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I started this blog as a result of being a type 2 diabetic, and finding through research, trial & error, and good advice, that I can keep healthy blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy weight and all the benefits that go along with that, simply by eating right and getting enough exercise. At this time, I am not taking any medications for diabetes, and I'd like to do whatever I can to keep it that way. I'm not saying medications are bad - actually there are some very good medications and combinations of medications out there nowadays to help treat diabetes very successfully, just that at this point in my life, the natural approach fits with my way of living, and is what I want. You should find something interesting to read here whether you're newly diagnosed, or a long-time sufferer of type 2 diabetes. I've experienced type 2 diabetes from many perspectives at this point. My great grandmother died of a stroke after suffering with type 2 diabetes for many years. My maternal grandma is still living with it at 84. My paternal grandma died at age 67, having lost a leg to diabetes. My beautiful mom died at the age of 62, having suffered greatly with type 2 diabetes, and my father is still going strong despite diabetes, at age 70. Then came me. I wish I had known back when my mom was still alive, all that I know about type 2 diabetes now. She might still be here with us. Hindsight is 20/20 -- but hopefully, with my newfound knowledge and my lifestyle changes, my 15 year old son will be able to avoid what appears to be the family curse. Enjoy reading...please contribute!! Cheers!

Thursday

Give me Chocolate, or give me Death!


Listen...I'm serious about chocolate. So when I found out I had diabetes, I was fit to be tied over the whole chocolate situation. Then I found a way to enjoy some of the best chocolate I've ever had, and at the same time, help save endangered species! Wow! Is this a dream? Nope.
Endangered Species Chocolate is ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS chocolate. My favorite, and what I would recommend to other diabetics, is "The Leopard and the Jaguar" Extreme Dark Chocolate with 88% cocoa content. This is not for the faint of heart or casual chocolate lover. This bar is to chocolate like a double-shot of Segafredo Zanetti Extra-Strong Espresso is to coffee.
The bar is divided into 15 bite sized squares. I usually eat one little square of this chocolate to curb a craving, and am satisfied! Now for the numbers: One serving size (according to the package) is half of a bar, which would equal seven and a half little squares. In this half a bar are only 8 net carbs. That number by itself is great...and when you just nibble on a square here and there, the numbers are fantastic. The reason the carb/sugar content is so low is because the actual cocoa content is so high.
Another perk is that the company making this chocolate promises 100% ethical trading, ensuring cocoa farmers humane working conditions and a fair price for their cocoa. Plus 10% of the net profits from each bar is donated to help support endangered species, habitat and humanity.
A 3 ounce bar cost about $3, and is well worth it. They are even carrying them in the more modern Food Lions, in the gourmet/organic food section.
Now, I do have to say that some people, whom I will refer to as "chocolate wimps" cannot handle the 88% bar. For them, I recommend the 72% cocoa bar, the Chimpanzee bar. Just remember that the lower the cocoa content, the higher the sugar/carb content.
Find out more about this yummy chocolate at:

http://www.chocolatebar.com/shop/pc/viewCat_h.asp?idCategory=2

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