Seeing is believing – My diabetes prevention blog – #amdieting #amwriting #diabetes


I promised to remember to tell you about the day with my daughter. We swam, we tried on clothes for my son’s forthcoming wedding, we ate a mahooosive salad, with quinoa which she made for us with kidney beans, tofu, cucumber and lashings of pepper. The high when your children cook for you….

I thought the quinoa might bloat me, and it did the next day, but I drank some water with lemons, and that has cleared it.

We also made biscotti (an Italian biscuit). She’s been baking on her own, and like I was, is putting way too much sugar in her sweet baking. We reduce the recipe sugar by half. I still found the biscotti too sweet when we ate them.

I’ve resisted chocolate, most days since my last blog. I’ve taken up eating a baby tub of tuna (they sell it In Tesco for a couple of pounds for 3 baby tins) with cheese for breakfast.

I really do not like the taste of most chocolate anymore, and it has been almost two months since I began to reduce my intake of it. It tastes far too sweet.

One of my favourite chocolates is flake. I bought and ate a flake while at work yesterday. I haven’t checked the sugar content, because the typeface on the packet is too small to read with my non-prescription glasses. It doesn’t taste too sugary, compared to snickers or the white chocolate. I’m not sure why that is.

I’ll post a picture of my old tummy,  of which I am very proud. Not bad for 53. Remember, while I may be slim, I’m still at high risk of diabetes.


Eat well, and look after your health.

Bye for now,

Hermione Laake





Published by hermionelaake - Awards-nominated writer and associate editor O:JA&L

Whilst working on long fiction, Laake/Wilds write short stories, poetry, essays and blogs weekly. Laake appeared on Blog Talk Radio in 2016 in an interview across continents with Susan Wingate. Laake is an awards nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013 for the original #MYFRIENDALIEN out on AMAZON BOOKS in 2022. Flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters. Laake has an MA from KU with distinction and a BA in English Literature.

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