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Alway eat a protein with a carb.

While it is the most helpful thing to know about eating with diabetes, I am surprised how many people don't know this "secret." ALWAYS combine a carb with a protein at every meal or snack.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 7/18/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 22 Comments


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Take magical steps towards your miracle

I used to kick myself for what I should have eaten or should have done. Spark People has changed me. Now I imagine every positive step I take towards being healthy as magical.
-take my meds or do a blood sugar test
-choose a fiber rich snack
-go for a walk
-make a post on a Spark People thread
Some days I "run a marathon of steps" and some days are just one or two "baby steps" but they all mattter! They all add up. Look for an opportunity and run with it!

- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 8/21/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments


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Off all diabetic meds!!

after many years of taking meds i am now off meds; i did this by working out 30 minutes 5 out of 7 days which started out as simply walking!; increased fruits, water, veggies. really watched the carbs and protein. emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by BESEENU52 7/21/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 20 Comments


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What increases Appetite?

Lack of sleep actually increases appetite and drives people to binge on unhealthy “comfort foods,” according to Dr. Charles Samuels, medical director of the Calgary-based Centre for Sleep and Human Performance. Lack of sleep boosts appetite, Samuels says, releasing hormones like ghrelin (which signals hunger) into the system.If the goal is weight loss, the number one thing—and this is very clear—is that you’ve got to get the sleep you need,” Samuels says

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 10/2/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments


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Lots of water

Keeps blood sugar down

- Submitted by MILLAMOM2 11/4/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 8 Comments


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I always eat protein when I eat carbohydrates. For example, if I eat an apple I will also have a serving of low fat cheese. I have found this helps my blood sugars from going peaking when eating foods with higher sugar levels.

- Submitted by CARD1001 11/2/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments


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Walk It Off ! ! !

Walk It Off!
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 ! ! !

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 9/4/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 8 Comments


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Refusing to live with diabetes

Why must we live with Diabetes? Education is the key!

WATCH THIS, all the way through.


Lose weight.
Lose the (high glycemic index) carbs.
3) In particular lose the sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose stuff.

- Submitted by JWCOLBY 3/26/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments


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Eat A Small Amount Of Peanut Butter Daily

Peanut butter is a good treat for diabetics. The Harvard School of Public Health researchers found that consuming one tablespoon of peanut butter or 28g of peanuts or other nuts five or more times a week is associated with a 20-30 per cent reduced risk of developing diabetes.Nuts also contain fibre and magnesium which decrease insulin resistance and have been inversely associated with risk of type 2 diabetes. Peanuts have more plant protein than any other nut.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 5/27/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 12 Comments


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Login to SparkPeople

After having a couple of days of not logging in, I realized that rather than looking at logging in SP as a big task or something that requires a lot of time/effort just treat it like maybe your Facebook or email. When you check your emails, do a quick login to SP, blog/post/browse/read as per your convenience and whenever possible multiple times a day. When it seems like a small casual task you wont dread doing it.

And we all know how much being regular on SP helps!

- Submitted by DDKDDK 2/9/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 35 Comments
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