Triticum Turgidum

Lying Dormant and Waiting to Bloom Since 2005

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Location: The Prairie, Illinois, United States

I am a beauty-loving ambidextrous higher-order primate who learned transcendental meditation at 7, statistical analysis at 23, tap dancing at 30, and piano at 35. I tolerate gluten, lactose, and differences of opinion, but not abuse. Or beets.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

"An Attitude of Gratitude"

Not my favorite platitude.

Much too cutesy and 12-steppy.

But, like all 12-step platitudes (e.g., one day at a time, it works if you work it), there's a big hard kernel of truth that threatens to break your teeth if you try to ignore it.

I have worked with and studied under several research psychologists who specialize in the adaptive function of positive emotions. You can read about their work in the September 2005 issue of Real Simple (p. 249). Like it or not, cultivating an attitude of gratitude is good for you in every imaginable way: medically, spiritually, creatively, relationally. The research bears this out, so who am I to argue?

Sigh. Enough kvetching then. Today, instead of focusing on my fears and troubles, I'm going to describe something for which I'm truly grateful:


Oh my lord, these are a diabetic's dream. I tried them for the first time this morning and am pleased to give them a glowing review. They're translucent white rubbery noodles composed completely of soluble fiber, so they don't raise your blood glucose. I made up half a pound this morning and tossed them with cilantro, scallions, chopped peanuts, a shredded chicken breast, and peanut sauce (made with unsweetened PB, of course). The result was a big ol' bowl of food, enough for two people, but it was so good I couldn't stop eating it. I haven't had a WHOLE BOWL OF NOODLES in front of me in months. Whee!

Then came Judgment Minute. That's the minute when my watch beeps, telling me it's been an hour since I started eating so now it's time to test my blood glucose.

Glucose meters are designed to maximize anxiety because they actually have a countdown feature. The screen blinks: 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... then up comes THE NUMBER. Whether THE NUMBER makes you feel good or bad depends on THE RANGE you've been given by your clinic. My own fasting range is supposed to be between 70 and 90, and my one-hour post-meal range is 70-120. I've had a few >120s due to failed "experiments" (note to self: 1/2 hour on the treadmill does not cancel the effects of a giant frosted scone). I fully expected this draw to be too high. I mean, I get that the noodles are all fiber, but given the sheer volume, I figured I'd get nailed anyway.

Prick. Dab. Insert tab.

5... 4... 3... 2... 1...


Thank you Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Mohammed, Zeus, and Ra for shirataki noodles. I'm groovin' with an attitude of gratitude.

In case you're interested, shirataki noodles can be bought at many Asian foods stores, or online at That's where I got them. Since they're the white, rubbery type of noodle, they're really best with Asian-style sauces. I think they'd be weird with tomato sauce or cheese, but that's just me. They also smell faintly gnarly when you first open the package, sort of like Thai fish sauce (shudder). If you rinse them well the smell goes away, and they have no flavor of their own. They don't even need to be cooked, just heated through. Also, they don't bulk up when you heat them in water because they're already waterlogged, but they do continue to expand once digested, so beware: you will feel full after even a modest serving. A dieter's dream! (Assuming you don't throw 1000 calories of peanut butter on them, as I did.)

Back to the attitude of gratitude. Today it's shirataki noodles. On Tuesday, as I go in for my amnio, it'll be the fact that I was able to become pregnant in the first place, that I have access to comprehensive and competent medical care, and that I have a loving and supportive partner with me the whole way. And, on top of it all, I'll be thinking about how grateful I am to have all these amazing women who've posted on my blog, emailed me, and called me to offer support, share their stories, send positive vibes, reassure me, and pray for me. Who could ask for anything more? I am grateful indeed.


Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I will be thinking about you on Tuesday. I will call you Wednesday, to make sure you are alright, and you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

For me gratitude is a great gift, and taking each and every moment, as it unfolds, is even greater.

Many hugs and kisses.

6:27 PM, August 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thrilled with the excitement of eating a Noodle. Thank you so much for searching these out and testing them Kris . I am off to order them asap.
Many good thoughts for your test & for the results to be all that you would wish them to be. My prayers are with you & your Dh. Hugs Katie

1:17 AM, August 21, 2005  
Blogger WinterWheat said...

Katie, I was *hoping* you'd read this entry! As my LA-dwelling SIL would say, these noodles are "money." Enjoy!

8:08 AM, August 21, 2005  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Laughed out loud at your post Kris. Such gratitude and joy over a bowl of noodles is funny, but easy to relate to. (Did I ever mention that I spent 13 years of my youth, married to an insulin dependent diabetic?)

I'll be sending lots of positive vibes your way. The amnio will be interesting and exciting. These far outweigh everything. Jermajesty will be revealed in all her/his glory and you will again being thinking thoughts of gratitude!

10:43 AM, August 22, 2005  
Anonymous Sue said...

Let me join the others in wishing you a positive and enlightening experience tomorrow with your amnio, K. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you'll post and let us know how it goes.

By the way, this is just my opinion, of course, but I think your doctors are rather strict for expecting you to be under 120 only an hour after eating. That's a difficult goal and barely allows for any carb consumption. When I had GD my rule was to be under 130 two hours after eating. Even then, I went over the mark more often than I cared to admit. Diabetes is so difficult to manage. And it's great that you found a noodle you can eat that doesn't raise your blood sugar. I take my hat off to you; it sounds like you're doing a fantastic job with your diet.

11:45 AM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger WinterWheat said...

*blows kisses to Laura and Sue*

Sue --thank you for some major validation. It IS strict, isn't it? That's the standard for the GD treatment program here at my clinic, so everyone with GD has to comply with the 120-at-1-hour rule. For women at 30 weeks with only 8 more to go, it's one thing, but for someone diagnosed at 8 weeks, following that diet for 30+ more weeks is quite another. Now they're harassing me about not gaining any weight, but COME ON. Yesterday for lunch I had 2/3 cup Bran Buds with milk, then walked on the treadmill for 20 mins, and my 1-hour draw was 118. Just scooted in under the limbo bar. It's kind of pathetic that 2/3 cup cereal and milk is almost too much for me even with 20 mins of brisk walking. *pouts*

3:48 PM, August 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kris I have some things that I find keep me low. An I like to go as low as I can go with my diet okay hang in here with me,if I ate 2/3 cup bran buds with milk I might go to high for my gole. So I have learned to use proteins meaning I would take a some bran away and add a hard boiled egg white. Cowgirl will enjoy the yolk. This slow down the rise for me.
Next my lettuce trick it also slows down the spike, I eat 1/4 plain,yuck( icebburg )lettuce before a meal.
If I eat a handfull of walnuts or almonds about 3/4 of a hour before lunch this also helps.
As you know my BMI is 23 if I gain even 1 point up go my sugar levels. So a small weight loss seems reasonable.
Your clinic seems to really have good handle on your care, I so agree on what they are suggesting for your 1 hour testing.
Soon the baby will be using more of your energy and it will level out the bs's . I do know you would like to sit down and just stop having to do all this stuff ,with the diet & give the finger tips a break as well. May I say it does get easier,but 3 months into it I would have run you over with my car for a french fry. Yes ,& now I would not put that thing in my mouth. It seems to me like getting your virginty back , I had a small piece of pizza for my birthday,and my stomach said get that rubbery thing away from me! I am so pure !My hair is shiny ,my nails lovely my skin is better than it ever has been, my feet are soft and well just like butter. Hell soon I will have stopped aging completely.
Now I just have to top you and find something as amazing as the noodles. I am thinking of you ,and walking with you today. Katie

11:52 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Urban Chick said...

can't find an email addy on your profile but just wanted to say i am thinking of you today and hoping all goes well with the amnio

i seem to remember, i had mine on a tuesday (funny the things you remember!) and had the initial result before the week was out - presumably you will have some results within a few days too...

best wishes,

6:53 AM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

katie, I loved your post! Your encouraging words about the improvements in your eating habits are really inspirational!

9:30 AM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I think gratitude is what keeps us going. Without gratitude we tend to get negative and unhappy about our lives. good post.

9:50 PM, August 24, 2005  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I am grateful for your friendship and that the amino went well for you.

9:38 AM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger WinterWheat said...

Katie -- thank you SO much for the tips! I like the lettuce trick -- smart one. I'm learning that soluble fiber actually lowers blood glucose, which is probably why those noodles work so well. They actually make my blood sugar lower than it was before I ate, even if I dress them in a sauce with (a small amount of) carbs. Funky.

6:02 PM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger rgpeabody said...

An attitude of gratitude has turned my life around!
Thank you for the noodles. I must find them.

9:14 AM, August 26, 2005  

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