Cauliflower and goats cheese soup, with pumpkin seed juice, as a starter. Crayfish on the Weber, with Lourensford Viognier and strawberries dipped in dark chocolate the menu.
My shoulder not enjoying my painting antics for some reason. Throwing my body around too much? The new collar bone ‘bump’ an ominous sign that all is not as it should be. Ice and meds back in force to tackle a suspected infection.
Mad scramble to bring cushions in, stack fire wood, ensure cupboards have secure stops and doors are locked in anticipation of the storm front howling towards us.
Apparently, dogs who do not show a ‘paw-preference’ are likely to be noise intolerant making them poor candidates for training. Not sure whether this applies to humans but would be a reason I tend to go bonkers with loud noises? More likely, my trampolining blood sugars!
Someone decided that the August running challenge should include hills. 2,500m of hills to be exact.
Not that we have a shortage of hills in our part of paradise, with every route heading up mountains to some extent.
However, my normal route is along next to the estuary which only has 72m change in elevation. This is because it has good street lights, which although summer is approaching most of my running starts in the dark, and because its a pretty route with the moon shining on the water on the way out, and the start of the sunrise on the return.
I’m also a tad cautious when it comes to hills as I strained my achilles tendon a few years ago training up hills, which took a painful eighteen months to heal.
A real surprise listening to a podcast by Dr. Tim Noakes (1) talking about the findings of research tracking athletes who are using his Low Carbohydrate, High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle where tendonitis has disappeared, or healed rapidly on a low carb diet.
As high blood sugars seem to stir up a bunch of tendon trouble (tendons thicken with blood sugar and more likely to tear), regulating blood sugars is probably the key factor. Which, I do through an ultra low carbohydrate diet and plenty of exercise.
Perhaps I’ll include hills once a week and see how my body responds.
Fasting 5,4 mmol/L (target 4 – 6mmol/L)
2 hours after meals 5,3 mmol/L (target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)
Diabetic Carbs 27g (ideal daily target, less than 20g)
Higher than expected fasting BS levels.
Insides churned to mush from the jarring cycle along the contours through the forest.
Nothing in my daily food tracker that should have pushed my blood sugars to such levels. Nuts with a couple of glasses of wine at friends and the cappuccino after the cycle being the cause of my daily carbs being above the 20gram level I’m trying to maintain.
It does mean a day of vigilance and while the colder weather may have been an excuse to hide in the studio (read, lazy), I will need to schedule vigorous exercise into the day.
Perhaps it’s the moon?
Fasting 7.4 mmol/L (target 4 – 6mmol/L)
2 hours after meals 6.4 mmol/L (target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)
Diabetic Carbs 48g (daily target, less than 50g)
Nieu Bethesda – The Ibis Lounge
One of those rare restaurant meals where we could relax completely, as Barbara designs her dinner menu according to your dietary needs (In my case, the diabetic no sugars, including the hidden ones, or carbohydrates) and what is seasonal in the harsh Karoo climate. Local ingredients that include herbs guided by Nevil, the herbalist, and his generations of knowledge.
Limited seating, with staggered eating times ensure a personalised experience. The creamed mushroom spinach, delicious.
Stopped at the ‘Two Goats’ craft brewery. A beer (even with its loaded carbs), irresistible in the heat with my mouth dry after walking the dusty streets. The beer, sort of, balanced by the cheese platter. Skipping the bread basket. Tried their version of an IPA, as on the few occasions I drink beer, its that or a bitter beer where available. The beer wasn’t too my taste and there were too many sweet bits with the cheeses.
I did get a bunch of photo’s for painting inspiration!
Low 5.8 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)
High 6.7 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)
Diabetic Carbs 53g (daily target, less than 50g)
A tad listless. Can’t imagine the spare ribs with their bbq basting had that much of an impact? Certainly my fasting sugars were a bit elevated at 6.5mmol/L, but nowhere near crazy levels.
Thrilled that the ‘lifestyle’ management of my diabetes is handling the occasional food that I know is off the the rigid dietary guidelines without flying outside the safe limits.
It did mean that instead of heading out for my morning run (the day grey with a slight chill), I did the Border Collie meander, with Prince, around Harbour Town visiting the important ‘sniff spots’. Tea to warm my cold hands.
Tea is not my best, and certainly hasn’t been able to excite like a glass of good red wine does! However, at East Head Cafe I had a cup of TWG rooibos (Crème Caramel Tea), which is blend of delicate French spices and red tea/rooibos. Delicious. I’m hunting a supply.
(30 day averages)
Low 5.7 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)
High 6.0 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)
Diabetic Carbs 38g (daily target, less than 50g)
De Meye Estate, Stellenbosch
The utmost care is taken to source the highest quality organic ingredients for the country cuisine served at The Table restaurant. Limited seating under ancient oak trees ensures that the service matches the care taken with food preparation.
While the Beetroot Tarte Tatin starter wasn’t an option for me, the green and sour-cream salad was tasty, and the olives delicious. It’s accompanying stone-ground bread very tempting!
I didn’t understand the slow roasted Karoo lamb, with a cold aubergine tagine and roasted veg dish. While perfect for my diabetic needs, the cold veggies made the tender lamb ‘soapish’. Something even the delish Merlot couldn’t sort.
The panna cotta with raspberry gelato looked amazing and there were a bunch of takers to ensure my serving wasn’t wasted.
Low 5.0 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)
High 5.8 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)
Diabetic Carbs 45g (target, less than 50g)
BEETROOT TARTE TATIN (serves 4)
- 8 – 10 small to medium sized beetroots
- 60g butter
- 120g brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- fresh thyme leaves or oregano
- sea salt and black pepper
- ready rolled puff pastry
- sour cream to serve
- Place the beetroots in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmering boil over medium heat and cook until a knife pierces through the beetroots easily. Drain from the water and allow to cool before peeling and cutting in half.
- Preheat oven to 200C. Melt the butter in a heavy based 24cm pan or skillet. Add the sugar and cook until golden and caramelised. Add the red wine vinegar (be careful of hot steam!) as well as the garlic and fresh herbs,
- Arrange the beetroot halves evenly over the caramel. Season with salt and pepper. Trim the pastry into a disc or square big enough to cover the beetroots. Tuck in any excess pastry edges, and prick the pastry lightly with a fork.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool in the pan for a couple minutes, then carefully turn out onto a serving plate. Top with sour cream.