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 Keep Mind & Body Focused Away from Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49654_keep_mind_body_focused_away_from_food I had to radically alter my diet and eating habits to manage diabetes without meds. I was a habitual muncher and consoled myself with food when I was worried, upset, hurt, or even angry. No more. Now I keep my mind focused on anything besides the next bite of food, and stay in motion as much as possible - even just walking from my office to the copier multiple times instead of just one trip. I still get plenty to eat, and am not ever actually hungry but lowered my morning glucose reading from... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:29:00 EST Don't give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49643_dont_give_up Read as much as you can to learn all you need to know. It's a combination of diet, exercise and meds to keep your body healthy. They say 90% diet and 10% exercise... I am just learning how to exercise with diabetes, I was afraid to even go for a walk. Before I started the insulin, I would go out and walk 5k, now I was too nervous to do that.<br><br>Education is key, and so is a healthy carb snack apparently. Keep learning and making the changes you need to feel good and stay healthy! I h... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:13:00 EST On the Road: Traveling With Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49422_on_the_road_traveling_with_diabetes <br>Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on August 23, 2016<br><br>Whether you travel for business or pleasure, a little extra effort before you leave can make your trip go more smoothly. Just like you plan where you’ll stay and check the weather at your destination, you can prep to keep up with your diabetes treatment plan so you'll keep your blood sugar levels in check.<br><br>Before Your Trip<br>Tell your doctor about your plans. If you'll be crossing time zones, ask her about how to adjust y... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:32:00 EST Medication is less http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49277_medication_is_less For 3 years I have been on the same amount of Metformin as the day I was told I was a type 2 diabetes . After losing 116 pounds, I finally got my meds cut in half! I didn't start Sparks until I had lost 39 pounds and I didn't really use it except to get recipes. Now I'm down 116 pounds and my doctor has suggested I do a little (ok a lot better) job of tracking my protein and carb intake. I seems I'm really cutting myself short on the protein area. Keeping track of everything has not been so ... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:47:00 EST Being in Ketosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49048_being_in_ketosis Ketosis occurs when your body burns fat for fuel instead of carbs. As a type 2 diabetic I had been on insulin for 14 years. Once I quit living the lie that the body needs carbs and adopted a ketogenic diet high in healthy fats with some protein and no added carbs I was able to lose over 30 lbs in 90 days and no longer take any insulin. My blood sugars are now in the normal range as is my BMI. This diet relies heavily on coconut oil, butter from grass fed cows, eggs from cage free chickens... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:29:00 EST Tap water is boring, sweet beverages are too sugary, go with TEA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48803_tap_water_is_boring_sweet_beverages_are_too_sugary_go_with_tea According to my doctor, I am a borderline diabetic. The kind that once you cross that borderline, you can no longer go back. Keeping myself hydrated has been a constant challenge. Too much soft drinks or juices would pose a risk to become diabetic. Drinking a beer usually brings out guilt associated with calorie consumption. Drinking good old plain tap water is too plain. Though this dilemma has been going in circles for the last 10 years, it was not until last year that I found my own ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:14:00 EST Minimize Your Carbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48796_carbs_are_your_undoing I am a type 2 diabetic. I take metformin, but am able to keep my A1C stable with diet. It has been at 6.4 for more than 2 years. I do this by keeping my carb count as low as possible. By carbs I am referring to grain products or foods with a high starch content such as beans, corn, potatoes, wheat and rice. I pay attention to how I feel when I eat these foods. Wheat in particular makes me feel buzzed, as if I've had a drink. That's the sugar in my blood skyrocketing. When I avoid those carbs,... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:41:00 EST Its Not over till the Fat Lady Sings.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48750_its_not_over_till_the_fat_lady_sings Do you remember this stupid Saying....? Well I know and so do you that this is a crazy saying and pops up at anytime.. It has been classified as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress.... It is also a phrase that people use for a Opera Singer ... So what comes may we have to try and get this out of the English Language at lest here on Spark People.. As you get older.. your body changes how it gains and loses weight... Both m... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 16:16:00 EST Diabetes and Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48460_diabetes_and_depression Depression Feeling down once in a while is normal. But some people feel a sadness that just won't go away. Life seems hopeless. Feeling this way most of the day for two weeks or more is a sign of serious depression. Does Diabetes Cause Depression? At any given time, most people with diabetes do not have depression. But studies show that people with diabetes have a greater risk of depression than people without diabetes. There are no easy answers about why this is true. The stress of daily dia... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:49:00 EST Stuff yourself full of the good stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48261_stuff_yourself_full_of_the_good_stuff Keeping my blood sugar stable just doesn't happen without planning. It starts in the grocery store. I keep to the outside edges of the store, where the non-processed food is. I fill my cart with "the good stuff"-- green vegetables, eggplant, mushrooms, and onions. And lots of salad. For me the trick is to chop it all up and containerize it as soon as I get home. If I refrigerate it unchopped, there is a high likelihood it will end up rotting and not eaten. So I recommend getting a set of ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:55:00 EST Sugar can be as addictive as any lethal drug http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48216_sugar_can_be_as_addictive_as_any_lethal_drug Like any lethal drug, it only takes 1 spoonful of sugar to get a person craving for it, and it's as damaging as any lethal drug, but in a more hidden aspect. Trying to wean oneself off sugar can be equally as hard as any other drug, but it's well worth it in the end.<br><br>Watch out for sugars in the food you eat, even if you don't buy it by the packet, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING you buy that's been processed contains sugar, including your daily milk. If you have an intense sweet to... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:55:00 EST LCHF and IF for Blood Sugar Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48129_lchf_and_if_for_blood_sugar_control Since I started on a low carbohydrate nutrition plan with plenty of healthy fats, I have been able to be off diabetes meds and am having wonderful success with keeping my blood glucose levels in range. This style of eating is contrary to the Standard American Diet guidelines, but is working very well for me.<br>So far, I have kept my net carbs (carbohydrate grams minus fiber grams) around 25-30 a day, with very few exceptions. <br>When I started the fat grams made me very nervous, becaus... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:31:00 EST Nearly Half of American Adults Are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47998_nearly_half_of_american_adults_are_prediabetic_or_diabetic Nearly Half of American Adults Are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic<br><br><br>Up to 14 percent of the American population had type 2 diabetes, and as much as 38 percent were pre-diabetic. This suggests about HALF of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic.1,2<br><br>At least 20 percent of the population in every U.S. state is also obese3 — a condition that severely predisposes you to diabetes. That said, being skinny is not a blanket assurance of health.<br><br>Recent research sugges... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:19:00 EST Low Carb Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47994_low_carb_eating I had great trouble maintaining stable blood glucose for years and was eventually put on injected insulin a few years ago. As soon as I injected insulin my weight went up, something that is pretty normal, apparently. It's extremely difficult to keep excess weight off when on insulin. Insulin is the hormone that pushes fat storage as well as other things.<br><br>Then I discovered Low Carb Healthy Fat eating and it has made a huge difference in only a few months. <br><br>Since cutting right bac... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:38:00 EST Water, Water, and more water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47961_water_water_and_more_water Today's Spark Coach challenge was to post a tip about water, and I saw another members questions dealing with water, so I decided to pitch in a few things she'd already been told and a little tip or two maybe she hadn't heard. She was already at goal weight (LUCKY GIRL!) and was struggling to get 8/8oz a day and she drank about 6 cups of green tea per day. <br><br>1. Yes, you will feel happier and healthier if you drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. I recommend starting on a long ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:21:00 EST Inspired By Mum http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47767_inspired_by_mum <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b8ccab1-e01b-4934-811d-1ea957e72f01.JPG"> . This picture is my mum two years ago. This year on 26th January this year I visited my mum in her care home, she has vascular dementure, as she lay in her bed unable to communicate, being injected with insulin and fed liquid foods because she cannot swallow - it dawned on me that life was for living, that I should as she did "live it to the full", so I began my journey, with mum in mind I swim 40 m... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:17:00 EST No Diabetic Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47717_no_diabetic_meds LOW CARB. I can't say low carb enough. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in August 2014. I was 53 years old. I weighed 273 pounds. The heaviest I have EVER been. I have been "heavy" most of my life. I have been off of Metformin for a year now, and off of blood pressure and cholesterol medications for 6 months. When I came off of Metformin, I was terrified that I would start putting the weight back on without Metformin. Without my medication crutch. However, I have done this, keep... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:14:00 EST Track, Exercise, Drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47544_track_exercise_drink I'm what they call a good diabetic. I used to take<br>medicine for my diabetes. I went on Weight Watchers, my Blood Sugar started bottoming out. My Dr. told me to quit taking my diabetic <br>medicine. The medicine for diabetes I took was a pill & a injection. Not insulin. So I quit taking all<br>my diabetic meds & my blood sugars were really a lot better. They were above 100. That was awesome! Before they were 40 & 50. That's real<br>bad! I've lost 40 lbs. since I started Spark People! Yeah ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:13:00 EST Track, Exercise, Drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47543_track_exercise_drink I'm what they call a good diabetic. I used to take<br>medicine for my diabetes. I went on Weight Watchers, my Blood Sugar started bottoming out. My Dr. told me to quit taking my diabetic <br>medicine. The medicine for diabetes I took was a pill & a injection. Not insulin. So I quit taking all<br>my diabetic meds & my blood sugars were really a lot better. They were above 100. That was awesome! Before they were 40 & 50. That's real<br>bad! I've lost 40 lbs. since I started Spark People! Yeah ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:13:00 EST 25 Tips Living With Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47049_25_tips_living_with_diabetes 25 Tips for Living With Diabetes<br><br>1.Keep your glucose meter always in the same place so you don’t have to go looking for it. Mine is on my kitchen counter resting beside two small stuffed bunnies always smiling up at me. <br><br><br><br>1.Get a dilated eye exam every year from an ophthalmologist. But here’s what no one tells you: Lower the blinds in your house before you leave for your appointment and bring sunglasses — even if it’s raining.<br><br><br><br>1.Lancing devices that allow y... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:31:00 EST Aloe and Bitter Melon Could Help Treat Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47045_aloe_and_bitter_melon_could_help_treat_diabetes Aloe and Bitter Melon Could Help Treat Diabetes<br><br><br>What do aloe and bitter melon have in common? Yes, they're both plants, but both have also been identified as having powerful medicinal effects. New studies show both aloe and bitter melon exert positive effects on diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).<br><br>High blood sugar occurs either when you don't produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or your cells don't respond to insulin properly (type 2 diabetes, which represents 90 per... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:12:00 EST Lowering A1C Blood Sugar Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46876_lowering_a1c_blood_sugar_level I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes 6 months ago and have been fighting a losing battle with lowering my blood sugar level. Following my nutritionist meal plan just did not work for me. Then I remembered a decade ago, when I read a book by Doctors Michael and Mary Eades called Protein Power and lost a substantial amount of weight for my daughters wedding (went from 232 to 148 pounds in a year).<br>I found my copy of the book and re-read it, but this time I read something that had not stood ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 13:52:00 EST Cut your sodium in half at breakfast and make your first meal of the day SUPER healthy with these life hacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46734_cut_your_sodium_in_half_at_breakfast_and_make_your_first_meal_of_the_day_super_healthy_with_these_life_hacks I love salt! And eat WAY too much, especially as I am Southern. And ESPECIALLY AT Breakfast, But some tricky subs I have discovered have allowed me to cut it more then 50% and still enjoy all my southern morning favorites. And even better, my blood pressure has dropped from 172/116 to 135/85 and is still dropping. All without meds!<br><br>On hard boiled eggs- use 1 teas of sun dried tomato pesto. Its very fulfilling and flavor packed, moistened the dry texture f hard boiled eggs, and cuts th... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:09:00 EST Exercising With Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46623_exercising_with_diabetes 1. Make a list of fun activities. You have lots of options, and you don't have to go to a gym. What sounds good? Think about something you've always wanted to try or something you enjoyed in the past. Sports, dancing, yoga, walking, and swimming are a few ideas. Anything that raises your heart rate counts.<br> <br>2. Get your doctor's OK. Let them know what you want to do. They can make sure you're ready for it. They'll also check to see if you need to change your meals, insulin, or diabetes ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:21:00 EST Diabetes now runs in our family.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46567_diabetes_now_runs_in_our_family My sister called to tell me that now the Doctors have said.. Diabetes runs in our family.. At this moment they say that both brothers and my sister can live with a change in their diets and they don't have to take insulin.. I started to read up on it so I will be aware of what could come my way.. paying attention to the body's cues that blood sugar levels may be high or low<br>if it is low they have a test they have to take and see where the number is deciphering what the cues mean recogn... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:23:00 EST Living Healthy with Type II http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46561_living_healthy_with_type_ii In early January of 2011, I was diagnosed with Type !! Diabetes, and I was devastated! I have seen the results of ignoring this disease, and know that horrible things could happen if I do not make some serious changes. This is a life or death fight. If I don't make changes for the better, the disease will change me for the worse. Living with Diabetes is like climbing a mountain. You have to put one foot in front of the other, and keep moving forward!<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:02:00 EST Living with diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46506_living_with_diabetes I have learned (the hard way) that allowing yourself to get too hungry causes you to eat EVERYTHING in the fridge. Taking small snacks in between meals not only helps regulate your blood sugar, but it keeps your hunger in check. I eat a small snack between meals even if I'm not hungry. Make sure you also track every bite that goes in your mouth. This not only helps to keep you accountable, but you can also see at the end of the day where you screwed up. Learning from your mistakes is part of ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:22:00 EST Lose Pounds to Lower Your Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46468_lose_pounds_to_lower_your_risk If you’re overweight, you’ve probably thought about shedding some pounds. If you have diabetes or are at risk for getting it, you should stop thinking and start doing -- now. Why? Because excess weight puts a strain on your body in all sorts of ways.<br><br>If I suddenly take a bunch of gravel and throw it in the back of your car, you can still probably make 70 mph on the interstate. But you’re going to make the engine work a little harder. If I put 1,000 pounds in your car, that effect incre... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:54:00 EST Diabetes for the Everyday Knowledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46322_diabetes_for_the_everyday_knowledge Living with Diabetes<br><br><br><br>Living with diabetes is said to be a lifestyle. In reality, to successfully live with diabetes on a daily basis that extends to a lifetime, certain coping mechanisms are also required. Drugs may be needed to help with the body’s disposal of blood glucose - either insulin injections or tablet medication. In addition, the person with diabetes must juggle diet and energy expenditure (and the timing of these) with blood glucose levels on a day-to-day basis.<br>... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 06:30:00 EST STILL MED FREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46161_still_med_free I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:49:00 EST OFF MEDS FOR MONTHS NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45977_off_meds_for_months_now I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 15 May 2016 19:50:00 EST Are you adopting a diet or a lifestyle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45872_are_you_adopting_a_diet_or_a_lifestyle Are you adopting a diet or a lifestyle? <br>You've heard it so many times that you probably say it in your sleep. ""Diets don't work; if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to make a lifestyle change.""<br><br>But what does a lifestyle change look or feel like, and how do you know when you've made one? The way some people talk about it, you'd think there's some sort of mystical wisdom you get when you "make the change" that tells you when and what to eat, and how to stop worryin... Tue, 10 May 2016 06:03:00 EST NUMBERS HAVE BEEN GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45756_numbers_have_been_good I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:07:00 EST What to eat When You Have Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45651_what_to_eat_when_you_have_type_2_diabetes A healthy diabetic diet, and healthier eating habits in general, will include the following common-sense goals.<br><br>The right diabetes diet is crucial to managing type 2 diabetes, maintaining stable blood sugar levels, and preserving your overall health.<br><br>However, it's not as complex or out of the ordinary as you might expect.<br><br>A smart diabetic diet actually looks a lot like the healthy eating plan doctors recommend for everyone: plenty of fruits and vegetables, simple carbohyd... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:21:00 EST Recently Diagnosed with Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45634_recently_diagnosed_with_diabetes If you have diabetes, take care of your feet and the rest of your body.<br><br>People with diabetes can develop serious problems with their feet that can affect how easily they can walk, and even can lead to amputation.<br><br>Many of these serious problems can be prevented by taking good care of your feet and your health. Manage your diabetes, including keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar (glucose) and cholesterol at levels your health care provider recommends.<br>•Don't smoke. Smoking ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:03:00 EST Diet and Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45548_diet_and_diabetes Diet and Diabetes<br>Making healthy food choices can lower your risk of developing diabetes or its complications. Learn about the diet and diabetes connection.<br><br>.<br><br>For most people who don’t feel well, a visit to the doctor can diagnose and fix the problem. Simple, right?<br><br>But some diseases can be silent predators, offering few or no warning signs to alert you early on that help is needed. One such disease is diabetes.<br><br>Not only does diabetes affect almost 24 million pe... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:55:00 EST KEEPING OFF THE MEDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45526_keeping_off_the_meds I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:30:00 EST Value of food tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45484_value_of_food_tracking Food tracking is very tedious at times. When I started on this journey, tracking would be inputted at the end of the day. It would be pretty accurate but not detailed enough. So I changed it up, and began tracking after each meal, and some days when I had planned my meal days, I could track my meals before I ate them.<br>The advantage of the food tracking has been immense. I would diet in the past, but gain shortly the pounds I worked so hard on losing.What a cycle. This would make me over ea... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:17:00 EST Why have a salad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45458_why_have_a_salad Don't under estimate a salad....Having salad in your regular menu can help you lose weight. Try beans, Shredded carrots, peas, red onion, string beans, Green, yellow or red peppers, tomatoes, carrots, apples, nectarines, peaches, walnuts, sliced almonds, plums, avocado, pears, and strawberries in your salad ,,,they are all good for your heart. Don’t get bored with a salad try topping your salad with grilled shrimp, tuna, steak, cannellini beans , Chickpeas, Nuts and seeds, berries, grated lem... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:53:00 EST Does Food Affect Your Mood and Blood Sugar ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45361_does_the_weather_affect_your_mood_and_blood_sugar_ Does the Food Affect Your Mood and Blood Sugar ?<br>Of Course !!!!!<br>I find that if I walk or listen to music, I feel happier and seem to get more done......................<br>I think that your mood has a lot to do with your Blood Sugar Number....................................<BR>.........When you are happy, you move more, ..........................................<BR>..........................<br>When you move more, you ARE Exercising !!!!!!!!<br>When You Eat Better, Your Mood is Better... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:22:00 EST Mediterranean Diet Alone May Lower Diabetes Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45343_mediterranean_diet_alone_may_lower_diabetes_risk Mediterranean Diet Alone May Lower Diabetes Risk<br><br>Key ingredient of study: use of extra-virgin olive oil, not calorie counting or exercise.<br><br>Adults at risk for heart disease who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil can lower their chances of developing diabetes, even without restricting calories or boosting exercise, new research suggests.<br><br>In the study, Spanish researchers followed more than 3,500 older adults at high risk of heart disease. The researchers assigned th... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:23:00 EST DIABETES STILL UNDER CONTROL http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45331_diabetes_still_under_control I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 12:52:00 EST Inflammation and Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45142_inflammation_and_diabetes We cannot see inflammation, but the presence of inflammation in our bodies can promote high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased weight gain, aches and pains, heart disease, and the list goes on and on. High blood sugar itself promotes inflammation and that can damage the blood vessels and and lead to other complications. Reducing inflammation is the key to prevention and management of diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. Focus on reducing inflammation and you will lower your blood su... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:36:00 EST Keep Blood Sugar balanced http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45141_keep_blood_sugar_balanced NUTS! Having a handful of nuts daily is probably the most important thing you can do to keep your sugar levels in check along with drinking water. Nuts and seeds can promote better health and they too have anti-inflammatory properties and can even lower cholesterol and the water can dilute blood sugar levels. <br><br>Ask yourself why you are not drinking water? It is probably the best medicine in this world of ours. Start today...water and a handful of nuts and see the difference. <br><br>Why... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:25:00 EST Sugars testing and menus Oh My... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45124_sugars_testing_and_menus_oh_my I have looked and There's actually no such thing as a diabetic diet, so you're not stuck eating boring or bland foods. When you have diabetes, you can eat a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy foods, lean meats, beans, and healthy fats and olive oil is the best to go with... The Doctors can give you a list of items and you can fined them online but all it is information...Eating well with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes means that you can eat the same h... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:50:00 EST Counting Your Carbs May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45122_counting_your_carbs_may_help_prevent_type_2_diabetes Counting Your Carbs May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes<br><br><br>With diabetes reaching near epidemic proportions in the United States — if current trends continue, one in three Americans is expected to have the disease by 2050 —, health experts have been surveying various dietary options to prevent type 2 diabetes and help those already living with it avoid complications.<br><br>One of the diabetic staples is a restricted consumption of carbs to keep hyperglycemia (high blood sugar level) at ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:23:00 EST Sugar-Free Foods, Good for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45114_sugarfree_foods_good_for_you You might be surprised to learn that "sugar-free" does not necessarily mean carbohydrate-free or calorie-free. Although some sugar substitutes do not add calories or carbohydrate, many do. And it is the carbohydrate that has the greatest effect on blood glucose.<br><br>People with diabetes do not manage their condition by cutting "sugary" foods out of their diet. If you have diabetes, you can eat sugar-containing foods as part of your overall meal plan, as long as you account for the carbohyd... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 16:32:00 EST Make Good Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45092_make_good_choices Making Good Choices is a very hard thing to do especially around the Holidays.............................<br>.<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>.<br>Sweet Potato Casserole NOT...............................<br>Pick a Sweet Potato with Cinnamon.....................<br>.........<BR>......................................<BR>...............................<br>Ham<BR>....NOT...............................<BR>............................<br>Pic... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:32:00 EST Spring Has Sprung...Walk Your Way to Lower Blood Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45077_spring_has_sprungwalk_your_way_to_lower_blood_sugar Now that the weather has changed (for the most part) for the good, it's time to go outside and Enjoy this GREAT Weather...Go for a Quick Walk and see all that Mother Nature has going on for Us !<br>The trees are budding and the Spring Flowers are Blooming !!!!<br>Baby birds and baby ducks should be arriving shortly.....<br>I know the tree branches from the winter winds have fallen...Picking up a few is good exercise, too !!!!<br>Exercise is always good to help lower your blood sugar !<br>Enjo... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:03:00 EST Motivating a Loved One With Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45000_motivating_a_loved_one_with_type_2_diabetes Motivating a Loved One With Type 2 Diabetes<br><br>Living with a condition that requires constant monitoring, like type 2 diabetes, can be overwhelming, and denial is a common response for people newly diagnosed with diabetes. It is a lot easier to pretend nothing is wrong than it is to take the steps required to stay healthy. But family members can play an important role in helping their loved one with type 2 diabetes take the steps they need to control their diabetes — and studies have show... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:48:00 EST 5 Things to Do After a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44998_5_things_to_do_after_a_type_2_diabetes_diagnosis 5 Things to Do After a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis<br><br><br>If you've just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, making changes may not be on your mind. You’re probably still processing the news. And when you start to come to terms with it, you may be flooded with a variety of emotions, none too helpful or positive.<br><br>If it’s any comfort, you’re not alone in experiencing this response: In a Dutch study that followed 200 people with type 2 diabetes, half didn’t take their diabetes diagnosi... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:10:00 EST Kitchen Tips for Diabetes-Friendly Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44983_kitchen_tips_for_diabetesfriendly_recipes Kitchen Tips for Diabetes-Friendly Recipes<br><br>A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t have to trigger an overhaul of your kitchen — nor do you have to be a world class chef to enjoy modifications of the meals you love. What you will need is a little extra knowledge about the best ingredients and cooking methods for a diabetes-friendly diet. “The key is finding a way to use fewer high-fat, high-calorie ingredients, and to build flavor with other techniques,” says Jennifer Stack, RD, CDE, associate pr... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:27:00 EST Type 2 Diabetes and Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44979_type_2_diabetes_and_depression Type 2 Diabetes and Depression<br><br>Chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, may cause more than physical problems. Dealing with a disease like type 2 diabetes means constantly being aware of what you eat, what you do, and how you live. And adjusting to life with diabetes does take effort. Yet even after you’ve adjusted, there may be times when the stress of a daily illness just gets you down.<br><br>Most people feel blue from time to time. But depression isn’t just feeling sad or blue. ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:32:00 EST Insulin: What You Need to Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44963_insulin_what_you_need_to_know Insulin: What You Need to Know<br><br>Experts believe even more people with type 2 should take insulin to control blood glucose - the earlier, the better.<br><br>If you live long enough with type 2 diabetes, odds are good you'll eventually need insulin," says William Polonsky, Ph.D., CDE, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore. The decision to start insulin isn't easy. How... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:48:00 EST Counting Your Carbs May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44962_counting_your_carbs_may_help_prevent_type_2_diabetes Counting Your Carbs May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes<br><br>With diabetes reaching near epidemic proportions in the United States — if current trends continue, one in three Americans is expected to have the disease by 2050 —, health experts have been surveying various dietary options to prevent type 2 diabetes and help those already living with it avoid complications.<br><br>One of the diabetic staples is a restricted consumption of carbs to keep hyperglycemia (high blood sugar level) at bay.... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:45:00 EST Stop the Progress of Prediabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44944_stop_the_progress_of_prediabetes Stop the Progress of Prediabetes<br><br>Nearly 24 million American adults are living with diabetes, according to figures released last month by the International Diabetes Federation. But what may be even more alarming is that there are also about 79 million Americans with a condition known as prediabetes — and many aren't aware of it.<br><br>Prediabetes means that while your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, that level isn’t high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis. However, a pre... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:20:00 EST GOT OFF MY MEDS DOING THIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44760_got_off_my_meds_doing_this I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 12:49:00 EST Skipping Early Morning Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44717_skipping_early_morning_breakfast I start work very early in the day and can not bring myself to eat breakfast before work. By the time my first break rolls around I am starved and not feeling well at all. This is both bad for my sugar levels AND makes me so hungry by break time that I tend to make very bad food choices. It seems to me that I find it harder to control the amount of food that I eat when I am too hungry as well. This is something that I have been struggling with for a very long time, however I was recently diag... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 18:48:00 EST Not really a secret...more of a helpful hint! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44702_not_really_a_secretmore_of_a_helpful_hint When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, my family doctor told me to eat 1200 calories a day and to exercise. That was it. He gave me no guidance, no suggestions, no helpful hints. I was basically on my own,<br><br>I ate at or just slightly under the calorie count, lost weight, exercised every day (a habit that I still do to this day!) and stayed away from sugar. That worked for a long time but I felt like I had just slapped a band-aid on the problem and didn't really have a good grasp o... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:39:00 EST Changes in Intestinal Bacteria Linked to Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44597_changes_in_intestinal_bacteria_linked_to_type_2_diabetes Changes in Intestinal Bacteria Linked to Type 2 Diabetes<br><br>Chinese researchers conducted what's known as a metagenome-wide association study on microbes found in the gut to determine how they might be different in people with type 2 diabetes. They identified more than 60,000 markers, or indicators, associated with type 2 diabetes. And, they found that people with type 2 diabetes had an abundance of potentially harmful bacteria, and a reduction in the amount of helpful microbes.<br><br>Wh... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:56:00 EST How Does Diabetes Affect Your Body? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44568_how_does_diabetes_affect_your_body How Does Diabetes Affect Your Body?<br>In this article<br>Heart and Blood Vessels<br>Eyes<br>Kidney Disease<br>Nerves<br>Teeth<br>Take Charge of Your Condition<br>It can take work to get your diabetes under control, but the results are worth it.<br><br>If you don't make the effort to get a handle on it, you could set yourself up for a host of complications. Diabetes can take a toll on nearly every organ in your body, including the:<br><br>Heart and blood vessels<br>Eyes<br>Kidneys<br>Nerves<b... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:41:00 EST 7 Tips for Managing Diabetes Medications http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44548_7_tips_for_managing_diabetes_medications 7 Tips for Managing Diabetes Medications<br><br>When you’re juggling multiple medications morning, noon, and night to control diabetes, it’s easy to mistakenly let a few doses to fall through the cracks. Diabetes medications help to keep blood sugars within a safe range, but managing the disease and its complications often requires two, three, or more prescriptions, and trying to keep to keep it all straight can be a challenge for even the most type A personalities.<br><br>Because taking your... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:36:00 EST Alzheimer's Tied to Insulin Resistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44547_alzheimers_tied_to_insulin_resistance <br><br>Insulin resistance may be a worthwhile treatment target to prevent or delay Alzheimer's disease, several studies reported here suggested.<br><br>Patients with Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment receiving 40 IU/day of intranasal insulin detemir in a randomized trial showed improvements in memory relative to the placebo group, but only if they had high levels of insulin resistance at baseline, reported Suzanne Craft, MD, of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.<br>... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:29:00 EST DIABETES HAS BEEN UNDER COTROL FOR YEARS NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44538_diabetes_has_been_under_cotrol_for_years_now I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:19:00 EST Avoid These Diabetes Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44533_avoid_these_diabetes_traps Avoid These Diabetes Traps<br>.<br><br>You may be scared or stunned by a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, but it’s critical that you start making the changes suggested by your doctor. That's often easier said than done, since for most of us, what we eat, how much we exercise, and other everyday habits are as cozy — and as hard to get rid of — as well-worn slippers or a soft old sweatshirt.<br><br>But although you might have a few false starts and even a misstep or two along the way, a diabetes diag... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:39:00 EST Breast Cancer Survivors Face Increased Diabetes Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44532_breast_cancer_survivors_face_increased_diabetes_risk Breast Cancer Survivors Face Increased Diabetes Risk<br><br>Postmenopausal breast cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes — in part, it appears, as a consequence of receiving chemotherapy, according to a large study published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.<br><br><br>Researchers from Women's College Hospital in Toronto, Canada, compared the incidence of diabetes among women over 55 with breast cancer to that of... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:37:00 EST Can Coffee Really Thwart Type 2 Diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44517_can_coffee_really_thwart_type_2_diabetes Can Coffee Really Thwart Type 2 Diabetes?<br><br>Your morning "cup of Joe" may do more than deliver the jolt you need to get going — it may also help you stave off type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.<br><br>But, before you pour yourself a second cup know this: The study authors said their research was done with cell cultures and there's no proof yet that coffee has any ability to keep type 2 diabetes at bay.<br><br>Past research has suggested a link between coffee and a reduced risk of typ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 12:14:00 EST Top Diets for Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44516_top_diets_for_diabetes Top Diets for Diabetes<br><br>According to government figures, more than 85 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese (although excess weight isn't the only risk factor for this type of diabetes). But for people with type 2 diabetes who fall into that 85 percent, dropping the pounds can help stabilize blood sugar levels and even eliminate the need for diabetes medication.<br><br>So which diet can help you achieve your weight-loss goals? There's no one right answer. But, s... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 11:46:00 EST Diabetes Myths and Truths http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44504_diabetes_myths_and_truths Diabetes Myths and Truths<br><br><br>The Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.<br><br>The Truth: Years ago, folks called it "sugar diabetes," implying that the disease was caused by eating too much of the sweet stuff. Medical experts now know that diabetes is triggered by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. However, being overweight — which can result from indulging in high-calorie sugary foods — does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you have a history ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:06:00 EST Growing Older With Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44501_growing_older_with_type_2_diabetes Growing Older With Type 2 Diabetes<br><br>Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it appeared later in life. Although the typical picture of a person diagnosed with diabetes is changing — with more people developing it at a much younger age than they did before — close to a third of all people who are over 65 have diabetes.<br><br>Brian Tulloch, MD, endocrinologist at Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center, and clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Med... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:42:00 EST Dietary Goals for Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44484_dietary_goals_for_type_2_diabetes Dietary Goals for Type 2 Diabetes<br><br>The right diabetes diet is crucial to managing diabetes. A sensible eating plan can help people with type 2 diabetes maintain stable blood sugar levels and preserve their overall health.<br><br>However, it's not as complex or out of the ordinary as you might expect.<br><br>A diabetes diet actually looks a lot like the healthy eating plan doctors recommend for everyone: plenty of fruits and vegetables, simple carbohydrates in moderation, and fats sparin... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:29:00 EST Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44483_type_2_diabetes_symptoms Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms<br><br>Because type 2 diabetes develops slowly, and symptoms generally come on gradually, they may go unnoticed for a long time, or they may be attributed to something else.<br><br>For example, increased thirst may be chalked up to a hot summer, or fatigue may be interpreted as a sign of aging or stress.<br><br>This is unfortunate, because even short-term high blood sugar diminishes your quality of life. And if high blood sugar persists for a long time, it can eventua... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:25:00 EST Menopause and Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44468_menopause_and_type_2_diabetes Menopause and Type 2 Diabetes<br><br><br>Menopause is a topic that often generates a lot of opinions from women — those who welcome it and those who dread it. There’s also a lot of discussion about whether it’s something that should be “treated” or left to occur naturally, without any medications.<br><br>For some women, menopause is more than just the end of their child-bearing years. It can have a profound effect on chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes. Women with diabetes often have to... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:58:00 EST The Effects of Type 2 Diabetes on Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44467_the_effects_of_type_2_diabetes_on_women The Effects of Type 2 Diabetes on Women<br><br>Today, almost 10 million women in the United States have type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is up to four times as likely to affect women of African-American, Hispanic-Latino, American-Indian, and Asian-Pacific Islander descent as white women. Many people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at younger ages, with some women developing type 2 diabetes in their teens or early 20s. And with advancing age, the risk of your getting type 2 diabetes g... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:56:00 EST A Type 2 Diabetes Glossary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44453_a_type_2_diabetes_glossary A Type 2 Diabetes Glossary<br><br>Learning to live with type 2 diabetes may seem like a crash college course, complete with new vocabulary words and lifestyle changes. But you and your family will want to become familiar with them all so you’ll be able to understand what is going on and participate in devising a plan to manage your disease.<br><br>Type 2 Diabetes: Definitions<br>Here is your new vocabulary, in alphabetical order:<br><br>A1C. The A1C test is the gold standard for tracking how ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:30:00 EST What Causes Type 2 Diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44452_what_causes_type_2_diabetes What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?<br><br>Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that allows glucose (sugar) to leave the bloodstream and enter the cells to be used as fuel.<br><br>Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin, or the cells of the body become resistant to insulin.<br><br>It's not known for certain why some people develop type 2 diabetes and some do not. There are several factors, however, that can increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.<br>... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:25:00 EST Apple Cinnamon Crunch Cups http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44411_apple_cinnamon_crunch_cups The tasty autumn flavor combo of apples and <br><br>cinnamon is always a welcome one. That's why <br><br>our Test Kitchen wanted to come up with a <br><br>diabetes-friendly recipe for that irresistible duo. <br><br>They knocked it out of the park with these <br><br>Apple Cinnamon Crunch Cups!<br><br>Serves: 6<br><br>Serving Size: 1 crunch cup<br><br>Cooking Time: 20 min<br><br>What You'll Need:<br><br>1 (20-ounce) can reduced-sugar apple pie filling, chopped into small pieces<br><br>20 sugar-... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:37:00 EST Diet and Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44314_diet_and_diabetes Making healthy food choices can lower your risk of developing diabetes or its complications. Learn about the diet and diabetes connection.<br><br>Don't Miss This<br><br>Foods With a Surprising Amount of Salt<br><br>Good Fats, Bad Fats: How to Tell the Difference<br><br>Sign Up for Our Diet and Nutrition Newsletter<br>Submit<br><br>Enter Your Email<br>We respect your privacy.<br><br>For most people who don’t feel well, a visit to the doctor can diagnose and fix the problem. Simple, right?<br><... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:26:00 EST HELPING ME STAY OFF MEDICATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44298_helping_me_stay_off_medication I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.<br><br>I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to rem... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:57:00 EST HOW I GOT OFF INSULIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44046_how_i_got_off_insulin I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:43:00 EST HOW I GOT OFF DIABETES MEDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44002_how_i_got_off_diabetes_meds I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:52:00 EST Baby steps to better living http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43766_baby_steps_to_better_living When I decided to really take control of my diabetes, I began with baby steps. Track my food every day! Make 3 trips up and down a flight of stairs every day. Use hand weights to do arm curls 10 min every day. All easy and the results are immediately visible in my trackers. None of these changes have to impact anyone else in your home or limit spending time with friends. When I make conscious choices about what and WHEN I eat, it's easier to avoid sugar spikes and foods I absolutely shoul... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:15:00 EST Lessen the Blood Sugar SPIKE~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43378_lessen_the_blood_sugar_spike I am someone that will experiment with my food to find what is best for my type 2 diabetes. I found a couple tips that have worked well with me.<br><br>1st... I cook my potatoes, pasta and rice like normal... but then I let them cool down to cold. For my potato salad I was always in ah that my numbers were lower and no spike with the potato. So I applied this theory to Pasta and Rice and found the same results as well. Pasta I cook it... let it cool in the water and then reheat it when I ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 15:03:00 EST you are alive today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43265_you_are_alive_today Live today like it is your best day you have lived. No matter what news you are told by your Doctor or your boss. Remember you are still among the living today, act like it. I have recently been diagnosed with a very aggressive and rare cancer and will probably not see another Christmas after this one, today is December 21, so I should make this one. <br>I cannot spend my last days fretting about what I may have of have not done. I will enjoy my life with my wife, Martha and my two pugs. ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:17:00 EST Chili Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43184_chili_peppers Chili peppers and hot peppers are often avoided by people, but did you know that hot Chili peppers may kill cancer cells? The capsaicin in them is thought to have cancer reducing properties. <br><br>This was published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute...seems chili peppers kill cancer cells by starving them of oxygen. There is also evidence showing capsaicin makes your cells more sensitive to insulin and improves blood sugar control thus making blood sugar management easier.<br... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 06:54:00 EST No Secrets really, just different ways of living http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43052_no_secrets_really_just_different_ways_of_living I have been living with Diabetes since 97.and have had ups and downs. At first I was able to stick to a food plan and was taking one pill a day. I lost 30 lbs but I was starving myself. I have endocrine syndrome so many things have shut down so to lose weight I had to go to 1200 cals a day. Plus I bought one of those gliders that you exercise on. Soon the Fibromyalgia got too bad to use the machine or get much exercise in any way. I kept my A1c below 6 mainly by eating healthy. Now it's... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:49:00 EST Exercise and BS level http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43013_exercise_and_bs_level I began exercising a year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was on Metformin until I lost about 70 lbs in 2009 I was able to stop all meds at that time.. I lost a total of 102 lbs through diet and exercise and my BS levels evened out beautifully. This is Sept. of 2015, and my BS AFTER breakfast was 112! I usually walk 2 miles. It is time well spent and has worked miracles for me. I have learned to love the results exercising gives me. Start where you're at, and go for it! Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:50:00 EST Do What Works For YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43012_do_what_works_for_you Do What Works For YOU<br><br>Whether you are looking for advice when it comes to exercise, nutrition, losing weight, or any number of things don't feel like you have to listen to it all. <br><br>Different things work for different people. Instead of letting that get you down, let it inspire you to discover your true potential.<br> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 06:23:00 EST Walk More http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42948_walk_more I walk extra if I want to or I clean my house. My Dr., just told me this week I'll never get rid of my Diabetes. I don't take meds any longer, I just control it with diet. Fri, 15 May 2015 22:47:00 EST An invention to know about http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42923_an_invention_to_know_about An invention to know about...The G-tone watch.....The Diabetic Watch constantly monitors the Blood Sugar Levels...I don't know if it on the market yet...but look for it<br><br>http://www.trendhunter.com/trend<BR><br>s/g-tone-by-sunghoon-mun<br><br><b<BR>r><br>http:/<br>/www.diabeticglucosewa<BR>tch.com/Diabetic<br>_Glucose_Blog/g-to<BR>ne-watch-concept/ Thu, 2 Apr 2015 05:13:00 EST CHEW YOUR FOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42922_chew_your_food Cleveland Clinic psychologist Susan Albers, Psy.D. says.."simply chewing food more helps decrease hunger hormones".....try to chew your food at least 30 times....helps with digestion too...and slow down Thu, 2 Apr 2015 05:11:00 EST Refusing to live with diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42919_refusing_to_live_with_diabetes Why must we live with Diabetes? Education is the key!<br><br>WATCH THIS, all the way through.<br><br>https://www.youtube.com/wa<BR>tch?v=moQZd1-BC0Y<br><br>1) Lose weight. <br>http://www.webmd.com/diet/your-hunger-<BR>hormones<br><br>2) Lose the (high glycemic index) carbs.<br>http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutr<BR>itionsource/carbohydrates/carbohydrate<BR>s-and-blood-sugar/<br><br>3) In particular lose the sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose stuff.<br>http://ajcn.nutrition.org/conten<BR>t... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:24:00 EST Be Prepared http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42872_be_prepared I have found that if I prepackage my snacks (carrot sticks, any cut up fresh veggies), cut up fruit, cheese cubes, etc., I have a better chance of keeping my Blood Sugar regulated. No More Digging thru the cabinets for something to Snack On !!!! <em>198</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST 65 fatcs about diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42845_65_fatcs_about_diabetes I found a site with 65 facts about diabetes related problems an facts. Interesting and a must read for those really concerned about their health. May help scare anyone into staying on track.<br>http://facts.randomhistory.com/f<BR>acts-about-diabetes.html Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:09:00 EST Walk It Off !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42780_walk_it_off_ Walk It Off!<br> Cooler fall weather is 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 Autumn Weather for Your Health ! ! ! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:36:00 EST 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