Monday, February 27, 2012

Peanut Butter Pie, Oh My!

It’s a fallacy to think that people with diabetes can’t eat certain foods.  It’s not true to say that any food is off-limits.  However, it is true that there are foods that aren’t as good for us or might be a detriment to our glucose readings.  Each and every one of us is different and our bodies respond in various ways to different foods.  So when thinking about it in that context, there are definitely some foods that some of us must avoid, ie: pasta can send on person’s glucose through the ceiling where someone else might be able to eat the same thing without too much issue.

Sometimes we just need a treat, right?  People who have diabetes can also eat sweets.  Each of us has a favorite thing we just love to eat but have to limit.  It’s ok to indulge now and then provided we’re smart about it.  

I adore peanut butter pie.  I drool just typing the name.  I figured that I had to let it go since I don’t seem to have much control when eating it, but I found a solution!  I found a recipe for it here.

This recipe could, in no way, be considered low fat or low sugar or low anything for that matter, so I set about to make it “friendlier” and this is what I came up with:

·       I use lower fat, or fat free cream cheese.
·       I substitute Splenda Blend for the confectioner’s sugar.
·       I use fat free milk (I’m considering trying almond milk to lower the carbs but haven’t tried it yet.  Almond milk is wonderful!)
·       I use fat free whipped topping.
·       I make my own graham cracker crust so I can control what’s in it.

I think you get the picture.  This pie is really rich so you’d think that I wouldn’t have any trouble limiting my consumption.  hahahahahahahahahahaHA!  You obviously don’t know me very well, do you?  When confronted with the whole pie, I have a hard time limiting the size of my slice or stopping when I should, but I found a really good way to fix that.  Instead of making it into pies, I portion it out into ¼ cup Rubbermaid containers.  I sprinkle about 1 Tbsp of crust into the bottom, add the filling and put on the top.  This pie is frozen so I pop the multitude of little containers into the freezer and can take one out whenever I want a treat.  I only take out one…period!  This way I don’t have to look at the whole pie or be smart when I slice into it.  The portioning is already done.

So here is my version of peanut butter pie along with the “nutritional information” (honestly, there is nothing nutritional about this pie, but ask me if I care.)  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie, the Friendlier Version

8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
¾ cup Splenda Sugar Blend for baking
1 cup peanut butter (I use Skippy Natural, chunky)
1 cup fat free milk
1-16 oz. package of fat free frozen whipped topping, thawed

Crust for 1 pie:
1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup Splenda
5 Tbsp margarine, melted.

1.    Beat together the cream cheese and sugar blend.  Mix in peanut butter and milk.  Beat until smooth.  Fold in whipped topping.
2.    Freeze until set.  Remove from freezer and let it sit for a bit before eating.
3.    This makes 2- 9” pies OR you can use the method I mentioned above to make individual servings.

Nutrition Information for 1/8 of 1 pie:
Calories: 264, Fat: 15g (Sat: 3.2, Poly: 1.8 and Mono: 3), Sodium: 239mg, Carbs: 29g (fiber: 1.4g, sugar:15.5g), Protein: 5g
These numbers would be even better in the fat and carbs if you use fat free cream cheese and almond milk.

Bon Appetit!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy Blogaversary to Me!

One year ago today I posted my first blog post!  I can’t believe that it’s been a year already.  I can remember thinking that there was no way I would ever have enough things to blog about; that I would run out of things to say quickly.  Boy, was I wrong!  Be warned, there is still so much I have to say!

One of the neatest ways I was able to celebrate this milestone was to be a guest on DSMA Live this past Thursday night.  I was so honored and completely touched by the positive feedback I received and the kind compliments.  It was so cool!  If you don’t already know, DSMA stands for Diabetes Social Media Advocacy.  The idea is the brainchild of Cherise Shockley.  She, along with an advisory panel, hosts the website, 
and also moderates a chat on Twitter each Wednesday night beginning at 9PM Eastern (#DSMA).  She prompts the people who participate with specific questions which all revolve around diabetes and we just put it out there.  It’s fantastic and I highly recommend that you participate if you aren’t already.  The D support from this alone is a good reason to have a Twitter account.

Then on Thursday night they host DSMA Live which is an online radio show with a special guest.  Cherise has two co-hosts, George and Scott, and they spend an hour talking with that guest.  That guest was me this past week.  You can find archives of the shows here.  It was so much fun and I’m pleased to have been invited to be a guest.

So what do I see for my next year of blogging?  I see more of the same with a tad more attitude.  I have come to realize that there are no rules to blogging.  I can say whatever I want to say; it’s my blog.  I think I worried too much this past year that I would offend someone or say something “wrong”.  I don’t plan to worry about that as much any longer.  Of course, I will always try to write in a thoughtful manner and consider all sides of an issue.  I also want to present more information on research and new ideas in the world of diabetes.  I want to share the information that I find when I’m lurking on the internet.

I’m also anxious to take my advocacy out into the real world.  I want to see what I can do to raise awareness and improve diabetes education in my little town.  I plan to be a gnat, pestering to raise awareness; bugging people who can help make a difference.  I’ll be a gnat for the greater good!  Maybe I can even come up with a super hero costume!  Uh, no.  Let’s hope this gnat doesn’t get swatted.

All in all, I’m proud of my blog.  It’s been a wonderful way for me to deal with my diabetes while, hopefully, helping others along the way.  Happy Blogaversary to Sweet Success!

Friday, February 24, 2012

It’s Time to Walk the Walk

One of the things I’ve been struggling with in controlling my diabetes is snacking.  I usually start my day off well with a good breakfast.  I’m exercising every day (finally!).  My lunches are usually pretty decent.  Then along comes the late afternoon….my most difficult time.  If I get to feeling peckish in the afternoon I will more than likely eat something I shouldn’t or overeat something that would normally be ok.  If I choose something with carbs I just end up wanting more and don’t seem to have much willpower.  A healthier snack sometimes isn’t enough.  I mean, come on Kate, it’s not like you’re starving and will expire if you don’t eat!  My brain just plays nasty little tricks on me and leads me down a dark path.  

Did you ever used to watch the Lone Ranger?  I did (yeah, I’m older…deal with it.)  The Lone Ranger’s sidekick was named Tonto and it never failed, in every single episode, Tonto would ride into town and be ambushed and beaten and generally regret his decision.  Bill Cosby made this famous with his bit “The Lone Ranger”.  He used to say, “Tonto, don’t go to town!”  I used to think that too.  “Hey, are you crazy or something?  Don’t you remember what happened last time you did that?”  Meet the new Tonto.  You used to know her as Kate but, for some unknown reason, she can’t seem to remember from day to day what happens to her when she goes down that snacking path.  Will she never learn?

I’ve been trying to reverse this trend, I really have, but I have had mixed results.  One technique I’ve tried is to split my exercising up into two sessions, leaving one for late afternoon.  I figure that if I exercise for 30 minutes when I want to snack I just might get through it unscathed.  That works pretty well, unless my brain just won’t stop bugging me with visions of sugar plums (what the heck are sugar plums anyway?).  Last night I had an idea that I’m going to try.  If I can’t have the willpower for myself, then I will use the DOC to be my conscience.

I’m a blogger.  I write about my diabetes and post ideas about how to deal with this condition.  I know that I can say anything I want and no one will ever know if I’m not following my own advice, but that doesn’t sit well with me.  If I’m going to talk the talk, then I have to walk the walk.  It’s only right, right?  So I’m telling you now, dear DOC, that I intend to have willpower in the afternoon.  I intend to limit my snacks to healthy choices and stop when I’ve had my allotment.  I will avoid carb-heavy snacks and try to eat more sensibly.  I’ve done it.  It’s out there.  I WILL have willpower to do this because the DOC is watching.  I WILL walk the walk.

Check out Bill Cosby at his finest.