Ways to Manage your Diet for Diabetes

Here’s a true account of my close friend – Sammy who was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age of eleven.

“I am Sammy. Ever since my diagnosis with diabetes at the age of eleven, my diet changed dramatically. I maintain my current healthy weight with a great diet/eating plan. If you do plan on losing more than about a stone in weight then I would visit your doctor for more tips on how to do this without risk.

I’ve had diabetes for over fifteen years now, but to tell you that how I maintain weight is perfect would be totally wrong of me. However, I can advise you to follow my steps because I know what works and what doesn’t. Before I really begin I must also say that I have been brought up by great parents who taught me to eat everything, and so I do! If there is something that you don’t like, there are loads of other diabetic recipes and ideas that you will eat and appreciate.

I am a university student and I like to buy fresh and organic produce from where I live. I believe that this is important because it can be the most good for your body and contain more nutrients and vitamins than most supermarket produce. I like to source food from my fortnightly farmers market in town, which sells amazing meat and dairy produce and fresh in season fruit and vegetables. This is another important thing to remember, that eating fruit and vegetables in their season means that they will taste better as well as doing you good. I have a lot of influence from Western European cuisine (mainly France and Italy) as you will tell, but I do not profess to be a chef and everything is easy to make and very convenient.

I have read countless diet books and diabetic recipe/diet books, and I came to a conclusion that I think really works. I fused all the good things from the diets (but not from every diet) and sort of put together my own one. I call this my Juvenile Diabetes Healthy Diet!

The “rules” that I would lay down are as follows:

1. Cut back on snacks and then change the type of snacks you eat.
Certainly my biggest downfall although it wasn’t really apparent to me. When I first started at University, I had little or no routine which meant that filling my day was difficult and popping into the kitchen for a snack, no matter how healthy it felt, was a regular occurence. This is one of the hardest things to do for some people, but establishing a great routine is essential to great diabetes care. The types of snacks to be eating are unsalted nuts, dried unsweetened fruit, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables (I love fresh red pepper and cucumber), dark chocolate (richer and nicer and you only want 2 squares usually).

2. Cut back on white flour and embrace wholemeal carbs.
This is the most essential part of your diet, and the thing that can show the biggest increase in loss of weight. Some diets in fact just focus on this point, and are very successful. Wholemeal (especially stone ground wholemeal) is so good for you and has so much more flavour in it that switching is much easier than you think. Most people are really surprised at the ranges you can get in you supermarket, again remember that the bread that is best for you is the one that is freshest with least preservatives or added ingredients. Also, brown or baptismal rice is great with a lovely nutty texture. Wholemeal pasta is great and for your potatoes I would totally recommend the smaller new potatoes.

3. Stop drinking cocktails, start drinking wine.
Cocktails are full of sugar, colourants and preservatives. As a student I have had loads of practice at going out and not drinking cocktails, so my drink of choice is Malibu and Diet Coke if I feel I have to drink something and I make it last all night. I can then top up with Diet Coke (which has almost no sugar in it) and it looks as though I am drinking Malibu, who is to know. If you are out at a restaurant, red wine is much better than anything else you can order, (except water of course!) and it has been proven that the anti-oxidants in red wine are great for keeping a healthy heart. The recommended amount is one glass a day with your evening meal.

4. Start cooking more fruit and vegetables.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are a great way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. And there are so many different ways in which to cook vegetables, but I find that raw is the best followed closely by steamed. Both of these ways preserve all their natural goodness as well. I will follow this post with another diabetes recipes post.

5. Drink more water.
I know you have heard people say this many times before, but the benefits of drinking more water are endless. A few tips on how to get more water into your day are firstly to put bottles of water at all the places you go in the house or work. So keep one in your desk, on your desk, a glass in the kitchen, the bedroom, the sitting room, etc. Try and drink all these glasses up and you will be well on your way to 8 glasses a day. The trick is to add a glass every few days or so, if you try to drink all that water in one go you won’t be so inclined to drink 8 glasses again, trust me! Have a go, it’s amazing how great you will feel.

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A 54 year-old woman lowered her blood sugar naturally and lost 10 pounds in 28 days

Insulin Injection

Morning routine went from waking up and eat whatever and whenever you want to eat to this:

Needing to use the glucose monitor to check how high my blood sugar was.

Heading next for the fridge to grab a bottle of insulin

Get an alcohol swab to clean off my skin

Prepare a syringe and give myself a shot of insulin

Now .. finally time to eat. tired of this routine and this is not fun!

There’s HOPE!

Delicious nutrition-packed blood sugar balancing foods that make you feel full of energy and what’s best, gives you peace of mind and hope for tomorrow knowing that you are taking good care of yourself today.

Losing weight wasn’t the main objective, the key motive is wanting to lower blood sugar and the weight loss came as a nice surprise for eating healthy.

A Master Herbalist who became a mentor, advised to eat differently but properly has given hope that diabetes can actually be reversed.

The meals were so delicious and finding this new way of eating forward looking to every meal. In just days of eating this new way for good health instead of eating “whatever”, blood sugar went down.

A few weeks later, blood sugar kept going lower and finally reaches the normal range .. and Metformin is not needed anymore!

The Daily diabetic diary was kept and shown to the doctor at the next appointment and the doctor was equally surprised and confirmed that pills are not needed anymore. It’s a moment of Extreme JOY and Relief!

That’s not all!

In the process, 10 pounds was lost in the first 28 days and then 13 pounds in 45 days … all without any exercises!

Eating according to the two-step meal plan makes you look good .. feel younger and brings wonderful peace of mind that I didn’t have before when knowing that cheating and eating foods that shouldn’t be eaten as a diabetic.

Popping a chocolate chip cookie into the mouth maybe a moment of cheating when no one is watching .. but who’s going to pay for the price for all the unhealthy food taken in behind closed doors where there were no eyes to judge?

Will it work for you?

If you are willing to follow diligently and eat the recommended delicious nourishing foods, you can almost certainly lower your blood sugar and lose weight!

It’s really a Choice: Eat for Health or Not to?

Either you slowly watch as complications creep into your life. Most of the diabetic complications are irreversible by the way ..eyesight doesn’t return .. you don’t get your leg back after amputation .. kidney and heart disease as well as painful neuropathy.

Choose right now at this moment to live the healthiest life possible and willingly make changes to your diet.

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Type 2 diabetes targets the Overweight Children!

Its seems logical but Type 2 diabetes is most likely to affect children who are overweight, having a family history of diabetes, have unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity.

Increased rates of obesity world-wide parallels the increased diabetes prevalence.

The challenge lies in detecting the ailment – 40 percent to 50 percent of diabetes are undiagnosed. They find out only during routine health checks or incidentally while doing other medial tests. In mild cases, there are no symptoms.

Some do feel the following symptoms – loss of weight, tiredness, thirst and drinking more and urinating more. But in these cases, they likely already have a more advanced disease.

While diabetes cannot be cured, it can be kept under control. Type 1 diabetes will require a regular dose of insulin, as prescribed by a doctor. Mild Type 2 diabetes may be controlled through diet and exercise, with little or no medicine.

However, most Type 2 diabetes will eventually require oral medication to control the blood sugar level and possibly insulin injections in the later stage of the disease.

The basic treatment strategy is to maintain a good control over the amount of glucose in your blood, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and watch your weight. These will prevent the onset of diabetes.

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20% with diabetes are under 40 years old

One in nine has diabetes and unhealthy lifestyle a major factor.

The rate goes up to three in 10 for those aged 60 and above. Another worrying trend: The prevalence of diabetes among the younger ones are also on the rise too.

It was once a disease associated with the elderly, but now 20 percent of those diabetes are under 40. Some, less than 16 years of age are diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes in the paediatric department.

There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.

In Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas can produce insulin but the body is resistant to it. It is often associated with being overweight. Different from Type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas is  unable to make sufficient insulin.

Both scenarios lead to a rising glucose level in the blood, which paves the way to pre-diabetes, then diabetes.

Insulin helps bring down blood sugar levels to normal whenever we have a meal. As the carbohydrates we eat are digested into simple sugars, blood sugar levels rise in the blood, but this usually returns to normal in people without diabetes.

However, people with diabetes are unable to do this properly and hence have high blood sugar levels that result in complications associated with diabetes.

Usually, Type 1 diabetes presents more acutely, with the child being very sick as they go into diabetic ketoacidosis, when toxin builds up in the body. It can strike at a young age, in fact some babies get diabetes soon after they are born and we call that neonatal diabetes.

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5 Ways to Manage your Diet for Diabetes

With blessings from my good friend Caire, I am sharing her real life story since her diagnosis with juvenile diabetes, where her diet has changed dramatically and maintain her weight with a great diet.

Caire, a childhood good friend of mine was diagnosis with diabetes at the age of eleven, her diet has changed dramatically. She maintain her current healthy weight with a great diet/eating plan.

Caire had diabetes for seven years now, but to tell you that how she maintain weight is perfect would be totally wrong of me. However, I can advise you to follow her steps because I got to know from Caire what works and what doesn’t. Before I really begin I must also say that I have been brought up by great parents who taught me to eat everything, and so I do! And with the sharing of what Caire does for her diet, it make more sense why we should be wary of our diet whether you are diagnosis with diabetes or not. If there is something that you don’t like, there are loads of other diabetic recipes and ideas that you will eat and appreciate.

Caire is a university student and she like to buy fresh and organic produce from where she live. Caire believe that this is important because it can be the most good for your body and contain more nutrients and vitamins than most supermarket produce. She like to source food from her fortnightly farmers market in town, which sells amazing meat and dairy produce and fresh in season fruit and vegetables. This is another important thing to remember, that eating fruit and vegetables in their season means that they will taste better as well as doing you good. She have a lot of influence from Western European cuisine (mainly France and Italy) as you will tell, but she do not profess to be a chef and everything is easy to make and very convenient.

Caire have read countless diet books and diabetic recipe/diet books, and came to a conclusion that she think really works. One of my aunt who was a diabetes patient before and knows Caire, agreed with her as well. Caire fused all the good things from the diets (but not from every diet) and sort of put together her own one. She call this my Juvenile Diabetes Healthy Diet!

The “rules” that she would lay down are as follows:

1. Cut back on snacks and then change the type of snacks you eat.
Certainly the biggest downfall although it wasn’t really apparent to her. When she first started at University, she had little or no routine which meant that filling my day was difficult and popping into the kitchen for a snack, no matter how healthy it felt, was a regular occurrence. This is one of the hardest things to do for some people, but establishing a great routine is essential to great diabetes care. The types of snacks to be eating are unsalted nuts, dried unsweetened fruit, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables (she loves fresh red pepper and cucumber), dark chocolate (richer and nicer and she only want 2 squares usually).

2. Cut back on white flour and embrace wholemeal carbs.
This is the most essential part of your diet, and the thing that can show the biggest increase in loss of weight. Some diets in fact just focus on this point, and are very successful. Wholemeal (especially stoneground wholemeal) is so good for you and has so much more flavour in it that switching is much easier than you think. Most people are really surprised at the ranges you can get in you supermarket, again remember that the bread that is best for you is the one that is freshest with least preservatives or added ingredients. Also, brown or basmati rice is great with a lovely nutty texture. Wholemeal pasta is great and for your potatoes, the smaller new potatoes is best recommended.

3. Stop drinking cocktails, start drinking wine.
Cocktails are full of sugar, colourants and preservatives. As a student we have had loads of practice at going out and not drinking cocktails, so Caire’s drink of choice is Malibu and Diet Coke if she feel she have to drink something and she make it last all night. she will then top up with Diet Coke (which has almost no sugar in it) and it looks as though she is drinking Malibu, who is to know. If you are out at a restaurant, red wine is much better than anything else you can order, (except water of course!) and it has been proven that the anti-oxidants in red wine are great for keeping a healthy heart. The recommended amount is one glass a day with your evening meal.

4. Start cooking more fruit and vegetables.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are a great way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. And there are so many different ways in which to cook vegetables, but we find that raw is the best followed closely by steamed. Both of these ways preserve all their natural goodness as well.

5. Drink more water.
We all know you have heard people say this many times before, but the benefits of drinking more water are endless. A few tips on how to get more water into your day are firstly to put bottles of water at all the places you go in the house or work. So do keep one in your desk, on your desk, a glass in the kitchen, the bedroom, the sitting room, etc. Try and drink all these glasses up and you will be well on your way to 8 glasses a day. The trick is to add a glass every few days or so, if you try to drink all that water in one go you won’t be so inclined to drink 8 glasses again, trust me! Have a go, it’s amazing how great you will feel.

For further tips on eating diabetes friendly recipe meals, Check Out Delicious – the ultimate Diabetic Cookbook.

Remedy Foods that Control Diabetes

Back in 1550 BC, the famous Ebers Papyrus advised treating diabetes with high fiber wheat grains. Not much has changed since then.

Plant foods are the drug of choice for treating diabetes. There are large numbers of scientific research findings to confirm the effectiveness of plant foods in managing this disease. Through the centuries, more than 400 plants have been identified, used, and prescribed as diabetic remedies.

Raw onions and garlic have been long been favourite anti-diabetic drugs in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The vegetable bitter gourd and the herb ginseng have been widely used for treating diabetes since the ancient time in India and China. Common mushroom is widely used in parts of Europe to lower blood sugar. Barely bread is a popular treatment for diabetes in Iraq. Other foods, used in different countries, in the treatment of diabetes include beans, cabbage, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cucumber, fenugreek seeds, Indian gooseberry and lettuce.

All these foods have anti-diabetic properties. Scientific research has confirmed that most of these foods, or their compounds, either lower blood sugar, or stimulate insulin production. Some of the more important foods that help to lower blood sugar or stimulate insulin production in diabetes patients are discussed here.

Artichoke is a tuberous root with a top like a sunflower. This vegetable contains good amounts of potassium, a fair amount of calcium and some iron and sulphur, all of which are needed by the body for maintaining good health.

Artichoke is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes because of its high insulin content. A fully ripe artichoke is said to contain more than two percent of insulin. Ripe artichokes are generally available only during autumn or fall. The insulin is converted into sugar in winter. Artichokes are most effective when eaten raw in salads. It cooking is required; they should be boiled, unpeeled, in a small quantity of water for about 10 minutes. Artichokes can be effectively combined with other vegetables.

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