How Many Carbs are in Sheep Brains?

Has this question ever crossed your mind? Nope, I haven’t thought of it, either! But Nat Strand, winner of CBS’s reality television show The Amazing Race, had to consider it during her 23-day adventure around the world.

“I just gritted my teeth and hoped that since [boiled sheep head] was protein, it was low-carb,” Strand tells Diabetes Forecast in its May issue. “It’s less than ideal, but then again, everyday life’s kind of like that – when you go to dinner at a friend’s house or a restaurant, you’re always estimating.”

Strand, who has type 1 diabetes, and her best friend and Race partner, Kat Chang, traveled around the world, facing both extreme challenges and cultural surprises that had an impact on her diabetes management.  The first all-female team to win in 17 seasons of the competition went dog-sledding in the Arctic Circle and rappelling down a canyon in Oman – no easy challenge for anyone, especially someone living with diabetes.

“Honestly, I figured, ‘If I can do this, I can do anything,’ ” Strand said.

Strand and Chang, who are both physicians had to take a true team approach to everything they did – both packed some of Strand’s diabetes supplies, both got accustomed to losing sleep to alarms from Strand’s insulin pump, and both had to stay on top of the competition’s challenges while also keeping an eye out for Strand’s symptoms of hypoglycemia.

Which brings us back to the sheep brains.  Just how much insulin do you take for a meal of boiled sheep’s head?  Read the full story in Diabetes Forecast here.

The May issue of Diabetes Forecast also includes these features:

  • Cooking for One: Cooking for one may seem like a lot of trouble, but the results are worth it – and so are you! Learn the techniques, then treat yourself to these recipes for one, including Spinach and Mushroom Frittata, Cherry-Glazed Pork Chop, Cod in Parchment and Mexican Pizza.
  • Wine 101: While preliminary research has extolled the virtues of some wines, it’s important to know how much to have and how to pick a good wine. This 101 guide is complete with several wine-doused recipes!
  • Who Needs Sleep? Did you know that people who don’t get enough sleep are at a higher risk for many health problems, including type 2 diabetes? Read new evidence on the connections between lack of sleep and type 2 diabetes – and tips on how to get a better night’s rest.

  • “Kids, I Have Diabetes”:  It’s important to talk to your children about your diabetes, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Diabetes Forecast offers expert advice for every situation, whether you’re newly diagnosed or not, no matter what your “in case of emergency” protocol, or how old your children are. An honest conversation stressing that diabetes is a manageable disease can prevent needless fear in a child.

Want to see more? Check out the rest of the May issue of Diabetes Forecast here!

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