Choose My Plate Method website or phone app for making healthy choices.

3. Treating yourself to 1 bite-size snack is allowed.

4. Focus on eating skinless poultry, 90 % lean burgers or ground turkey, veggie or seafood kabobs, or a veggie or black bean burger.

5. Fill at least half of your plate with green colorful salads with other fresh non-starchy vegetables.

6. Use lite dressing or vinaigrettes.

7. Limit servings of beans, fruit, whole grain salads, & corn on the cob.

8. ONE small serving of dessert.

9. Stick to unsweetened herbal teas or mineral water w/lemon.

10. Done eating? No? Get another helping of non-starchy veggies. Then move those hips! Walk with a friend, help the host with dishes, or start a game that involves movement.

Bon Appetite!

Too much stuff? Declutter and reorganize your diabetes supplies!

I have some pencils in the basket, but no log book to record blood sugars.


Vials of insulin in butter compartment.

Diabetes supplies in utility cart with drawers.

Insulin cool pack in the rear of the fridge.

More diabetes supplies in buffet drawers.

Misplaced two packs of batteries.

Found them and lost them again.

More diabetes supplies in a clear bin on top of a tool box in the shed,

yet, I still can’t find stuff because the diabetes supply kit and the tool kit

are in similar containers.

Just found batteries. Watch me lose them again.

Is this you? If so, it’s time to declutter and reorganize. Your items should be in three places: 1. In your bedroom (for emergencies); 2. In your closet or another convenient place 3. Downstairs Fridge for insulin (and not concealed by stuff). If you can, invest in a micromini fridge to keep in your bed room. It will come in handy during sick days. Organize folder with medical visits and receipts, and place in diabetes supply drawer. Label it, and make it visible. I shall return as soon as I reorganized. Oh, and I will provide photos.

Raw or cooked? Which method provides the most benefits when preparing veggies?





Top photo: Sautéed organic chicken with corn, celery, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Bottom photo: roasted heirloom tomatoes. artichokes/red bell peppers, 2 hard boiled eggs on Boston lettuce w/ poppy seed garlic dressing.


Certain veggies supply more nutrients when cooked according to Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Just don’t overcook. Overcooking strips away vitamins and minerals and gives the veggie a lifeless appearance. Your meal should always be about the presentation: bright and colorful. The body also benefits from better digestion and absorption, along with the increase of antioxidants when cooked. Sauté, simmer, roast, or steam until tender and not limp. Last, don’t forget to cut florets, celery, and Brussel sprouts into halfs or thirds. It makes it easier to chew.


Bell peppers


Brussel sprouts






Eggplant (considered a fruit)

Greens: collard/mustard/turnip






Tomatoes (considered a fruit)