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August 15, 2015

3 Easy Tips In Managing Diabetes

Diabetes

With each passing day, the number of people being diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes continues to soar. If you happen to be part of the statistics, then you may have resigned yourself to a lifetime of medication and bland food, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In some cases, people with Type 2 diabetes have been able to completely reverse the disease simply by losing weight and eating the proper foods. And while Type 1 diabetes cannot be reversed, by taking the proper steps to keep your weight in a healthy range and eating the right foods, you can greatly reduce the amount of insulin you require on a daily basis.

Healthy Lifestyle Strategies

Amongst the many studies that are conducted each year on diabetes management, one thing is ultimately clear and that is the fact that maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most effective ways of preventing Type 2 and controlling both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Did you know that by losing just 5% of your total weight you could significantly reduce your blood sugar? If you haven’t already, begin a healthy eating and exercise plan by following these helpful tips:

Watch Your Carb Intake

Carbohydrates have a huge impact on blood sugar, so it’s crucial to always be mindful of the carbohydrate content in everything you eat. One of the best ways to avoid a spike in your blood sugar is to limit your intake of refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, pasta, candy, and soda. Replace those options with healthier high-fiber complex carbohydrates, including whole grain bread, brown rice, and whole-wheat pasta. These types of foods have little to no impact on blood sugar because they are comprised of slow-release carbohydrates that take longer to digest. Therefore, they help keep your body from producing too much insulin after you eat.

Always Read Food Labels

The next time you’re grocery shopping, pay special attention to food labels. Sugar can be disguised under many names, besides just the obvious ones, like molasses and honey. Look for ingredients like dextrose, fructose, lactose, maltose, and high-fructose corn syrup. Manufacturers are required to list ingredients by weight, so if a label lists sugar in any form as the first or second ingredient, then put it back on the shelf and find a better alternative. By doing a search on-line, you can find a list of hidden sugars that can be printed and stored in your purse or wallet for those times when you’re unsure of what to buy.

Talk with your endocrinologist before beginning an exercise program, since physical activity can affect your blood sugar by making it drop too low. Carry a glucose meter with you at all times and monitor your blood sugar before you begin and the instant you finish. If the reading is below the normal range recommended by your physician before you begin exercising, then eat a small snack to keep it from plummeting during movement. Dehydration can also affect blood sugar so drink plenty of water while exercising to remain hydrated.

 

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March 13, 2013

DASH Diet: The Basics of a Diet Plan

 

DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. Since that’s such a mouth full, DASH works just fine for me.

The DASH Diet Guidelines Explained

H stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. Since that’s such a mouth full, DASH works just fine for me.

Here’s what the DASH diet recommends for daily intake:

• 2 to 3 servings a day of low-fat dairy. This could be a cup of milk or low-fat yogurt.

• 6 to 8 servings of whole-grains. A serving counts as a slice of bread, an ounce of dry cereal, or a half-cup of cooked rice or pasta or cereal.

• 4 to 6 servings of lean meat, poultry, or fish. That means one ounce of cooked lean meat, or one egg.

• 4 to 5 servings of fruits. This is an apple, an orange, a quarter-cup of dried fruit, a half-cup of fresh, frozen, or canned fruit, or a half-cup of fruit juice.

• 4 to 5 servings of vegetables. Look for a cup of raw, leafy vegetables, or a half-cup of cut-up raw or cooked vegetables.

On top of these daily recommendations, the DASH diet also includes 4 to 5 servings of nuts, seeds, or legumes a week. That could be one-third of a cup of nuts or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

Lastly, people on the DASH diet should only have 2,300 mg of salt in a day, and just 5 tablespoons of added sugar a week.

Does this diet work? After 8 weeks of being on the DASH diet, experiment participants had their blood pressure measured. By-and-large, their blood pressure was significantly lower. For just 8 weeks of being on the diet, that’s a big deal.

DASH Diet Guidelines Made Easy

Such a structured approach to food and eating isn’t for everyone. Instead, here’s a quick way to think about the DASH diet.

• First, think of your dinner plate as divided into quarters.
• Non-starchy vegetables should make up a bit more than a quarter of your plate. When taking veggies for dinner, take a good amount.
• Grains should also be a little more than a quarter. This could be pasta, for example.
• Fruits should take up just under a quarter of the space. An apple would do nicely.
• Meat and protein should take up the last less-than-a-quarter of room. That means don’t always go for the ‘big piece of chicken.’
• A bit of dairy can be added with pasta sauce, a side of yogurt, or a glass of milk.

It’s safe to start out with rough guides like this when you want to ease yourself into eating better, slowly.

Why Follow DASH Diet Guidelines or Mediterranean Diet Guidelines?

Obesity and diabetes are growing concerns in the United States. Not only is it costing people health, but money as well. A big portion of funding goes to trying to control these preventable health issues.

When it comes down to it, health care can start on your plate.

Just eating more fruits and vegetables can help your body get more nutrients and feel fuller, faster, for longer. The fiber in fruits and vegetables help with that. With fruits, you also reap the benefit of a sweet taste.

Much of obesity and diabetes can be helped by just limiting access to refined sugars and processed foods. It’s easy to pick up pop, chips, and deep-fried foods; and cheap, as well. In the long run, the health costs just aren’t worth it.

 

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August 24, 2010

5 Foods that boost your energy

During a summer heat wave it becomes harder and harder to feel energized.  After a long hot day most of us just feel like slouching on the couch or having a nap.  Here are some foods that will promote energy production,help you retain  more energy, and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

1. Oatmeal – The fiber in oatmeal helps you to get a long stream of energy.  This is a healthy food because it makes digestion easier on your body and also stabilizes your blood sugar levels.  The complex carbohydrates in oats are not like the simple carbohydrates that turn into fat and make you feel drowsy.  Instead they are absorbed more slowly into the body therefore stabilize blood sugar levels and provide you with lasting energy.  Oats contain vitamin B which helps to transform carbohydrates into energy that your body can use.

2. Nuts – Nuts like peanuts and almonds are packed with protein that gives you lasting energy.  Snack on almonds during the 2pm slump and add peanut butter to your oatmeal for optimum energy.

3. Water – It’s not a food, but it’s the most important item on this list.  Without water, your body can’t even generate energy.  Water allows your body to digest, transport, and absorb nutrients.  If you are dehydrated, your body cells can’t function to efficiently receive nutrients. This leads to fatigue.  Try to drink as much water a day as you can to keep yourself hydrated and energized.

4. Pineapple – The fructose in pineapple breaks down quickly for an instant energy boost while the fiber slows down digestion and gives you long lasting energy.  In addition the manganese and thiamin are both crucial to energy production and the vitamin B6 helps the body create the hormone serotonin that boosts your mood! Pineapple can also prevent dehydration – a main cause of fatigue in most individuals

5. Yogurt – Yogurt will give you an immediate boost of energy because it is easily and quickly absorbed into the body.  The high protein levels in yogurt ensure that it will give you long lasting energy. Yogurt is full of calcium, protein, zinc, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, phosphorus, tryptophan, and molybdenum.

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August 23, 2010

Bad Foods for Your Bones

Bones have an important role in our bodies. They help control muscle movement and make us into the vertebrates that we are.  Keep your bones healthy by drinking plenty of milk and by exercising on a regular basis.  You can also try to stay away from these substances that are damaging to your bones.

Salt – For every 2,300 mg of salt you eat, you will lose 40 mg of calcium.  This is a big deal considering that the average American has around 5,000 mg of salt every day (double the recommended daily intake) due to processed food and fast food.

Soda – Soda is a complete bone killer.  The carbonation in soda comes from phosphoric acid.  These acids will cause twice as much calcium to leave your body through urination, meaning your calcium levels will be compromised as a result of your need for a sugary fix.  Not to mention there is no nutritional value in soft drinks!

Coffee –
The caffeine in coffee is known to suck the calcium out of bones.  For every small/medium sized cup of coffee you consume, you lose 6 milligrams of calcium.  It’s not a lot, but can do some damage if you tend to drink large amounts of coffee without making up for it with fortified drinks like milk and juice.  Try to limit your coffee intake to control your calcium levels.

Alcohol –
Alcohol prevents your body from absorbing bone building minerals that you eat.  Chronic drinking prevents bone-building cells from re-building damaged and eroding bones.  Alcohol makes your bones weaker and slower at healing after a break or fracture.

Carrots?  – Apparently too much vitamin A can actually affect your health.  Vitamin A is essential for good vision and a healthy immune system, but the average diet is already naturally high in vitamin A.  If you add multivitamins to your diet then you are actually getting way more than the recommended daily dose of 5,000 IUs.  Too much vitamin A has been linked to bone loss and an increase in the risk of hip fracture.  Experts believe that excessive vitamin A can trigger an increase in osteoclasts (cells that break down bone).  In addition they also believe that vitamin A can interfere with vitamin D, a vitamin that is important to preserving bone.

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May 8, 2010

We Are All Slaves to Refined Sugar

Filed under: diabetes,healthy diet,healthy food — Tags: , , , — dennisv @ 8:22 pm

refined sugar, white sugar, sucroseIn the modern day kitchen, refined sugar (or white sugar) is the evil bad guy who simply hides under an appealing vision of your best friend. White sugar has been present for centuries, with dark beginnings in its initial production at the center of the eighteenth century West Indies slavery, and has always had a permanent home in your mother’s, grandmother’s and likely your great grandmother’s sugar bowl. In 1997, studies show that Americans, as a whole, consumed over seven billion pounds of candy, which we all know to be directly produced from refined white sugar.

It’s estimated that, today, each person consumes their weight in white sugar each year, meaning that the average person devours about 50 kg of sugar per year. This nation-wide sugar consumption is reflected in our health. Since the turn of the twentieth century, diabetes is on the rise, affecting both children and adults alike, while once-rarely-occurring conditions such as hypoglycemia and gallstones appear in ten percent of the population.

In some circles, refined sugar is considered a drug. White sugar is produced through a refining process, which eliminates all components of the sugar’s nutritional value, leaving it as a carbohydrate-pure calorie. Molecularly, white sugar is a simple molecule that is made up of twelve carbon atoms, twenty-two hydrogen atoms and eleven oxygen atoms. It’s considered to be more pure than cocaine, which is made up of seventeen carbon atoms, twenty-one hydrogen atoms, one nitrogen atom, and four oxygen atoms. This makes it pretty easy to understand why we seem to be slaves to that sweet tooth.

Unfortunately, this news doesn’t bode well for the American culture. Our whole population has become addicted to a substance that if discovered now, could very well qualify as a drug. However, there is hope. Not all sugars are bad, just those that have been refined. You find most refined sugars in your local supermarket; the white sugar that you buy in bulk and also the brown sugar that you buy in smaller amount for baking. Natural sugars, that come directly from the sugar canes or beets that they were grown from are significantly better for your health than those that are refined. By purchasing unrefined sugars from your local health food store and reducing your intake of refined sugar, you can help to turn America’s health crisis around – for the better.

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December 4, 2009

5 Foods to Cut From Your Diet

Obesity is a major problem in North America and worldwide. One-third of American adults are obese. There are diet pills and tons of books written on weight loss and solutions. Fortunately small changes like omitting a few foods from your diet can have an immense effect.

1. Avoid white bread
Although something like a sandwich is considerably healthy, it is best if you do not use white bread. White bread has no nutritional value. White bread is equivalent to table sugar. It has high glucose levels and lacks any other important nutrients. A simple whole wheat bread offers much better nutritional value and is a good alternative.

2. Ice cream
Ice cream is tremendously calorie dense. It is full of sugar; one cup of vanilla ice cream has over 360 calories. A solution to this is to buy yogurt, and freeze it. Make sure you mix it before freezing it if it isn’t the premixed kind. It tastes just as good as ice cream, but has less calories and is a better, healthier snack.

3. No Pop!
The average pop can has 10 packets of sugar, which add up to 150 empty calories. Pop has been pegged guilty of association with childhood and adult obesity. A better option to a can of pop are fruit spritzers, or vanilla extract which you can add to plain seltzer water or tonic water.

4. Full fat cheeses
Full fat cheeses can have up to 10 grams of fat per ounce with a lot of saturated fat included. For example, lasagna is filled with cheese and saturated fat, which makes it a bad choice for dieters. A better alternative to full fat cheeses are low fat ricotta cheese. For other dairy products the healthier options include skim milk, plain yogurt (add your own fruit), and cottage cheese.

5. Regular bacon
Although bacon is extremely tempting and delicious, it is fried fat and salt. 2 slices of regular bacon contain 120 calories and 10 grams of fat. Cured meats, including bacon, have been linked to dangerous stomach and colon cancers. A better option would be vegetarian sausage. 2 links of this only have 80 calories and 3 grams of fat. Turkey bacon is another healthy choice, saving you 40 calories, and 7g fat.

Although it seems hard and almost impossible at times to lose weight, certain changes to your diet and lifestyle can greatly contribute to weight loss.

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September 21, 2009

5 Foods that Stop Acne

Its true – you are what you eat. If you eat salty, greasy foods, your skin will be greasy and oily. If you eat grains and vegetables, your skin will be smooth and healthy. Here is a list of foods that you can eat to improve your skin and prevent acne.

Whole Grains

Foods with whole grains are great for keeping your skin healthy – they carry tons of antioxidants. Be careful and make sure you read the nutrition facts before purchasing a seemingly healthy choice. For the best whole grain experience, try true whole grains like Millet or Quinoa.

Green Tea

You’ve probably heard of using this tea for another remedy – but green tea is basically good for any ailment. Green tea contains antioxidants that prevent inflammation and stop your breakouts from appearing.

Fish

Omega 3 fatty acids contain an anti-inflammatory that is great for keeping your skin smooth and free breakouts. If you want blemish free skin eat salmon, anchovies, tuna and sardines, or take an Omega 3 supplement.

Fruits and Vegetables

“Eat your vegetables!” You’ve probably heard this before. Fruits and vegetables are of huge importance to your health; however they are also very good at keeping your skin free of acne and breakouts. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will reduce the amount of oil your skin produces, therefore preventing acne. The best vegetables for your skin are cabbage, parsley, tomato, and cucumber.

Water

Proper skin hydration is crucial for healthy skin free of toxins and oils. Continuously drink water throughout the day every day, and you will notice improvement in your complexion.

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