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Monday, October 22nd, 2012 05:01 pm
On Saturday I went on the TUC’s march for a Future that Works (stupid name, not at all catchy) and I’ve uploaded a few photographs.

None of them are very good because I did the short march for the crocked, which started from St James Street, and it took a long time for people to start forming up, and by the time they’d started and formed up I’d lost interest in taking photos.

Turnout was about 150,000 or so. Not as many as on the march in March, which was disappointing. But then I don’t think the big unions pushed it as much as they could have done. Our union really rammed it down our throats, which probably explains why there were so many of us compared with our size and so few of some of the bigger ones.

In other news

I’m carefully taking blood sugar readings every day at least once a day and so far I’ve come up with the following things that are reliably not good for me to eat:

Mashed potato

This does make some kind of logical sense given what they’re made from. But why those two, when syrup filled flapjacks are (comparatively) fine. Must be the oats, I suppose.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
Mashed potatoes, cornflakes, crispy rice cereal -- yes, they are right at the top of the glycemic index. Chips and crisps rank high, too.

Sweet potatoes do pretty well, though, and barley is good, as carbs go. Fiber slows things down, as do protein and even fat; your pancakes win on three counts.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
It's the degree of milling. Cornflakes are made from flour, oatflakes are whole. The cornflakes will be digested much faster.

Basically, it's the surface area to volume ratio that matters.

Porridge should be good, especially if you avoid the instant stuff (which is faster because the flakes are smaller).
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
Most supermarkets have porridge oats - usually tucked away in a corner.

A bowl (the size I use) takes five or six mins at a middling heat in the microwave. I find a slow cook gives the best results. I remove it and stir after a few mins, then pop it back again.

Milk rather than water, and adding a handful of dried fruit before you cook it is also tasty.