Snacky Meals can be safely integrated into a Sugar Control Diet
I often pick up small “snacky” meals for those times when you must eat, but don’t feel like cooking.
Banquet Frozen Meals by Conagra has become a new winner for me!
They have recently made a lot of changes in the content of their pot pies and other little meals. Improved texture and taste have been added along with more protein and a focus on using more Real foods.
I just tried their new version of Banquet Mac and Cheese made with REAL cheese. It was great!
How it came about.
Had breakfast out at a local restaurant after I went to “Early Vote” at the courthouse.
While eating, the owner came around to the tables, announced she had a big bucket of home grown tomatoes that a local farmer had given her and said anyone who wanted tomatoes to let her know!
I raised my hand, since I didn’t plant a garden this year and when I left she gave me a nice bag of tomatoes.
Stopped on my way home at Sav-A-Lot (our only remaining grocery store since our FoodTown was closed when Dollar General bought the property it was sitting on, tore it down and is now building a Dollar General Grocery Store) and picked up a handful of necessities including a few of my favorite small frozen meals.
Been lazy about cooking lately, so I was out of anything quick and easy!
Add Fresh to Any Meal and It Reduces Calories
Lunch time: Fresh sliced tomatoes and cucumbers with Banquet Frozen Mac and Cheese small snacky meal.
Prep time… 4 Minutes!
Sliced the veggies while the microwave did its thing, can’t beat that with a stick!
For you numbers junkies…the BanquetMacCheese has 240 calories and a mix of fat, carbs and protein..a little high in sodium, but since I don’t eat a lot of salt, not a problem for me.
The box is labeled with all those Nutritional Facts and Figures…read to your heart’s content.
Ah yes, NO trans fats.
What else is in the Freezer Besides Mac N Cheese
Chicken Pot Pie, Turkey Pot Pie and Beef Pot Pie all made the trip home. All because this is the wrong end of the month and all of the (what I call them) snacky meals price in at less than $1.00 each.
Conagra Banquet Frozen Meals have other options but some are priced a little more…most under $2.00. Almost all of those in the freezer section had that New tag on them.
What seems to be new is the addition of more protein to things like their Meat Loaf, Chicken, Turnkey and Dressing and similar meals.
Just to keep things honest, I am not affiliated with Conagra or Banquet Frozen Meals in any way, other than they are just something I like to use occasionally.
My kids when they were growing up always loved them. And if memory serves, they were one of the first frozen convenience foods I ever bought.
One thing about them, they are still one of the least expensive convenience foods that you can buy. They also have several choices for breakfast. Especially handy and always tasty are the “Brown n Serve” sausage links.
But I digress. Something I am an expert at doing!
Just for the record, these are not the greatest things that you could be be putting into your Diabetic meal plan.
With that said, I am a firm believer in adapting your diet to fit into your life rather than making your life miserable because of Diet Rules (and I mean that in more than one way!).
As Paula Deen said in a interview I watched a few years back… “Diabetes is not a death sentence.”
But just to keep the record straight…it may not be a death sentence but it can surely make your life miserable if all you ever do is worry about it and stop living!
Just keep in mind, You really are What You Eat, so just do a little planning, create a few good habits and stop the misery.
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!
Want to know the answer to How can I control Diabetes with diet?
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.
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 vegetables..like sweet potatoes, Rutabaga, carrots..you 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.
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.
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.
Here is a link to a supplement that I have found very helpful in keeping blood sugar levels from getting out of control. Talk to your caregiver before adding anything. I might be compensated if you decide to buy anything from this link. Click here to Look at the Supplement
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!
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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. (http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/eating-diabetes/Pages/eating-diabetes.aspx)
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.
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.
It is easier than you think. 4×6 lined card used in recipe boxes work great. Also find pictures like these, they help.
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.
The No Exercise to do on Those Days When You Can’t Exercise.
Found this short list….just two exercises that you can do on those days when you need to exercise, but just not able to do it!
Exercise is a necessary part of controlling Diabetes, but many of the suggested exercises are beyond the grip of many who should be exercising.
Other times, you may have a temporary disability like a sprained ankle or a cut on your foot…anything that prevents you from taking your daily walk or riding your bicycle or a trip to the gym.
These directions were on a leaflet passed out at my Doctor’s office, just something he had printed as a tip for his diabetic patients.
Here are the directions for one very simple exercise that you can do sitting down!
Hope you will like and enjoy this different approach!
Breathing Exercise #1 The Bellows (or Stimulating) Breath
How to do it:
1. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed.
Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
2. Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows.
Breathe normally after each cycle.
3. Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try.
Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.
“If done properly, you may feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout.
You should feel the effort at the back of the neck, the diaphragm, the chest and the abdomen.
Try this breathing exercise the next time you need an energy boost and feel yourself reaching for a cup of coffee.”
Now for your second “Set” of no exercise exercises.
Sitting in a chair or your recliner or lying in the bed…contract every muscle in your body that you can find!
Hold for the count of 10, relax and repeat 10 times.
If sitting upright in a chair it helps to push down with your heels one time and your toes the next time…alternating.
When completed stretch all those muscles you found to give them a treat.
Just an added note.
I found when I was dieting full force to try and lose a few pounds that drinking more than one cup of Coffee a day affected my metabolism and I didn’t lose weight on the days I Coffee Splurged.
Not a scientific study, but just what I observed from keeping a daily food diary listing every morsel that went into my body…
Plus I weighed every morning before I even brushed my teeth and recorded that figure along with my fasting blood sugar…
Those two “trackers” were my solid gold indicators if I was reaching my goal of losing pounds and controlling blood sugar levels so I could control my diabetes.
Lack of exercise makes controlling blood sugar levels an almost impossible task, so any way that you can add even this small amount will help.
Plus it is something that you can do several times a day without a lot of effort.
And a note from my neighbor who has a Cholesterol problem…as long as she gets in her daily walk, it stays down and she doesn’t have to go back on the medication.
Type 2 Diabetes news and facts you should know fill recent publications, medical journals and television information shows. Educating yourself about this disease epidemic that is spreading is a must.
Often the signs of type 2 diabetes are missed or not recognized. This is when the real damage begins with diagnosis of it as an underlying cause for an emergency room visit for a stroke or heart attack.
Since diabetes can affect anyone (age doesn’t count) it is now estimated that one out of every three people who have it, don’t know they have diabetes!
Diabetes Could be Classified as a Digestive Disorder Instead of a Disease
You might call diabetes a digestive disorder…no not like heartburn, but a neighbor!
It creates roadblocks in the normal digestion of carbohydrates to be used for energy, so that high levels of blood sugar (left over sugar not absorbed from the blood stream by all body cells) are created.
Hidden and untreated diabetes now becomes a Destruction Ninja.
Just a few of the gifts from this busy ninja are
nerve damage and
vision loss, and
heart disease created by
damage to arteries and blood vessels.
You might want to add another gift called chronic fatigue to this list.
Once diabetes is in place, it creates a never ending cycle of tiredness that can’t be removed until the cause is treated.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes
Thirst...increased desire and need to drink more liquids. Often accompanied by other symptoms like:
Dry Mouth: A coating may develop on your lips, mouth becomes so dry that it creates a strong urge for liquids to quench the thirst.
Dry mouth can affect your gums and teeth increasing the chances of developing gum disease and cavities.
Frequent Urination: increased and sometimes urgent calls to hit the bathroom day and night.
Since daytime voiding trips can vary depending on liquid consumption it is the evening trips that get attention.
Called nocturia, if you are having to get up at night and make bathroom trips whereas you previously slept the whole night through.
Unusual Hunger: You feel tired, so think you need to eat and have a bottomless pit that you try to fill up…often accompanied by a strong desire for more food.
Weigh Gain or Loss: Weight gain or loss can vary depending on the person. Most people gain weight, but there is the occasional one that will have a continuing weight loss accompanied by an insatiable appetite. Even eating more doesn’t stop the weight loss! (this is in reference to type 2 diabetes).
Headaches: High blood sugar levels can cause blurred vision and of course fatigue which in turn may cause headaches. Another Diabetic Ninja gift.
Infections: Certain types of infections often accompany type 2 diabetes. Urinary tract infections, frequent yeast infections and itchy skin are common. Sores that take a long time to heal is another symptom.
Sexual Dysfunction: Since untreated diabetes has a penchant for damaging blood vessels and nerves, dehydrating the body (see dry mouth above) and because possible nerve damage can also lead to loss of sensation…it can affect men and women, no sexual discrimination allowed by diabetes.
If you recognize and have any of the above symptoms it is time for a trip to see your caregiver. We do not provide medical advice or services. What we do is inform from our point of view about diabetes and what we have observed and learned from.
Most common symptoms that are easily recognized are:
severe increased thirst,
frequent urination with the added night time bathroom trips,
changes in weight (loss or most frequently belly weight gain),
blurred vision and
tingling of your hands or feet especially at bedtime.
Since this is about you and YOUR body, do an honest assessment, educate yourself about diabetes and how to recognize the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Even children are developing type 2 diabetes, so, if you are a parent it is your responsibility to take a closer look at your child, especially if he or she is overweight or has had a sudden unexplained weight gain or loss and exhibit any of the symptoms listed above.
Caregivers can administer a fasting plasma glucose test or even a finger stick A1c blood glucose test whose results will help diagnosis and determine if treatment is needed.
My goal in all this writing is to spread the word about diabetes which is becoming a world wide epidemic. (not really becoming…it has arrived).
It is everyone’s responsibility to help ourselves and help others when it comes to this mean sneaky disease.
Here is a graphic which makes all of the above information a little more digestible.
What can you do? Read and do some self searching. Share what you have read.
The more people who know about diabetes and how it affects the body, the greater the chance they will make needed changes in their lifestyle and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
So make your contribution today. Comment below and share this information. After all it is freely given and free to share!
Dr. Denise L. Faustman has announced that a possible cure for type 1 diabetes using an 80 year old very safe TB vaccine will begin trials in July, 2015.
Since 2001, Dr. Faustman has been working on this possible use for the alternative use of BCG an old and safe TB vaccine as a way to help regenerate pancreas beta cells and end type 1 diabetes.
Progress on the use of the vaccine has been aided and acclerated by research from other countries using results from her studies.
It is unfortunate that in the United States with its profit based pharmaceutical industry that support has not been forth coming.
Dr. Faustman and friends have raised 19 or the 25 million needed to begin the study…donations would be gratefully accepted as more funds are needed to conduct a full trial instead of the FDA approved mid-state trial that will begin in July, 2015.
Lee Iacocca and his foundation has been a strong supporter of this effort because Diabetes affected someone in his family.
I have been watching this study since 2012 and can’t believe how long it has taken to get this far.
For more information on the study, here are some links with more information.
We have a newsletter you can sign up for,
and people can reach out to us to get more information at
Faustman Lab or by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to
It is so exciting to see the possibility of a cure for type 1 diabetes approaching the final testing phase with human volunteers.
This has been a long time coming! As I mentioned in another article I wrote several years ago, finding information about this research takes persistence. I couldn’t even find a mention of it on the American Diabetes Association website. Digging into a very few news articles I was able to track down the information that is included in the other article.
From what I have read recently, acceleration of the study and testing has been accomplished by dogged work by Dr. Faustman.
It would be a miracle if people with type 1 diabetes could be cured. Even with all the modern pumps and gadgets available, insulin dosage is still a hit and miss proposition.
Since needs are affected by many things, like the amount of exercise done, calories in foods consumed and the physical condition of each person, at best blood sugar readings give a close approximation and indicator of what might be needed.
Translate this into managing care for a 4 year old. You can see the problems that might cease to exist.
Support Dr. Faustman by visiting the facebook website and reading some of the information provided. It is revealing.
Here is a reference that validates her credentials in case you have a question.
Diabetes mellitus is typically a life long (unceasing) health problem where there are elevated quantities of glucose in the hemoglobin (blood). Since being diagnosed with it can be an emotional, fearful and life changing event, the information provided here about what is diabetes and who will get it, might help educate and calm some of the fear.
Causes of diabetes are often incidence, and risk factors.
Incidence relates to life style, eating and exercise habits.
Risk factors include a possible genetic connection for people with close relatives with the disease and being categorized as obese.
Diabetes is a Digestive Process Disorder -Defined Below
Insulin, circulated in the blood stream, is an endocrine hormone made by the pancreas to manage blood glucose (sugar) levels. This disease could be brought on by inadequate blood insulin levels, level of resistance to insulin, or either.
To appreciate this disease, it is necessary to initially know the typical procedure by which what you eat is digested and utilized by the digestive system for use as energy.
How normal digestion should work…
A number of things transpire when what you eat is made absorbable:
1. A sugar called glucose enters the circulatory system from the digestive tract.
2. Glucose is converted into a form used by tissue cells to create and provide energy for the nourishment of all body systems.
The pancreas, a glandular organ of the digestive system produces the hormone insulin. The role of insulin is to move sugar circulating in the blood into the cells of muscular tissue, fatty tissue, and the liver, where it is usually put to use as cellular nourishment or in the case of the liver changed and stored for future use.
Individuals with diabetes have elevated blood glucose levels for the reason that their body can not move digested carbohydrates (sugar-glucose) into fatty tissue, the liver, and the muscular tissue cells. In order for sugar (glucose) to become stockpiled in the cells and converted by the cells for use as energy, insulin must transport it inside.
Diabetes appears as a result of the fact that either:
1. The person’s pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of the hormone insulin.
2. Their bodies cells do not work with insulin in a normal way.
3. Both of these reasons. These reasons can possibly created by over consumption of food and when the pancreas can not produce enough insulin to handle the over abundance, then high sugar levels interfere and the cells become insulin resistant.
Imagine that each cell is a small energy factory with doors that are kept locked. Insulin is the “key” that will unlock the door and let sugar enter to be converted into energy.
With an abundance of unused sugar floating around in the blood stream, some of it attaches to the door lock and prevents insulin from inserting its key so the doors become insulin insensitive (blocked) and no longer work.
There are several types of Diabetes
At this time there are two significant forms of this disease and the reasons and chances of developing the disease are varied in each type.
Juvenile or type 1 diabetes can develop at every stage of life, but it is frequently detected in youngsters, teenagers, or young adults. With this type of disease, the human body creates limited or zero insulin and everyday injections of insulin are required. The specific origin of this type has not been completely documented at the present time, but is the subject of much research.
Adult onset diabetes (type 2) represents the major form diagnosed today and frequently develops in the adult years. Previously it was a disease of older adults and seniors.
Unfortunately, because of high obesity rates, teens and young adults and even children as young as 8 years old are now being diagnosed with it.
Another little know fact is that large numbers of people already have type 2 of this disease, but do not recognize it or know they have it.
Pregnancy or gestational is a less prevalent type of the disease caused by sky-high blood glucose levels. This sometimes occurs unexpectedly, at any time, throughout pregnancy in an expectant mother-to-be who has not been previously diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes touches the lives of in excess of 20 million Americans. Almost 40 million Americans have elevated blood sugar levels which place them in a pre-diabetic category (Many times this is present before it turns into a disease and, if treated in this stage could possibly prevent development of full blown diabetes). Charts and more exact facts and figures are available here:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Diabetes Report Card 2012. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2012
With the information above, you should have a clearer idea of what type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes are and hopefully be able to discern if any of the risk factors listed might apply to you.
Can You lose weight by Reducing Fat % Only and Not The Number of Calories You Eat?
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
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!
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
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
acids. 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.
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
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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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.
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:
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
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:
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.
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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.
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 juice. Fresh 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!
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.
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…
Excerpt: “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.
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 mind..it 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 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 phenoliccompound 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. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20425690)
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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24404978 Raspberry ketone promotes the differentiation of C3H10T1/2 stem cells into osteoblasts.
Want more information about Raspberry Ketone as a supplement?
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.
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 www.FoodSafety.gov.
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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People who are prone to diabetes—especially those who have the disease in their family’s history—should consider that there is a great possibility that they or their kids might inherit the illness.
So, the best way to go about it is get educated about the condition. The following are some the things that people who are prone to diabetes must consider:
1. TYPE OF DIABETES.
Experts say that the severity of diabetes can be determined through its types including “type 1 diabetes” also known as “juvenile diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes” which is an auto-immune type targeting the body’s immune system. Normally diagnosed in childhood, however adults do develop type 1 diabetes, but not as frequently as in children.
Formerly the least common type: “type 2 diabetes” also known as “non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “adult-onset diabetes” which is affected eventually by the amount of insulin produced in the person’s body.
This is because of damage done to the pancreas by fat accumulation and the body itself (its cells) become resistant to insulin.
This eventually causes high sugar in the blood…. and then there is a third kind of diabetes:
“gestational diabetes” which sometimes happens to women who are pregnant. If a woman does develop this type of diabetes, she frequently later has type 2 diabetes.
2. SYMPTOMS. To know if you are suffering from diabetes , knowing the symptoms for each type would help you.
Those who suffering from type 1 diabetes would experience exceptional thirst, dryness of mouth despite taking in lots of fluid, the urgent need to urinate more often because of drinking more water.
Drastic loss of weight even if they are eating fairly well, exhaustion or feeling of being weak and tired all the time. Often blurring of vision in most cases.
For type 2 diabetes, sufferers experience often blurring of vision, wounds, sores, or cuts that takes a long time to heal, itchiness of skin in many parts of the body, frequent development of yeast infections, increased thirst, drying of mouth, frequent urination, and mild to extreme leg pains.
Gestational diabetes symptoms are similar to the other types it’s just that they are short termed because the disease ends once the woman gives birth. However, people who have this type of diabetes should be more careful because it can lead to type 2 if not monitored and treated immediately.
3. DIAGNOSIS. For a person to finally know whether he or she suffers from diabetes, tests for diagnosis are a must.
Although the symptoms can give you a hint whether you are suffering from the illness or not, relying on these are not enough. Experts say that only way to confirm if one has diabetes is to get a test. Now, there are several types of tests that one can get including:
– fasting plasma glucose test which, is considered as the most preferred test for people with diabetes. It requires a person to fast at least eight hours or ideally the night before the test to ensure that the blood sample that will be drawn and examined for glucose levels is accurate.
– random blood glucose test which, unlike the Fasting Plasma Glucose test, doesn’t require fasting but the blood samples should be drawn out immediately after the person has eaten or has drunk something.
– oral glucose tolerance test which requires the person to fast not less than 8 hours and prohibits him or her from smoking and drinking coffee before drawing the blood sample for the testing.
– glucose challenge test is for women who are prone to gestational diabetes when they are pregnant;
– impaired fasting glucose test which is considered as a new diagnostic category for people with diabetes. Here, blood sugar levels often can determine the probability of the person to develop diabetes.
It is amazing the different ways that people describe and file away their own ideas of what diabetes is.
Basically diabetes could be placed in the category of a digestive disorder because how the body handles its food and the calories from the food changes.
By calories I mean sugar or glucose as that is the form that most food eaten is digested into so that it can be absorbed from the blood stream by the cells and converted into energy.
The exception of course is fat which is handled differently, but if fat from stored fat is used by the body, it must be converted back into glucose…. a merry go round of fat and sugar.
It is becoming more and more important for people to educate themselves about this disease. It is now an epidemic and the side effects that affect the rest of your body are such things as strokes, heart attacks, blindness, amputation of limbs…the list seems endless.
Share your knowledge with your friends and family, especially if anyone is overweight. Being above the ideal body weight for your height and activity level is almost a precursor for developing diabetes.
Dieting without Exercising Won’t Control Your 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.
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. Impotence 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.
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.
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 theHarvard Health Blog. Mr. Skerrett was describing his participation in a recent study where the final results are now posted by ClinicalTrials.gov.
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:
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.”
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.
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……..
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
Free Diet Manual
Eat to get Rid of Belly Fat? Now that is Different!
Are there really particular vegetables that we can eat to burn fat off our body and in particular Stomach Fat?
I’ve been told that this is the case, so I’m checking it out!
It really sounds like science fiction, but we will see!
Just keep reading and just maybe you will find out that this is a possibility!
Just to get this out of the way, there are certain chemicals floating around in our environment, in our water supply and our food supply, that imitate natural hormones in out body (men and women) and they will create an imbalance in our body, causing an increase in belly fat for men and women, So Keep reading!.
So how can you fight against these hormone imitators so that they are not encouraging your body to create and grow stomach fat?
The good news is that there are several particular types of vegetables that are useful in stopping the growth of fat, in fact they can even program it to go away!
Many vegetable classes, teas, spices, barks and herbs often have components or compounds of chemicals in them that can help to fight against the pollution in our environment that we absorb.
Specific vegetables that actually help to stimulate the burning of stomach fat? Sounds crazy right?
Well, check this out below and you’ll see why it’s not so far fetched.
First, one fact that you may have not realized is that there are things like pesticides, herbicides, and petrochemicals in our food supply and in our environment that have a hormone effect inside our bodies.This problem can encourage growth of belly fat on both men and women, so keep reading!
Exposure to these chemicals in our food supply, water supply, and the environment creates the possibility that they can actually program your body to hold onto belly fat.
The problem is that in today’s world, even if you eat organic and live in a relatively low-pollution area, it is almost impossible to not get at least some degree of daily exposure to these unwanted chemicals.
So how can you fight against these hormone imitators so that they are not forcing your body to hold onto stomach fat?
Well, that’s where these specific types of vegetables that I’m going to show you can help.
You might not know about the many classes of vegetables, teas, spices, etc that have compounds which can help to fight against the effects of unwanted chemicals. However, one of the most powerful classes are cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.
Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae..…..These types of cruciferous vegetables contain very unique compounds (phytonutrients) such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that can help to combat the effects of artificial hormones in your body, and therefore, can help you to burn abdominal fat more effectively.
As if you needed another excuse to eat more broccoli and cauliflower... Now, you can add losing stomach fat to the list!
Now here’s the cool thing…
Here is a link that is going to show you a program that explains specific teas, spices, and other sources of these unique compounds that help you to Burn Belly Fat faster and more effectively.
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.
Look around and find a program you can really live with.
Enroll friends!..my 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.
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!
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.
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 USDA.gov 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.
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.
http://SugarControlDiet.com/ 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.
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 diabetescompletely. If you go and read, please comment below what you think about the information…and how it should be used.
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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.
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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To control diabetes it is necessary to lose weight and lose fat rather than muscle.
Accomplishing these goals involve planning and doing some thinking about changing your current style of living and eating.
The easiest way to accomplish this is to create your own personal plan that suits you, include food choices that you will really eat and add what I call a diabetic meal plan, plus a Diabetic Meal Schedule to the mix along with that dreaded word Exercise.
How to Lose Weight: What Must I Do to Lose Weight
To lose weight is very simple, really!
Most people will disagree, however the fact is this: to lose weightconsume fewer caloriesthan your body needs each day to maintain itself.
So, depending on your physical profile, calculate your daily minimum calorie consumption. Here is A Free to use Calorie Calculator: Weight Loss Calculator
The above calculator will give you a general ideal based on the information you entered as to what calories you can consume and lose weight. Your physician or caregiver will supply you with this information….all you have to do is ask.
What is a diabetic meal plan and What Does It Do?
A diabetic meal plan is just a plan that you can create yourself, or buy a diet plan that includes a meal planner.
Sometimes Diet Cookbooks will include a week or two weeks of planned menus based on your calorie needs..eg: 1200 calories per day or 1800 calories per day are very common.
What will a Diabetic Meal plan do for you? It makes dieting much easier by helping you to plan your grocery shopping for food items needed to create meals each day, some even include information on eating out and what you can eat and stay in control of your diet.
How do Diabetic Meal Schedulers Work?
Diabetics have a problem not shared with the healthy among us who do not have the dubious pleasure of being classified as “A Diabetic.”
Because, as a Diabetic you are dealing with a flawed digestive system, it has become a well know fact that in order to control Diabetes, You Must Control Your Blood Sugar Levels.
This is where a Diabetic Meal Scheduler comes into its own. To control blood sugar levels it is necessary to eat the correct proportions of healthy, recommended foods at stated intervals through out each day.
Inconvenient? Sometimes, but skipping meals or over eating at other meals will lead to poor blood sugar control and defeat your efforts to control your diabetes.
Contrary to some popular fad diets, skipping meals is not an option for a Diabetic who wants to lose some weight (fat) and learn to live with Diabetes and control it, instead of Diabetes being in control.
Does Exercise affect Blood Sugar Control?
Adding exercise to your daily schedule is the least expensive thing you can do to insure success with your endeavor to Lose Weight, lose fat and Control Diabetes.
Walk for 30 minutes each day or ride your exercycle or get on a treadmill if you can’t walk outside for any reason.
This small amount of exercise, coupled with implementation of the above suggestions will result in weight loss, fat loss and blood sugar control.
It has also been noted that exercise is of great benefit in aiding the normalization of cholesterol, so in addition to losing weight, controlling blood sugar levels and therefore controlling Diabetes you get a bonus.
If you feel you need more help, there are reviews of Diets and also some great Diabetic Cook Books on other pages on this site.
Just look around.
I hope this information is helpful to you and will encourage you to increase your efforts to control your Diabetes. It is possible to do, not always easy but Very Possible.
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.
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!
Learn How to control blood sugar Levels by Changing Your Food
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.
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 http://www.fitonraw.com 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!
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 fatregardless 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: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Swayze_Foster
The results from the above studyand 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!
Articles and News Reports on Research on Type 1 Diabetes are available here. Dating back to 2006 this list of Media Coverage details the progress and sometimes the road blocks to progress. Links go to PDF articles, Pod casts and archived Radio broadcasts.
Below is part of an article retrieved from Wikpedia, I have left most links intact. All this information gives some background into the ongoing research for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and several other Immunological based diseases including Rheumatoid Arthritis. http://faustmanlab.org/images/Faustman2.jpg
Former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca, whose wife died of type 1 diabetes complications and who has declared a desire to see the disease cured in his lifetime, is a patron of her work. The Iacocca Foundation helped raise the $11.5 million dollars needed to support a Phase I human clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital to test whether vaccination with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), a weakened strain of bacteria that is used in the prevention of tuberculosis and in the treatment of bladder tumors and bladder cancer, as a treatment for advanced type 1 diabetes. Like CFA in the mouse, BCG induces TNF-α production in humans (CFA is not approved for use in humans). In previous human trials, BCG has not generally been shown to have a benefit in the prevention of type 1 diabetes or remission of the disease in those who are newly diagnosed, although one study from Israel did show a benefit (disease remission) in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes.Faustman hypothesizes that the optimal dosing of BCG has not been utilized in previous trials. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License “
Keeping up todate with research is important. Supporting research is even more important. Just from reading some of the reports, it is possible that the best results were obtained when using an anti inflammatory plus the TB vaccine in mice who had spontaneously developed Type 1 Diabetes. However this particular drug was not approved for humans so a different approach is being used.
If you are interested in supporting this research, you can click on this link and will be taken to a page where the program and the goals are explained. There is a link for donations on the page. http://faustmanlab.org/support/support_bro.html There are two downloadable pdf files that you can share.
Here is a link to a page that lists Denise Faustman’s Academic Publications beginning in 1982. http://www.faustmanlab.org/research/research_ap.html Some of it is heavy reading, but charts and graphs do make some of the information more accessible and understandable.
A lot of links and information, but hopefully useful to you, which is my intent.
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Does the refusal of Drug Companies to invest in a Vaccine that might cure or reverse Type 1 diabetes label them morally lacking and greedy? Researchers are trying to raise funds for research after being turned down.
Reverse Type 1 Diabetes? The Impossible Dream?
Will a 90 Year Old TB Vaccine do the Impossible and Reverse Type 1 Diabetes?
I was surprised when I saw this article that I have included several excerpts from below.
As a retired R.N. it was ingrained that there is no cure or reversal for type 1 diabetes.
Sometimes with vigorous dieting and calorie control it has been documented that there is possible “reversal” of type 2 diabetes. There are at least two articles on this site reviewing the claims of reversal.
The following information is New to me and may be to you also. It looks like we need to get behind this movement to raise funds for research, since according to the article..it isn’t a “profitable” proposition for Drug companies to develop a “vaccine” to cure type 1 Diabetes.
Funding needed for Research
“A tuberculosis vaccine in use for 90 years may help reverse Type 1 diabetes and eliminate the life- long need for insulin injections, say Harvard University researchers raising moneyto conduct large, human studies.
“We think this can be taken all the way to the market and that is what we are trying to do.” said Denise Faustman, director of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s immunobiology laboratory, who led the study.
“These patients have been told their pancreases were dead,” Faustman said. “We can take those people, give them a very low dose twice and see their pancreases kick in and start to make small amounts of insulin.”
Faustman and her colleagues at Massachusetts General in Boston are working to get the vaccine to market. After their early findings in studies with mice, she said they tried to interest every major drugmaker in developing the vaccine as a possible cure for diabetes. All told her there wasn’t enough money to be made in a cure that used an inexpensive, generically available vaccine, Faustman said.
To me this is a pitiful statement about the Health Care System is this country and the Drug Supply Companies that are supported by the Health Care System.
From the reported reaction by Drug Companies to requests to invest any money in a “cure” for type 1 Diabetes, It was made abundantly clear that Profit and not concern for people is the motivation perminating this combination of bed fellows (Health Care System and Drug Companies).
If the Health Care System, who by prescribing “drugs & treatments” helps maintain the Drug Companies, neither of whom seem to have the higher priority of cure rather than just treat the symptoms then what can force these two intertwined entities to change their focus to Patient benefits instead of “how much can we make on this one?”
What is sad is that there is probably data available in someones data base, where human trials were conducted on this vaccine that might even answer all the questions being posed about using it in a “new” way. Plus not even mentioned, physicians often use “approved” drugs to treat an illness that it was not specifically tested and research for. Sometimes the “side effect ” of a drug may be very efficient in treating an illness that it was not researched for.
There has to be a marriage between Capitalism and Plain old Greed that reintroduces the Moral responsibility back into Capitalism. I believe if you are earning your income from a certain area of the economy then you have a responsibility to reinvest or return some of that income back to maintain the economy. Make Sense? I didn’t say all, or even a percentage, just get off the Greed train of Profit only for me and my investors and work at preserving opportunity for the future.
Do you Agree? Disagree? Comment below, and Share….
Controlling blood sugar levels always results in better control of diabetes. Resveratrol, Cinnamon and Chromium Picolinate are just a few of several supplements that might need to be in your diabetic meal plan.
type 2 diabetes
Resveratrol, Cinnamon and Chromium Picolinate May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels
Adding natural supplements like Resveratrol to Diabetic diets may improve Glucose levels and aide in controlling sugar levels.
Using Natural supplements and food to help control blood sugar levels and facilitating the control of type 2 diabetes is becoming more popular. Not mentioned very often is that fact that the use of Insulin and oral medications sometimes make it harder to manage type 2 diabetes because it is more challenging to lose weight which can be a positive in the control of blood sugar.
I found the following article with some interesting news about Resveratrol which has often been recommended by health food addicts and supplement companies as a aide in controlling blood sugar levels.
“Another option for help with blood sugar management is natural supplements, such as vitamins, phytonutrients, and herbs. Resveratrol could be one of those supplements.
In a recent three-month, open-label, controlled study, investigators enrolled 62 patients with type 2 diabetes who were already taking standard oral anti-diabetes medications. The researchers then randomly assigned half the patients to take 250 mg of resveratrol daily along with their medication.
At the end of three months, the following results were noted:
Significant improvement in hemoglobin A1c from before the study (mean, 9.99) to the end of the study (mean, 9.65)
Significant improvement in total cholesterol and total protein levels among patients who took resveratrol compared with those who did not
Significant improvement in systolic blood pressure among patients who took resveratrol (127.92 mmHg) compared with patients who did not (139.71 mmHg)
What is also noteworthy is the improvement in participants cholesterol levels and “significant” improvement is systolic blood pressure. Heart attack and stroke seem to be the leading cause of death for people with Diabetes so improved control of these two common symptoms (cholesterol levels and high blood pressure) is a positive. It must be noted that the study was conducted using supplements rather than just drinking Red Wine. Sorry!
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!
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 sugarlevels 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.
Received an Email from my Sister in Law, Joyce about Hula Hoops.
Here is part of the email:
A Glass of Red Wine
VERY COOL TO THE END
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The Fat Tax and Free Health Care. Are they Related?
Has Congress gone so Gooney that it might pass a FAT TAX? Free Health Care makes more sense to me than a Fat Tax.
One way or another, we all end up paying for health care for those who don’t have it. Either at the emergency room or in reduced national productivity by our workers who are unhealthy or people becoming disabled by diseases that if treated soon enough would not remove them from the work force and put them on disability or Welfare. Diabetes and Obesity go hand in hand with the above. No health care, no direct intervention and education about what untreated Diabetes does to you.
I was reading an article on Care2.com about Health Care, its limitations, the fact that the Supreme Court might be making a decision on something it hasn’t even read, but what really caught my attention was a comment by:
Robert P. “If you want to fix the health care system you have to remove the greed, corruption and dishonest behavior of the insurance companies, drug companies and mainstream media. Overuse of tests for big profit, vaccinations, prescription drugs that instead of helping are killing and injuring more people than illegal drugs at huge profit. The corrupt FDA that allows drugs with side effects of cancer, heart attacks, stroke. liver failure just to name a few and law suits on behalf of people injured or killed by these drugs. The side effects actually insure the medical system even more futre customers. Mainstream media recieves almost 4 billion per year in advertising, do you think they will tell you anything bad about the drug companies. Most natural treatments have little or no side effects and are in most cases more effective but cannot be patented so are not hugely profitable. If you do not believe the corruption than look at the side effects and the law suits, all a matter of public record. This adds up to huge, unwarranted costs to patients. ”
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 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
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.
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.
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!
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.