Review: Dr. Randy Martin Sugar Control Diet PDF

Review of a pdf diet that has all the answers.  Maybe!

Dr. Randy Martin’s pdf called Sugar Control Diet has a diabetic diet covered from beginning to end.  However, as a “Practicing Diabetic”  I have a few ideas of my own, all accumulated in 30 years of eating, not eating,  exercising-not exercising and doing my best to remain off all prescription drugs that treat diabetes.

Interested?  Then keep reading!

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Fresh Vegetables and Fresh Fruit are among the Foods that help to control blood sugar Levels.

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If you are not losing weight and controlling your blood sugar,  then  this review which includes foods to control diabetes naturally should get you back on track and teach you how to control diabetes without medicine.

A Review of Dr. Martin’s free to download and use PDF file titled Sugar Control Diet reveals a few things that I would do different.  For the most part, this simple PDF file could be used as a “Bible For Treating Type 2 Diabetes” without a problem.

However, there are a  few absolutes that I disagree with, mostly because they ban a few of my favorite foods!  Plus some of them will fit into a correctly laid out daily diet.

Using a sugar control diet Plan will Make Life Easier

As a “Practicing Diabetic” with over 30 years experience in controlling my type 2 diabetes using only diet and exercise…..taking NO medication but a few supplements….I feel I’m entitled as an Expert to make a few observations!  Plus if you look for them, there are foods to control diabetes naturally.

Here is access to the PDF file I am discussing: You can download your own copy by clicking on GO!  after you finish reading my learned Article!

Protein helps to control blood sugar levels

To keep things simple, lets start with Protein, which I agree is needed in each meal and snack.

review: use protein to lose fat
Fish and Lemon Wedges a good Source of Protein that is important in keeping Blood Sugar Level.

Me:  Here I disagree with the PDF as my experience has dictated that you should calculate the calories in the protein you eat each day and include it in the total Calorie Allotment that your physician or caregiver has prescribed for you.  I have also always included lean pork in my diet, either ham or baked chops with fat removed which is not listed as a permitted protein…

PDF:   Dr. Martins PDF is somewhat contradictory on the use Protein .  It first States eat all the protein you desire.……..then goes on to say…. you can  eat one serving of protein every two hours, but the serving is only the size of your palm…include or eat plain unbreaded poultry or fish, eggs or raw nuts at any one sitting!

Also Red Meat is limited to three 3 oz. serving per week.

Fresh, Raw Vegetables are a Natural Food to Help Control Diabetes and Blood Sugar

PDF:  Now comes the vegetables recommendation.  Green and Red…eat lots of these…Yellow and Orange vegetables…eat smaller portions….

Hmm…I think fresh yellow squash should be in the unlimited category... My diet that I have survived on listed 1/2 cup for the yellow and orange sweet potatoes, Rutabaga, get the idea.  Cooked?  See below!

ME:   Vegetables Unlimited:  Green or Red and Uncooked.   It means eat all that you want, a great suggestion..and don’t count the calories!

Vegetables Measured:  Cooked (any vegetable) 1/2 cup is a serving and count the calories in you calorie tab…..

PDF:  Now here is where we part ways….Dr. Martin says NO POTATOES…….

ME:  I heartily disagree.  I have always included a small to medium Skin on Baked Potato in my evening meal…use sour cream instead of butter…fewer calories.  No Problem…just use it as a “bread” exchange and count the calories.

Just to make life interesting, potatoes, skin on can be sliced and then  “sprayed” with olive or canola oil and baked in a pan….just as satisfying as French Fries but no extra “fat” calories.

Reveiw facts: Variety keeps your diet going. Success is eating to heal your body.
Reveiw facts: Variety keeps your diet going. Success is eating to heal your body.

PDF:    Fruit:   pdf says eat any fresh fruit except for bananas and mangos…both high density high calorie count fruits.

ME:  My take? Moderation is the key, if you make a fruit salad using chopped apples (peel on) plus 1/3 of a chopped banana and throw in some almonds or walnuts….or a few raisins with just a touch of mayo….great snack.  Count the calories….experiment, learn.  Keep a food diary each day when learning so you know when you do your readings what you ate that was right or wrong.

PDF:   No dried fruit……

ME:   Agree for the most part, but (have you noticed there is always a but?) you can use them as an accent or spice….just a small spoonful to give dash to carrot, apple and raisin salad.  Or make your own trail mix with a higher proportion of Nuts to dried fruit. Just don’t eat handfuls as they are high in concentrated sugar.

Maintaining Hydration is Important when managing Diabetes

PDF:  Suggested Beverages:  water…1/2 body weight in ounces!   That would mean if you weighed 200 lbs. you would be drinking twelve and a half of 8 oz  glasses of water per day.  Fruit juice limited to two 6 oz glasses of unsweetened fruit juice diluted with 50% water per day.

ME?   Here we do part ways.   Max water eight 8 oz glasses per day.  Unsweetened grape juice 3 oz then add 3 oz water and drink before lunch and dinner.  I like Welches in the glass bottle if you can find it.

Edgar Cayce said grape juice is very helpful for diabetics as it changes sugar absorption in the digestive tract.   Suggestion was to drink about 30 minutes before meals.

V8 and Tomato juice   great…if you go over 12 ozs a day start counting calories!

Keep in mind Fresh, uncooked fruit and vegetables have a high percentage of water.  So if you are loading up on fresh and raw it cuts down on the need for drinking so much water.

What!  No Spaghetti?  No Lasagna? 

PDF:  Grains are restricted to roasted rice for dinner only.

Review: Pasta can be served with fresh vegetables and fit right into a diabetic diet.
Review: Pasta can be served with fresh vegetables and fit right into a diabetic diet.

ME:  My 1200 calorie diet has room for the equivalent of 5 slices of bread (carb servings) per day.  Never have figured out why roasted rice would be better????  The calories are still there, think it is something dreamed up!

Guess what makes the difference?  Heating rice by “roasting” (not brown it, just heat it up) then cool it before cooking as usual changes its sugars to low gluten. This  means roasted rice now digests slower so won’t usually cause  high sugar spike like plain rice and sugar or high gluten carbs.  Another story by its self!

So if you want rice or even corn on the cob for dinner…have it!.. some people like the corn raw which is even better!  Just plain cooked corn is limited to 1/3 of a cup…YES 1/3rd…I think it retains more fiber on the cob…

Please, Don’t ever Tell Me No…..

PDF:  Not Allowed…..No Wheat product like bread, crackers, muffins, cereals or pasta allowed.  NO SUGAR, honey, maple syrup etc.

ME:   Count your calories, if you want Spaghetti have it, 2 ozs of dry spaghetti has 210 calories about the same as two bread or carb exchanges….so if you don’t have one, create your own sugar control diet plan and learn to substitute based on calories!

Here is an example:  Make your own Spaghetti sauce..lo cal recipes abound!  Or else have it with raw chopped “Free Vegetables” e.g.: tomatoes, green peppers, onions etc and a splash of warmed V8 juice with your garlic powder, oregano etc.  any of the spice rack herbs you want including parsley…

Just stir your sauce and raw vegetables into your  drained spaghetti  while it is hot and hit it with a dash of Parmesan cheese for some extra flavor.

There are no absolutes for a diet as far as I am concerned.

If things are made so restrictive that you can’t live with it, then you are not going to follow a diet anyway.

Calories Count so Figure out How to Use Them

Educate yourself about food and its energy potential…which means calories.

The ending to this review of Dr. Randy Martin sugar control diet PDF is this.  Most of the diet suggestions are great and if that was the only plan you had to use or go by,  you could end up controlling diabetes and controlling your blood sugar.

I like a little more choice, and enjoy eating some of the NO NO items on the PDF diet.   My normal way to handle this is:  If I want to eat something…figure out how to make it so the calories are within my daily allowance and go for it.

Just to summarize, eating Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and a Bedtime Snack with a mix of protein, carbs and fat included in all meals and snacks along with Dairy products that are still within your calorie allowance will do the job.  The PDF diet really doesn’t mention CALORIES, but they are very handy tool for expanding your menu and helping you to stay on your diet and be successful.
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Thanks for coming by and I hope you found something of value for your time spent reading.  Comments are appreciated  as well as Tips from you on how you’re handling your Diabetes Journey!

Do You have a favorite Recipe you’ve changed so it fits into Your New Diet?   Give us a hint in the comments box!!
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About Eating and Diabetes- What I need to know

Eating and Diabetes How To Feel Good Every Day!


Eating and Diabetes, What You need to Know
Eating and Diabetes, What You need to Know

You can take good care of yourself and your diabetes by learning

  • what to eat
  • how much to eat
  • when to eat

Making wise food choices can help you

  • feel good every day
  • lose weight if you need to
  • lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems caused by diabetes

Healthful eating, which is part of eating and diabetes, helps keep your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, in your target range.

One thing you need to take note:  Eating can be healthy, but just not work right for a person with diabetes.
An important part of eating and diabetes is having a schedule and sticking to it.  Set up mealtimes, do the planning and the cooking and eating on time.

Physical activity and, if needed, diabetes medicines also help.

The diabetes target range is the blood glucose level suggested by diabetes experts for good health.

You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target.    (

Eating and Diabetes how to make sure what you are doing is working .

Ask your doctor how often you should check your blood glucose on your own.

Also ask your doctor for an A1C test at least twice a year.

Your A1C number gives your average blood glucose for the past 3 months. The results from your blood glucose checks and your A1C test will tell you whether your diabetes care plan is working.

How can I keep my blood glucose levels on target?

You can keep your blood glucose levels on target by

  • making wise food choices
  • being physically active
  • taking medicines if needed

For people taking certain diabetes medicines, following a schedule for meals, snacks, and physical activity is best.

However, some diabetes medicines allow for more flexibility.

You’ll work with your health care team to create a diabetes plan that’s best for you.

Drawing of foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a morning snack, an afternoon snack, and an evening snack, arranged in a circle around a clock. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack are labeled.

Talk with your doctor or diabetes teacher about how many meals and snacks to eat each day. Copy these clocks and Fill in the times for your meals and snacks on these clocks.

Drawing of a blank clock face labeled breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and evening snack.

It is easier than you think.  4×6 lined card used in recipe boxes work great.   Also find pictures like these, they help.

Eating and Diabetes Need A diet Helper for Eating Right
Eating and Diabetes Need A diet Helper for Eating Right

Make up you file box  with tabs for each meal…like dinner, Evening Snack….and populate it with recipes you find that have the correct amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat.

Makes life simpler and meal planning easy.


Low Fat Diet Plan

Can You lose weight by Reducing Fat % Only and Not The Number of  Calories You Eat?

Bacon, Eggs and Grits not sure they belong in a low fat diet plan.
Bacon, Eggs and Grits not sure they belong in a low fat diet plan.

Recent research and experiments by dieters themselves is pointing to a possible solution to the age old “I Hate to Diet” problem by including a low fat diet plan.  Since Many people go on a diet, then off, etc. and end up gaining back more that they lose, this might be the solution.  A Friend, Joella thought the following information very helpful!

Just Change What You Eat!

Can a Low Fat Diet Plan lead to weight loss even if calories eaten remain the same?  Lets figure out what they are talking about!

Almost  any sort of diet, despite the type of  foods eaten, can be considered “low-fat” if it consists of no more than 30 % of overall gram calories as fat, which is 60 grams of fat each day in an 1800 gram calorie diet.

There are very few “low-fat” diet that details  the precise meals that have to be consumed. Some dieters may decide to cut back on how much animal protein such as beef, or even pork that they consume, while others avoid high-fat desserts, snack foods, fried foods, and even roasted nuts which tend to be high in fat.

Is is Healthy to Eat if the Package Says Low-Fat

You might want to think about this fact, just because it says low fat doesn’t mean it is good for you or will help you because it may not be a healthy.

In fact, many individuals  are consuming  a low-fat diet of replacement meals that include  “fat-free” processed foods which include sizable amounts of glucose, salt, and other ingredients, as well as chemicals which aren’t always healthy.

Learn to read package labels, and educate yourself  so you know what the words they use mean.  Become knowledgeable about what is in a  healthy diet  and how to alter it just a little to reduce your over all fat consumption.

So, exactly what can you do to develop a healthy,  balanced and  low fat diet meal plan?

Here are some pointers for healthy eating, lessening your fat intake and getting on track for  good health:

Don’t prepare and eat  meals containing partially hydrogenated oils, which are also called trans-fats. There are many studies pointing to the fact that these fats are harmful if consumed long term. They do not make a positive contribution to your Health and Wellness.

Tips for Avoiding Extra fat:

1. Cook or Saute all vegetables and meat in veggie broth instead of butter or grease.

2. Read packaging very carefully, paying close attention to the offering size and variety of servings per package. Some labels are deliberately deceiving, in that the serving listed is a lot smaller sized compared to the quantity of the food that is normally consumed, meaning that you may end up eating even more fat than you think. (To learn more on what those labels actually indicate, see “Label
Language” below.).

3. Reduce your consumption of meat. Replace with a bean dish or a “meat” made from beans, lentils or soy instead of  red meat meal as your main dish as often as feasible.

4. When you do eat meat, decide on leaner cuts of beef and also trim any kind of visible fat before food preparation. To maintain moist
chicken , do not take off the skin prior to cooking, but take the skin off before eating.  Or far better yet, take off the skin, and braise or saute your chicken in veggie broth.

5. Limit your consumption of whole-fat dairy products or switch to low or non-fat choices for them.

6. Increase the quantity of fruits, vegetables and also entire grain foods you eat. You’ll have much less space as well as less desire for high-fat snacks.  Plus the fiber in fresh food is helpful in controlling fat absorption.

7. Decrease your usage of high-fat condiments, such as butter as well as mayo. Order your salad dressing on the side, then soak your fork in the dressing prior to each bite. You’ll be shocked at exactly how little dressing you really need to add taste to your tossed salad, and the dressing that stays on the side will not stay on your tummy, upper legs or hips!

Label Language.

When you’re attempting to reduce your absolute fat intake, recognizing the true meaning of those fat-related phrases on packaged
meals will certainly can be found in useful.

Below is the low-down on some label terms:.

Fat Free: contains less than 0.5 grams of fat each serving.

Saturated Fat Free: includes less than 0.5 grams each serving and also the level of trans fatty acids does not go beyond 1 % of
overall fat.

Slim: contains 3 grams or less per serving or every 50 grams of meals (if the serving size is less than 30 grams or 2 tbsps).

Low Hydrogenated fat: includes 1 gram or much less per serving and also not more than 15 % of gram calories from saturated fatty
Lowered or Less Fat: includes a minimum of 25 % fat, which sometimes is much less but every offering compared to reference meals. (where they say for a 2000 calorie a diet..etc.).

Minimized or Less Saturated Fat: has a minimum of 25 % less fat every serving than its full-fat equivalent. As an example, milk that is
classified as “lowered fat” has to include at least 25 % less fat compared to whole milk.

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Do it right!

Complete information about what is in what you eat is available at the U.S. D.A

Use What You Have Learned to Cut the Fat in your Diet so You Lose Fat and Lose Weight

Since you have been appraised of this interesting information, ready to give it a spin?

Would it be interesting to  try this new method of eating and see if just reducing the amount of fat in what you normally eat will do the trick for you and lead to permanent weight loss?  For anyone with a caregiver in tow, please check this out with them before  plunging in!

Remember, the theory is that you don’t have to “diet” per-se, but just reduce the total quantity of fat consumed.

Just as an add in, one study I saw reduced total fat consumed daily to 10% and seemed to have very good results in weight loss and controlling blood sugar levels for Diabetics in the study (if memory serves they also had a 600 a day calorie restriction!) , definitely what we are talking about! .

Healthy Eating Makes the Difference Include all Types of Food

Hopefully you will follow the guide lines of Healthy Eating and include foods recommended to maintain a healthy body and lose weight, except for reducing just a little less fat!

Keep in mind that fat is included in a healthy diet because it is needed by your body.  However, changing the type of fat eaten should make a difference in your overall health, not just control your blood sugar or help you fight diabetes.

Create Your Own Diabetic Low Fat Diet Plan

Create Your Own Low Fat Diet
Create Your Own Low Fat Diet Plan or even A Low Fat meal Plan.

In the end it means creating your own low fat diet plan for getting low blood sugar and weight loss.  Calories count (no pun intended) and using a calorie counter will make it easier to create an effective low fat diet meal plan that you will enjoy eating while you lose weight or just fight diabetes type1 or type 2.

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Have a tip you would like to share or have something that has worked for you?  Comment below to add your information that just might help someone else traveling the journey of diabetes.

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Is There A Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?

Is there a New Treatment for Diabetes 2

e.g., A Natural Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?

Since I research any product before recommending it,  I did go looking around the Internet for some research projects that would detail whether or not is there a cure for type 2 Diabetes.

Here is what I found… an article about a 6 week study that cures type 2 diabetes.   Just keep reading!  The headline was:

British Doctors say they have documented that there is a cure for type 2  Diabetes and published their results.

If there is a cure for type 2 diabetes then the digestive system can function normally.
If there is a cure for type 2 diabetes then the digestive system can function normally.

I read through the article then clicked on the provided link for the American Diabetes Association and searched to find the supporting documentation and a copy of the study:

Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalization of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas
and liver triacylglycerol

Unfortunately this study  was not listed at The American Diabetes Association in any of their research results.

What was listed were requests for donations to “Fight diabetes” and numerous studies by drug companies  and diabetic testing suppliers listing their studies and results.

Here is a link I found where you can go and read the entire study or even download the PDF document detailing all the work done in the British study.

Reversal of type 2 diabetes and  Normalization of Beta Cells

So I decided to include the following article which inspired my search for

verification that there is a cure for type 2 diabetes.

 “World of Medicine” is scamming people – and even worse: with the help of “law-makers!”

“written by Matt Traverso London, England Friday, December 23, 2011,

It seems that “money” (as usual) has blinded doctors and medical practitioners to the degree that they are now willingly *suppressing* the truth regarding diabetes – its control, management, and even its cure!

That’s right: I said it …“cure!”

And this should shock you even more:It seems that it’s against the law to say the word “cure” when describing anything that actually cures you.

Yet it’s very much okay to say that something “treats” or helps “offset” the symptoms of some health condition or disease.

But if you say “cure” (and even including when you in fact have a real and bona fide cure for something and can even prove it!) you can get arrested.

Ever wonder why no one ever talks about “curing diabetes”?

Everyone seems to be content with finding ways to “control diabetes” or “live with diabetes”.

And for good reason.

It’s simply because no one’s out to “cure” anyone because there’s little money in doing so.

Instead, keeping you sick and marginally pain-free is all anyone’s really out to do for you these days – as doing so means you being “forced” to buy all the same drugs over and over again, and again, and … (you get the point!)

Of course, if a cure came along it would mean you buy it one time, and then you’re cured – and that’s that (over and done!)

Listen, if somebody showed you how to cure diabetes… they wouldn’t make very much money off of you.


But if somebody invents a pill or a shot that helps you live with diabetes… they’ll get your money week-after-week, month-after-month, year-after-year until the day you die.

Make sense?

In fact, there’s a saying in the drug industry:

Cures Kill Profits!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to depend on some big drug company to keep me alive and comfortable just so I can give them more of my hard-earned money every month.

I’d much rather take control of my own health and find a way to banish diabetes.

Now a number of doctors, medical scientists and researchers armed with “real answers” and “real solutions” are stepping up and are NOT afraid of “Uncle Big-Bully Brother!”

One courageous fellow by the name of Matt Traverso is doing exactly this!

Not only that, but Matt Traverso has lectured and personally helped individuals beat the disease to the point that proven sufferers have actually gotten re-diagnoses as “no longer having the disease at all!”

(Something that’s pretty much always been ruled out as a possibility altogether! – and now which may even be against the law!)

But why don’t we hear about this information from the American Diabetes Association?

The truth is, the American Diabetes Association is benefiting hugely from the current trend in diabetes.

They are funded by pharmaceutical companies who would lose out if people reversed thier diabetic conditions.

The treatment of Diabetes brings in over

$10 Million Dollars EVERY SINGLE HOUR of the day

to Doctors, Pharmaceutical companies, and testing supply businesses.

With that kind of money at stake Big Pharmacy is going to extreme lengths to silence information about natural cures and alternatives for treating diabetes.

Therefore it’s not certain how long Matt will be allowed to continue to offer this program.  So, if you’re wise and want to find out about this while it’s still possible for you to do so, then just visit this link now:

How to Reverse Diabetes Learn How To Defeat Diabetes And Take Back Your Life And Health.

But don’t be surprised if one day soon you return to find this site completely removed or this page removed because of our reference to Diabetes 2 Cure. 

End of the article!


Even though the study only involved limited number of people, they were matched with approximately the same number of healthy people without diabetes who participated in the short study.

It was very closely supervised and at the end of the study all participants had functioning pancreases and Normal Blood Glucose Readings. 

This is the first sentence in their closing summary:

“Normalization of both beta cell function and hepatic insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes was achieved by dietary energy restriction alone.”

Translated into plain talk this means that the pancreas was producing insulin, blood sugar levels became normal and the cells were able to use the sugar for energy so they were no longer insulin insensitive.  All this was achieved by a very low calorie diet (energy restriction)…alone.

My Thoughts About the Above Article

This article is a little on the strong side for my taste.  At times it almost read like a Snake Oil sales pitch with a little to much emphasis on Doctors being interested in keeping you sick and prescribing expensive medications. 

I know from personal experience that many

Caregivers play an important role in the treatment of type 2 diabetes
Caregivers play an important role in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

physicians will prescribe a diet and exercise

before prescribing medication unless your diabetes is already so bad that it is necessary.

So if you are interested in a new treatment described as a cure for type 2 diabetes  that may end your imprisonment by Diabetes:

Click Here. and read the information presented.

It has been proven over and over, that you have to be in charge of your health.  One of the ways to do it is to keep a positive attitude,  keep yourself up to date with treatments and maybe a better way of doing things.

Living your life categorized as a “Diabetic” isn’t fun and you need every bit of assistance that you can find to make a change.  If you are interested in  facts and figures and endless references then download and read the report compiled by the English physicians or else click on the other link provided and get some of the information there.

What did you think of Matt Travis’s article?  Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts.


P.S. You can download the pdf version of the study: Reversal of type 2 diabetes and Normalization of Beta Cells

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The Grapefruit Diet: Fast Start Diet Plan

The Grapefruit Diet Old and New

The Grapefruit Diet will produce good results for most who try it, since it removes in between meal snacks and nearly all junk food, at the same time leaving some of them, such as: bacon and salad dressings.  This is a diet to use for about a week, no longer.

The old diet!!!

The Grapefruit diet is a short-term diet developed to provide a quick loss of weight. The Grapefruit Diet program is sometimes referred to as the Hollywood or Mayo Clinic Diet.

Nevertheless, The Grapefruit Diet is not related to the Mayo Clinic, to be exact I couldn’t find it related to anything or anybody.

I have heard of  “The Grapefruit Diet” forever.

The only place I ever saw it recommended was by a Chiropractor in Orlando, Florida (I was his receptionist!)  to be used by someone with Gallbladder problems to help stop the irritation and pain.

He had his own version, similar to this to be used for Three days Only.  No food, just Grapefruit juice and Grapefruit and water to prevent dehydration.

I think I’d rather use the New Version Stop Dieting and Live  Because Dieting Doesn’t Work! that was developed by a person who got tired of fad diets that didn’t work!

You need to do the right things that promote life-long weight loss.

Now back to the old  Grapefruit Diet plan that is a three meal per day diet and the Grapefruit Diet  snack is a cup of skim milk. The basis for  The Grapefruit Diet is an unproven theory that grapefruit contains special enzymes that help you burn fat and loose weight.

A Big Con for this diet plan

As for the disadvantages of The Grapefruit Diet, you’ll be either eating half a grapefruit, or drinking an 8 ounce glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice with every meal. It’s your choice, nevertheless you aren’t allowed to add sugar to either one. For some of us this may turn out to be really hard on the digestive system. (acid over load!)

The Grapefruit Diet Grand Finale   

The Grapefruit Diet may be just what’s needed for the individual who wants to lose those xtra pounds quickly.  Not recommended for Diabetics because you still need those Snacks all day long!

Even though The Grapefruit Diet could be unhealthy if used over a long period of time as fast start diet it might turn out to be just right for you, assuming that you can tolerate the vast amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juiceFresh grapefruit and fresh grapefruit juice might be more tolerable, but if Heartburn is in your bag of tricks, proceed with caution!

When it comes to fast weight loss, without a doubt The Grapefruit Diet has provided very good results to many who have tried it. However, before you make your final decision, please visit our main site below. You’ll find more important details and the actual menu.

Actually they have completely redone the whole thing.  Be in for a surprise because it isn’t what it used to be!

Grapefruit Diet Review – Main  Read to the Second Page to Get Details on GrapeFruit Diet!

The Grapefruit Diet Team are in for a shock!

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Is It Possible to Lose 5 pounds in a week? Weights Destroyers Says Yes!

 Weights Destroyers Takes on the Question:

Is it Possible to Lose 5 Pounds in a Week?

Is It Possible to Lose 5 Pounds in a Week?
Is It Possible to Lose 5 Pounds in a Week?

So you want to lose 5 pounds per week? If yes, then this article provides you with an answer maybe.

You know that  losing five pounds in a week is an extremely ambitious goal,  bordering on the side of impossibility.

The reason why I say this is because without being accomplished with the  surgical knife it will be very hard to lose 5 pounds in a week, especially week after week.  If you have a lot of extra pounds and start a new diet, then the drastic change you make in the beginning could lead to losing 5 pounds in a week.

Recently in my email box I received some information about a different system for losing weight AND keeping it off.
I  have requested a review copy of the program so that I can go through it, before I recommend it for anyone to use.
If you want to look at some of the information I saw then  Read More.

Prior to going to the weight reduction process, you need to analyze some of  the reasons you weigh so much and how long it has taken you to accumulate this FAT!

  • What I mean by this, is do some thinking about
  • how all those extra pounds got where they are.
  • determine how much weight you need to lose.
  • How long did it take you to gain enough fat deposits on your body
  • to begin interfering with your life and
  • making life uncomfortable
  • as well as unhealthy.

Do you know that your “group” or the people you hang out with can affect when you eat, where you eat, how much you eat and even what you eat.  People tend to like people who are like themselves.


Your body is merely a hand mirror projection of your way of life.

You need to take a good look at the amount and kind of food that you consume on a daily basis and your activity level which determines how much energy you need each day.

Do your eat the same type of food every day without much variation?

Do you have any idea of the caloric content of the foods that you enjoy that have added those extra pounds?

Or like most people, just eat what you and your friends like and enjoy,  because Eating is included in most social interactions.


If you are carrying enough extra weight that you are in the obese category,  have you seen a doctor to see if there is any medical reason for the excess pounds,?

Or do you think it is the result of over eating and inactivity?

Keep in mind, changing your lifestyle can certainly change the results you get from your eating and exercise habits.

Also remember that if you are embarking on a weight loss plan, you need to make sure that it targets losing fat and not muscle tissue or just “water weight” because this weight will reappear just as fast as it was eliminated.

Now down to the question you want an answer for.

Is it possible to lose 5 pounds in a week?

Well it depends on your current body weight. A normal person weighing around 130 pounds will have a different result than someone who weights in at 260 pounds.

It is certainly possible for the 260 pounder to lose 5 pounds in a week by just using a good calorie limiting diet.

And if you actually weigh twice as much as an average person  (somewhere close to 270 pounds) then you can certainly lose 5 pounds in a full week.

No problem.

That is unless you have a metabolism that is out of whack because of a disease…(this is where checking in with a care give comes into play).

Now for a reality check.

Mainly because when anyone is extremely overweight, their body can  and does burn more calories with less effort and probably no extra exercise.  But even if you are in the overweight category, you still  have to make a decided effort to ensure that you meet your goal of losing 5 pounds in one week.

Now below is an excerpt from an article I was reading and the advice completely contradicts the Information I read in the email I received this morning…

What the email had to say   a much different point of view!

“Be sure you stay active all day. Yes, by energetic I do mean that you have to visit gym daily. Whilst in gym, you need to concentrate on toning the muscles. This would mean exercising with weight loads by focusing on doing a lot more repetitions with much less weight. You need to do the same for every body portion be it arms, legs or back.

Be sure to do this for at least one hour.

Don’t indulge in any kind of cardio since you run the chance of obtaining a sprain due to being over weight. Following this, make time for some intense running.

Run no less than six to seven miles non stop, every day.

Obviously  expect to get to this stage on your very first day itself but ensure you make it to this level within the first 3 days, if you expect to lose your 5 pounds in just a week. .

When you reach this level then your five pound weight loss is for sure within your 7 day target because you will be continuously burning up stored fats and also proteins that are primarily responsible for your huge weight.

If you are truly serious about How many calories should I eat a day or simply try a more  effective program, then click a link below to get more data right now.”

The above excerpt contradicts everything that I was reading in my email.  To be exact some of that excerpt info sounds on the dangerous side.  I mean take a couch potato and get them to run 6 miles  on their first trip out.  uh huh…..Killer.

The information I received in the  email doesn’t show this kind of heavy exercise routine, but just a change in some of your habits.

Maybe it is on to something.

I know from previous experience several years ago, that I lost 40 pounds in 4 months and didn’t go to a gym or run…at most I just walked for half of my lunch hour (30 minutes) and tried not to get hot and sweaty as I still had to work in the office for the rest of the day.

I wasn’t hungry on my diet either because it was structured where I ate enough meals during the  day to  keeping my metabolism running and using calories all day.

See what you think about this program… there is information that  goes into great detail..can read  the three full pages for information only if you choose!   Plus the guy said that after 4 days he started losing weight at an accelerated rate…a pound per day.
I’m waiting on my copy and will  try it out and see.
Might just go ahead and get a copy today, there is a guarantee, money back so if it doesn’t work, I am not out of pocket.

Is it possible to lose 5 pounds in a week?  I’m sure it is, because I’ve done it before, but my real question is whether it is possible to keep losing weight at the rate of 5 pounds a week.

It would have to be a healthy and safe program to work and so one could stay on it long enough to lose all the extra weight most of us are carrying around.

I have even seen ads asking is it possible to lose 10 pounds in a week or even is it possible to lose 5 pounds in a day!  I’m sure someone, somewhere has figured out how to do this, but in my can’t be safe or healthy.

Have an opinion?  Are you on a diet right now, either for losing weight, controlling diabetes or blood sugar levels?
What kind of results are you getting?  Share in the comments. Help someone else today.




What is Raspberry Ketone? Can It Help Diabetics?

 Raspberry Ketone: What is Raspberry Ketone and

How it Can Help You Lose Weight and Fat

What is Raspberry Ketone and can it help diabetics?   Many fad diet products claim to help people with diabetes or just someone who wants to lose weight.

So what is this mysterious  ketone?

A natural phenolic compound that is called   Raspberry Ketone is responsible for the Fat Burning Properties of Raspberries and The Heavenly Smell of Red Raspberries.

According to a Planta Medica study, it’s also a potent fat burner.  Planta Medica is one of the leading international journals in the field of medicinal plants and natural products with original research papers, letters.  (

Raspberries contain Raspberry Ketone a natural weight loss hormone.
Raspberries contain Raspberry Ketone a natural weight loss hormone.

This product was tested on some FAT mice and it was discovered that it increases the production of certain protein hormones that regulate the metabolism.
What this means for you is that it increases the burning of FAT in the body!

Higher levels of this hormone = lower levels of body fat.
During a later study,
this amazing information was confirmed.  It not only helps you
to lose weight, it targets FAT instead of muscle.

It is said that this information is going to be good for people suffering with type 2 diabetes, obesity and things like fatty liver disease and clogged arteries.

Since fat accumulations around the pancreas and in the liver seem to play a part in and increase the malfunction of these organs and thereby reduces  the bodies production of and use of insulin….some serious attention should be focused on Raspberry Ketone!

The researchers of another study announced  that Raspberry Ketone

“May have  great promise as a fat-burning, health-improving herbal medicine.”

Look for Raspberry Ketone in weight loss products.   The sure way to lose fat!

Raspberry Ketone Max is the latest weight loss discovery to take television health programs and online health news sites by storm.

This is what they are saying: Lose Weight the Natural Way with Raspberry Max as it contains Raspberry Ketone.

Until now, you’d have to eat thousands of Raspberries just to get enough of the Ketone enzyme to help fight fat.

No longer true because,  scientists have isolated that element and extracted it into a supplement that lets you get 300mg of Raspberry Ketone in every serving of Raspberry Ketone Max.

In studies on rats, Raspberry Ketone helped prevent the onset of obesity in mice that were on a high fat diet.

They also prevented an increase in blood triglyceride following high fat meals. That translates into Raspberry Ketone not only helping prevent the onset of obesity, but also preventing fat storage as well.  There is a double action because it works in the digestive system to prevent fat assimilation and prevent fat storage.

Doctors have long recommended natural solutions for weight loss because they are completely safe and don’t have any of the negative side effects that manufactured drugs have that can harm the body extensively.

With Raspberry Ketone Max, you get the natural solution doctors prefer with a clinically tested supplement that can help burn body fat. Doctors everywhere want you to lose weight and with Raspberry Ketone Max you now have a natural solution to weight loss your doctors recommend.

Here are some quotes from users of Raspberry Ketone Max.

“I have been trying to lose weight for years and this is the first program that ever worked for me. I have been using your product along with your diet and exercise program and have already lost 30 pounds! Thank you, Raspberry Ketone Max!”
− Marsha, CA

“I’ve spent years trying to get a flat belly and nothing has ever worked. Now that I’ve started using Raspberry Ketones, I finally have the sexy belly I’ve always dreamed of. Thank you so much, Raspberry Ketone Max.”
– Elizabeth B., Milton Keynes, UK

“My favorite thing about Raspberry Ketones is that they work! All those stubborn areas of fat have just seemed to melt away since I started taking it. I can’t recommend this product enough!”
– Stephanie. – Los Angeles, CA

The above quotes were provided by Raspberry Max from happy customers.

The nation’s top television health show recently featured Raspberry Ketone on its program as a great natural weight loss alternative.

The host of the show praised Raspberry Ketone for its ability to  target fat cells and increase the hormones in your body that allow you to get thinner more effectively.

Also, the host was impressed with how quickly most users experienced results from Raspberry Ketone, with many seeing a difference in as little as one week!

Having a source for the amount of  Raspberry Ketone that you need to take daily is important, because it isn’t practical to try to eat enough Raspberries to get the amount of ketone you need for it to work.
It is amazing that something in a berry can do what the research is indicating it can do.  The cause of it all is what causes that fragrant aroma that Raspberries give off.

Raspberry Ketone may also play a role in managing osteoporosis because of the lipid formation inhibition.  My interpretation is that it reduces the amount of fat stored in the bone marrow thereby increasing the production of osteoblasts which produce bone cells.

One of the many causes of osteoporosis listed were aging, hormone imbalance and increased adipose (fat) tissue in the bone marrow.  Reference is here: Raspberry ketone promotes the differentiation of C3H10T1/2 stem cells into osteoblasts.

Want more information about Raspberry Ketone as a supplement?

Read More Here

Sometimes if I provide a link to a product and you make a purchase, I will be paid a small fee.  Discuss changes and additions to your diet with your caregiver before making a change.  Never buy just because someone recommends.  Make sure what you are looking at is right for you.

Get more information about Diabetes by reading Here.



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Making Use of the diabetic Food Pyramid

Are You Using the Diabetic Food Pyramid?

Making use of the new diabetic food pyramid may help you to control your sugar and make life easier.

The New Diabetic Food Pyramid has a Different Look!

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Suggested Servings of the Different Food Groups for Good Nutrition.

So if you are planning on making changes in your diet, there are some things you should do to help make the Diet planning easier!

I would suggest visiting here and filling out the short form and find out how much Fiber you need in your diet on a daily basis.
How Much Fiber Do I Need Click and See

We emphasize using a sugar control diet to control blood sugar levels and help with controlling Diabetes.

Here is some good news, you don’t have to be a Diabetic to use the foods suggested on this site or page.

If you are just overweight and want to make a change in your lifestyle by losing a few pounds…make use of this site.  You will find Tips on every page that will help you meet your goal.

Here is part of a brochure from gov that will give you some general information and suggestions to get you started.

Let’s eat for the health of it!

Start by choosing one or more tips to help you…

Build a healthy plate

Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.

Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories.

Try some of these options.

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Switch to skim or 1% milk.
Make at least half your grains whole.
Vary your protein food choices.
Keep your food safe to eat – learn more at

Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt

Many people eat foods with too much solid fats, added sugars, and salt (sodium). Added sugars and fats load foods with extra calories you don’t need. Too much sodium may increase your blood pressure.

Choose foods and drinks with little or no added sugars.
Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy – it all adds up.
Eat fewer foods that are high in solid fats.

Eat the right amount of calories for you.

Don’t forget to use the Link at the top of the page and find out your Calorie and Fibers needs.

Everyone has a personal calorie limit.

Staying within yours can help you get to or maintain a healthy weight. People who are successful at managing their weight have found ways to keep track of how much they eat in a day, even if they don’t count every calorie.

Enjoy your food, but eat less.


  • Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what’s in your food.
  • When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options.
  • Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.

If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly – limit to 1 drink a day for women or to 2 drinks a day for men.

Be physically active your way, Walking always works!

Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up, and the health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.

Note to parents: What you eat and drink and your level of physical activity are important for your own health, and also for your children’s health.

You are your children’s most important role model. Your children pay attention to what you do more than what you say.

You can do a lot to help your children develop healthy habits for life by providing and eating healthy meals and snacks. For example, don’t just tell your children to eat their vegetables – show them that you eat and enjoy vegetables every day.

What people eat is often determined by what they grew up eating.  Old habits are hard to break.  So if you still eat the same old foods that you learned from your Mom and Grandmother, it might be time to consider making a change!

There is information galore out there.  Get some of it on your plate and make a change in the real food sitting on your plate.

If you would care to read the free manual being offered here, just to get a different look at how a nutritionist thinks he has solved the weight loss and diabetes over weight problem.   Fill in your email address and go.  After all, it is free!
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Fight Diabetes with Education

Sugar: How Does Exercise Control Diabetes

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Dieting without Exercising  Won’t Control Your Blood Sugar


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Fresh Air and Exercise Help Control Blood Sugar

Had a checkup today.  I knew before I went in that my glucose readings weren’t going to be a good as the last time and I was right!

For over a month I had not done any walking…to be exact was spending more time working on the computer, sitting more than I should.

Carolyn, my Dr. stated, “your A1c crept up a little..what have you been doing?”

I shrugged and replied, “I haven’t been doing my walking every day.  And I didn’t bother to ride my exercycle which I have in the house either.”

“Well,” she said, “I know it has rained a lot and it isn’t  pleasant to walk in the storms we’ve had lately, but you need to make a change and add in some exercise.  If your readings go much higher, I’d be remiss if I didn’t put you on a medication.”

Ouch, I thought.  For over 30+ years I’ve managed to keep this thing in control without medications and now I’m on the verge of blowing it.  If I mess around and add another .2 to my A1c reading, I’m in trouble.

My Dr. Carolyn continued, “You know if you don’t use it, you lose it, and by that I mean the ability to walk and do for yourself.

As you get older, it becomes even more important to keep exercise as a part of your daily routine.

We as humans were not born to sit like we do now.  We air squatted or walked or laid down to sleep, but we weren’t born with a couch stuck to our back side.”

People Sharing a Moment of Time

I took the clipboard the secretary gave me as I was leaving  and went to sit in the lobby to complete some paperwork and started chatting with a woman sitting next to me and she had  a bandaged foot .

The “foot doctor” shares the reception room with my physician and as I filled in paper work, I explained I was in a hurry to get through because I had an appointment at the garage to get my headlight replaced.

I’d noticed the night before from the reflection in a store window that one of the low beam headlights was out.

I drove home with high beam lights on, even if they did annoy a few other drivers….because those lights were all working!

The woman surprised me by saying, “Smart move!  Last month in the middle of the day,  I was shopping, got in  my car and drove out of the shopping mall parking lot and got pulled over by a policeman.”

She said, “He started writing a ticket before he even told me what was wrong.

When I asked him what was the problem, he said me, ‘I saw your lights come on when you started your car, then one of them went off.  So, you are getting a ticket for driving without proper lights’.”

“$75.00.”  She couldn’t believe it.  “I don’t need that right now, my husband recently died and here I am, a single mom with a 5 year old and a 3 year.  He was only 44.”

I asked, “What happened?”

She said, “He had a heart attack, only 44 years old, but he did have diabetes and high blood pressure. He just couldn’t seem to manage keeping his sugar under control.”

“I’m sorry.”  That is all I could say, except I did tell her what my Dr. had said to me about my Sugar creeping up and was going to have to pay more attention to my diabetes.

“You are smart to get your lights fixed today, mine was visible because I have one of those cars that the lights burn all the time.  I replaced the light and went to court with my ticket and receipt…when I explained it all to the judge, he dismissed the ticket so I didn’t have to pay it!”, she exclaimed.

“That’s good.  You were lucky.  It is to bad your husband wasn’t lucky enough to have controlled his blood sugar, because now a lot of  people with diabetes are dying of strokes and heart attacks because of the damage done to their blood vessels by the high sugar.  Especially if you have diabetes and it doesn’t get treated,” I said.

A heavy set man, with one leg amputated below the knee, seated in a wheel chair, across from us interrupted and said, “I couldn’t miss it when you said what your A1c reading was.

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Diabetic Medications

I had diabetes for years before it was diagnosed and I’m taking insulin and two oral medications.  My A1c is now down to 11.9, but even with all the medicine and the diet, I can’t seem to get the sugar down.  On a good day on my meter it is 300, when I take it first thing in the morning.”

“Yep,” chimed in the woman seated next to him, “most of the time his meter just says HI 🙂.”  (This means the reading is over 500 which is the limit of most home used glucose meters.)

“What are you doing, that I’m not doing to get your sugar down so low, I’d be happy to have your readings.  I have to take readings 4 times a day and take insulin and the pills, depending on what the readings are” the man continued questioning.

Exercise is the Magic Button that helps Control Diabetes

I looked at him for a minute and thought, then said, “For years all I have done is stick to my diet plan and try to get at least 30 minutes a day exercise.  If the sugar doesn’t come down, then I get really strict with the diet and add more than 30 minutes of exercise.

Sometimes I will use a small electric “exerciser bicycle” when I am sitting at the computer working.  It sits on the floor and is easy to use, plus it will run for 15 minutes then stop, so If I run it two cycles I’ve added 30 more minutes of exercise.

Usually after just one day of strict dieting and extra exercise my meter glucose reading will be 100 or less.”

“Since you are having so much trouble controlling your sugar, are you getting any exercise,” I questioned.

“No, not lately because I had blood clots and my good leg is still swollen from them.  I have a prosthesis, but I haven’t been walking, just sitting or sleeping.” he elaborated.

“I don’t know what else to tell you,” I said, “Because I know that I have to exercise to control my sugar.  Do you have access to a pool, since you can’t walk right now because of the problem with your leg?”

“Yes,” he said, “The heated therapy pool is not far from my home and I can use it, so I guess I’ll have to start going.

The doctor told me to keep track of my sugar and try not to lower it to fast, but try to get it down to 120, if I could.

I do use hand weights, but I guess that isn’t enough.”

Planned Diabetic Meals are Necessary to Control Blood Sugar

I wondered how he did with his dieting, so I asked, “How many calories a day are you eating?”

I nearly fell off my chair when he said, “I don’t know.  They just told me to eat a piece of meat about the size of the palm of my hand and not anything white.  I can’t eat fruit, because if I eat a banana my sugar will go up to 900.
I don’t drink as much water now as I did before I went on the insulin and the two pills.

I was drinking almost a gallon of water a day before, then I started having the blood clots that messed up my legs.  They give me a B12 shot each month and it seems to make me feel better…a little more energy.”
It seems that he doesn’t care for dried beans which are helpful to me because of the fiber in them, said the only beans he liked were green beans.

We didn’t get into the important part of the diet that deals with scheduling 3 meals and 3 snacks each day because I had finished my paper work and had to leave for my garage appointment.
Just to shed a little light on what has happened to this man and the woman’s husband who died at the young age of 44, here is an excerpt from an article I read recently.  It very succinctly explains what the processes of diabetes and uncontrolled blood sugar does to the human body.

Cardiovascular Complications (Heart and Blood Vessel Disease)
Heart and blood vessel disease are the most common long-term complications of uncontrolled diabetes. High glucose levels in the blood damage blood vessels by making the walls of the vessels thicker. As a result, blood has a harder time passing through them.

Additionally, diabetes causes higher lipid (fat) levels in blood that can lead to clogged and narrowed arteries. High blood pressure is another risk factor for clogged arteries. The condition, called atherosclerosis, can occur anywhere in the body and may eventually lead to angina (pain in the heart), heart attack, stroke, and pain in the legs or feet. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than those without the disease.

Stopping smoking, losing weight and keeping blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure under control are some of the ways to reduce risks of developing heart and blood vessel disease. The American Diabetes Association recommends a blood glucose goal of 80-120 mg/dl before meals, a cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dl and a blood pressure reading of less than 130/85.


Diabetic ketoacidosis
Ketoacidosis occurs from a lack of insulin, primarily in individuals with type 1 diabetes. Without insulin, the body breaks down fat instead of metabolizing sugar properly for energy. The process produces ketones, which are dangerous byproducts of fat similar in chemical composition to acetone, which is found in solvents. The ketones turn the blood more acidic, which can be a life-threatening condition. Because ketones are released in urine, a simple urine test can detect their presence. People with type 1 diabetes should test for ketones when blood glucose is elevated and during times of illness. The main symptoms of ketoacidosis are nausea and vomiting, profound weakness and hyperventilation.

Diabetic ketoacidosis must often be treated in the hospital with insulin and intravenous fluids. The person must get treatment immediately to avoid lapsing into a coma.

Hyperosmolar coma

This condition occurs primarily in people with type 2 diabetes. It is caused from a reduced level of insulin and increased insulin resistance that cause blood sugar to rise dangerously high. Unlike the condition ketoacidosis, high acid levels in the blood are usually not present. However, dehydration may be present and may be serious.

Hyperosmolar coma is treated in the hospital with a small amount of insulin and intravenous fluids. The person must get treatment immediately to avoid lapsing into a coma.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Hypoglycemia can be caused by a delayed or skipped meal, increased activity or taking more diabetes medicine than is needed. The condition can affect people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who use insulin or sulfonylureas.

Hypoglycemia is treated by immediately ingesting 15 grams of carbohydrate. This equals ½ cup of juice, three glucose tablets, ½ cup of a regular soft drink or other carbohydrate food. The treatment should be followed by a meal if it is mealtime or a snack.


Men with diabetes run a greater risk of developing impotence because of blood vessel and nerve damage caused from high glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. There are many effective treatments for impotence including medication (Viagra®), devices and surgery.

Stopping smoking, which constricts blood vessels, and keeping blood fats, sugars and cholesterol under control are some of the ways to reduce risks of developing impotence.

Foot problems

Nerve and blood vessel damage – causing a lack of pain sensation and decreased blood flow – can result in serious foot problems. People with diabetes are particularly at risk for foot ulcers and infections: they may not know, for example, that an injury has occurred to the foot. And a lack of blood flow may slow the healing process. In severe cases, sores may never heal, leading to gangrene and amputation.

For people with diabetes, it is important always to wear shoes and to inspect your feet every day, including the bottoms of your feet, for sores and infections.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The whole article is available here if you wish to read more.

Education is  the key to solving the Diabetes problem.

What most people do not realize is that the simplest and least expensive solution to controlling blood sugar is a Diabetic Diet coupled with daily exercise.  It is the Best solution because drugs cannot control blood sugar, they can assist.

I promised the Gentleman that I would see if I could find where I bought my electric exercise bicycle because he seemed very interested in it.  I’ll have to come back later and leave a message for him.

If you would like to make a contribution to spreading the word about what Diabetes does when Blood Sugar is not Controlled, then please share this information…every little bit helps.




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Blood Sugar Control and SALsalate-Will it Help?

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While doing some online research about blood sugar control and type 2 diabetes I ran across an article written by Patrick J. Skerrett and posted on the Harvard Health Blog. Mr. Skerrett was describing his participation in a recent study where the final results are now posted by

Needless to say, it got me to thinking. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than thirty years ago and have basically used a reasonable diet and exercise to control my blood sugar without taking any diabetic based medication.

However, during this time period, I either took plain old aspirin or Naproxen Sodium an aspirin based drug used to control inflammation. They were prescribed by my health care giver to reduce the pain and inflammation for a hip injury I received in a car accident.

The particular drug targeted in the study is SALsalate another aspirin based drug. Since the study seems to show that participants in the study benefited with lower blood sugar levels even though many of them also had an average weight gain of approximately 2 pounds, I began to wonder if my efforts to control my blood sugar levels using just a diet and exercise had been secretly assisted by my use of aspirin and Naproxen Sodium.

I continue to take the Naproxen daily, always making sure to take it with food and even with those precautions, I have had  two lesions removed from my colon.
No one directly advised me to stop taking the Naproxen, didn’t even relate it to the lesions, but since digestive problems are listed as a side effect for this drug….it got me to thinking, so I did some research which I listed below in study information.

The stated purpose of the study was stated as follows:

” Purpose

Growing evidence over recent years supports a potential role for low grade chronic inflammation in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In this study we will determine whether salsalate, a member of the commonly used Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) class, is effective in lowering sugars in patients with type 2 diabetes. The study will determine whether salicylates represent a new pharmacological option for diabetes management. The study is conducted in two stages. The primary objective of the first stage is to select a dose of salsalate that is both well-tolerated and demonstrates a trend toward improvement in glycemic control. The primary objective of Stage 2 of the study is to evaluate the effects of salsalate on blood sugar control in diabetes; the tolerability of salsalate use in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D); and the effects of salsalate on measures of inflammation, the metabolic syndrome, and cardiac risk.”

For your convenience the recently released report is available at Targeting INflammation Using SALsalate in Type 2 Diabetes (TINSAL-T2D)

I plan to call my caregiver and discuss this study and ask if I should be taking salsalate which seems to have fewer or no digestive upsets instead of the one I a now taking.

Since it is now 6:15 a.m. and she isn’t in her office, I’ll have to update later and reveal her recommendation.

Sometimes we get lucky and do things almost right! For my own information, I did a search on WikipediA and found this excerpt from an article:

“Salsalate is used to reduce pain and inflammation caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and related rheumatic conditions. Salsalate is also recommended by physicians as an anti-inflammatory alternative to naproxen, and ibuprofen for patients that have had minor stomach bleeding or stomach upset. It has also been used as an alternative to narcotic pain medicine for people with spinal disc protrusion.” Read complete article by clicking on the link below.

There is still a side effect on this drug related to the digestive system, so I’m not sure if changing what I’m taking will make a difference, but the positive is that there is documented information that indicates that there is a positive result when taking this drug to control inflammation for people with or without diabetes….suggesting that it helps reduce blood sugar and may even work as a pre-diabetes preventer.

For more information, I’d suggest reading the WikipediA article..many of the references cited there are unavailable to be listed here. Will Taking Salsalate Help control blood sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetics

When you have diabetes it is always important to continue learning about diabetes.
Self Education should be part of regimen to control your blood sugar right along with your sugar control diet and exercise.
I still believe that You are What You Eat……..

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Whole Grains Where To Find

Add Whole Grains to  Your Diet….

The “Grain Chain” is a group of MyPlate National Strategic Partners committed to promoting and supporting grains. The “Grain Chain,” in collaboration with the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion, created 5 new videos to promote the key consumer message: Make at least half your grains whole.

Members of the “Grain Chain” include American Bakers Association, Wheat Foods Council, Grains Food Foundation, National Pasta Association, USA Rice Federation, General Mills, and Kellogg’s.

Whole grains make for easy breakfast as many of the them are included in popular breakfast cereals.

Watch the calorie count and choose pre packaged cereals that do not contain extra sugar and you’ve got it made.

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Shedding Your Belly Fat Lose Weight Now

Shed Your Belly Fat and Lose Weight For Your Health

To Shed Belly Fat Lose Weight!  Shedding your belly fat and working to lose weight work hand in hand.  It is unfortunate with so much information available everywhere, the truth hasn’t yet been shared.

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Belly Fat

Belly Fat is a problem that many of us have, it sometimes stays behind when we lose weight, whether we want to admit it or not.

We might try to hide it, or we might deny it, but we know that it is there.

It makes us feel self-conscious and even uncomfortable at times.

The problem many have found with belly fat is it will not go away, no matter what we do!

You are not alone, if you find yourself caught in this trap…

In fact, it is a widespread problem due  to the fact  so many people have NOT a single working clue about  how to get rid of it.   What it looks like to Not have Belly Fat….dream come true!

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To Lose Belly Fat Lose Weight, Works!

What can I do about Belly Fat?

You might be in what seems to be a losing battle with belly fat, but you can turn things around by following these tips.

  • First off, you cannot shed that belly fat just by eating healthy
  • You also have to exercise.
  • This does not  mean stomach exercises, either

You have to get your cardiovascular system going by doing aerobic type  exercise.

You can get your metabolism going by jogging, walking, bicycling, or swimming several  days a week.

To make it simple, plan on walking or bicycling 30 minutes each day.
This is vital if you want to shed that pesky flab.

What Exercise Will Get Rid of Belly Fat?

The fact is, you need to work out all parts of your body – not just your stomach.

It is absurd to believe that you can burn belly fat by doing curls or squats, because it just doesn’t happen!

A full-body workout will help your body optimize its ability to burn fat.

You do not have to do intense, life-changing workouts in order to work out all parts of your body.

  • Find something you enjoy, and then stick with it!
  • Plan to exercise 30 minutes every day.
  • Make a choice or mix it up
  • Walk every day
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Bad Weather solutions:
  • Indoor exercycle
  • Walk in the Mall

And finally, you can add in those stomach exercises that you thought from the start you would be told to do.  That is if you wish.

Mix up these exercises, doing crunches, sit-ups, and other ab exercises, instead of just picking one thing and sticking to it.

But again, if losing weight is your first priority, don’t add a heavy duty gym workout to your schedule.

The reason is you will begin to build muscle in your stomach and even though you are burning  fat down there all at the same time, overall weight loss will stall.  Belly still there!

You cannot win the battle against belly fat if all you do is eat healthy and do stomach workouts, even though each of these is important.

Find a way that you can fit in your full-body workouts and your aerobic exercises, setting up a schedule that will allow you to do this.

In time, that belly fat will start to melt away, and you will be happier and happier with the way you look!

Here is a quote from the Diet Manual from a well know diet.  I have a copy of the whole 45 page manual that you can download as a gift.  NO selling, just free!  (directions for downloading at bottom of this page).

What the Body Needs and What it Doesn’t
Our bodies need nutrients, vitamins, minerals and water for good health and proper functioning.

This diet alone will produce amazing weight loss. However,
by following the exercise program, we can nearly double our weight loss goals, while
obtaining some very favorable body composition changes.


It goes on to discuss exercise as a component of body needs.  Also the fact is our body is quite capable of obtaining most of its nutritional  needs from the food we eat.

Just something I have noticed:  Actually, Belly Fat can be a symptom of a disease or an indicator  one is working it way into your body.  More on that later.
What you are interested in right now is getting rid of Belly Fat and also losing weight!
Enter your email address in this little form and that Diet Manual will appear like magic.  Read online or click and save as pdf  so you have it handy.
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Good Nutrition is Key to Diet Control of Diabetes

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Nutrition: The Secret to Losing Belly Fat and Controlling Diabetes

Count the Calories,  plan the meals, make them healthy and  make sure you eat on time!  Dieting isn’t Easy!

Staying on a diet is hard work.  It takes a lot of planning, preparation and ENTHUSIASM!

Trying to Lose belly fat which seems to come with diabetes  is always  hindered by the mistakes made in how we try to lose the fat.  Researchers are now investigating whether the belly fat causes the diabetes, or does diabetes causes the belly fat!

There is a lot of slipping and sliding involved in maintaining healthy eating habits that will promote good blood sugar control and result in diabetes management.   The same habits of eating that we have developed over the years, get us to where we are now, and because they are hard to break, they keep us there.

Good Eating habits along with blood glucose readings (that should be taken as often as our health care giver  prescribes) are part of the plan for diet control of diabetes. .   If you are taking Insulin this can be very important.

I was listening to a TV program yesterday and  one of the points made was that there is a huge gap between what care givers prescribe and what insulin users end up doing.  It seems that users don’t always follow instructions, resulting in poor blood glucose control.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there is the same neglect when it comes to following caregiver directions for nutrition and meal planning.

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Jo enjoying an outdoor lunch.

Look around and find a program you can really live with.
Enroll friends! sister Jo found a new book on diabetic nutrition and has several friends sitting around the club house pool reading it with her.
If  only she can convert this new knowledge into action!!!  Dinty Moore beef stew (even with added water) isn’t on any diabetic diet I’ve ever seen even though it was on one of Jo’s lists of what she had for lunch!  There is a Blog Cararta’s Facts that details some of Jo’s adventures with Diabetes.  Click on the name if you want to go and read.

Good nutrition is actually just applying common sense to what you need to eat to be healthy or become healthy.  The information is there.  Use it.

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Suggested Servings of the Different Food Groups for Good Nutrition.

Here is a link to a common sense program that has some of the best information I have ever seen to help you lose weight and integrate enough exercise into your routine to help you not only Feel Better but Look Better at the same time.  Skinny Belly!

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Fresh & Healthy

Fresh and Healthy is a great way to eat.  Especially the fresh part.

Imagine having a box with your meat, fresh produce, recipes that include a picture of what is for dinner included arriving on your doorstep…ready to cook and eat.
Forget the grocery store, shopping and all that time wasting of you life!
Save up to 50% + Free Shipping at HelloFresh! Code NOV50PHF Valid for new customers only. Ends 11/30/15. Eat fresh & healthy – Shop Now

Dr. Dycus  Click Here the article I wanted you to read is on another site!

Heard from a friend that the meals provided by Diet to Go are really healthy and fresh in addition to just plain tasting good.

You might want to give them a look as they are always running a special so that if it is your first time ordering, you get a  different  offer or discount.

Guess if you live alone, it would be very helpful to have portion controlled food available….save a lot on wasted food.  Hambone, my dog might not care for that arrangement, but it is becoming very interesting to me!

Diet-to-Go: The Calorie Lab Review

Great Video Review of A Weeks Worth of Food. The Reviewer ordered a 1200 a day calorie Vegetarian Diet. Vegetarian isn’t required, Diet to Go also has meats and animal protein and  Diary available……no need to go on a diet and become a vegetarian at the same time.



Fight Diabetes With Fiber

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How to Fight Diabetes and Win: Use Fiber to Control Blood Sugar


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Use Natural Fiber to control blood sugar and win your battle with Diabetes.

What to eat and when to eat are important when trying to manage your Diabetes so… suggestions and tips for acquiring enough fiber in your diet to make a difference in how you control blood sugar and manage your diabetes are included here.

Tip: Foods rich in fiber have been shown to be very beneficial in helping to control blood sugar levels and therefore control diabetes.

One of the best ways to get enough fiber in your diet starts at the beginning of you day… by having a fiber rich healthy breakfast.

Suggestion: It is always important to stick to a schedule when eating if you have Diabetes… so: Start out your day with a high fiber breakfast..

The secrets to choosing a healthy breakfast cereal.

There are many boxed and quick fix cereals available, but the best ones with the most fiber and therefore “good” for you to eat are something like old fashioned oatmeal or even cream of wheat.

Here are a few suggestions taken from the Fiber Food List that will get you started.

Tip: Oatmeal (a whole grain), Plain Cheerios, and Raisin Bran in the box are listed.

Suggestion: Make pancakes or waffles with whole-grain or buckwheat flour and top with freshly chopped apples, raisins or berries or nuts to raise the fiber count.

Tip: It is better to leave the peel on apples for best fiber content.

Lunch… Your next chance to add fiber.

Lunch is your second meal of the day and often the most difficult to manage!. These suggestions and tips may help make some of these choices a little easier.

Suggestion: If you must “Eat Out” and can’t take your homemade food with you, then for sandwiches choose those made with whole wheat, oatmeal, oat bran or rye bread.

A lot of ethnic food establishments often have dishes with beans, peas and lentils which contain fiber and sometimes even extra protein because of using beans.

Tip: This means Taco Bell just might be on your list of “Fast Food” places!

Suggestion: Soups made with dried beans, lentils, bulgur and barley are superb additions to your high fiber menu. Look for dishes featuring brown rice or whole wheat pasta.

Tip: Check out Olive Garden for their Soup and Salad menu. Panera also might make the list as you can get 1/2 of a sandwich made with a high fiber bread along with soup or salad.

Suggestion: Monitor your choices. Most restaurants now have available “content” information listing calories, fat, fiber etc. contained in their menu offerings.

Salads reign supreme as a choice any time of day.. Raw fruits and vegetables have it all… high in fiber, good nutrition because of the “live” phyto nutrients and low in calories.

Tip: Watch your salad dressings and ask for olive oil and vinegar on the side to dress your salad or purchase and take with you one of those “mini” spritzer salad dressings that are almost zero calories, but high in flavor!

This Suggestion adds another meal or Mini Meal… your 3 O’clock Snack.

Here you can have fun! Adding this small meal keeps your metabolism working so blood sugar is kept level with fewer spikes and lows. This is your goal when trying to use food to manage diabetes.

Tip: Home made trail mix made with nuts, raisins, seed, other dried fruits and whole grains are great. Some dried fruits are high in sugar so measure and note the calorie count.

A great bar that is a perfect mix of protein, carbs and fat is the Zone Bar. If you are into Chocolate and Almonds this is a winner. Of course, because of the almonds and whole grains in the bar you get your fiber.

Tip: A safer choice might be an Apple with skin on and some almonds or sunflower seeds.

Suggestion: A small Orange, Blueberries, Strawberries or a Pear accompanied by cottage cheese or yogurt is another great way to add fiber and protein.

Big Tip!

Dinner or “Supper” according to where you live in the world is often the dieters or diabetics downfall.

Something I haven’t emphasized so far, (but if you look back at the Tips and Suggestions you will notice it is there) is the inclusion of Protein in each meal and snack in addition to fiber.

We digest protein a little slower than the carbs in fruit, grains and vegetables so it is extremely useful in keeping our blood sugar waltzing along on an even keel. Of course the addition of fiber from your fresh fruit, vegetables and grains works with the protein.

What this means is that after our body has used up all the sugar in said carbs it is still working at extracting and transforming the protein into useable energy… so we don’t become afflicted with that “I’m Starving Cave” in our middle.

Dinner: Suggestions and Tips.

The new “plate” works great for dinner. It is laid out with portion suggestions from the 4 food groups that we need to eat to stay alive and healthy! Remember that old saying, “Eat to live, don’t Live to Eat?”

Best tip for Dinner that I can give you is to include a large part of your protein portion for the day in your dinner. This hopefully will stave off the munchies before bedtime.

Suggestions for Dinner protein include the standbys: Dried beans, peas and lintels-all high fiber foods and broiled or baked Chicken, Fish, Pork and Lean Red Meat (the last two aren’t recommended more than twice a week).

Tip: I absolutely love Fried Chicken so,,,, Oven Fry it. Bread it lightly with buckwheat flour with spices added, wet chicken then roll in crushed bran cereal (beat 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of water then roll chicken in it to make your breading stick). Spray your baking pan and both sides of the Chicken, then bake it.

Hard to detect it isn’t the old fashioned pot of grease Fried Chicken!

More off the wall recommendations: a medium baked potato with skin has enough fiber to put it in the acceptable category. (Much better than whole grain pasta and whole wheat bread which almost don’t get on the fiber content chart).

Tip: Dress your skin-on-baked-potato with fat free Greek Yogurt (make your own, buy the largest store brand container of fat free yogurt, place it in a coffee filter in strainer and let it do its magic). I leave it out of the fridge for about 30 minutes, drain and refrigerate to finish removing the liquid. As good as Sour Cream!

Fiber it up with Dinner. This is a great time to have a raw Vegetable Salad since raw seems to work better. Spinach, Dark Lettuce (iceberg is mostly water) and Celery are some of the standbys.

Great Tip: Create a salad base of bite sized or smaller chopped chunks of Broccoli, Cauliflower and Celery. Mix, cover and keep refrigerated.

The BCC mix can be made into a meal by placing some in a separate bowl, add raisins, almonds, trail mix and a dressing… A great no cook Dinner.

For a different taste, add loose leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, onions and some lean Ham or boiled eggs and call it a “Chef’s” salad.

Tired of the Salad thing?

Suggestion: Invest in a good processor like VitaMix or one of those Ninja things and along with a cored unpeeled Apple, toss in enough of your BCC salad mix to make a nice Veggie Slurpee.

Tip: Raid your spice rack for flavors. Those dried spices and Garlic, Onion and Curry powder are almost calorie free but pack a punch. But you are now drinking your fiber and enjoying it!

Note: add spices to some of your home made Greek yogurt to make creamy salad dressings and dips.

Suggestion: For dinner… construct Soups with cooked dried beans as the base, adding barley, brown rice, pasta and some potatoes, onions, a carrot or two and any left over veggies. Chop a handful of spinach or kale, collards or turnip greens and add to the mix. To make things a little interesting I sometimes include chopped chilies and tomatoes.

Tip: Great tasting food is fun to eat, so you can add Celery Seeds, Garlic Powder, Curry Powder, Parsley Flakes, Ground Red Pepper or Thyme and if I’m in a Tomato mood and no fresh on hand use diced canned tomatoes or even V-8 juice at the end of cooking time (beans will never soften if tomatoes are added before they done).

This soup will be high in fiber and low in calories. In place of crackers I often make small “Corn Pones” from corn meal and “fry” them in a sprayed non stick pan (spray the tops before you turn them for a crunchy crust).

Finally one last Tip.

Thirty minutes before you go to bed, have a nice hot beverage… green tea, hot milk or what ever you like plus the other half of that Zone Bar you had for your 3 O’Clock snack. (I have to half the Zone Bars because I am on 1200 calories a day and some of the bars have 300+ calories).

Honey Grahams and hot milk are somewhat of a standby, but Ginger Snaps work as well.

Cadbury Cakes are great if you can find them… just make it a mix of a hot drink and some carbs… helps you to sleep. If you are keeping track of your calories you can be adventurous with your snacks. Most have the calorie count on the package.

Enjoy your new Healthy Fiber Diet.

Wikipedia has some good information on fiber, just do a search for Fiber wikipedia.

Having lived with type 2 diabetes for over 30 years, I have a passion to inform and educate others about this insidious disease.

With many people now being diagnosed with diabetes lying in the emergency room with a stoke or heart attack probably caused by this silent killer, it is important to reach as many as possible. has articles and videos that emphasize that you can control diabetes with diet and exercise. With a little planning you can enjoy life after Diabetes.

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Diabetes Month Get Informed, Fight Diabetes Type 2

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Research, some of it has suggested there is a “cure” or reversal for type 2 diabetes.   Wonder if it will happen in our life time?
Drug companies don’t seem very interested in funding a search for a cure or even expanding on what is now know.

Even without research, we now already know that most cases of type 2 diabetes respond immediately to a well managed diabetic diet coupled with exercise.  It is a case of  “stop eating and sitting yourself to death.”

There are several articles on this site about research into using a generic vaccine to work on curing or reversing type 1 diabetes.

Also included is an excerpt from a report by British Physicians stating that they had successfully reversed type 2 diabetes completely.  If you go and read, please comment below what you think about the information…and how it should be used.

Free Screening During World Diabetes Month

Bernews – ‎25 minutes ago‎
Bermuda Hospitals Board joins a global diabetes campaign this month highlighting the importance of education in order to protect the future health of our communities and prevent the serious health consequences of this disease. The hospital will be offering 
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Diabetes Raises Alarm, Improve Your Quality of Life

Top News Arab Emirates – ‎1 hour ago‎
American Diabetes Month is being observed in November. Diabetes is raising high alarms as 26 million people in America, including children are prone to the disease, according the American Diabetes Association. Even bigger matter of concern is that, 

Association Warns That Type 2 Diabetes Increases Risk For Cardiovascular 

NJ TODAY – ‎3 hours ago‎
ROBBINSVILLE — November is national diabetes month and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association warns that people living with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke or heart attack.

American Diabetes Association Makes Recommendations

Enon Eagle – ‎8 hours ago‎
Written by Kathy Voytko. Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00. November is American Diabetes month, and the work of the American Diabetes Association will focus on spreading the word about the prevalence, toll on health and cost of diabetes this month.

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What I need to Know About Eating and Diabetes

For the newly diagnosed with Diabetes  I have started a series of “mini” articles about Diabetes and some of the things that you need to know or learn.

Since I am using information from the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’ll follow their guide and give you a link to where you can find more information instead of searching!

Here is an excerpt:

Eating and Diabetes

You can take good care of yourself and your diabetes by learning

  • what to eat
  • how much to eat
  • when to eat

Making wise food choices can help you

  • feel good every day
  • lose weight if you need to
  • lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems caused by diabetes

Healthful eating helps keep your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, in your target range. Physical activity and, if needed, diabetes medicines also help. The diabetes target range is the blood glucose level suggested by diabetes experts for good health. You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target.

A good guide except it doesn’t have any details!

So here is some help.  For the What, When and How Much to Eat just Click Here.…go read and close the page and you will come back here to continue on!

Now for some interesting information.

If you read and found out what you needed to know and got started

(you have to do it yourself  because no one else bends your elbow and puts things in your mouth!)

then You have begun your journey to feeling better,  losing weight and lowering your risk for all those wonderful diseases brought on by uncontrolled Diabetes.

I’ll be writing more “Mini Articles” so if there is something you want to know more about, ask in the comment box and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.

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Can You Eat Potatoes on a Diabetic Diet?

The Yummy Potato!  Missing it on your current Diet?

Don’t despair, help is here.

Potatoes actually fit into a weight loss diet with ease.  It isn’t the potato that has been the problem.  It is how it is cooked and served.

We aren’t going to list all of those don’ts.

Listen to this video by Dr. John McDougall and his view of eating Potatoes.    We’ll be back.

Review: Avoid These 7 Foods to Control Blood Sugar

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Avoid These 7 Foods to Control Blood Glucose Levels


This article was written and published on Ezine by Varadharajan R.  He makes some good points .  One I think that deserves more attention than was given is the fact  that a sugar control diet must become the guide for your lifestyle change.  It isn’t enough to just decide to make a Real Lifestyle Change….You have to do it on a daily basis, unfortunately for the rest of your life.

If you are a diabetic or pre diabetic, you can choose a balanced lifestyle to control blood glucose levels following warning signs of diabetes. Changed lifestyle means you are offering to avoid certain bad  foods as much as you can because these foods can topple  your blood sugar levels. As such you should basically accept life style changes. The main theme of this article is to furnish a brief description of foods to control blood glucose levels.

As some foods can bear a massive impact on blood glucose levels you need to know precisely what foods to avoid in Toto. Here are some diet foods to exclude in your diet meal plan.

Artificial sweeteners: It is pretty difficult to avoid sugar in your diet to zero level. Still, it is advisable to avoid sweeteners like refined sugar as much as you can to increase control of blood glucose in the blood stream.

Sweet Chocolates:You should avoid chewing candy chocolates as they contain high sugar mix. Consuming these can increase sugar levels in your body.

High carb grains: Grains high in carbohydrate should be kept off. The foods rich in carbohydrates can increase the glucose levels in the blood. In this list, you have the white bread, refined rice, pasta, and pastry as bad diabetic foods to avoid.

Vegetables high in starch: Usually all vegetables are good for health. However, there are some vegetables high in starch component which should be cut off from eating. In this regard, you may avoid consuming much of sweet beets, carrots, potatoes, peas, and butter beans.

Fruits rich in sweet: As fruits contain minerals and vitamins they are highly recommended for diabetics to control blood glucose levels. Usually fruits are good fiber sources. However, fruits like mango, banana, jackfruit, strawberry, pineapple are not good for controlling blood glucose.

Fatty dietary foods: Milk is a healthier food but skimmed milk is good for reducing fat intake in the blood. Cheese and yogurt containing whole fat should be avoided. Butter cakes are very bad food for diabetics.

Processed foods:Though processed diet foods are added with preservatives they have very poor fiber content needed for diabetics to reduce blood sugar in the blood stream. So, any food packed in solid form or in liquid form should be totally avoided.

Be sure, if you can avoid these foods you can keep the blood glucose levels under control and no medicine is needed.

Controlling blood sugar is really an art. If you want to be safe you should know the description of diabetes foods to eat AND diabetes foods to avoid to lower blood sugar levels. Varadharajan R is the author of this article. Article Source:

There are also several other things mentioned in this article, that I do not exactly agree with.  Some of the vegetables mentions are acceptable in a diabetic diet..expecially dried beans, use of a small baked potato (has fiber and nutrients your body can use) and even carrots. Just keep count of your calories …they have a lot of fiber.

Another is the use of ARTIFICIAL sweetners…many have side effects so I would recommend stevia or just use a small amount of honey or regular sugar.  If you keep track of your calories and exercise enough  while sticking to your diet it is possible to make a “Life Style Change” without feeling deprived and controlling your blood sugar level at the same time. 

Eating frequently through out the day should be emphasized as it can have almost as much effect as what you eat.  It has been proven in lab tests with mice…feed 10 mice with the same amount of food…one group of 10 gets all their food at once..fed one time a day.  The other group gets their food  at 3 to 5 stated intervals throughout the day.  The one time a day “Eaters” become obese and start developing the diseases that go with obesity.  The mice fed multiple times during the day stay at a normal weight and activity level and “Healthy.”  

So When you make your life style change you need three things:

1.  a good diet

2. an Eating Schedule

3. Scheduled exercise

For more information from a plan that includes all of the above  continue reading Click Here!



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Review: Sugar Control Bible and Cookbook

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Foods for Blood Sugar Control

Learn How to control blood sugar Levels by Changing Your Food

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Fresh Raw Vegetables help control blood sugar.

My review of the “Sugar Control Bible and Cookbook” was a relevation!  It includes a diet plan and recipes for the foods that the author decided were beneficial for people with Diabetes to eat.  She also used the Glycemic Index in compiling her acceptable foods.

Variety in your diet will not be a problem with this plan.  However, I was surprised that many foods that are commonly listed as acceptable were banned when using the food guidelines included.  

Below I have included some reviews from people who have used this program and also what the publisher has to say about the “Sugar Control Bible and Cookbook.”


Needless to say, I am thrilled with your book. I find it very easy to read and understand. Dr. Paltis, keep up the great work! We need more doctors like you!–Debby Caviness

I can’t thank you enough for the Sugar Control Bible. For the first time I can remember I am not struggling with anger, cravings, depression, fatigue etc. Thank you for providing a healthy program to deal with this life consuming problem. –Marcia Harmon

The Sugar Control Bible and Cookbook is a brilliant compilation of the most effective literature on nutrition and functional physiology today. It is a valuable tool for doctor and patient alike and provides guidelines for a very healthy way to live. Bon apetite. –Dr. Darren Weissman — From the Publisher

About the Author

A chiropractic nutritionist and homeopath, Dr. Paltis has been in practice for 15 years treating injury and chronic disease. She is a certified Total Body Modification (TBM) instructor and teaches seminars in North America and Europe to chiropractors, naturopaths, medical doctors and other licensed health care practitioners. Dr. Paltis lives with her husband in southwestern Pennsylvania.

It should be noted that Dr. Paltis emphasizes that this program should be used under the supervision of a qualified caregiver, especially if medical problems other than Diabetes are present. 

Because of the focus on total nutrition there seems to be benefits other than just losing weight or controlling blood sugar levels.  Some reviewers indicated improvement in their emotions and energy levels resulting in improvement in their quality of life.

For more information, please click on the picture below and scroll down below the book to continue reading reviews by users that might be helpful to you.


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Will Eating Only Raw Food Help Control High Blood Sugar?

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Will a diet low in fat and high in sugar work for a diabetic to control blood sugar?

How will a Diet of Raw Fruit affect blood sugar control?

Swayze Foster at  wrote an article about an experiment she conducted on herself.  Since she doesn’t say  she is a diabetic, but  had access to and used a glucose meter to keep track of her sugar when she converted to eating fruit for 7 days we can assume she was interested in losing weight and what would work.

The reason being, when dieting and trying to lose weight, one of the pitfalls is when calories consumed are used up and we end up with low blood sugar with our insides calling for more food…so off the diet and over eat!

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Raw Fruit with Strawberries, Kiwi and apple slices

Below is an excerpt from the article she wrote about her 7 day Eating Raw Experiment.
Recently, I wanted to prove that a low fat, high fruit raw vegan diet does NOT lead to high blood sugar. Using a standard blood glucose monitor, I measured my blood glucose level several times a day for seven days.

The results may shock you.

Over the entire seven days, taking three readings each day, my blood glucose level never went above the normal range for fasting blood glucose OR postprandial blood glucose. Not even once.

Not even seconds after finishing off a large 800+ calorie fruit meal! So if a diet so high in sugar doesn’t lead to high blood sugar, what does?

It Isn’t the Fruit  Sugar doesn’t lead to high blood sugar, no matter how much you eat. Because it doesn’t have to be broken down and converted to glucose (everything you eat has to be converted to simple sugar before it can be absorbed and assimilated by the body), the sugar from fruit is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.

Contrary to popular belief, this speedy absorption is actually a good thing. It means that you’ll be quickly satiated (you won’t overeat) and quickly fueled (great for physical and mental performance).

Once the sugar is in the bloodstream, insulin is sent from your pancreas to your bloodstream. The insulin then transports the sugar from the blood and into your cells. In a normal and healthy human body, the sugar from fruit is digested, absorbed, assimilated, and even eliminated quickly and easily. It’s the Fat

Will a diet High in Fat Contribute to and Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Swayze continues on with her theory that sugar isn’t the cause of high blood sugar, but excess fat in the diet  which seemingly coats your circulatory system, the liver and the pancreas thereby preventing normal absorption of sugar….therefore high blood sugar levels result and eventually lead to the development of diabetes.

She also hypothesized that raw or cooked, excess fat is excess fat regardless if from raw nuts or avocado or other sources and should be kept very low in your calories count. Here is part of a study she presented in the original article.

*Low-Fat Diet Alone Reversed type 2 diabetes in Mice*

This study was conducted at Duke University Medical Center in 1999. The researchers took a group of diabetes-prone mice and reduced their diet from 40% fat to 10% fat. The results?  Total reversal of their diabetes. And this wasn’t just due to weight loss because……their insulin and glucose (blood sugar) levels began to decrease before their weight did, suggesting that fat reduction acts on insulin and glucose levels independent of weight loss. What’s even more interesting is that sugar had absolutely no effect on the mice in terms of either increasing or decreasing their symptoms.  To read more of Swayze’s article you may go here.  Article Source:

The results from the above study and another cited in Swayze’s article concluded that even humans can benefit from eating a diet high in Raw Carbs…in other words eat RAW fruit and vegetables and keep fat from all sources to 10% or less of total calories.

There are several good plans available detailing Raw Vegan Diets, to continue reading more about Raw eating Click Here!

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Eating Raw for Energy and blood sugar control.


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Guidelines That Can Make Diabetes Easier To Manage


Because it can become a full time chore just to handle diabetes, leaving you with little time to explore the best ways to live comfortably with your status as a  diabetic  it is better to have some guidelines to make the job easier.   There is a lot of information available along with guidelines for making diabetes easier to manage so explore and find!

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Finding some new ideas which will help you cope with diabetes and make your life a little easier.

Listed below are some Tips or guidelines that will point you in the right direction.

Folks with diabetes are at great risk for sleep apnea, so get tested immediately. If sleep apnea is actually an issue  for you, then get treatment now, before it begins  to affect your overall health.

When traveling, keep your insulin in an insulated bag. The temperature of your insulin supply needs to be regulated so it is helpful to acquire  and use  an insulated bag.

In case you often have  very low blood sugar, you need to work at regulating your food and medication and do  not overindulge at mealtimes.  Adding a protein snack between meals  aides in keeping sugar levels level!  Over eating will increase the levels of your blood sugar and induce future health concerns.

Check every one of the foods you eat for the “glycemic index”, which is actually a number that shows you exactly how your blood sugar levels might be affected. Low glycemic index numbers are  the most effective ones for people who suffer from diabetes because the low number means it is absorbed slower and does not tend to make sugar levels “spike.”

Maintain  reduced stress. Folks that have diabetes usually notice a rise of their blood glucose when under stress.  Check out yoga or meditation to relax yourself and keep  your stress and glucose levels in check. You can even teach oneself an assortment of breathing exercises, that will be very helpful since they can be done just about anywhere.

If you get hypoglycemia, it is absolutely vital you have candy  or some form of sugary food with  you at all times. As these attacks can occur at at any time, it is very important to be prepared for it. It can be brought on by skipping breakfast or other meals.  Breakfast is a poor choice of a meal to skip because your blood sugar will already be low because you haven’t eaten while sleeping.

Use some vinegar within the cuisine you eat. Adding only a little bit of vinegar can help prevent  your glucose levels from rising so quickly when you eat carbohydrates. Vinegar has properties that can slow the digestion of starches, and that will make foods remain  within the stomach for a longer period of time.

It is possible to eat some nuts such as  almonds when  you are hungry. This may not affect your sugar levels as much as carbohydrates.  Almonds (with and without salt) contain protein and  fiber along with other minerals and vitamins which are healthy to eat. Keep  almonds around  for snacks you can enjoy,  whenever you feel hungry.

When you have diabetic eye disease, it is specifically important to control your blood glucose levels. The condition of your eyesight might worsen  initially when you become diabetic, nevertheless it may improve over time if you lower and control your blood sugar count. Controlling blood glucose will dramatically slow down all diabetes related eye disorders.

Figure out how you possibly can make the foods you love to eat healthier. You do not have to remove many of your preferred dishes from the diet regime thanks to diabetes meal planning. Just seek out methods to make these foods better suited to  your needs. There are sites and cookbooks on the market that have many recipes for your diabetic life.  There are even some cookbooks listed in the automated  banners on the sidebar.

You should remind yourself that managing diabetes is definitely the best thing  you possibly can do. Remember what motivates you, be it your loved ones, buddies, pets, or career. Concentrate on the meaningful stuff in the life, and permit them to inspire and encourage you to be aggressive in  the management of your disease.

The author of this article, Dee is a mother and wife and she has  Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus – but is making the most of an ordinary diabetic life. She is continually studying anything about diabetes and would like to share what she learns with other individuals who also has diabetes.

More information on type2 diabetes can be found by clicking on the link in the paragraph above.  We appreciate this informative post.  If we all share, life is better.

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How to Hula Hoop when you don’t know how!

Received an Email from my Sister in Law, Joyce about Hula Hoops.

Here is part of the email:

A Glass of Red Wine

My doctor recently suggest that I take up the hula hoop for a good type of cardio exercise. She also advised me that it was not as easy now as it was when I was 15.

I quickly informed her that I could not hula hoop even when I was 15.

So, the next day I went to WalMart and bought a hoop. It’s true, I STILL can’t master the darned thing, try as I might.

Then, low and behold, this video was sent to me today. I now have a purpose for honing my hula hoop skills (although I don’t think this is exactly what she had in mind)! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

It gets better and better! JUST WAIT TILL THE END

Well, drinking Red Wine is supposed to be good for Cardio and some of the enzymes in the grapes are good for Diabetes (resveratrol) seems to help lower blood sugar so I guess have some red wine but make sure you do your Hula Hoop to use up the calories.

Might be fun!

Eating More Vegetables to Control Blood Sugar

I found this video which is about using Nutrition to control and possibly “cure” MS.

After listening, I decided that it would probably work just as well at controlling and preventing Diabetes.  Enjoy.

Here is a diet that has some good results.  Take a Look.

Diet to Control MS Will it Fight Diabete 2?

Will Dr. Terry Wahl’s diet to control her MS also fight and control Diabetes2?

Here is an excerpt from her webpage.  Link is below at the end of the article.

“Here are three simple food rules to follow to ensure you will have enough building blocks on hand for optimal function of your brain and reduced risk of excessive inflammation.

Eat 9 cups of vegetables and fruit (3 green, 3 sulfur, 3 color) to ensure you have enough B vitamins, minerals (sulfur, iodine, magnesium), antioxidants, and essential fats through food (greens, seafood, grass fed meat, game, wild fish, flax, walnuts)
Reduce food allergy risk (go gluten-free and dairy-free)
Eat organic, locally grown foods and grow more of your own

Tips to eat the Wahls Way™

Focus on greens, in smoothies, salads, chips, soups and stews.
Steam kale 30 seconds to cut the bitterness and use as a wrap for meat, chicken salad or tuna salad.
Make chicken nachos: cover corn chips with finely chopped kale, onions, and tomatoes. Top with vegan (gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free) imitation cheese shreds. Broil.
Mix kale with other leaf lettuce for salads.
Marinate kale in lime juice or vinegar and sea salt for 30 minutes to overnight to cut the bitterness and soften.
Add grated fresh ginger to kale salads to cut the bitterness.
For green smoothies, use this basic recipe: 1 cup greens, 2 cups fruit or juice, 1-2 cups ice. Be mindful of the colors! If you mix greens and purples you will end up with a brown smoothie, which may be less appealing.
Rotate through different greens, such as kale, spinach, lettuce, beet greens, mustard greens, and parsley so that you don’t eat just one kind of green.

Kale chips

Kale is packed with vitamins and minerals and is very inexpensive for the nutrition contained within. Chips are a great way to enjoy kale — even your teenagers will enjoy.

1 bunch kale (remove stems – save for smoothies)
1-2 tsp sea salt, 1 tbsp vinegar, 1-2 tsp black pepper, ½ tsp cayenne pepper
Mix seasoning with kale (it will shrink by 50%)
Add 1 to 2 tbsp walnut oil and ½ cup nutritional yeast to coat leaves
Lay leaves on dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 95 degrees overnight or bake in the oven at 250 to 300 degrees until crispy, checking every 15 minutes till crunchy.

Beet Smoothie

Beets are packed with vitamins and minerals and are very inexpensive for the nutrition contained within them. Blend the following for a refreshing smoothie.

1/2 beet (sliced or chopped)
1-2 cups orange juice
1 apple
1 cup water or iced tea
1 cup ice
Fresh ginger to taste”




My sister called, said she was watching TV (she likes Dr. Oz) and there was a discussion about being overweight and diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

It seems someone did a limited survey somewhere in Europe and decided that plain white bread is worse for the body than even saturated fats!    Another thing brought up was that drinking diet SODAS  seems to correlate with higher levels of death from stroke and heart attack.   Like I say on my blog Cararta’s Facts


The mantra is:  good nutrition created by meal planning with a good Diet Plan, adding in some exercise equal to walking 30 minutes a day, keeping a scheduled eating time and bedtime all equal:  lower blood glucose, lower cholesterol and BETTER HEALTH.

This site does not give medical advise. Consult your physican if you have a medical problem. This is a conversation among people who are finding a new direction in eating and living.

Diet to Go Easy Diet

Does eating pre-prepared food help keep you on the right track with your diet? If you aren’t having to shop and cook is it easier to avoid temptation at the grocery store and stick to what you have, will it help you lose weight?   Diet to go prepares fresh food, flash freezes it and ships direct to you.  If you are local to a prep site it can be delivered fresh.  Fruit and condiments are included so it isn’t necessary to add extra items to your meals.
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24 Hour Diet plan

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This diet is very easy and helpful you need only to follow this 24 hour diet plan and you will be able to see results on third day. It was recommended by one of my friends from Italy who got this 24 hour diet plan from her dietician; she lost 7 kg in first month. Actually this is very good with her “sitting in the office for 8 hours every day” life style.

Here is a 24 hour diet menu:
7:00 – a cup of tea or coffee.
9:00 – shredded carrots dressed with lemon juice.
11:00 – apple (pear, kiwi fruit, peach, etc.).
13:00 – 100 g of broiled meat (fresh fish) on a piece of whole grain bread with butter (10 g).
15:00 – one boiled egg or (100 g of cheese, 100 g cream, etc.).
17:00 – vegetable salad (cabbage, carrot, beet, etc.).
19:00 – 10 pieces of dried fruit (prunes, dried apricots), soak it for 30 min in hot water.
21:00 – an 8 oz serving of fat free yogurt.

It is recommended that you consult your caregiver before going on any of these diets.

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Belly Fat How to Lose Weight Diet

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Belly fat in women: Getting rid of it isn’t easy.
What does your waistline say about your health?

Belly fat is more dangerous than fat spread evenly around the body. It can accumulate around the heart, liver, lungs and other organs because of its proximity and begin impeding function. Belly fat is more common after menopause, possibly because of hormonal changes. Why it is dangerous and what to do about it.

A Woman’s expanding waistline is sometimes considered the price of getting older. This is especially true after menopause, when body fat tends to shift from the arms, legs and hips to the abdomen. There seems to be a link from the increasing belly fat to the incidence of Adult onset Diabetes as Belly Fat grows to be larger in proportion to arms and legs.

Does the belly fat cause Diabetes or does Diabetes cause the belly fat?

Increased belly fat can do more than make it hard to slip into your bikini or zip up your jeans.
Indicators are that belly fat also increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, certain cancers and even premature death from stroke or heart attack and adult onset diabetes.
Don’t Continue to live without a diet to lose weight! It is possible to lose weight in 2 weeks or long term lose weight in a month. What you need is a determination to improve your health while you are improving your appearance.
Learning how to diet and lose weight includes knowing how many calories a day you need to lose weight and finding a really good diet to help lose weight. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to include friends and family in the search for a diet to lose weight. Ask what works for them?

Find out does water help you lose weight. Most diets emphasize keeping well hydrated to keep your body healthy and burning calories.
The best news is that Belly Fat can be managed and reduced with the right program.

Here is some information on a complete life style changing program. Diabetic diet food doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless. Go and watch the video and learn what you can do to lose weight and get rid of belly fat and at the same time develop blood sugar control.
Having lived with Adult onset Diabetes for over 30 years I am very aware that counting calories, portion control and the type of food that you eat can make a big difference in blood sugar control and control of diabetes.

Lose weight to control the symptoms of diabetes and get rid of the belly fat that seems to come with type II diabetes. Below is a link to a diet that integrates good tasting food into the menu along with natural seasoning that help activate your body’s fat burning switch. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO


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Obesity: general advice to lower weight

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Obesity is a chronic disease, a quiet disease but becoming a recognized epidemic. It is associated with different diseases that carry with them   a greater risk of shortened  mortality and diminution in quality of life. .

Obesity: general advice to lower weight…

1. In order to lower weight an integral treatment is necessary that  guarantees a long term loss of weight taking into considerations of all the factors:  degree of overweight, eating habits, level of physical activity, motivation to fulfill the treatment, etc.

2. It is important to not  forget that to lose weight is, above everything else, a question of improving your health.

Two very important points.

What is a healthful weight loss?

A little means much. A loss of 5-10 % of your present weight will contribute great benefits to your body and health.

How fast should weight be lost?

An excessively fast weight loss is not healthy nor realistic.

3. Regularly control  weight with the professional of your choice,  he will  inform you about your  initial weight, ideal weight, and ways to reach the goals you set following your caregivers advise.

4. Obesity is a health problem. It causes numerous complications and  is a disease in itself: Side effects from Obesity include  hypertension, diabetes, high  cholesterol… Heart and circulatory problems to name a few. Obesity is not just an aesthetics problem.  How you look is less important than the  UNSEEN processes going on in your body.

5. It is a problem that requires a multifactorial treatment:  A healthy diet program or plan with a good balance of fat, protein and carbohydrates.   It is necessary to include exercise or activity to enhance circulation, get the metabolism to burn more calories rather than store calories as fat.

A good tip is to choose a balanced diet and then include meal scheduling  to distribute your required calories throughout the day.  Normal is 5 or 6 meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack,Dinner and a bedtime snack.   You can add a morning snack if so desired.  Total allowed calories for the day should be divided and consumed as indicated.

Good Advise:  do not alternate periods of overeating with strict dieting.  This creates a yo-yo effect of losing and gaining which research suggests is much harder on your body than remaining at one weight level.

Ceferino Perez Medical Vzquez of Family Center of Health of Cambre (To Corunna) wrote an article that was  used as a reference for this article.

The extract by Root of Cocolmeca, that is a plant of Mexican origin that has ample properties that helped to lose weight.  Its dietetic fiber content makes excellent for the digestion.

If you don’t have a diet plan, you might want to Click Here and read the information presented.  Many ideas to reduce cravings and hunger and help you really lose weight.




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What are Healthy Weight Loss Meal Plans?

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 What are healthy weight loss meal plans?

Weight Loss Meal Plans are guides to help you with planning meals that have an emphasis on calories, fat, protein and carbohydrate reduction so that you can lose weight. Nutrition is very important and must be included to maintain overall health, not just lose weight.

Some of these plans are just arbitrary diets while others contain a simple way to create healthy eating habits that become sustainable over a lifetime.

Most weight loss meal plans include a balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and starches.  Some include recipes, menus, grocery lists, and information on the amount of calories, carbohydrates and fats in various food items which can be very helpful.  A plan can often be altered  to include foods that you like and also to remove foods not to your taste or ones that may trigger any allegies you have. 

Healthy weight loss meals plans can also be tailored to include  kid friendly meals, crock pot cooking, budget meals, vegetarian, raw food, or meals that are quick and easy to prepare.

Menus should be pre-planned for the month with shopping lists and recipes or planned on a week by week basis: planning on a daily basis usually doesn’t work for the long term. Weight loss meal plans can be a wonderful convenience for people who lead busy and often hectic lives without the time to plan meals and create recipes. It is a fact that you will  see better long-term results when you have a weight loss meal plan in place.

 While you are creating a Weight Loss Meal Plan it is very important to consider what your daily caloric intake should be as well as the types of foods you like to eat and the size of  your budget for meals. Many plans are  portion controlled  to restrict the number of calories in the  carbohydrates, protein and fat  eaten each day. This is often  very convenient  especially when other family members must be  considered and they might not be trying to lose weight.

Your computer and a good program can create a plan  for you or you can have a meal planning service help you with creating one. Some of these services are called Meal Planning or diets to go and they offer to prepare and deliver the food right to your doorstep!  Some of these services are wonderfully helpful in helping  you achieve your goal of weight loss because they  allow you to select the meals you like, calculate the calories for you and deliver the meals to your home.  It all depends on your Budget!  Several even help by tracking your progress in losing weight.  Just keep this one important fact in mind: it is true that you will have more success with dropping those unwanted pounds if you have a good functioning meal plan in place.

We all lead such busy lives (sometimes not so well organized!) it is extremely  important  for you to have a  meal plan in place, because what you eat is a major factor in determining whether or not you will lose weight.   
 I’m Cararta Skipper and I have lived with type 2 diabetes for over 30 years brought on by being overweight.  What I have found is that the only way to lose weight effectively and control my diabetes is to create a meal plan that you enjoy make it a part of your life, use it every day and couple it with at least 30 minutes of daily exercise.   My exercise is Walking!

I’ll provide you a link to a diet that includes all of the above.  You are going to be surprised, bacause it isn’t advertised as a Weight Loss Meal Plan yet it includes eveything discussed above.  Click here to go watch an interesting video. 

 The video presentation above will show you some great tips on how to lose your belly fat and get a lean sexy stomach. This isn’t any kind of gimmick… this is real science on the healthiest type of nutrition plan that eliminates your cravings,  and most importantly — the mindset tips and tricks that you NEED in order to get and maintain your own perfect body for the long term. 

A Look at Paula Deen and Diabetes 2

Didn’t get to watch Paul Deen on TV this morning, talking about her Diabetes 2.  I was up late and sort of over slept! 

I’ve often wondered, when watching her show, if she ate all the time like she cooks, or was just giving people recipes and ways to cook foods that are Very Southern and need to be seasoned and cooked in a certain way to duplicate what her Mother or Grandmother did to change these staples around a little and make Dinner time a little festive.

I grew up on a backwoods farm in the “Foot Hills of the Smokey Mountains” in North Western South Carolina.  For the most part, the farm was self sufficient.  There was No electricity, No running water (had a spring down in the “holler”) until they finally dug a well next to the back porch and therefore no refrigeration so my Grandmother spent a lot of time canning, pickling and drying fruits and vegetables for later use.  In the fall Grandpa dug a pit in the middle of the smoke house, lined it with straw and then Apples, Pumpkins, Onions, Turnip roots, sometimes a few green tomatoes, hard squash and a water melon or two were stored wrapped in straw, if they had survived  8 kids, the rabbits and the birds!

Some of these processes…like making pickles and sauerkraut involved a lot of salt.  So did the meat preservation…Grandpa and our Uncle would slaughter the Hogs, then they were butchered and placed in the smoke house which had shelves laden with salt so it was heaped over the meat and the hams and shoulders were hung up on the rafters.  They then smoked the meat for days.  I don’t know for how long or even how they knew when it was time to stop! I can just remember the smoke curling out of the vents they had placed in the smoke house and that wonderful smell…like bacon!

But back to Paula Deen and her Southern Cooking.  Even if she is from Georgia, there is a great similarity in the farm food or Southern as you might want to classify it in South Carolina and Georgia.  Since we had cows, chickens, the pigs and really a lot of wild game:  deer, possum, raccoon and of course squirrel and rabbit, a cook had to be on her toes to make meals, then get it all eaten up before it spoiled as you had no freezer or refrigerator.

As a general rule anything fresh was used first, this included “sweet”  milk, eggs, butter, butter milk and any fresh meat.  Chicken wasn’t on the menu often, unless we had a lot of roosters cause my GrandMa liked her eggs for making breakfast, pancakes, cakes and muffins which also used up some of the butter.  There was a spring house that had been built in the spring that would help to keep milk and butter cool so they didn’t spoil so quickly but they did not have  a long shelf life.

Then you get down to the Shortening thing.  When the Hogs were slaughtered, the fat was “rendered”, strained and stored in shiny metal cans.  The little scraps tuned into Chittlings which were used for seasoning, making cornbread with them in it or for black eyed peas or white beans.  But the fat was used for all the frying of meats, okra, potatoes and sometimes little apple pies.  It was  mixed in with the flour to make biscuits, greased the black cast iron skillets and the  black Iron Wood burning stove in the kitchen all to keep them from rusting.

Nothing much was wasted. 

While a lot of people used the intestines of the hogs to make chittlings,  most of ours were the trimmings off the meat because Grandma used the long intestines (turned inside out and scraped) to make sausage links that were hung in the smoke house, smoked and then stored on the shelves in their bed of salt.  This all took place as fast as you could do it.  They usually waited for a cold day to begin this process as it helped control  “spilage.”  Of course the Liver, Kidneys and Heart all had to be cooked and eaten unless small amounts were included in the sausage, but Grandma didn’t usually because they spoiled so easily.  There was a woman across the hill who got all the blood (caught in a milk pail and delivered) and sometimes a liver because she made Blood Sausage which my Grandma didn’t like.  She and her husband  would slaughter a cow once a year and swap beef for pork with all the neighbors.

We ate what we had. 

Corn was taken to Salem where a man had a water turned  Grist Mill and made it into grits and cornmeal.  No money exchanged hands.  He kept part of the corn for his pay and sold either the corn, grits or meal to others.  Grandma also made Hominy which again involves a lot of salt! 

About the only things we did buy were Real Mayonnaise, Sugar, Coffee, Luizianne Tea (Grandma liked the dishes they gave away), Salt, Pepper, a few spices and occasionally a loaf of  “lightening” bread  the name they used for just plain white Merita Bread which was a treat for sandwiches instead of using left over breakfast biscuits with  ham, bacon or sausage for lunch sandwiches.

But I have strayed away from Paula Deen and her Diabetes 2.  I know from the personal experience of living with a diagnosis of Type 2 or Adult Onset Diabetes that the only REAL way to live with diabetes is to control it with: 1. weight loss, 2. exercise, 3. scheduled eating times and integrate 4. Meal planning into your way of life.   There are several articles on this site that go into more details on these 4 important items.  Or check the RSS feeds on the side for relevant information.

As Paula  explained in her interview this morning (through the magic of computers and the internet I went and watched a rerun)  She has never eaten like she cooks on the show for the most part.  There are only about 30 shows per year and she was including Southern  “treat” or special recipes which are usually sweet or loaded with butter.  As I explained above…use up what you have before it spoils.

As the Doctor who was also on the show explained, there are predispositions to Diabetes which include:  Race, being overweight, not getting enough exercise, and having a sibling or parent with Diabetes as there is a genetic factor associated with Diabetes.  Also age can be factored in because as you age your metabolism tends to slow so it is easy to NOT exercise enough to burn off extra calories.  I have also noticed that abdominal fat accumulated faster than fat on arms and legs.  Is that the Diabetes or is the Fat the Diabetes?

It is still true:  You are What You Eat.

I wish Paula much success in her Fight with Diabetes, because that is what it is.  You can let it take over your life, or you can figure out what you need to do to win the battle with Diabetes 2.  It doesn’t mean you have to count every last calorie or even eliminate foods you like from your diet.  What it means is that you do some planning, pay attention to your caregiver and Educate yourself about Diabetes.  It is you and your body and your Future, so decide what you want and go for it.

I will say, if you want to succeed at controlling and  hopefully eliminating  diabetes and all its sneaky side effects from you life, you are going to need to pay attention to what you have learned and act on it.  Not on the adgenda is overeating, sitting on the couch watching TV or playing video games, not taking any medication you have been prescribed or in general just ignoring that you have Diabetes.

Diabetes is what I call a Sneaky Disease. 

You don’t hurt, the visible symptoms are tiredness, lack of energy, fatigue, frequent thirst and urination (especially at night) sometimes urgency and later blurred vision to name a few.  Occasionally if left untreated there is a sudden unexplained weight loss, but as you could see Paula has not had this symptom.  Neither did I.  As I get older, keeping my weight in check is still a chore if I overeat and don’t get in my daily exercise.

Just for your information, I have included a small part of the video rebroadcast of Paula Deen’s interview this morning.  My only advise to you is Read, Search, Learn and Apply what you have learned.   You are still What you Eat and Success can be yours if you make up your mind that YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!



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How Protein Affects Blood Sugar Control and Weight Loss

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How does protein affect blood sugar control?  It is digested more slowly than carbohydrates therefore it doesn’t tend to cause high spikes in your blood sugar.  Fat is also in this category.

However, it is better to have a mix of protein, fat and carbohydrate in every meal.  You need the carbs for quick energy, the protein for slower digestion to keep feeding you energy and VERY IMPORTANT keep you from feeling those hunger pains.  Fat is also digested more slowly and you need some fat each day for two reasons, first to control blood sugar by slower digestion and second…your brain cells contain fat so you need to feed it!

The secret to all of this eating is to establish a daily calorie intake,  decide on menus for the day, divide up your intake into three meals and two snacks.  Include protein, fat and carbohydrates in all of them while staying within your calorie allocation.

Here is a  suggestions to help out with your dieting.  Look to the right sidebar under  Carolyn Recommends there is a very inexpensive booklet that is small enough to take with with you .  It is great for looking up food and finding out what a serving is and how many calories!  It deals in exchanges but all an exchange does is list the serving size and calories for different foods and often groups foods into categories.

Below is a link to a company that prepares fresh meals and ships them to you, but they do have a very handy calculator that you can use for free to help you decide  how much you can eat and still lose weight.

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