Adventures of the Bean #23
by VOW, of course
Hubster and I were watching one of those "news magazine" programs on the Devil-in-the-Box. I perked up when "Diabetes" was mentioned.
I should have just kept reading my book.
People too often take heed of information disseminated on TV, especially if it is mentioned in a news show. Viewers assume the researchers and reporters have thoroughly vetted the story before it is broadcast.
The topic was weight loss surgery. Now, I have no qualms whatsoever about that. It is absolutely wonderful that people can avail themselves of any kind of help to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. No, my gripe wasn't about the surgery.
My gripe (and I'm STILL angry as I write this!) concerns the discussion of Diabetes with some of the folks who had undergone this operation.
The word "cured" kept being tossed around. There were even some conversations with physicians who dared to use the word "cured" in conjunction with Diabetes.
Hopefully, everyone knows there are two main types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1s have to provide their bodies with insulin, typically through injection or a pump. Insulin must be provided forever. There HAVE been cases where the patient has received a successful pancreas transplant, which eliminated the need for insulin injections. But then you have to deal with anti-rejection drugs forever.
Type 2s typically produce insulin, usually LOTS of the stuff. But the metabolic dance in the body has gone haywire, and the balance is outta whack. Type 2s typically use diet, exercise, medications, and sometimes even insulin to help the metabolism work IN whack. Sometimes, sometimes, the planets line up just right and karma blossoms, and the metabolic balance can be achieved through diet and exercise alone. Oftentimes, a significant weight loss precedes this glorious state.
So, the Diabetic is then "cured," right? Hey, that's what the folks on the news magazine said! And if they say it on TV, it MUST be true! Especially if someone whose name starts with "Doctor" says it!
Type 2 is a metabolic imbalance. If you manage to find the right combination of good things to achieve metabolic BALANCE, then you have to understand that anything that disrupts your life can knock down the house of cards you constructed.
Illness--anything from the flu to cancer.
Injury-especially one that prevents you from exercise!
(deep cleansing breath)
Okay, enough preaching. On to the REAL reason for this column: FOOD!
A little background first. My sister and I were having one of those "Oh, GAWD, what am I going to fix for dinner" conversations. She mentioned one of her family's favorite dishes, "Spaghetti Corn Casserole."
I never heard of such a thing. It sounded like a carb nightmare, though, like a mashed potato sandwich. I asked her for details.
Her version had spaghetti, corn, butter, cheese, and breadcrumbs, I think. My blood sugar spiked and my cholesterol skyrocketed just reading the recipe.
And then my little brain went, "Hmmmm."
I reworked it, and hit a home run!
"Spaghetti" Corn Casserole
This dish is a monochromatic beauty that is incredibly simple to make. Place it on your dinner table with a simple salad of sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumbers and then stand back to bask in the compliments!
First you need to cook up a pot of red lentils. Those babies are the ones that are a gorgeous salmon color, and they turn a psychedelic yellow when cooked.
Yield: 6 GENEROUS servings!
1 cup (240 ml) red lentils
1 small spaghetti squash, or 4 cups (1 liter) cooked "spaghetti"
If you enjoy the brown crunchy stuff on top, casserole can then be placed beneath the broiler for 5 or so minutes.
Note: I used a rather small squash, which gave me four cups of "spaghetti" for this recipe. Ingredients and servings can be adjusted proportionally for the amount of cooked flesh your squash may yield.
If you use the olive oil drizzle, be sure to include the extra fat into your calculations.
And a big THANK YOU to my sister for providing the inspiration!