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Tips and ideas to eat well, exercise and live healthy while managing diabetes.

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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 poss...

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Don't 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 ...

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On the Road: Traveling With Diabetes


Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on August 23, 2016

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 d...

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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 docto...

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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 ...

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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 associ...

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Minimize Your Carbs!

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 a...

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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 Op...

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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 ...

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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 tr...

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