SparkPeople Living With Diabetes Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=living-with-diabetes Learn some of the secrets of success for Living With Diabetes from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Living With Diabetes Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=living-with-diabetes The First Step is the Hardest !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42702_the_first_step_is_the_hardest_ A Little Exercise Goes A Long Way!<br><br>When I'm feeling sluggish and don't feel like getting a workout in, I tell myself I can squeeze in 15 minutes. Just a 15 minute walk. When I get on the treadmill, it often turns in to a 45 minute jog. The hardest step is the first.<br><br><br> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:37:00 EST Fast Low Calorie, low sodium Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42691_fast_low_calorie_low_sodium_meal I found Polar Stir Fry Vegetables at Walmart ...the whole can is 36 calories,. I Sauted lamb cubes, sesame seeds, and mushrooms in Olive Oil and added the can of Stir Fry. Try it with chicken, or pork bites.<br><br>Easy Low Sodium Stir-fry...love it Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:07:00 EST Walnuts Are Good For You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42656_walnuts_are_good_for_you Walnuts towards the end of a meal can help prevent the hazards that fatty food can do to the arteries and I just read that walnuts can help with back pain...they are very low in sugar and high in dietary fiber and lower the blood cholesterol levels by lowering the LDL ...Walnuts are good for your mood and 7 Walnuts halves can be good for your heart and arteries. How about a walnut raspberry salad? Yum Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:29:00 EST Bitter Foods Help Burn Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42601_bitter_foods_help_burn_fat Bitter foods can help keep sugar levels under control and also cleanse the body..diabetics tend to feel lethargic during the day, but when eating bitter foods, you will start to feel a lot more energetic through the day. By enjoying these bitter foods you are also cutting down on calories since these bitter foods also help to burn fats in the body..Sesame seeds is one of the main bitter foods for diabetes that will help control sugar levels.. sprinkle them on salads, in cereal oatmeal, & vegg... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:57:00 EST Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42595_kale Kale can slow the release of glucose to prevent insulin spikes...spinach and kale mixed together with olive oil and garlic can be stir-fried for additional benefits. Top with sesame seeds to lower your cholesterol. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:49:00 EST NUTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42594_nuts Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids and diets that contain nuts help reduce the risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and help control weight. The healthy fats appear to be the secret nut ingredient that prevents heart disease. Not only walnuts but, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, and pistachios and cashews... an important part of a low-glycemic diet. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:46:00 EST Have you tried Kefir? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42585_have_you_tried_kefir Kefir is a great source of minerals like calcium & magnesium, & phosphorus, which helps the body utilize carbs, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance & energy. You can try Kefir over fruit or cereal, in your morning smoothie, or straight from the bottle..there is even Frozen Kefir. Kefir contains different types of beneficial bacteria than does yogurt, but tastes almost the same....it is also easier to digest and helps with fatigue. Has vitamins and minerals,protein..a good probioti... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:00:00 EST Olive Oil And Fewer Sugar Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42562_olive_oil_and_fewer_sugar_cravings Olive oil makes you feel full and tends to make you eat less and have fewer sugar cravings. Olive oil is a dense food and thru research it has been found that Olive oil and other nut oils do not make you gain weight. Olive oil is a digestive aid and is high in polyphenols. Proof.in September of 2003 the British Journal of Nutrition reported, it was found a significant loss of body weight and fat mass can be achieved by changing only one eating habit that is exchanging the saturated fats w/Ev... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:45:00 EST Flaxseeds Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42550_flaxseeds_help Flaxseeds help fight obesity and diabetes. Flax seeds have natural anti-inflammatory benefits which also help arthritis and they ward off cancer and heart disease. <br><br>Flaxseed helps curb hunger and is a source of protein and fiber. The are good for stabilizing the body sugar levels and relieving constipation. So...flax seeds daily can help to increase metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and increase energy. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:15:00 EST Black-Eyed Peas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42549_blackeyed_peas Black-eyed peas are rich in complex carbs, which play an important role in keeping blood sugar levels steady. <br><br>Try a black-eyed pea taco with onions, garlic, cilantro.... the pea mixture, Shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and salsa or chopped tomatoes.<br><br> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:06:00 EST Walk It Off !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42547_walk_it_off_ Walk It Off!<br> Now that Summer is here, We can get outside !!! It's ideal for starting a walking program — besides the weight-loss benefits, you'll reduce stress, Lower your Blood Sugar and lower your risk of heart disease. Get out and Enjoy the Summer Weather for Your Health ! ! !<br><br> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:46:00 EST Plum Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42539_plum_juice PlumSmart Light is a lower calorie version of plum juice. The secret? They don't add in sugar! 60 calories and 15g of carbs <br> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:05:00 EST Reduce Cholesterol With A Sweet Potato Burger http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42491_reduce_cholesterol_with_a_sweet_potato_burger Walnuts have omega 3 fatty acids that protect the heart.....3 tbsp. daily helps reduce bad cholesterol. Mix small pieces into burgers,or to coat chicken or fish.<br><br>Add sweet potatoes to boiling water. Boil until soft<br>Mash the sweet potato,minced garlic1 onion, finely chopped.... rosemary, add walnuts and make a sweet potato burger.Spoon mixture onto foil in patty shapes. Bake on 375 for 35 minutes on each side. Serve with Daisy lite sour cream YUM!<br> Sat, 17 May 2014 13:51:00 EST Cinnamon Helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42487_cinnamon_helps If you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal in can metabolize sugar 20 times better as reported by Prevention Magazine.<br>Cinnamon seems to improve the blood levels of fats called triglycerides. 1/2 teaspoon of the spice each day helps in reducing blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels <br><br>Use some on your sweet potato, a cinnamon stick in your coffee, dessert dishes....apples and pears, etc. Sat, 17 May 2014 06:40:00 EST Water In Plastic Bottles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42486_water_in_plastic_bottles Prevention Magazine reports if you drink from a Plastic Bottle or microwave food with plastic wrap chemicals may be leaching into you. Plastic contains a hormone disrupter and the higher levels of BPA ....the greater chance a person is to be obese. They also suggest flaxseeds to help remove toxins. Sat, 17 May 2014 06:31:00 EST Toxins Get Stored As Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42485_toxins_get_stored_as_fat Prevention reports Our bodies are not designed to filter out chemicals and they usually get stored as fat. High Fructose corn syrup can quickly convert to fat in our systems. They also say artificial chemical can interfere with the brain and will throw metabolism out of balance. Sat, 17 May 2014 06:25:00 EST Cayenne http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42484_cayenne Prevention reports that cayenne can speed up metabolism and lower blood sugar level before excess insulin can store fat. Don't forget to eat a small snack every 2-3 hours to help stable blood sugar levels! Sat, 17 May 2014 06:20:00 EST Pain? Inflammation? Try this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42473_pain_inflammation_try_this Pain is always associated with inflammation<br>Cherries reduce inflammation and speed healing. Eat 1 cup of fresh or frozen cherries daily.<br>Black Pepper ...1/2 tsp. daily can help with inflammation and pain. Thu, 15 May 2014 08:48:00 EST Skinny Meatloaf..Use Oatmeal Instead Of Bread Crumbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42471_skinny_meatloafuse_oatmeal_instead_of_bread_crumbs Skinny Meatloaf<br>1lb of Jennie O 99% fat Free Ground turkey<br>1 medium red onion diced<br>1 large egg lightly beaten<br>1/3 cup of Old Fashioned Oatmeal<br>2-3 Tablespoons of Steak Sauce or Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce<br>1/2 Tsp. of thyme or oregano, black pepper<br>Minced garlic to taste<br>1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon<br>1/4 tsp. of Cayenne<br>Mix all together and form a loaf..bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Top with a few tablespoons of Tomato sauce. Makes 4 servings. Thu, 15 May 2014 08:38:00 EST Try Cinnamon For Belly Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42470_try_cinnamon_for_belly_fat Try a cinnamon stick in your coffee or a sprinkle of powdered cinnamon. Cinnamon Helps Type 2 Diabetes .....Also Helps Cholesterol....cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, and turmeric have all shown promise in enhancing insulin's action.<br><br>Cinnamon is proven to lower levels of blood sugar and fat storage...it's the best belly-fighting antioxidant (Phenol) cinnamon might improve both cholesterol and cinnamon might improve cholesterol. Thu, 15 May 2014 08:26:00 EST Keep our blood sugar level in better balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42432_keep_our_blood_sugar_level_in_better_balance Apples...Eating AN APPLE A DAY REDUCES CHOLESTEROL LEVELS THAT STOP ARTERY CLOGGING STICKINESS...as reported by Ohio State university Robert DiSilvestro PH.D.<br>The polyphenols in apple have been shown to lessen absorption of glucose from the digestive tract... help us clear more sugar from our blood and keep our blood sugar level in better balance. Maybe try a Granny Apple and aim for 1 a day. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:26:00 EST Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42413_strawberries_with_balsamic_vinegar Strawberries with a high quality balsamic vinegar....splash them.Strawberries are good for diabetics, as they help stabilize the level of blood glucose been associated with inhibiting the production of cholesterol in the liver...and reducing heart disease...vinegar may mimic the effects of both Acrabose and Metformin which are two of the commonly prescribed medications for diabetics says Carol Johnston, Ph.D., As reported by WebMD Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:08:00 EST Peanut Butter is Heart Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42412_peanut_butter_is_heart_healthy The British Journal of Nutrition found those who ate peanut butter for breakfast had a smaller rise in blood sugar than a control group not given the PB. They said...PB reduces blood sugar jumps by slowing the bod's absorption of carbs. Portion control is the key. It is heart healthy and does not have artery clogging fats. Enjoy A slater on apple slices for breackfast..try Skippy's new Dark Chocolate PB for a treat....go for it. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:00 EST Avocados curb Appetite http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42401_avocados_curb_appetite Avocados curb Appetite...reserchers from The Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University found that eating 1/2 avocade can slash you appetite 40% They also explain an avocado has 12 grams of fiber and have super healthy fats that can kill cravings....they also stated improved insulin sensitivity after daily intake of 30 g of mixed nuts.<br><br>Good for Diabetics and Dieters alike..try avocado toast, in tacos, salads, as a dip...1/2 Avocado topped with a soft boiled egg...it's yummy! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:09:00 EST Oatmeal...Feel Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42385_oatmealfeel_full People who ate a warm oatmeal breakfast felt fuller four hours later than those who had cold cereal...the fiber in the oatmeal slows digestion and should keep you full until lunch.<br>Add 4 walnuts to protect you heart or flax seed. Berries for even more fiber. Steel cut oats are denser. Good Carbs. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:53:00 EST Afternoon Slump? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42384_afternoon_slump A high protein snack will not only control afternoon munchies but give you a boost as reported by researchers at the University of Missouri at Colombia. Try<br>3/4 cup of plain non fat Greek yogurt<br>1 teaspoon of chia seeds<br>1 teaspoon of Cocoa Powder<br>top with 1/2 raspberries ( frozen or fresh)<br>160 calories<br> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:48:00 EST Resistant Starch http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42334_resistant_starch Best source for Resistant Starch is Bob's Red Mill Potato Starch. Start w/ 2 TBL's for a day or two and increase to 4 TBL per day. After approx 2 weeks of doing this daily, your blood sugar will be lower...also lower after you eat occasional carbs. It takes a little bit for your body to adjust to the Potato Starch. Check out: diabetes-warrior.net. Scroll down to the Potato Starch Experiment. Steve Cooksey's diabetes story and diet are very informative. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:24:00 EST Helping The Snacking Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42323_helping_the_sancking_temptation Sugar snap peas can be steamed, pureed or chopped up and added to salads, stir-fry, even a small serving of pasta. If you are looking to improve your health, sugar snap peas are good options to include in your diet....They are good to help control cholesterol and blood-glucose levels...they have 35 calories per 3-ounce serving, which is about 1 cup. They are high in vitamins and the fiber will help keep you feeling full and reduce your temptation to snack between meals.<br> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:56:00 EST Lower Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42190_lower_calorie_chocolatepeanut_butter Peanut Butter & Company has a product...Dark Chocolate Dreams...it's peanut butter blended with rich dark chocolate (made with Cocoa) and no trans fats, No High Fructose, no cholesterol<br>2 Tablespoons @ 170 Calories and 12 carbs and only 35mg of sodium...Got mine at Walmart<br><br>Taste's good to me! Might be worth a try! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:40:00 EST Stop The Cravings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41998_stop_the_cravings Elin Johansson has received a scientific award for her research results concerning barley and GLP-1. She presented facts that Intake of a barley evening meal stimulates GLP-1 release, improves glucose tolerance and appetite regulation.<br>1/4 cup of barley can help you stay full. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:11:00 EST WILD RICE FILLS YOU UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41989_wild_rice_fills_you_up Some wild rice in your diet may help..... it has less calories than brown rice, fewer carbs than brown rice, more fiber and higher in protein and should fill you up quicker...<br>How much and what kind of carbs do matter! Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:56:00 EST Why cravings start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41961_why_cravings_start Overweight means that your insulin doesn't work as well to control glucose levels. When you are insulin resistant ( and normal people can be insulin resistant at times) your body converts every calorie it can into fat, even if you’re dieting. It won't let you burn fat when you exercise....even if you exercise like wild! Too much salt boosts insulin, the hormone that tells the body to store fat. The more insulin, the more fat is stored and the more you gain. When blood sugar drops cravings beg... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:01:00 EST Walnuts and Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41941_walnuts_and_blood_pressure Walnuts contain healthy minerals and oils which can help maintain healthy blood pressure Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:12:00 EST Kitchen Bouquet Browning and Seasoning Sauce Is Low Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41940_kitchen_bouquet_browning_and_seasoning_sauce_is_low_sodium Kitchen Bouquet Browning and Seasoning Sauce is only 10 calories and low in sodium. Great for stir fry's, hamburger, ground turkey and roasts... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:10:00 EST Radishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41928_radishes A medium-size radish has just 1 calorie and well under half a gram of carb<br><br>Try 3 red radishes with 1 tablespoon fat free cream cheese, then lightly sprinkle them with chives...20 calories and 2 grams of carb...A radish is low in digestible carbs and high in roughage and water, it makes for a healthy munch for Diabetics and dieters alike.<br><br>Make a Radish dip, slice in salads, eat as a snack..... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:39:00 EST Kavli Crispy Thin Whole Grain Crispbread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41927_kavli_crispy_thin_whole_grain_crispbread Fat-free and low in sodium with a mild nutty flavor and easy crunch. 1 generous-size serving... 17 calories and 4 grams of carb<br><br>The Grain Crisp bread is made from 100 percent whole grain rye flour...so it digests slowly and should not create a sugar surge Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:30:00 EST Are you a tomato fan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41926_are_you_a_tomato_fan Are you a tomato fan? Cherry Tomatoes are perfect for guilt-free nibbling. You can enjoy a snack of 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes for just 13 calories and 2 grams of carb. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:27:00 EST Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41875_bread Pumpernickel Bread has resistant starch and is a fat burning carb. Rye is also a good choice.....once resistant starch reaches the large colon, it is fermented by bacteria, similar to how fiber is digested, so it does not raise blood sugar levels Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:19:00 EST Shrimp Cocktail http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41872_shrimp_cocktail 6 Shrimp.... and 2 Tbs.of cocktail sauce...Around 75 calories Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:12:00 EST Hummus & Potato Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41871_hummus_potato_salad Instead of using mayo...try hummus in your potato salad....have a small portion. It's creamy! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:09:00 EST Green Tea Nixes Negative Effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41870_green_tea_nixes_negative_effects If you want pasta, drink a cup or two of green tea...it can tame blood sugar spikes that come from a starchy meal, those same spikes that can lead to sugar cravings and fatigue. Might keep you on track...test after! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:07:00 EST Mix Your Own http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41869_mix_your_own 1 tablespoon of jam is roughly 50 calories...take 1/2 cup of frozen berries and warm them with cinnamon and ginger,,,it's half the calories and no sugar. Plus you get Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:05:00 EST Eat Raw Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41860_eat_raw_nuts Dr. David Jenkins of the University of Toronto<br>concluded, “Mixed, unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted nuts have benefits for both blood glucose control and blood lipids and may be used as part of a strategy to improve diabetes control without weight gain.” Those following a natural lifestyle will choose non-irradiated nut sources that have not been processed or altered in any fashion. A 2 ounce serving is recommend by him. Nuts have not been found to contribute to weight gain in his report. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:35:00 EST Accomplish Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41859_accomplish_weight_loss Eating lots of veggies such as arugula, Asparagus, spinach, kale, cucumber,and collards, Cabbage, Broccoli, spinach, Celery, Cauliflower, Okra, onion, green beans, carrots, Kale white mushrooms, Turnips, romaine lettuce, red & yellow peppers, these are low in calories and carbs...may help accomplish weight loss Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:17:00 EST Asparagus Metabolizes Sugar And Starch http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41858_asparagus_metabolizes_sugar_and_starch Did you know that Asparagus plays a key role in the metabolism of sugar and starches. It does help regulate blood sugar and is rich in B vitamins and fiber...and anti-oxidant nutrients. 1/2 cup of cooked Asparagus is about 3.5 carbs.<br><br> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:03:00 EST Apples & Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41857_apples_cheese An apple is a good diabetic/dietetic food...adding cheese stabilizes blood sugar...1 slice of reduced-fat Cheddar cheese into 4 pieces and place on apple wedges...Around 5 carbs<br><br>Apples are good for diabetics..some research proves that for some people with pre-diabetes ....apples could even keep them from developing full-blown diabetes. Also apples help get rid of the plaque which builds up in your blood vessels causing blockages / heart disease...add 4 walnuts for more heart benefits.<... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 08:36:00 EST Sugar instead or Nuts? No Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41849_sugar_instead_or_nuts_no_thanks Jiff Whips and Peter Pan Whipped knock the calories down by adding air to the peanut butter, but they replace the fat with corn syrup solids and that's no bargain! Check the labels even on reduced fat varieties like Skippy, Jiff, and Peter Pan. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:15:00 EST Why Coriander? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41742_why_coriander Coriander, the seed component of cilantro has hypoglycemic effects, possibly by stimulating the secretion of insulin, Coriander is good for diabetics.... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:38:00 EST Why Coriander? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41741_why_coriander Coriander, the seed component of cilantro has hypoglycemic effects, possibly by stimulating the secretion of insulin, Coriander is good for diabetics.... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:38:00 EST WHY DRINK WATER? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41740_why_drink_water Proper hydration is crital to health and anyone trying to lose weight. Water not only help QUELL the appetite but helps convert food into energy and assist in metabolizing stored fat.<br>YES, REALLY! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:37:00 EST Make your own bread to control the carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41710_make_your_own_bread_to_control_the_carbs By making my own whole wheat bread at home, I can control what goes in it and the size of the slices. This way, I can manage my carb intake better while still enjoying a "two slice" sandwich! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:43:00 EST Test You Blood Sugar a Few Times Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41707_test_you_blood_sugar_daily I wasn't much of a BS tester till I got my A1C results back...What a Disappointment. Now I test first thing in the morning, before I exercise and 2hrs after dinner.<br>Now I know how what I'm eating and doing is affecting my BS...I'm feeling and eating much better...<br>Test On !!!! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:06:00 EST Red Lentils..Cheap and Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41669_red_lentilscheap_and_easy Cheap and rich in potassium, iron and B1. One cup has 16 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber and only 230 calories.<br>Easy.... take 1 cup of lentils, 2 cups of water, 1 bay leaf, 1 clove of garlic. Simmer 8-10 minutes remove the bay leaf and garlic and drizzle some olive oil and ground pepper and enjoy. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:13:00 EST Eat Full Fat Peanut Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41633_eat_full_fat_peanut_butter Natural peanut butter does not mean without added sugars and hydrogenated oils.....go full fat as sugars and starchy fillers in reduced fat peanut butter are unhealthy and the difference in calories is negligible. Pick one that's packed with protein and has heart healthy monounsaturated fat.<br> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:12:00 EST Eat Your Cherries To Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41622_eat_your_cherries_to_lose_weight Cherries help use sugar for energy....a good food for the weight loss campaign. Cherries reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes and inflammation and cherries are low in fat and high in water content so they not only boost energy but they can modify metabolism for effective weight loss. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:26:00 EST Olive Oil Helps Burn Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41621_olive_oil_helps_burn_fat A lot of people are worried about the calories but 1 tsp. a day could switch on fat burning. Did you know that it also contributes to lowering bad cholesterol. Olive oil also has Oleic acid which aids in keeping our arteries supple and helps prevent cancer. <br> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:16:00 EST EAT BLUEBERRIES To Discourage Fat Storgage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41620_eat_blueberries_to_discourage_fat_storgae Blueberries fight fat...the fiber in them helps pull fat through the digestive system...they contain antioxidants that speed the burning of fat. They have little impact on blood sugar.<br>Plain yogurt also discourages fat storage. Try some together! Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:07:00 EST Fiber And Plant Fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41617_fiber_and_plant_fats Barley, Oatmeal and Oat Bran, mushrooms are all healthy foods that slow and steady carb absorption for those who want to avoid high blood sugar. Healthy plant fats also soak up sugar...1/2 of an avocado, 3 tbs. a day of flax seeds, 2 tbs. of nut butter...exercise works too! Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:20:00 EST Wanuts Decrease the Chance of Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41615_wanuts_decrease_the_chance_of_diabetes Walnuts have high levels of Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.<br>They are good for the heart as well. Add to yogurt, salads, or just eat them plain in moderation...4 walnuts a day can keep your healthier...7 walnut halves are around 100 calories.... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:09:00 EST Sugar Free Foods Can Cause Somach Cramps & Bloat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41531_sugar_free_foods_can_cause_somach_cramps_bloat Many people are sensitive to sugar free foods and they can cause gastro distress. These sweetener's called sugar alcohols....erythritol, matlitol, sorbitol and anything that ends in itol can cause this abdominal pain and even nausea, lose bowels... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:29:00 EST Instead Of Bread.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41530_instead_of_bread Make mini apple sandwiches...slice apples thinly and fill or top with peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, nuts, sunflower seeds and Havarti cheese slices Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:07:00 EST Probiotics Are Essential for Prevention of Dis-ease & Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41516_probiotics_are_essential_for_prevention_of_disease_obesity I have used probiotics and digestive enzymes for 20 years. I have found that, in addition to Lecithin and Chromium Picolinate, probiotics assist in keeping the blood sugar normalized. They are also VERY important for the immune system. There are at least 13 strains of bacteria that are essential for preventing inflammatory illnesses and the health of our intestinal system which is the seat of our immune systems. These so-called 'good bacteria' crowd out the nasty ones. <br> <em>244</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 04:16:00 EST Reduce dry mouth, dry eyes and leg pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41454_reduce_dry_mouth_dry_eyes_and_leg_pain When I complained of dry mouth, dry eyes and leg pain while taking statin cholesterol control medication, my doc recommended CoQ 10 which is a supplement available over the counter. I cut my statin in half and took CoQ 10 and had better results on cholesterol levels with no dry mouth, no dry eyes and no leg pain. Woo hoo! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:29:00 EST Quinoa Helps Weight Loss...Gluten Free too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41311_quinoa_helps_weight_lossgluten_free_too Quinoa is loaded with energy vitamins, high in fiber and protein and Quinoa is relatively low on the glycemic index and is a complex carb, It should help with having fewer cravings for sugary foods.<br><br>Substitute quinoa in dishes that call for pasta or rice and it can be eaten as a cereal. Mix it with strawberries and yogurt for a filling desert. It is also gluten free. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:59:00 EST Apple Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41309_apple_snack Slice an apple. Sprinkle some cinnamon. Microwave a minute or until cooked. Add a dollop of frozen Greek plain yogurt. Not a pie, but a neat snack.<br><br>The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood<br>sugar, slow down digestion and help keep you full. <br><br>Mother always said an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:37:00 EST Pack a cooler to bring EVERYWHERE: No Ice Pack required! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40984_pack_a_cooler_to_bring_everywhere_no_ice_pack_required_ If you want to avoid the fast-food, convenience store grabs AND set yourself up for longer-term health and success, I PROMISE if you try this for even a week you'll be glad you did!!! And the best news, ice pack not required - mix & match the following for a carb/protein combo based on what you like: dried fruit, h20, sardines, gf crackers with peanut butter, raisins, apples, bananas, organic cereal bars, kale chips, walnuts, brazil nuts, unsw apple sauce, ginger snaps and so much more! <e... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:42:00 EST Peanut butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40918_peanut_butter I eat Natural peanut butter, check the ingredients - make sure that it is just peanuts, no additives, some brands say natural but have sugar added. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:27:00 EST Peanut butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40917_peanut_butter I eat Natural peanut butter, check the ingredients - make sure that it is just peanuts, no additives, some brands say natural but have sugar added. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:26:00 EST Carbs..Natural & Manmade http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40803_carbsnatural_manmade 2 Types of carbs.. natural and manmade. Natural carbs are slow digesting carbs which serve well to get energy benefits & man made carbs tend to trigger insulin release.<br><br>Natural carbs are in wild rice, beans, fruits and red potatoes....Popcorn is a low carb snack and fiberous and easy to digest...red potaotes have less starch in them than white and a small portion of wild rice can keep you full. Go for the natural carbs!<br><br> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:07:00 EST Carbs....Natural & Manmade http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40802_carbsnatural_manmade 2 Types of carbs.. natural and manmade. Natural carbs are slow digesting carbs which serve well to get energy benefits & man made carbs tend to trigger insulin release.<br><br>Natural carbs are in wild rice, beans, fruits and red potatoes....Popcorn is a low carb snack and fiberous and easy to digest...red potaotes have less starch in them than white and a small portion of wild rice can keep you full. Go for the natural carbs!<br><br> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:07:00 EST Carbs....natural and manmade http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40801_carbsnatural_and_manmade 2 Types of carbs.. natural and manmade. Natural carbs are slow digesting carbs which serve well to get energy benefits & man made carbs tend to trigger insulin release.<br>Natural carbs are in wild rice, beans, fruits and red potatoes....Popcorn is a low carb snack and fiberous and easy to digest...red potaotes have less starch in them than white and a small portion of wild rice can keep you full. Go for the natural carbs!<br><br> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:04:00 EST Low Carb Pasta Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40800_low_carb_pasta_sauce Walden Farms has come out with new Low Carb Pasta Sauces which can help you stay on your low carb lifestyle.<br>The Pasta Sauces are calorie free, fat free, carb free, and gluten free...dont know how they do it but thats what the label says. Anyway pair it up with 2 ounces of low carb pasta like Dreamfields....add some green beans or brpoccoli to blunt the sugar. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:32:00 EST Crockpot For Dorm or Desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40799_croackpot_for_dorm_or_desk There is a new Crockpot called the LunchCrock which can make leftovers from the night before...plug it in when you arrive at work and have a hot meal by lunchtime. Check it out at Walmart or target...It is perfect for Dorm use and the office...from soups, oatmeal, veggies, meatballs, pasta, leftover casseroles. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:25:00 EST Oh NO.... Granola and energy bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40459_oh_no_granola_and_energy_bars Granola and energy bars usually have suga r& additives. Your better off eating 20 almonds. You be surprised to see how fast you'll lose minus the bars, just stay hydrated and you'll see more energy.<br><br>Eggs and blueberries, strawberries and avocados are energy boosters too. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:49:00 EST three two rule http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40258_three_two_rule always eat three meals a day and two snacks only Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:01:00 EST How To Lose Weight Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39939_how_to_lose_weight_fast Give up all bread except a couple of slices of Rye Bread per week, eat no pasta or traditional pizza, instead make Portobella Mushroom pizza's. Give up sugar, sweenters and salt. Move evry 20 minutes, get up and do something... You'll start losing fast. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 00:28:00 EST Dealing with occasional high blood sugar readings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39893_dealing_with_occasional_high_blood_sugar_readings whenever you get a reading of more than 200mg/dl or more but not more than 250...and u are on oral hypoglycemics then just gulp down 1 litre of water instanty...it will lower your blood sugar. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 08:58:00 EST Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39890_yogurt Your best choice is plain yogurt or light yogurt without added sugar. They can improve digestion and also may help you control your blood sugar. Add berries to Sweeten. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 05:39:00 EST Inflammation & Chronic Diseases, Being fat is being inflamed — period! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39786_inflammation_chronic_diseasesbeing_fat_is_being_inflamed_period Flax seeds are high in fiber, with little calories, Omega-3 fatty acids are a key force against inflammation in our bodies, inflammation plays a part in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even some cancers. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:34:00 EST Seaame Seeds Stablizes Blood Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39785_seaame_seeds_stablizes_blood_sugar Seasame Seeds High in fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium, which helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. These little seeds also helps bone density. Add to veggies, salads, brown rice and noodles or make seasame seed chicken. I use them in oatmeal too! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:31:00 EST Pumpkin Seeds & Poppy Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39784_pumpkin_seeds_poppy_seeds Poppy Seeds are a good source of Omega 3's fatty acids. This is a good carb that provides energy, promotes digestion and helps breast cancer patients. <br><br>Pumpkin Seeds are a natural source of carbohydrate, have amino acids, vitamins C, D, E, and K and most of the B vitamins They are a good source of Calcium, Fiber and Zinc, manganese, magnesium. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:29:00 EST Good Fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39783_good_fats Sunflower Seeeds...2 Ounces a day will help whittle your wasitline up to 6 inches in six months. That switch on genes that help burn fat for fuel.<br><br>Eat Avocado's it wll prevent cravings, is a great source of Monosaturated fat which make you feel full longer.<br><br>Eat pork 3ounces of lean pork has just 122 calories and 27 grams of protein and it will make you feel fuller. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:28:00 EST Eat Fruit With A Protein..It Willl Reduce Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39782_eat_fruit_with_a_proteinit_willl_reduce_cravings Always eat a low carb fruit with a protein like a slice of turkey, chicken, 2 ounce of cheese or a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese to balance your blood sugar...it will reduce cravings....low carb fruits are pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apples, kiwi, all kinds of berries. Apples <br>Among their other benefits, the phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar, also slows down carb digestion Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:23:00 EST Trouble sleeping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39781_trounle_sleeping High blood glucose can wake you up to urinate, while low blood glucose can wake you with hunger. Too little sleep can raise your diabetes risk. If you already have diabetes, sleep loss can undermine blood sugar control. Poor sleep worsens diabetes and may even help cause it. Alway have a carb and a protein B-4 bedtime to balance your blood sugar. Also get some sunshine during the day. Sunshine drives your body to produce melatonin, which is needed for sleep! Happy zzz's Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:09:00 EST NEED ENERGY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39669_need_energy 100MG of CoQ10 supports energy as does B-complex, B2 helps your body burn fats, carbohydrates & proteins & use them for fuel. B12 is necessary for the body to turn the food you eat into energy Mayo Clinic reports Coenzyme Q10 is normally produced by the human body, although deficiency may occur in patients with impaired CoQ10 biosynthesis due to severe metabolic or mitochondrial disorders. Prelminary small human studies suggest that CoQ10 may reduce angina & clogged arteries Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:27:00 EST Granola and Energy Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39668_granola_and_energy_bars Granola and energy bars usually have high sugar and additives. Your better off eating 20 almonds. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:20:00 EST Stand up every 20 Minutes...walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39666_stand_up_every_20_minuteswalk A nice easy walk will improve your health!"Sitting for long periods of time, when you don't stand up, don't move at all, tends to cause changes physiologically within your muscles," says Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds "You stop breaking up fat in your bloodstream, you start getting accumulations of fat in your liver, your heart and your brain. You get sleepy. You gain weight. You basically are much less healthy than if you're movingIf you can stand up every 20 min,even if you nothing els... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:13:00 EST Breakfast Burrito for those on the move http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39643_breakfast_burrito_for_those_on_the_move I eat a healthy breakfast burrito, made with 6 TBL of Egg-Beaters (equals two large eggs, with Mrs. Dash for taste): 45 calories, 0 fat, .9 mg cholesterol, .6 gr carbs. Compare that to 2 scrambled eggs: 252 calories, 27 fat gr, 774 mg cholesterol, 5 gr carbs. Use a low carb/low fat whole wheat tortilla, with 50 calories, 2 gr fat, 10 gr carbs, 7 gr fiber, compared with a whole wheat tortilla with 130 calories, 3 gr fat, 24 gr carbs, 4 gr fiber. Do the math, and feel great! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:08:00 EST BBQ Sauce? Try This.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39627_bbq_sauce_try_this "The Walden Way". Switch from sugary barbeque sauce that can easily add hundreds of calories and treat yourself to Walden Farms Calorie Free BBQ Sauces. No calories, fat, carbs, gluten or sugars of any kind. Made with minced tomatoes, apple cider, Dijon mustard, Worchester sauce, cayenne pepper, dozens of freshly ground herbs and spices and the finest imported and domestic aged vinegars. Brush it on to your heart's content or use it as a marinade. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:51:00 EST Grilled Talapia http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39626_grilled_talapia Gortons Grilled Talapia <br><br>80 calories a filet with 15 grams of protein and only 140 grams of sodium 2 filets per package....no measuring<br><br>Add a small sweet potato with cinnamon and a romaine and tomato salad with vinegar & Oil to balance your blood sugar Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:48:00 EST Spinach & Tomatoes For Good Vitamins & Minerals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39625_spinach_tomatoes_for_good_vitamins_minerals Spinach<br> 1 cup of spinach provides your daily value of magnesium, a mineral that regulates blood sugar leveles. Provides us with K, A, B, calcium, folic acid and vitamin C and has other essential nutrients for overall good health. Enjoy a spinach salad, on sandwiches instead of lettuce, steamed, stuffed in chicken with feta cheese. <br>Tomatos are a natural antiseptic and loaded with vitamins A, C, and K. A low fat veggie good for your heart, Eat 1 per day<br> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:45:00 EST Causes of Stress and Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39583_causes_of_stress_and_anxiety Sugar can cause irritability and depression. You pancreas has to workovertime so dont use sugar as your pick me up, Also remember that fried foods and high fat foods and red meat will increase deprssion and stress. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:47:00 EST Causes of Stress and Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39582_causes_of_stress_and_anxiety Sugar can cause irritability and depression. You pancreas has to workovertime so dont use sugar as your pick me up, Also remember that fried foods and high fat foods and red meat will increase deprssion and stress. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:47:00 EST Causes of Stress and Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39581_causes_of_stress_and_anxiety Sugar can cause irritability and depression. You pancreas has to workovertime so dont use sugar as your pick me up, Also remember that fried foods and high fat foods and red meat will increase deprssion and stress. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:46:00 EST Blueberries Provide Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39569_blueberries_provide_energy New research at The Harvard School of Public Health revealed that eating 2 1/2 cups of blueberries per week will lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Blueberries are low GI and have Manganese which helps convert the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy. High in fiber it helps cholesterol too! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:41:00 EST Blood Sugar AFTER Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39250_blood_sugar_after_workout Note: When you check your BS after workout, it will usually be higher than before workout. Keep in contact with you physician as you lose weight. Your medications/insulin may need to be adjusted as your body adjusts downward.<br> <em>84</em> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:00:00 EST Heat and Humidity is a Danger for Diabetics http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38995_heat_and_humidity_is_a_danger_for_diabetics Diabetes Summer Health Guide: Seven Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses<br><br>http://finance.yahoo.com/<BR>news/diabetes-summer-health-guide-seve<BR>n-180700150.html<br><br>Copy and paste the link for the complete article.<br> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:00:00 EST Depressed.....Drink Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38965_depresseddrink_water Depression occurs without adequate amounts of water your brain can't produce enough seratonin Mon, 2 Jul 2012 08:14:00 EST Low Fat Diets Translate into High Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38953_low_fat_diets_translate_into_high_carbs Low fat can translate into higharbs which can prompt a hugh glucose spike causing blood sugar to drop quickly and resulting in hunger. Think Good fats, nuts, avocado. Cutting too much fat out of your diet can actually raise your triglycerides and decrease your good cholesterol. <br><br>Most often vegetarians crave butter because of their own low-saturated-fat intake. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:20:00 EST Black Olives Hydrate You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38940_black_olives_hydrate_you Olives contain fat, but it's the healthy monounsaturated kind, which has been found to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis & increase good cholesterol, they nourish, hydrate and protect you. Black olives are a great source of vitamin E, they have anti-inflammatory abilities & promote digestive tract health..try this dip<br>1 (10 ounce) can black olives, 3 tbs. freshly grated Parm ,1 clove garlic, chopped ,1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil<br>Use food Processor to mix until smooth<br>Easy & Good Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:17:00 EST 2 Slices Of Wheat Bread Equals 2 TBLS. Of Sugar Or More http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38939_2_slices_of_wheat_bread_equals_2_tbls_of_sugar_or_more Dr Mark Hyman Says: Two slices of whole wheat bread now raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar. He also says " We know that foods with a high glycemic index make people store belly fat, trigger hidden fires of inflammation in the body and give you a fatty liver, leading the whole cascade of obesity, pre-diabetes & diabetes. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:58:00 EST Are You In Denial About Wheat? Switch to Rye & Feel Less Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38938_are_you_in_denial_about_wheat_switch_to_rye_feel_less_hungry Dr Mark Hyman Says :We are ALL allergic to wheat with the reaction that it makes us fat. It contains a Super Starch -- amylopectin A that is super fattening. It also contains a form of Super Gluten that is super-inflammatory& It contains forms of a Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more. Switch to Rye bread, the best kind of bread to use,as sugars in rye flour are absorbed into your bloodstream much more slowly Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:53:00 EST Diabtetic's Please Stay Inside During A Heat Wave http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38937_diabtetics_please_stay_inside_during_a_heat_wave Heat makes your blood sugar more difficult to control. You should test your blood sugar often and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Heat can also affect medications, glucose meter, and test strips so dont leave them in the car or in the heat. Stay in Air-conditioning & remember water is a diabetics best pal. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:47:00 EST Yogurt Improves Digestion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38936_yogurt_improves_digestion Foods that contain healthy bacteria, such as many types of yogurt, are called "probiotic." They can improve digestion and also may help you control your blood sugar.<br><br>Your best choice is plain yogurt or light yogurt without added sugar. Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt is the lowest in sugar that I found...add berries to sweeten.<br> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:42:00 EST Blood Sugar Rises to Fight An Illiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38935_blood_sugar_rises_to_fight_an_illiness Diuretics used for high blood pressure, water pills, can also raise blood sugar levels if you have diabetes. Some anti-depressants may raise or lower blood sugar.Your blood sugar rises as your body works to fight off an illness. Drink water and other fluids to stay hydrated.Decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine & phenylephrine can raise blood sugar. Cold medicines also sometimes contain sugar or alcohol. Use products that are sugar-free and alcohol-free, Diabetic Tussin @ Walmart for cou... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:41:00 EST Organic Brown Rice Wheat & Gluten Free & Wont Give A Sugar Rise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38934_organic_brown_rice_wheat_gluten_free_wont_give_a_sugar_rise Trader Joe's Has Organic Brown Rice thats wheat & gluten Free...$2.00 for a pound. It's sodium Free too! Get some and steady your blood sugar.<br><br>Walmart has Hodgson Mills Brown Rice pasta for $2.00 also. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:32:00 EST Don't Wait To Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38929_dont_wait_to_snack If you wait more than four hours to eat your blood glucose drops, and so do your energy levels.Timed snacks give your body steady supply of fuel and small meals plus snacks eating strategy can help reduce your risk of heart attack by keeping your heart's workload during digestion to a minim.Have a pear, peach, plum, apple, berries or some nuts. Before dinner nibble on a dill pickle, nuts, guacamole or veggies and a vinegarette salad. These are sugar blockers. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:45:00 EST Brown Rice Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38913_brown_rice_noodles Dr. Oz says Hodgson Mills Has Brown Rice Gluten Free Noodles with flaxseed which will not give a sugar rose. He also recommends Holy Basil supplement to steady insulin Levels. Have to try it and test! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 06:42:00 EST Pasta & You...Blunt The Carbs..Diabetic Or Dietetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38892_pasta_youblunt_the_carbsdiabetic_or_dietetic Amino acids in protein help manage blood sugar. When eating pasta chose Dreamfield's Pasta which has 5 digestible carbs & always pair it with turkey or chicken meatballs. Add green beans, brocolli, even chickpeas to the pasta...you will think your getting more pasta. Remember to have only 2 ounces of pasta which is about the size of a quarter raw. Try Jennie O tukey sausage links in your pasta too, they are juicey and great tasting @ 160 calories a link. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:44:00 EST Control Blood Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38891_control_blood_sugar Before dinner nibble on a dill pickle, nuts, guacamole or veggies and a vinegarette salad. These are sugar blockers....or make a cucumber, chopped onion and shredded carrot salad in vinegar. It is also sugar blocking. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:37:00 EST More on Inflammation & You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38887_more_on_inflammation_you It is a fact nearly every modern disease, everything from autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and cancer to obesity, diabetes, and dementia is caused by inflammation. Dr. Mark Hyman says "dietary factors such as excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats and trans fats as causes but adds that just eating too many calories can create inflammation" and "that the most common causes of inflammation are our diet and being sedentary" So get up and move every 20 minutes & do something! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 07:18:00 EST Being inflammed Means Being Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38885_being_inflammed_means_being_fat Inflammation in your system sabotages your body's ability to soak up the sugars and burn them for fuel. Take Vitamin C to heal already damaged tissues, eat berries to reduce inflammation. Other foods to reduce inflammation are Green Peppers, Cucumber, Sweet POtatoes, Celery, Zucchini. If you don’t address inflammation, you will never succeed at effective and permanent weight loss. Obtain the necessary fats to reduce inflammation with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.<br> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 07:03:00 EST Waiting Until Your Hungry Is A Dieters Biggest Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38880_waiting_until_your_hungry_is_a_dieters_biggest_mistake Dr Oz says "Waiting Until Your Hungry Is A Dieters Biggest Mistake" He says to have a snack of nuts every 3 hours. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:43:00 EST Migraines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38879_migraines Processed meats, aged cheeses, artificial sweeteners, pickles and going without food for long periods of time or dehydaration can cause headaches. Sip water all day long and add 400MG of magnesium and COQ10 to your daily regimen to help prevent headaches. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:41:00 EST Pair Fruit With A Carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38878_pair_fruit_with_a_carb Fruit is a carb so always pair it with a protein to blunt the rise in sudar. You will be less likely to crave sweets and be in a better mood. Sugar levels wont bounce around. Get up, look to the sky, strecth your arms straight up. It will help circulation! You feel better. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:38:00 EST Need Energy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38877_need_energy CoQ10 is an energy booster, can ease tightness in your muscles & can minimize migraines. Coq10 ALSO HELPS YOUR HEART STAY HEALTY. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:35:00 EST Less sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38876_less_sodium Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegarette has less sodium than most brands of salad dressings. Vinegar will help sugar levels stay steady Sat, 16 Jun 2012 06:30:00 EST The Magnesium in Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38788_the_magnesium_in_spinach Magnesium can help reduce stress and fatigue, and may help migranes, Try a spinach salad or put the leaves ontop a turkey burger, scramble some wilted spinach leaves & eggs, or have as a side dish. Tue, 29 May 2012 08:10:00 EST Nervous or Anxiety Ridden? Just Stressed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38787_nervous_or_anxiety_ridden_just_stressed Grab a handful of walnuts they will calm you down and so will almonds and pistachios. Really, and they are good for your heart with all the Omega 3's. Switching frompeanut Butter to Almond butter on tense days will help too! Tue, 29 May 2012 08:01:00 EST Anocados & Guacomole Lowers Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38785_anocados_guacomole_lowers_cholesterol The monounsaturated fats in avocados have been found to lower “bad” LDLs. They have vitamin C and Beta Carote & the Vitamin K in avocados also reduces inflammationne.<br>Avocado has no cholesterol & raises the good cholesterol in your body. Pureed avocados can be frozen, but not guacomole. Tue, 29 May 2012 07:37:00 EST The Bottom Line Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38764_the_bottom_line_is Don't expect to lose weight quickly! It takes alot of hard work and dedication. Be patient! You didnt gain it overnight and you will not lose it over night. Mon, 28 May 2012 09:11:00 EST Antioxidants Are Good For The Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38763_antioxidants_are_good_for_the_liver Brocolli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage all help rid the body of many toxins. Veggies are great antioxidants and enhance detoxification of the liver. Mon, 28 May 2012 09:03:00 EST Get Your Omega Three's http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38762_get_your_omega_threes If you aren't a fan of fish adding flax seeds or chia seeds into your diet can provide you with good Omega 3's. Just sprinkle them on cereal, yogurts, salads and even into flour for baking needs. They really have no taste and they will help with inflammation as they improve insulin absorption and lower the risk of heart disease. Mon, 28 May 2012 08:53:00 EST Magnesium helps a diabetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38736_magnesium_helps_a_diabetic Some enzymes that regulate blood sugar need magnesium to work. Magnesium might help diabetics. It's safe to eat madnesium rich foods...2 brazil Nuts daily, leafy green veggies and the darker the better, Wed, 23 May 2012 22:46:00 EST As we lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38735_as_we_lose_weight Our bodies start to burn fewer calories as we lose weight. Our metabolic rate drops and then our bodies think we are starving, so it tries to burn fewer calories. If the weight lose is slow, just be patient. Wed, 23 May 2012 22:42:00 EST Hot Tubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38734_hot_tubs Now that the warm weather is here remember that hot water such as a hot tub can speed insulin uptake and raise the risk of hypoglycemia. Hydration and extra blood glucose monitoriing is of the utmost importance. Drink water to stay hydrated in the heat. Wed, 23 May 2012 22:38:00 EST No Sugar cereal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38722_no_sugar_cereal Fiber One Original has no sugar and a whopping 14 grams of fiber. Fiber is good for everyone! Sat, 19 May 2012 06:56:00 EST Think Chickpeas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38721_think_chickpeas A great bean to add to any diet. It can reduce cholesterol, low glycemic, great fiber and has loads of vitamins and minerals including lots of calcium. Throw some onto your salads, in stew to help keep you full! Make chickpea meatballs or just add them to your pasta and sauce. Sat, 19 May 2012 06:50:00 EST Eat Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38720_eat_beans All types of beans are digested very slowly, producing only a gradual rise in blood-sugar levels/ Altho beans are high in carbs they can make you feel full. They have indigestible sugars 7& inactivate enzymes required to digest proteins and carbohydrates. Pair them up with a little brown rice & brocolli. Sat, 19 May 2012 06:31:00 EST Heart Disease & Your Eye Lids http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38718_heart_disease_your_eye_lids If you have yellow growths around the outer or inner eyelid it could be an early sign of heart disease. These growths form when cholesterol is high. Check your eye lids daily. If you have this, see a doctor immediately. Fri, 18 May 2012 08:55:00 EST Cough Syrup & Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38717_cough_syrup_sugar Most cough Syrup contain sugar, which can affect blood glucose levels, and also blood pressure. I found a cough syrup that has no sugar or sodium. It's called Diabetic Tussin and it's available at Walmart. Also If you're diagnosed with flu, it's very important to check blood sugar readings several times a day Fri, 18 May 2012 08:40:00 EST Magnesium Deficient? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38715_magnesium_deficient Around 80% of diabetics have low magnesium. Gloucose cause magnesium to be flushed from the system. Magnesiun can improve insulin sensitivity and also help us to absorb Vitamin D, calcium and potassium. If you have poor sleep, leg cramps, fatigue or migraines you could be low in magnesium. Fri, 18 May 2012 08:23:00 EST Metabolic Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38704_metabolic_syndrome The American Journal of Epidemiology, investigated the association between vitamin C intake & metabolic syndrome and found that nearly 1/3 of the test participants were low in Vitamin C. This vitamin reduces urinary protein loss in people with diabetes Those that suffer with bouts of gout should take vitamin C. I take two 1,000MG a day, 1 in the morning & 1 before bedtime to keep my uric acid level down. Eat Green Peppers, Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes & spina... Wed, 16 May 2012 11:15:00 EST Spice Things Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38692_spice_things_up Triple your livers ability to turn blood sugar into fuel by eating garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger and other hot spices and foods. Stanford University says the more quikly you burn off sugar the lower you risk of diabetes.<br>Turmeric helps to heal and cleanse the liver & Cumin may also stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, thereby enhancing the liver's function in digestion and absorption.<br><br> Mon, 14 May 2012 10:19:00 EST Get Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38691_get_moving Move around briskly every 20 minutes as this will improve your insulin sensitivity. Your cells will start to soak up both the insulin and blood sugar. Im not kidding, it works! Mon, 14 May 2012 09:53:00 EST Looking For More Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38683_looking_for_more_protein Barley has soluble and insoluble fiber and has more fiber than oatmeal. It can help lower cholesterol, provides protein and b vitamins. B arley may aid in weight control because it helps control blood sugar and helps keep you full. Add barley to soups, cereals, salads, and other grain dishes such as brown rice dishes. Fri, 11 May 2012 06:37:00 EST Jennie O Turkey Sausage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38656_jennie_o_turkey_sausage Pretty Darn Good at 160 caloires a link and tasty too! Beats Italian Sausage @290 calories a link Grill it up or simmer it until brown like I did. Go Ahead try it! Tue, 8 May 2012 01:30:00 EST More On Seaweed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38555_more_on_seaweed Dutch scientists have found that adding algae, a natural dietary fibre derived from seaweed, to a drink, suppressed hunger pangs by 30 per cent and kept dieters feeling full until lunchtime. The American Dietetic Association agreed that it may stop people feeling hungry between meals. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:54:00 EST Seaweed (Kelp) is high in fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38554_seaweed_kelp_is_high_in_fiber Sea vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Its nutrients clear the plaque in your arteries. Seaweed has all 56 minerals and vitamins you need to survive with lots of B vitamins to help your mood. Got my seaweed at Trader Joes becuaswe I heard it helps keep you full also. WORKS FOR ME! Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:45:00 EST Tired? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38553_tired Balancing levels of blood sugar is important for both health & energy. Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy foods or sweets. This can lead to ‘slumps’ in your day where you feel tired and out of energy. By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:33:00 EST Wasabi peas provide a low-fat snack and quick fuel for energy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38552_wasabi_peas_provide_a_lowfat_snack_and_quick_fuel_for_energy A handful of wasabi peas amounts to about 120 calories, You need complex carbohydrates in your diet for energy & high fiber. Eating wasabi peas regularly will lower your cholesterol. Wasabi appears to prevent inflammation, growth of tumors, & abnormal platelet clumping, it also has anti-bacterial properties. I bought mine at Trader Joe's. The tang of the horseradish tastes great. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:30:00 EST Need fiber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38443_need_fiber Good choices are: Pears, Black Berries, raspberries, lentils, lima beans, pistachios, brocolli and carrots. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:12:00 EST Simple Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38442_simple_carbs Eating a diet high in simple carbohydrates, can help the fungi thrive & multiply. As their numbers increase, they demand more food and can make you crave even more sweets making you gain weight. Complex Carbs Raise Blood Glucose Levels More Slowly! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:03:00 EST High Carb Foods Cause Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38441_high_carb_foods_cause_hunger Eliminate high-carb foods & try to stick to foods that are low in carbohydrates or that contain carbs that are digested slowly. Complex carbohydrates are salad greens and cooked greens, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green pepper, lettuce, onion, peas & tomatoes. Foods with yeast such as wine or beer should be avoided, but that is because they also contain sugar or simple carbs. Eating a diet high in simple carbs, can help fungus thrive. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:00:00 EST Another Reason Not To Eat Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38440_another_reason_not_to_eat_sugar Fungi need carbohydrates and sugar to proliferate, so people who have a fungal overgrowth tend to crave these foods. Bread is food made with fungus, according to the University of Hawaii. Fermented soy products are produced using yeast in the United States & cheese makers use fungus to make many other varieties of cheese, including Brie, Stilton, Gorgonzolav& Limburger, Moldy cheese, such as Camembert and Roquefort, are injected with a strain of Penicillin. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:43:00 EST Another Reason Not To Eat Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38439_another_reason_not_to_eat_sugar Fungi need carbohydrates and sugar to proliferate, so people who have a fungal overgrowth tend to crave these foods. Bread is food made with fungus, according to the University of Hawaii. Fermented soy products are produced using yeast in the United States & cheese makers use fungus to make many other varieties of cheese, including Brie, Stilton, Gorgonzolav& Limburger, Moldy cheese, such as Camembert and Roquefort, are injected with a strain of Penicillin. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:33:00 EST Overly Acidic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38438_overly_acidic Overly acidic diets include fatigue, teeth problems & inflammation. It also causes bacteria to develop & high acid will create gum disease& bad breathe. Alkaline foods will neutralize the acidity. When your body is highly acidic, you feel sick. If you’re eating acidic foods, have cheese, milk or another non-acidic food or drink with them. Lack of pH balance can result in stress, fatigue, depression, & a host pof other illnesses. Eating low sugar citrus fruits, veggies, nuts, tubers, & legumes Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:26:00 EST Shredded Wheat Bisquits & Acid Reflux http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38437_shredded_wheat_bisquits SHREDDED wheat has lots of protein which is high in fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream and helps reduce the risk of heart attack. Insoluble fiber eliminates constipation and helps relieve acid reflux. It is also high in iron which helps the metabolism and relieves symtoms of stress, fatigue and headaches. I am not tlaking about the frosted kind, but plain, so try some today with berries to sweeten. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:43:00 EST Got High Blood Pressure? Tired All The Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38425_got_high_blood_pressure_tired_all_the_time You might want to try 100mg of CoQ10. Of course ask your doctor because it can interfere with other drugs you may take. CoQ10 protects the heart and walls of your arteries. A coQ10 deficiency is usually present in those who have high blood pressure and a CoQ10 deficiency affects the heart. Balance blood sugar as blood sugar surges can trigger high blood pressure. CoQ10 has also been shown to be helpful in diabetes & periodontal disease, cancer and weight loss. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:44:00 EST Chew 40 Times And Feel Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38424_chew_40_times_and_feel_full Not only does chewing make your brain think you are full, but it helps with digesting your foods. Research suggests that chewing your food 40 times will help you lose weight. They say the more you chew the less you eat. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:33:00 EST Stress Causes Harmful Inflammation As Well As Some Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38423_stress_causes_harmful_inflammation_as_well_as_some_foods Drink water to ease inflammation and aches and pains caused from inflammation. Staying well hydrated is not only for the people who diet but also for those who have arthritis, RA and a host of other illls. Water should be your best friend! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:20:00 EST Block Sugar absorption http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38422_block_sugar_absorption You can block sugar absorption by taking a fiber supplement every day. 100% psyllium fiber is available in a pill Walmart Equate 100% psyllium fiber. Good for intestinal health too! Metamucil is good too just add a tablespoon of psyllium fiber with apple sauce. Any questions, ask your doctor! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:17:00 EST Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38421_carbs Reserchers say that if you avoid carbs just 2 days per week you cn increase your ability to burn fat. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:12:00 EST Pectin Traps Cholesterol & Helps You Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38394_pectin_traps_cholesterol_helps_you_lose_weight certin foods contain pectin which can lower cholesterol. Pectin disolves into a gel like substance & traps fat and cholesterol. Carrots are one of the best sources of pectin, celery, and tomatoes. Pectin lowers insulin resistance and when pectin disolves in your stomach it expands, taking up more room and making you feel fuller & then its easier to lose weight. Beans are another good surce & also are citrus peels, add some zest by grating washed peels. Oat bran and also barley contain pec... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 07:43:00 EST Lower Your Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38393_lower_your_cholesterol Flaxseed lowers cholesterol, high in fiber and helps keep you regular. It can help your heart and provides protection from cancer and heart disease. It might be even better than brocolli! Wed, 4 Apr 2012 07:31:00 EST Lower Your Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38391_lower_your_cholesterol Flaxseed lowers cholesterol, high in fiber and helps keep you regular. It can help your heart and provides protection from cancer and heart disease. It might be even better than brocolli! Wed, 4 Apr 2012 07:29:00 EST SPINACH http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38295_spinach Diabetics can particularly benefit from spinach since it is known that eating spinach regularly can stabilize blood sugar. one of the most beneficial and healthy vegetables & is filled with vitamins, proteins, anti-oxidants & essential nutrients. ROMAINE LETTUCE IS GOOD TOO AND BETTER THAN HEAD LETTUCE. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:32:00 EST Peanut Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38293_peanut_butter Peanut Butter is a rich source of B vitamins. If you find yourself dipping into the jar often, it might be because you're under stress and your ordinary B intake has become insufficient, Take a B-complex supplement to squash the cravings. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:23:00 EST Check Your Nails http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38285_check_your_nails If you have horizontal ridges on your fingernails this could be a sign of diabetes or kidney disease. A Discoloration could also be a sign of an illness. if you developed ridges in the nails see your doctor please. dont wear nail polish all the time as it deprives your nails of oxygen. A fungal infection can cause yellow or brownish nails. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:10:00 EST WARNING http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38249_warning Jolly Time Popcorn 100 Calorie Microwave popcorn has dextrose and Malitol in it. Tast is awful. May SPIKE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR, it did mine. Dont buy this!<br>Isn't America Fat enough...who puts sugar in popcorn anyway? They do....YUCK! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:34:00 EST Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38245_protein Broccoli is a good source of complete protein. 1 cups equals about 4 grams and might even be higher than a piece of , Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:05:00 EST When Your Weight Loss Stalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38241_when_your_weight_loss_stalls Remember the Cabbage Soup diet? No need to eat tons of it, just make some homemade and add a bowl or 2 to your diet day. It has alot of vitamin C and magnesium, detoxifies your system and will boost your energy. Cabbage is an anti-inflammatory vegetable which also helps with RA, arthritis and ulcers. So don't snub your nose at it, its actually good for you! Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:33:00 EST Paprika, Cayenne Pepper & Bay Leaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38228_paprika_cayenne_pepper_bay_leaf Paprika is a source of magnesium and potassium. Beneficial in the production of saliva and digestion, lowers the risk of cancer and depression and the overall feeling of lethargy.Cayenne Pepper a ground hot red pepper that helps prevent inflamation. May aid in weight loss, reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. A powerhouse in benefits to the heart and helps in the distribution of all nutrients in the body! Bay Leaf acts as an anti-bacterial and is rich in vitamin A, magnesium and vitamin C... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:36:00 EST Reasearch in Sugar Levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38224_reasearch_in_sugar_levels Dr Mark Hyman says" Research studies say that low blood sugar levels are associated with LOWER overall blood flow to the brain, which means more BAD decisions. To keep your blood sugar stable: Eat a nutritious breakfast with some protein like eggs, protein shakes, or nut butters. Studies repeatedly show that eating a healthy breakfast helps people maintain weight loss. Also, have smaller meals throughout the day. Eat every 3-4 hours and have some protein with each snack or meal (lean) " Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:47:00 EST Artificial Sweeteners http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38223_artificial_sweeteners Dr Mark Hyman Says "Stop confusing your body. If you have a desire for something sweet, have a little sugar, but stay away from “fake” foods. Researchers found that the total food eaten over 14 days dramatically increased in the artificial sweetener group — meaning that the artificial sweetener stimulated their appetite and made them eat more."THERE’S NO DOUBT about it. Artificial sweeteners cause obesity" "Eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners and your cravings will go away" Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:42:00 EST High insulin changes excess blood sugar into fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38187_high_insulin_changes_excess_blood_sugar_into_fat High insulin changes excess blood sugar into fat around the belly,and it hard to lose. It is called viseral fat. Insulin makes & keeps you fat. High blood triglycerides (fats), high sugar, high insulin & high blood pressure, and inflammation all star to take a toll on your health and promote heart disease. Obesity is stored fat & you can never lose weight if you continue to eat starch, loads of carbs, sugar and salt. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 08:24:00 EST CALCIUM http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38186_calcium Powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and detoxifiers can help you. Green tea, onions, and garlic, antioxidants (such as vitamins C and E) are important in helping to reduce and balance blood sugar. Calcium and magnesium and vitamin D. Get calcium from greens, brazil nuts, parmesan cheese, Feta, mozzarella & swiss. Yogurt too! People who dont get enough calcium has less control over their weight. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 08:00:00 EST Part-Skim Ricota Cheese Is Lower In Calories & Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38162_partskim_ricota_cheese_is_lower_in_calories_fat SARGENTOS Park~Skim Ricotta Cheese is good on a mini bagel instead of cream cheese or 1/2 cup of Ricotta scrambled with 4 eggs, pepper, and 1 tsp of freshly chopped basil and a smather of butter. Fast & easy. A dash of salt is optional Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:13:00 EST Substitute Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38161_substitute_oil Slash the fat grams in your cakes, muffins and other baked items by replacing the oil in recipes with an equal amount of no-sugar-added apple sauce. Available at Walmart. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:50:00 EST Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin Good Fiber & Nutrients http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38160_libbys_100_pure_pumpkin_good_fiber_nutrients Just check the label: no salt, no sugar, no flavorings or preservatives. It's just 100% Pure Pumpkin YIPEE!<br>Slather some pumpkin mixture on wheat bread and mic with 1 wedge of Laughing Cow light vceamy swiss cheese & a slice of Bordens Fat Free Cheese and Grill with onions to get Pumpkin Grilled Cheese. <br>Pumpkin! Enchiladas, The pumkin stands in for thr refried beans. Pimpkin pie, pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins. Yum!<br> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:48:00 EST Change of Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38159_change_of_pace Deli roast beef is almost as low in fat as turkey. Two to three deli slices are less than 150 calories, just for a change of pace. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:28:00 EST SNACK ON SUNFLOWER SEEDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38126_snack_on_sunflower_seeds They have magnesium which lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. They provide enegry and are anti-inflammatory which will help with arthritis. They are also good to relieve anxiety and help the nerves. They are rich in good oils for the body and are polyunsaturated. Filling too. Get a bag at Dollar Tree for a dollar! Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:41:00 EST Buckwheat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38125_buckwheat Buckwheat helps lower glucose levels and is high in fiber to keep the bowels moving. Good source for magnesium. Un-roasted buckwheat is known as ‘Kasha’ found in the Hebrew food section of your grocer's aisle. Receipe on the back of the box. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:28:00 EST Barley Fights Diabetes & Bowel Function http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38124_barley_fights_diabetes_bowel_function Great fiber with loads of minerals and vitamins. Pearl barley supplies18 grams of soluble fiber a day. It has both soluable and insouble fiber. arley has antioxidants & phytochemicals which can decrease risks for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Soluable fiber can slow the absorbtion of sugar. Barley is a good carb! Add to soups as a side with veggies, apples & barley bake, barley stuffed tomatoes, etc. Use your imagination. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:21:00 EST Reduced Sodium Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38123_red8uced_sodium_cheese 1 Ounce of these cheeses<br><br>Jarlsberg Light SWISS <br>70 calories 130MG SODIUM, 2GRAMS FAT<br><br>Sargento Reduced sodium, Colby, Jack, Peppper Jack or Provolone <br>70 Calories, 90 sodium, 3.5grams of fat<br><br>Frigo Lite Mozzerella <br>60 calories, 200 SODIUM, 2 GRAMS OF FAT Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:09:00 EST Sugar Free Peanut Butter Spread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38108_sugar_free_peanut_butter_spread Walden Farms Whipped Peanut Spread is creamy, fat free, sugar free, and calorie free. Has a natural fresh roasted peanut flavor. It is sweetened with Splenda. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 03:40:00 EST Can Dehydration Be A Cause Of Heart Attack? Seems So http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38107_can_dehydration_be_a_cause_of_heart_attack_seems_so There is A heart condition called Cardiovascular Shock, also known as Cardiovascular Insult & known by the name of its primary cause of "Dehydration". Prolonged & excessive exercise, hot weather, humidity, heat stroke, & alcohol can all cause dehydration. Avoid prolonged standing while you are dehydrated, drink water & gatorade. If ur tired all the time your not fully hydrated. Drink water or ur health is bad. Dehydration can be deadly for older people. Get 9 glasses a day, 1 upon rising. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:13:00 EST Stevia Is The Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38103_stevia_is_the_best Stevia has natural ingredients with no known side effects, no calories, no carbs, no fat, no affect on glucose levels & no sugar & no artificial sweeteners, It can be advantageous in the prevention &treatment of diabetes & obesity . Use just a little as it it very sweet.Countries like Brazil & Japan have used stevia for the treatment for diabetes Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:10:00 EST Dr. Oz Says Lose Inches & Weight Effortlessly By Eating Safflower Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38088_dr_oz_says_lose_inches_weight_effortlessly_by_eating_safflower_oil Dr. Oz says 2 tbs per day can help you shed pounds and inches. Many doctors & dietitians recommend the use of safflower oil. Get the one rich in polyunsaturated fats, use on salads & not with heat as it gets rancid when heated. Research was done on diabetic women who are overweight. These women were asked to take safflower oil supplements for 16 weeks, & the results that showed were entirely positive. It was observed that they not only lost excess fat, but a decline in blood sugar levels Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:04:00 EST Van's MINI WAFFLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38075_vans_mini_waffles Bite size waffles! 2 sheets of 4 mini's at 120 calories, 4 gr sugar and 25 carbs. Kids will love them and adults too! They have chocolate chio, gluten free and other varieties. check the carbs on each as it varies. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:05:00 EST Vans WAFFLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38074_vans_waffles Van's 97% Fat Free waffles. WOW 70 Calories per waffle with no trans or saturated fat. 8 whole grains with unbleached wheat flour. 30 carbs for two waffles. A delight! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:58:00 EST New Nut Thins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38073_new_nut_thins Blue Diamond has new crispy crackers made with almonds.<br>16 Crackers are 130 Calories, 1 gr sugar and 22 carbs. could be a good snack. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:50:00 EST DEPRESSED? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38072_depressed Omega 3 fats alleviate depression eat walnuts, flaxseeds and fish. Celery with a dab if peanut butter can prevent dips in blood sugar. Sugar can leave you grumpy, depressed and tired. For breakfast have 2 eggs and canadian bacon or some plain yogurt with berries. SKIP the toast and jelly. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:41:00 EST Tomato Basil Soup Is Good For Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38047_tomato_basil_soup_is_good_for_dieting This soup is a good source of fiber, it's low carb and has a low glycemic index. Make it homemade, so it has less sodium. Check out a receipe on Sparkpeople Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:51:00 EST Is Canned Salmon Better For You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38046_is_canned_salmon_better_for_you Canned salmon is packed with the bones in it and can actually be better because the bones provide calcium for YOUR bones and teeth. When canning they also remove some of the fat. Maybe this is a healthier choice. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:23:00 EST Canned Chicken Is Packed With Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38045_canned_chicken_is_packed_with_protein Some might say yuck, but have never tried it. Canned Chicken is low in calories & packed with protein. It is low in fat and has B vitamins. Stir-fry with onions, garlic, chili powder, some spinach or chinese greens. Serve over Brown rice, steamed brocolli, and a squeeze of lime. Or mix a little mayo with the chicken & some bacon bits, chill and have a sandwich with lettuce. The bacon bits provide crunch to the sandwich. Good to keep on hand. Try it you might like it! Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:17:00 EST Canned Tuna http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38044_canned_tuna Canned tuna can improve conditions related to diabetes cancer & even depression. Studies have shown those who eat tuna 2X pr week are less prone to a heart attack & can lower triglycerides. Tuna is important for a person who diets because of the omega 3's B vitamins& healthy unsaturated fats. Pick tuna canned in water or a pouch. Too much tuna is not good for those who get gout as tuna has purines. Mercury too so dont eat it every day!<br><br> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:56:00 EST Take CoQ10 For Your Heart & To Burn Off Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38043_take_coq10_for_your_heart_to_burn_off_food CoQ10helps your cells burn off food for energy. It supports heart & vascular health and provides protection for your gums and inflammation. It my even help your kidneys to filter your blood properly. Coenzyme Q10 also is an antioxidant. Some peliminary studies show that CoQ10 can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, lower blood pressure, & stabilize blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.<br><br> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:18:00 EST WEIGHT LOSS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38025_weight_loss A Harvard University study revealed that vitamins D and Calcium are weight loss aids. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:49:00 EST Brazil Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38024_brazil_nuts Get a dose of magnesium from Brazil Nuts! They help diabetics and the shut down the growth of pre~cancerous cells in your intenstines. Magnesium also helps your muscles function better. I enjoy 2 per day! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:07:00 EST Resistant Starch http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38023_resistant_starch Resistsnt Starch can improve blood sugar levels. Best Sourches aqreberries, oatmeal, brown rice, garbanzo beans, black beans, & rye bread Some studies show that by eating resistant starch you can reduce hunger and have fewer cravings. WHY? Resistant starch is slow digesting and stays in your system longer! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:00:00 EST Cheese Please! Lower Fat, Lower Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38021_cheese_please_lower_fat_lower_sodium The only carb in chese is lactose. All hard Cheese is lactose free or just about free! All cheese is low carb. Just watch the sodium. <br> Horizon Organic String Cheese, Cabot 50% reduced Fat cheddar and they have other varities. Sargento Reduced sodium mozzarella.<br>Traders Joes Sliced Lite Provolone is good too! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:11:00 EST Corriander http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37972_corriander Coriander helps stimulate the secretion of insulin and also lowers blood sugar. This herb may be useful in the management of diabetes.<br><br> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:55:00 EST Cilantro Is A Natural Anti Inflammatory http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37971_cilantro_is_a_natural_anti_inflammatory Cilantro has anti-oxidants & fiber. It aids in digestion & can soothe inflammation. It may even help help prevent urinary tract and fungal infections. A good source of magnesium and vitamin C. Add to soups, pasta dishes, even fish or chicken or enhance the flavor of meat dishes & Steamed Veggies. EVEN ADD THEM TO TACOS! Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:43:00 EST Asparagus is Good For You! Gets Rid Of Fluid Retention! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37970_asparagus_is_good_afor_you_gets_rid_of_fluid_retention Asparagus has no fat, contains no cholesterol & is low in Sodium. Asparagus is good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C. Asparagus has been used to treat problems involving inflammation and can help get rid of water retention. Toss Asparagus with Dreamfields pasta & olive oil for a great pasta dish. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:08:00 EST More On fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37969_more_on_fiber DR MARK HYMAN SAYS "Load up on legumes. Beans beat out everything else for fiber content. Eat more fruit. Include a few servings of low-sugar fruits to your diet daily (berries are the highest in fiber & other protective phytochemicals. Bulk up on vegetables. With low levels of calories& high levels of antioxidants & protective phytochemicals, these excellent fiber sources should be heaped on your plate daily. Go with the grain. Whole grains like brown rice or quinoa are rich in fiber, too<br... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:22:00 EST Up Your Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37968_up_your_fiber Dr. Mark Hyman says Switching abruptly to a high-fiber diet can cause gas and bloating. Increase your fiber intake slowly until you get up to 50 grams a day. Eat 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds a day. Sprinkle on salads, grains, or vegetable dishes or mix in a little unsweetened applesauce. Include a few handfuls of almonds, walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts to your diet every day. If you’re have trouble getting your fill of fiber, choose a supplement that contains both soluble & insoluble fib... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:17:00 EST Brazil Nuts Are Good Source of Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37958_brazil_nuts_are_good_source_of_protein Brazil nuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fats & although high in calories they have a bunch of vitamins & minerals that are good for you. A good source of protein & magnesium. These nuts provide a complete protein, Tue, 14 Feb 2012 06:54:00 EST Bagels & You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37953_bagels_you Bagels can contain 2, 3, or even 4 normal servings of bread. If you must, have a whole wheat mini bagel or whole wheat thin bagels. Thinner bread usually has less carbohydrate and Thomas' 100% whole wheat mini bagels have 22 carbs. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:37:00 EST Sprouted Rye Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37952_sprouted_rye_bread There are 60 calories in 1 serving of Trader Joe's Sprouted Rye Bread and 7 carbs per slice. Claims are made that sprouted grain bread does not cause as high or fast of a blood sugar rise as regular bread, but always test to make sure. A good rule is to avoid breads where one of the first five ingredients is sugar, honey, molasses or fructose. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:23:00 EST Tri-color QUINOA http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37951_tricolor_quinoa Trader Joe's carries a tri-color quinoa. $4.99 a pound, same nutty flavor only the colors are more appealing to me....red, black and gold! Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:14:00 EST don't restrict Blood Flow To Your Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37943_dont_restrict_blood_flow_to_your_feet DIABETICS SHOULD NEVER WEAR SOCKS WITH ELASTIC BECAUSE IT COULD RESTRICT BLOOD FLOW TO THE FEET. Try the pharmacy at WALMART FOR NON-ELASTIC SOCKS OR AT FOOTSMART.COM Sun, 12 Feb 2012 08:25:00 EST Graham Crackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37942_graham_crackers 1 Graham Cracker is about 30 calories. Choose Graham crackers to be a healthy alternative to cookies. Choose one made with whole wheat flour, not white, bleached flour and check the sugar content. Or buy organic graham crackers without the honey at health food stores.<br><br> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 07:59:00 EST Having trouble with portion control? EASY SOLUTION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37940_having_trouble_with_portion_control_easy_solution The "Milk Bottle Measuring Cups" are available for $24.00 at<br>Anthropologie.com. Shaped like an old fashioned milk bottle & okay to leave on your counter as a decoration. These will help measure 1/4 to 1 cup portions. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 07:30:00 EST Portion Control Gadgets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37939_portion_control_gadgets EVERYONE KNOWS THAT SALAD DRESSINGS CAN BE LOADED WITH CALORIES! Get a "Healthy Steps Potion Control Dressing Lid" which automatically measures 2 tbls. Buy at ....... MyHealthySteps.com<br><br>Check out the pasta basket that is for 1 serving at a time. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 07:09:00 EST Oil Mister http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37938_oil_mister If you think you are using to much oil on salads get yourself a tabletop oil mister. It's worth $20 to save on calories. Buy at Prepara.com Perfect for browning meats, coating a pan, and sprizing veggies for broiling. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 07:02:00 EST Peanut Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37924_peanut_butter Measure out yor peanut butter with plastic spoon and place in a microwavealbe dish, melt the peanut putter then you can use it as a dip for your veggies or fruit ! Sat, 11 Feb 2012 16:47:00 EST Ginger Snaps, A Good Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37902_ginger_snaps_a_good_treat Ginger Snaps may combat diabetes and weight gain. 2 of these zesty cookies are about 60 calories and have a little under 3 grams of sugar.The snaps have molasses, molasses has chrominium so digestion is boosted & the efficiency of insulin in metabolizing sugar & carbs into glucose after eating is better. Don't over due, just have 2. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:21:00 EST Keeping Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37884_keeping_busy I find that Keeping Busy helps me to NOT Munch thru the day. I plan my day and write it down on a list. From laundry, to canning, Sparking, meals and menu, when to drink my water, when to exercise, budgeting my money, go for a walk, reading, whatever !!!!<br>Not much time to think about extra food is the Key. Thu, 9 Feb 2012 07:11:00 EST More on Vitamin D For WEIGHT Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37878_more_on_vitamin_d_for_weight_loss Researchers at the University of Minnesota conducted a study that found the participants in the study who had higher initial levels of Vitamin D. lost more weight than those who began with a lower Vitamin D level. It also showed that more abdominal fat was lost by those with higher levels of Vitamin D. Low vitamin D can cause depression too<br><br> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 08:45:00 EST Bad Knees? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37877_bad_knees Vitamin D is associated with bone health. Low levels of vitamin D may cause joint pain. Get a Vitamin D test if you suffer from knee pain. Losing just a few pounds can take pressure off your knees. Chronic pain is associated with dwelling on your pain & can actually make you feel worse. Exercise can help you lose weight & let you sleep better, & boost your mood, but remember that excerise should never cause you pain. Eat D fortified foods. Wed, 8 Feb 2012 08:38:00 EST Vinegar May Make You Feel Fuller http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37876_vinegar_may_make_you_feel_fuller There are many different types of vinegar: white distilled vinegar, apple vinegar, cider, red wine vinegar, balsamic, rice, rice wine, raspberry, pineapple, and maybe other flavors. Adding a little vinegar to your diet may help you feel full longer! Diabetics who consume vinegar at bedtime may experience lower blood sugar levels when they wake up & it can also reduce the level and the rate at which blood sugar rises after eating. Wed, 8 Feb 2012 07:50:00 EST Popcorn For Healthy Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37875_popcorn_for_healthy_dieting Popcorn is a good fiber source & about 40 calories a cup for the air popped kind. It is a protein that has iron, B vitamins & calcium. It really is a healthy treat just as long as it's not loaded with salt & butter. Try cinnamon or parm as a topper, you can even saute some garlic in olive oil and then add it to your popcorn or sprinkle with red pepper chips. Or how about soup with popcorn or mix it with nuts . 3 cups of popcorn is a 1 starch exchange for diabetics. Wed, 8 Feb 2012 07:37:00 EST Mussels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37867_mussels Mussels are a rich source of many essential vitamins and minerals. About 15 mussels provides the same amount of protein as a steak but has less fat. They can actually decrease the risk of high triglyceride levels. They contain B-12, vitamin C and fiber and are low in calories & carbs & saturated fat and high in nutrition. I love them soaked in a white garlic sauce however they do come in a red sauce too! If you have never tried them, order them next time your eating Italian. YUM! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:59:00 EST Beef Jerky Is Protein Rich & Burns Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37865_beef_jerky_is_protein_rich_burns_fat It has fat burning benefits! About 80 calories per strip. Get the low sodium kind and check the sugar content. Buy the type with all-natural ingredients. 100% Pure Beef. A good snack when you are trying to lose weight. Beef jerky is high in protein and doesn't raise your level of insulin & is a great source of protein. Salazar natural beef sticks can be found online. <br><br> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 09:46:00 EST Feeling Poorly? Have Chicken Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37862_feeling_poorly_have_chicken_soup Chicken Soup has amino acids to thin out mucus and the lungs & help with a cough. The good thing about chicken soup is that it is loaded with nutrients. The best is homemade with veggies and garlic. Add ing garlic to any soup is a good thing! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:34:00 EST Onion Soup ~ Cheap ~ Nutritious ~ So Low In Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37861_onion_soup_cheap_nutritious_so_low_in_calories Onions are very rich in vitamins and minerals. They are <br>antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties, so very god for arthritis, cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and even a help in fighting cancer. Beef broth & onions, so very low in calories. Add a very thin slice of French bread with melted swiss cheese from the toaster & you have a quick French Onion Soup. Or try a beef shank which will make the beef stock and add the onions...still a budget friendly meal. Beef shank/veggie soup<b... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:05:00 EST Eat My Grits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37860_eat_my_grits Grits, a very low-fat food & has less than a gram of fat per cup. Grits have protein and are high in folate. I love the QUAKER Oats Grits packets with butter buds already in. At only 100 calories, I some times enjoy them with 2 soft boiled eggs stirred in. Grits are made of corn or hominy. Count the carbs! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 07:46:00 EST Mini Ice Cream Cones ~ Get Your Chocolate Fix! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37853_mini_ice_cream_cones_get_your_chocolate_fix Blue Bunny has mini Chocolate ice cream cones at 140 calories each & 17 carbs. So yummy! Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:45:00 EST EXHAUSTED AFTER WORK ~ MAKE QUICK CHILI http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37852_exhausted_after_work_make_quick_chili Take some ground turkey meat or left over turkey, add low sodium kidney beans, diced tomatoes, chopped onion, some green or sweet pepper, and 2 small cans of chili peppers, chopped and some seasoning. Add some Dreamfiedls elbow noodles if desired. Add some parm for more protein!<br>Thick and fast! Enjoy! Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:40:00 EST Cinese Food Eat in or Take Out For a Quick Meal After A Long Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37851_cinese_food_eat6_in_or_take_out Most Chinese food is laden with lots of sodium. Stay on course and order Moo Goo Gai Pan which is a chicken dish made with lots of non~starchy veggies. Order brown rice most restaurants have it now. Maybe a side of Garlic String Bean which is delicious. Have the WONTON OR Egg Drop- Soup before the meal. They are broth based and can help you eat less. Have the Fortune Cookie too, it's about 30 calories. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:31:00 EST Get Your Vitamin C From Califlower http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37850_get_your_vitamin_c_from_califlower Califlower contains sulfur compounds that can help prevent heart disease, cancer and even diabetes. Very high in Vitamin C and has other good minerals. 2 heaping cups and only 60 calories. Good sprinkled with Parm, mashed in a potato or as a potato substitute, in soups, as a low carb raw veggie to dip, in salads raw & cauliflower casseroles. Lots of variety! Mon, 6 Feb 2012 06:47:00 EST Glycemic Response http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37849_glycemic_response Fats do not raise glucose levels so just make sure they are healthy fats like vigin Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, all sorts of nuts, seeds like pumpkin, flax, and fish like sardines & salmon, tuna. A glycemic response to a food depends on the other foods eaten along with it. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 06:31:00 EST Buy The Best Hot Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37843_buy_the_best_hot_dogs Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs have no fillers or by products & no artificial coloring. The 97% Fat Free Franks have only 40 calories, 3 carbs and no sugar. I like them in a whole wheat hot dog bun with tomato, pickle, hot peppers & cucumber, or sliced and scrambled with eggs. The JUMBO ones are good for grilling and have 240 calories. They also have a reduced Fat Variety. Maybe more expensive but so worth it not to have the fillers & by products in them. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 12:03:00 EST Lemons For Digestion & As A Diuretic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37841_lemons_for_digestion_as_a_diuretic Lemons & lemon juice are both a diuretic and can help treat arthritis pain. It helps to flush out bacteria & toxins out of our bodies. It also helps digestion. Who knew that a lemon could be so good? Sun, 5 Feb 2012 09:11:00 EST Drink OOLONG TEA http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37840_drink_oolong_tea Excess accumulation of triglycerides in the body causes obesity. Polyphenol in oolong tea is effective in controlling obesity. It has enzymes to dissolve triglycerides. Drink 1 cup in the AM and 1 in the PM Sun, 5 Feb 2012 08:43:00 EST Kosher Pickles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37839_kosher_pickles A small Kosher dill pickle contains only 5 calories & is low in fat, but they do have carbs and sodium.<br><br> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 08:25:00 EST Yes, Black Olives Are A Good Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37838_yes_black_olives_are_a_good_snack Black Olives conatin healthy mono unsaturated fats that are good for your heart . They contain fiber & are also supposed to be good for the skin. They also have a lot of antioxidants.<br>Great as a snack stuffed w/cream cheese or alone, on top of pizza, in salads, with pasta, as a pate or added to bean dip.<br>Wish I had other ideas to incorporate them into my diet! Sun, 5 Feb 2012 08:00:00 EST Orzo http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37833_orzo Orzo is a low fat food. A 2 ounce serving is about 200 calories and 42 carbs. It is a good source for protein & helps boost energy. Orzo stuffed peppers, orzo, spinach and feta. Diabetics should consider the Miracle Noodle which is a soluble fiber product that takes on the taste of whatever you're cooking .No fat, sugar, or starch! It tastes just like Pasta. It comes in Angel Hair, Orzo, Fettucini, Mini pearls and Rigatoni. Find it at miraclenoodle.com<br><br> Sat, 4 Feb 2012 09:10:00 EST Get Your Nutrtion Easily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37826_get_your_nutrtion_easily Avocados deliver almost 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They have good fats and fiber. Although high in calores a medium avocado is around 200 calories but the nutrition is good. So have half one day, the other half the next. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:50:00 EST Pineapple http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37817_pineapple If you have diabetes pineapple can make your blood sugar rise! Know the carbs in yur fruit as fruit with little fiber can make your blood sugar soar. Keep track of both calories and carbs if you want to lose weight. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:17:00 EST A Great Diuretic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37784_a_great_diuretic Eggplant is low in calories and high in fiber & magnesium & potassium. Good for diabetic and dieters alike because of it's high water content. A great Diuretic! Has antioxidants too! Try eggplant parm, eggplant stew, and some people add eggplant to their salads. Use slices as mini pizza crusts or add eggplant to spaghetti, use grilled as a side or in a sandwich. SO many things to do with eggplant and stay skinny! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:46:00 EST When Hungry Reach For The EGG WHITES http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37779_when_hungry_reach_for_the_egg_whites Egg Whites contain 40 different proteins! Egg whites are 90% water & high in proteins & they increase calorie burn. Low in carbs they also reduce appetite. Egg whites hardly have any fat. Scramble with Bell Peppers, Onion, asparagus, green beans, spinach & spinkle some flaxseeds on top for added benefits. Chopped Canadian Bacon is good too! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:46:00 EST When Hungry Reach For The EGG WHITES http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37778_when_hungry_reach_for_the_egg_whites Egg Whites contain 40 different proteins! Egg whites are 90% water & high proteins in meals increase calorie burn. Low in carbs they also reduce appetite. Egg whites hardly have any fat. Scramble with Bell Peppers, Onion, asparagus, green beans, spinach & spinkle some flaxseeds on top for added benefits. Chopped Canadian Bacon is good too! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:38:00 EST Artichokes Are Good Fiber & Low Calorie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37777_artichokes_are_good_fiber_low_calorie Full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, these babies are beneficial to diabetics because studies suggest that artichokes help control blood sugar in those with diabetes.They also aid in digestion. 60 calories in one medium artichoke makes artichokes good for dieters. Canned can be drizzled with Olive Oil & lemon, rolled in breadcrumbs, & parm then baked 10 minutes, or make a dip, in salads, or in a sandwich to get the nutrirnts your body needs. Try Then Steamed Fresh!<br><br> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 07:55:00 EST Fat-Fighting Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37756_fatfighting_four Calcium, Vitamin D, Omega-3s, and Fiber. Make it simple. <br><br>Calcium food sources: Fat-free milk and low-fat dairy, spinach, kale, broccoli, and white beans. Vitamin D food Sources: Salmon and sardines, fortified Milk, a vitamin D supplement, eggs Omega 3 Food Source: Flaxseeds, winter squash, wild salmon, shrimp, tuna, collard greens. Fiber: Eat more fruit & veggies & Take a fiber supplement.<br> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:00:00 EST Vinegar & Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37755_vinegar_diabetes Vinegar contains acetic acid, which may inactivate certain starch-digesting enzymes, slowing carbohydrate digestion," says lead researcher Carol Johnston, PhD of Aizona State University. Try Vinegar & Oil salads, a splash ontop a couple of French Fries, on steamed veggies, etc. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 08:33:00 EST Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37754_juice Jjuice passes quickly through your gastrointestinal tract like a little stream of sugar. Always choose unsweetened fruit juices as juice contains both sugars & carbs. Fresh pomegranate juice may be helpful for people with diabetes to decrease their risk of coronary disease. Diet Cranberry is also a good choice. Be sure to keep a close watch on your blood sugar levels Sun, 29 Jan 2012 08:05:00 EST Love Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37747_love_your_body Valentine's Day Is Approaching! Think of Valentine's Day as a heart healthy day! Instead of a box of candy choose a Valentine's Day gift for him or her that's both good and healthy. Maybe cologne, a new red wallet for her, or a new one for him with a sexy picture of you, some red wine, a good novel or love story for the reader. Make it healthy and Love Your Body. Stick with your diet! You won't regret it!<br> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:49:00 EST Honey On Top Of Plain 0% Fat Free Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37745_homey_on_top_of_plain_0_fat_free_yogurt Honey will produce a significantly lower blood sugar response than an equivalent amount of sugar or other glucose rich starches. Dr. David Baer, from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center stated “Experimental evidence suggests that consumption of honey compared to other sweeteners may improve blood sugar control & insulin sensitivity.” Be sure to count the carbs in honey as part of your diabetes eating plan as both honey & sugar will affect your blood sugar level. A drizzle ontop of yogur... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:19:00 EST Sauerkraut, Learn To Love It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37741_sauerkraut_learn_to_love_it Sauerkraut helps the digestive process & is an anti-inflammatory. This is a health promoting fermented vegetable & has good bacteria that fights off the bad bacteria in our system so it ACTUALLY promotes healthy flora in the intestinal tract. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:52:00 EST Keep Your Blood Sugar Balanced http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37740_keep_your_blood_sugar_balanced Yes, excess levels of insulin can trigger cancer. Why? Insulin is a hormone that encourages cellular growth, & the cancer cells have 6 to10 times the number of insulin receptors on the surface of their cell membranes as normal cells. Vitamin D may also cut cancer risk. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:17:00 EST Most Illness Caused By Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37739_most_illness_caused_by_inflammation Inflammation and toxins cause most illnesses & most aches & pains. Inflamation causes cancer, arthritis & diabetes. While white ite tea has been knwon to decrease inflamation a diet high in Omega 3's also reduces inflamation. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:02:00 EST Balance Your Blood Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37738_balance_your_blood_sugar Don't eat carbs alone as they raise your sugar & insulin levels. Take a magnesium supplement 400MD daily as it helps with glucose metabolism and is often deficient in diabetics. Take B-complex to deter diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage. Take 500mg pill of cinnamon & a fiber pill. And take CoQ10 for your heart. Season your foods with antioxidants: use rosemary,ginger, curry, tumeric. Eat onions, garlic and virgin olive oil and vinegar. See the difference in your numbers in just a few days! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:25:00 EST Give Your Taste Buds Some Zip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37727_give_your_taste_buds_some_zip Salsa has no added sugar or fat & is a dieters best friend! One tabelspoon has about 5 calories and contains<br>magnesium & potassium to help maintain normal blood pressure. Tomatoes in our diet give us heart healthy lycopenes & can reduce risks of various cancers. Better than ketchup and so tasty!<br><br> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:43:00 EST WHAT CAUSES HEARTBURN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37717_what_causes_heartburn The lining of the stomach secretes acids that are used to help digest foods. The acid becomes concentrated if you do not eat for long periods. Obesity, coffee, cirtus drinks, alcohol and even some meds can cause heartburn. Even minty toothpaste can cause heartburn. You can reduce heartburn by losing weight & watching your diet closely to remove the foods that trigger heartburn. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:56:00 EST Pineapple Improves DIGESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37716_pineapple_improves_digestion Pineapple is an acid reducer and reduces inflammation. Sugar leads to poor digestion and promotes inflammation Avoid canned pineapple, stick with fresh or frozen. Never eat pineapple alone as it can give you a sugar spike, just add some protein and dont over do! Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:41:00 EST Burn Fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37715_burn_fat Consumption of natural resistant starch has been shown to result in decreased glycemic response in healthy individuals & diabetics. Resistant starch has an impact on weight loss, as it is a starch which goes undigested by the body. Foods with these starches are navy beans, oatmeal, lentils, pearl Barley, brown rice & yams. Resistant starches are natural fat-burners. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:26:00 EST 1 ~ 2 Tablespoons of olive Oil Does Wonders http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37705_1_2_tablespoons_of_olive_oil_does_wonders Olive Oil keeps blood sugar down! It can actually help your muscles to absorb gloucose before it can cause trouble. Olive Oil also antioxidants that also reduces inflammatory chemicals in the body. Try some red wine vinegar and olive oil on your salads. It stimulates digestion & helps destroy free radicals that can lead to cancer. It also helps constipation. Adiet high in monounsaturated fat is a good idea for people with diabetes and even for weight loss.Drizzle over salad, pasta, veggie... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:08:00 EST Salad Option: Fat Free Water Chestnuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37683_salad_option_fat_free_water_chestnuts Water Chestnuts are low in calories and are fat free. They add good crunch to salads & are good in a stir fry. Low in sidoium but high in potassium. The high water content of this food will help reduce bloat. I mix slices in with tuna. Look for Geisha water chestnuts and add some crunch to your life! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:02:00 EST SHRIMP ~ Easy & Fast For A QUICK Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37682_shrimp_easy_fast_for_a_quick_dinner Shrimp are low in calories and fat with lots of B-12 vitamins. 4 ounces of shrimp are aound 110 calories. SAid to be high in cholesterol, so eat in moderation. Mix with brocolli and 2 ounces of pasta, olive oil & garlic you have a great stir fry. Easy and Fast! Or have a shrimp cocktail! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:42:00 EST NEW ~ Peanut Butter Multi Grain Cheerios http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37681_new_peanut_butter_multi_grain_cheerios Peanut Butter Multi Grain Cheerios A 3/4-cup serving has 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 130mg sodium, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, 9g sugars, and 2g protein. IF THEY SOUND YUMMY, TRY THEM! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:18:00 EST Fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37674_fruit Fruit should be eaten with some protein like cottage cheese or Apples & walnuts to help mitigate the fruits glycemic effect. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:10:00 EST Need A Nap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37672_need_a_nap Carb Rich Foods are digested rapidly which will make your body sleepy. Most likely you ate too many carbs, if you feel drowsy. You can avoid feeling sleepy by avoiding foods that are high in sugar and flour. Pizza, for instance, is a simple carb: it has a lot of sugars. chinese food has MSG and MSG makes you tired too! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:46:00 EST Is Pasta Good For You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37670_is_pasta_good_for_you It depends on what kind of pasta you eat. Al Dente provides more vitamins & minerals than over cooked pasta and Dreamfield's is a good choice as it has 5 digestable carbs, even whole grain pasta is better than white pasta. No creamy or rich sauces either, always have pasta with a tomato based sauce or tossed with a little Olive Oil &Fresh garlic or even Red Clam Sauce Add veggies like brocolli, green beans, chopped onion, or fillers like shrimp, garbanzo beans, or flaxseeds. Eat In Moderatio... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:08:00 EST Fire Up Your Metabloism http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37669_fire_up_your_metabloism FIBER kEEPS YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL. High fiber foods are, avocado, apples,bran cereal, pears, flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, rolled oats & Quiona, Garbanzo & kidney Beans, Lentils, brown rice, Kale, winter squash,spinach, sweet potatoes to name a few. Tryu to reach 40 to 50 grams of fiber per day. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:32:00 EST Your Metabolism: Sugar, Carbs & Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37668_your_metabolism_sugar_carbs_fat If your body does not process all the fat, carbs and sugar you eat your pancreas produces more insulin to compensate! You start to need more hormones to digest your food and you overtax your pancreas. Your cholesterol and triglycerides go up & you have a hard time losing weight. You also put yourself at risk for diabetes and heart disease. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:16:00 EST If You Don't Move Your Bowels Daily Or Are You Constipated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37660_if_you_dont_move_your_bowels_daily_or_are_you_constipated Dehydration (Drink more water), skip bananas as they may cause constipation, a diet that is too low in fat (so add a little butter),or too low in fiber (take a fiber pill) lack of exercise or eating overly processed foods, some medicines like pain killers or buprofen, blood pressure or allery meds,, too much calcium & sometimes too much of dairy products, If you are regularly constipated it’s reasonable to do a blood sugar test as diabetes can cause constipation. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:44:00 EST Are You Going Bananas Trying to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37653_are_you_going_bananas_trying_to_lose_weight You might wan to omit bananas from your diet due to the high number of carbohydrates or sugars in the banana.Yellow or brown” bananas contains more sugar than green ones which have more fiber. It’s not that banana’s are ‘bad’ for you, it’s just that they’re not good for losing weight as they do contain a lot of simple sugars. Berries are better. If you are strictly monitoring sugar & caloric intake the biggest thing is glycemic spike with a banana. If you can't give them up, eat in moderatio... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:38:00 EST Butter Is BETTER Than Margarine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37603_butter_is_better_than_margarine Don't fear having a little butter in your diet. It has good fatty acids that are of the medium chain variety which are NOT stored as fat in the body , but are used by the vital organs for energy. Butter has selenium, iodine, vitamin A, & fat-soluble vitamins (E, K, and D). A little Butter Is Better! Just don't go overboard!<br><br> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:36:00 EST Snacking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37602_snacking Processed foods lack the vitamins & minerals the body needs. So if your snacking your bodyn is telling you that your not getting the essential vitamins and minerals that it needs. Make sure you have enough proper protein in your diet! This is important! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:24:00 EST Sliced Almonds Are So Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37585_sliced_almonds_are_so_good Sliced almonds are 160 calories for 1 ounce. They are filling and Iike them on salads, in cottage cheese, with steamed green beans, in brown rice and just as a snack. They are thin and crunchy and they keep my mouth busy plus I am getting good fats, magnesium, zinc and calicium. Good for blood pressure, cholesterol, the heart, skin, colon, and also for help in reducing the rise in sugar and insulin levels after meals. Helps to shed weight. Gads, I am nutty for healthy almonds! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:20:00 EST Always Hungry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37582_always_hungry If your sugar is high & the glucose is not able to get into your system, then your body thinks that is time to eat again. If you keep you carb intake low it should solve your hunger pains.Carbs will make you hungry quickly due to the insulin swing they cause. If you feel hungry, try a little protein and fat. Remember good fats are not the enemy. Stay away from Staurated fats and baked goods with hydrogenated oil or margarine, fried foods like French fries, chicken wings, chicken nuggets<br> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:51:00 EST Overeating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37581_overeating Your blood sugar drops so low, your hunger gets out of control. You do need to eat & eat often in order to both lose weight & control weight gain. You won't have large fluctuations in your blood sugar if you eat small snacks that are ready to eat. Make little containers of Almond or walnuts equal to 1 ounce. Cheese 1 ounce, cottage cheese into 1/2 cup sizes, drink water as it influences your level of hunger with 2 ounces of Diet Cranverry juice. Think small, 6 baby carrots, celery, berries! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:32:00 EST Bread! EVery Time I eat Bread I Retain Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37570_bread_every_time_i_eat_bread_i_retain_pounds Whole wheat & white bread have essentially the same impact on blood sugar. Most breads have a high glycemic index. Many baked goods can be made from nut flours or flax seed meal, without the rise in blood sugar, so you might try almond flour if baking. EVERY TIME I EAT BREAD I RETAIN POUNDS so instead I have Van's 97% Fat Free WAFFLES or 8-10 Rothburry Farm croutons in my salad to get the taste. No difference in my numbers. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:39:00 EST Indigestion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37553_indigestion Carbohydrates, sugars and fats cause most indigestion. Excessive weight puts pressure on your abdomen, pushing up your stomach and causing acid to back up into your esophagus. Common triggers are spicy food, alcohol, eating too fast, eating too much or eating with your mouth open, being overweight or eating too close to bed-time. Raise your head on a couple of pillows or take a short walk as this usually releives indigestion. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:42:00 EST Cucumber & How To Reduce Gas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37552_cucumber_how_to_reduce_gas Cucumber juice is a diuretic, helps in the dissolution of kidney stones.It can help counter uric acids that are causing inflammation in joints,also very soothing for the treatment of gastric & duodenal ulcers. Cuc's are over 90% water, and the skin contains vitamin A, it help prevent dehydration. The temperature regulating properties in cucumber juice makes it a suitable drink when you have a fever.SOME GET GAS FROM CUCMBERS so to reduce gas, remove seeds or eat baby or English Cuc's. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:34:00 EST 1 Carrot Per Day. The Carrot Is A Healing Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37551_1_carrot_per_day_the_carrot_is_a_healing_food Carrots help nourish cells that have been starved of nutrients which result in ulcers. Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body so its anti-inflammatory effects do help reduce arthritis, rheumatism, gout and other inflammations. Studies show that adding one carrot per day in our diet significantly reduces cancer risks. Try carrot slaw, matchstick carrots & cottage Cheese, stemed or raw carrots, addon to a salad, carrot soup, endless possibilites! Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:04:00 EST Tomatoes & Tomato Juice Is Good For You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37549_tomatoes_tomato_juice_is_good_for_you It is well known that vitamin C, which is highly dense in tomato juice, helps prevent & fight inflammation. Tomato juice has anti-oxidant & diuretic properties and improves the digestive function. Tomato juices also promotes the digestion of foods rich in starch,such as bread, pasta, rice & potatoes & releives the symptoms of stress, tiredness & fatigue. Tomatoes are good for you, low in calories, and have endless possibilities in your diet. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:55:00 EST Got Ulcers? Eat Cabbage & Good For Weight Loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37548_got_ulcers_eat_cabbage_good_for_weight_loss Cabbage is highly promoted for prevention of cancer. A compound in cabbage, sulforaphane, also helps protect cells from invasion of carcinogens & even repairs ulcers. Cabbage has a substance that inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat, definitely a painless way of dieting. Eat uncooked cabbage, either on its own, or juiced. Shred onto salads, make soup, steam with fennel seeds.<br><br> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:48:00 EST How good is Garlic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37547_how_good_is_garlic Take one clove of garlic daily to lower blood sugar level, It is also a natural antibiotic that combats bacteria, fungi, intestinal parasites, viruses, yeast, & helps decrease the risks of cancers. Have a cold? Garlic relieves congestion. GAarlic Also helps Blood Pressure. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:35:00 EST Celery Juice Helps Curb Your Cravings For Sweets & More http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37546_celery_juice_helps_curb_your_cravings_for_sweets_more Eating celery reduces high blood pressure & clears uric acid from painful joints. Celery also helps the kidney, has anti-cancer compounds & has has almost zero calories, plus it can neutralize acidity in the stomach. The leaves atop the celery stalk are edible and are a great source of magnesium and vitamin A, so chop up those leaves into soups, salsa, egg salads,leafy salads, juice some, or snack on celery stalks with Peanut Butter and save the leaves for other dishes. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:22:00 EST Get Headaches or Migranes? Omit Sugar Substitutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37545_get_headaches_or_migranes_omit_sugar_substitutes Researches now believe that certain foods can cause headaches & migranes. Omit sugar substitutes like asparatmen & chemical in processed meats which might increase blood flow to the brain causing a headache. Hot dogs and cured meats contain nitrates MSG is a calcium channel opener which constricts blood vessels, a primary cause of headaches. Other culprits are coffee, chocolate, dried fruit, smoked fish,blue cheese, brie, feta and Swiss cheese<br><br> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:58:00 EST EATING COLD CUTS, HOT DOGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37544_eating_cold_cuts_hot_dogs ERIC DING, EPIDEMIOLOGIST AND NUTRITIONIST AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY REPORTS THAT COLD CUTS CONTAIN NITRATES THAT COULD INCREASE HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:47:00 EST How To Avoid Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37514_how_to_avoid_snacking Eat Fiber at every meal to help you to avoid snacking. Add some Garbanzo's to 2 ounces of pasta. Very Filling! They are good in salads too! Bake with cinnamon is you really need a snack! Thu, 12 Jan 2012 08:50:00 EST Why Do You Have Cravings For Chocolate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37493_why_do_you_have_cravings_for_chocolate You body is missing something! Magnesium, potassium or iron. During your period your body needs more iron so eat more brown rice. Magenesium comes from spinach, brocollli and nuts. Chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and 86% cocoa is good for your heart. CHOCOLATE MAKES US FEEL GOOD SIMPLY BECAUSE we are getting the nutrtion we need. Dark chocolate is more beneficial to your health, so try to eat the one with 86% cocoa. Avoid Milk Chocolate! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:19:00 EST Losing Weight Is Never Easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37491_losing_weight_is_never_easy Losing weight is never easy. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you are still having trouble losing please see a nutritionist. A consultation can cost about $125.00 to develop the best plan for you. Your insurance should cover the first two visits, but may not cover additional visits, so check with your agent or health plan. If you have to pay it is worth every penny, it may save your life! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:00:00 EST Ever Had Gout? Obesity & Gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37490_ever_had_gout_obesity_gout Gout & type 2 diabetes often co-exist in people with common physical characteristics & conditions, the most prominent being obesity. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid buildup. Avoid alcohol, stay away from foods with purines which increase uric acid. The worst offenders are liver or other organ meats, anchovies, lobster, shrimp, scallops, herring, mackerel, beef, pork, &lamb. Don't worry about cutting out purines completely. Just eat these foods in moderation: 1 serving a day Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:40:00 EST Alarming? One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37476_alarming_one_in_10_us_adults_has_diabetes_now An increase in Fiber intake can reduce the risk for metabolic syndrome. Fiber decreases the risk. Include in your diet lots of whole grains, exercise and keep moving! Stand and move around every 20 minutes. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:16:00 EST Sunflower Seeds A Great Snack To Help Keep You Fuller Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37475_sunflower_seeds_a_great_snack_to_help_keep_you_fuller_longer Some say eating sunflower seeds is almost like taking a multi-vitamin. WHY? BECUASE THEY DO CONTAIN ALL THE NUTRIENTS YOUR BODY NEEDS EXCEPT FOR VITAMIN D. You can add them to oatmeal, yogurt, salads or have 1/4 cup to get natural vitamin E. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO FIGHT CANCER AND HEART DISEASE. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:07:00 EST The Main Cause of Diabetes Type 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37474_the_main_cause_of_diabetes_type_2 Researchers say weight gain and sedentary lifestyles are often the main cause of type 2 diabetes. In an effort to help prevent and reverse the disease, the Mayo Clinic recently released a guidebook, the Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet. seems to be availa ble at Barnes & Noble and MayoClinic.com. I have not read it but would appreciate input if you have. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 06:54:00 EST Short Guide To Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37465_short_guide_to_weight_loss Eliminate gigantic portions of anything! Eat Slowly & appreciate your dinner! Eat more fruits and veggies, or just have a veggie meal only at least once a week. Avoid sugar, salt, soda and anything white. Snack on 1 ounce of nuts, eat a small salad daily, 100 Calorie bag of popcorn, or a pint of Artic Zero which is only 150 calories for the whole pint. The chocolate tastes like a fudgesicle. Grab some veggie soup when hungry.<br><br> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:43:00 EST You May Think Your Not Losing But... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37464_you_may_think_your_not_losing_but Buy a scale that displays your weight in digital numbers, this way you can see even the littlest progress, whether it's four tenths of a pound or eight tenths of a pound. You can buy Conair WW39 Weight Watchers Digital Glass Weight Scale<br>for about $20.00. Don't move the scale once it is place as when you move the numbers can flucuate.Always keep it in the same place. Measure yourself too! Chest, waist, hips and more like ankles, wrists, your thighs, you can see every inch of progress Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:33:00 EST Hungry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37461_hungry If your hungry all the time, instead of feeding your stomach, feed your brain and learn more about nutrition. Take the time and eat as though your life depended on it. Knowledge is power. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:18:00 EST Stress & Your Digestive System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37445_stress_your_digestive_system The chronic effects of stress on the body can play a role in diabetes by altering the insulin levels in the body. Stress affects the digestive system, forgetfulness, low energy levels, depression & can cause weight gain. You can relieve stress thru meditation, massage, exercise, & vitamins. deficiencies of Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to increased anxiety & depression. B-vitamins, calcium & magnesium all help calm the nervous system and promote muscle relaxation,calmness & quality sleep. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 08:22:00 EST Cancer & Eating Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37444_cancer_eating_sugar Sugar is hard on your immune system. It kills enzymes, or can lower the enzymes ability to function & feeds yeast. Enzymes are the keys to all physical life. Sugar feeds cancer. This is a proven fact! The fact that cancer feeds on sugar, & that cancer is always present in the body, should be reason enough for any one to limit their sugar intake or omit it totally. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 07:56:00 EST Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37443_mushrooms Mushrooms contain natural insulin & enzymes that break down starch & sugar in foods. You will benefit from vitamin D, the B vitamins, Iron, Calcium & potassium. Mushrooms are extrememly low calorie, are fat and cholesterol free. Popular choices are Portabella mushroom burgers or mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, or raw with a dip. If you have Candida or frequent yeast infections avoid mushrooms of any kind becuase they are a fungus that could promote yeast which is a single cell fungi.<br> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 07:37:00 EST Magnesium helps Depression, Diabetics, & More http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37434_magnesium_helps_depression_diabetics_more Magnesium aids in regulating blood sugar ,maintaining muscle and keeping nerve function normal. Magnesium supplements are vital for all diabetics who suffer from magnesium deficiency. Magnesium can help migraines, panic or anxiety attacks,depression and taken prior to bedtime will help you sleep soundly. Talk to your doctor about using magnesium. Magnesium aids in carbohydrate metabolism and enegry production and may assist you in losing weight. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 09:22:00 EST Hate Onions? Start loving them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37433_hate_onions_start_loving_them The more red onion you eat, the lower your blood-sugar glucose levels will be. They are beneficial to gastrointestinal health. Red onions also reduce inflammation in the blood vessels. Onions have sulfur compounds, & the minerals calcium, magnesium. Onions can inhibit the development of cancerous cells, &have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can relieve a stomach ache. Try a red onion brocolli salad, a sandwich, in soups, mixed with other steamed veggies. Love Them!<br... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 09:05:00 EST Garlic Is A Healthy Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37432_garlic_is_a_healthy_food Have a clove of garlic per day to keep yourself healthy as it is one of the healthiest foods. It has allicin in it which acts as an antioxidant, has anti-bacterial properties, may help prevent colds and yeast infections. Researches found that garlic has been shown to protect rats from diabetes complications such as retinopathy, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and neuropathy. It also has anti-clotting abilities which protects against heart attacks and stroke. Add to soups, roasts, e... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 08:52:00 EST Aches & Pains? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37420_aches_pains Chronic aches & pains are caused by inflammation. Certain foods can reduce inflammation some are cranberry juice, nuts, seeds and oils that have fatty acids, those of us who have diabetes need to take every step we can to minimize the inflammation in our bodies. Wecan manage our diabetes better when we keep inflammation in check. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 07:59:00 EST The "Sitting Disease" ~ Sitting Is Your Body's Biggest Enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37410_the_sitting_disease_sitting_is_your_bodys_biggest_enemy Chronic inactivity can contribute to our diabetes epidemic. You need to stand & MOVE each hour to maintain good health. Did you know that sitting puts your metabolism to sleep! Researchers from the American Cancer Society carried out a new study that linked long sitting periods of time with a higher risk of death. Many overweight people in America have "sitting disease because sitting is how most of us spend a good part of our day. Sitting is a major factor in developing type 2 diabetes. MOVE... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 12:51:00 EST Spice It Up ~ It's Good For Your Heart Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37409_spice_it_up_its_good_for_your_heart_health Rosemary, sage, ginger, oregano, thyme, tumeric, cinnamon, red pepper, nutmeg, basil, & parsley contain antioxidants and are good for your heart. <br><br>In addition, incluide a daily dose of garlic, dark chocolate, Black Tea, Walnuts, Almonds, chili peppers to improve your diet. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 12:27:00 EST Grapeseed Oil ~ What Is It And How To Benefit From The Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37408_grapeseed_oil_what_is_it_and_how_to_benefit_from_the_oil Grapeseed Oil is made from grapes and has has anti-inflammatory & anti-allergen properties. It contains linoleic acid can reduce complications for diabetics. I found Grapeseed Oil at Publix, my grocery store and it's almost half the price of Olive Oil. It can increase HDL cholesterol & reduce the bad, Has vitamin E, linoleic acid and flavonoids that help your heart and skin. It also protects the body from a number of health problems caused by the free radicals. May even protect vision. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 12:05:00 EST Discover Quinoa http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37332_discover_quinoa Quinoa is a grain that is akaline & is a slow release food. Being alkaline it will not upset your stomach. Some people eat it for breakfast as a cereal, but there are many other uses: salads, to thicken a stir-fry, an option to rice, potatoes, or pasta. I have used it with tuna, steamed it with a pork roast, & mixed it into a bean salad. It is called a complete protein food & good for weight loss as a little will keep you satisfied for a long while. A little pricey but goes a long way. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 08:43:00 EST It's getting cold outside! Isn't time for Veggie Soup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37331_its_getting_cold_outside_isnt_time_for_veggie_soup Easy on the budget and today is a good day to take whatever vegetables you have on hand and make soup. Not only will you up your veggie intake, but you will provide your body with healthy nutrients and minerals. What a good way to warm up! Add some barley or beans to fill you up quickly! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 07:46:00 EST The Incedible Edible Egg IS Incredible http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37319_the_incedible_edible_egg_is_incredible If you want to manage your weight eat foods that provide the highest in nutrition for the least amount of calories. EGGS ARE A GREAT SOURCE OF GOOD NUTRITION WHEN TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT. Worried about cholesterol? The reality is that studies have shown that saturated fat, not dietary cholesterol from eggs, is the real culprit. An egg breakfast provides protein, have essential amino acids, are easily digestible, low in sodium & can reduce hunger. Get natural Vitamin D from them too! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:01:00 EST Cucumber Good For Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37318_cucumber_good_for_diabetes The juice of a cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. It also acts as a diuretic which can help keep your kidneys free of kidney stones. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:31:00 EST Not Enough Said About How Good Brocolli Is For You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37317_not_enough_said_about_how_good_brocolli_is_for_you Brocolli helps deal with constipation & has chromium, which is known to help regulate insulin & control diabetes. Broccoli is extremely low in calories & is good for people who look for weight loss. It also reduces toxic uric acid & researchers have found it reduces lung, colon & breast cancers. It may also prevent thickening of the arteries. Good for your heart, lungs, digestive system, lowering cholesterol so isn't time to eat more brocolli? Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:21:00 EST Low Carb Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37294_low_carb_veggies Celery, Radishes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage Mushrooms, Avocado Cucumbe,r Peppers (all kinds) Scallions,Asparagus,Bamboo Shoots <br>Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Snow Peas (pods) <br>Green Beans and Wax Beans <br>Tomatoes, Eggplant, Artichoke Hearts, Fennel, Onions <br>Okra, Spaghetti Squash, Carrots, Turnip <br>WATER Chestnuts, Pumpkin, spinach and leafy greens <br><br> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:53:00 EST