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

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DRY MOUTH

Biotene Toothpaste helps dry mouth tremendously. I use Colgate Total in the AM and Biotene at night. They also have mouthwash, oral gel for nightime, and gum. The gel is great. Forget the gum it's expensive and Orbit sugar free does the same thing. Toothpaste is about 5.50 at Walmart.

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Best Pasta Choice

Dreamfield's Pasta has only 5 digestable carbs. I measure out 2 ounces and add Tuna or chicken, or Lawry's Spaghetti Sauce which has only 2grams of sugar and 6 grams of carbs. Freeze left over sauce.

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Want sugar but no chemicals???- try this instead!

My dietitian is REALLY against artificial sweeteners like Splenda and such but she isn't against Stevia!

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For Us Snow Bunnies, Be Careful Shoveling the Snow ! ! !

For us that live in the North, shoveling snow is inevitable.
Take your BS test before shoveling and after. Be Careful and Watch your levels and eat or medicate accordingly.
Have Fun Making a Snow Angel while you're out there ! ! !

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Steady Blood Glucose

I find by just walking 30-45 minutes five days a week helps keep my blood glucose levels intact.

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A new way to look at insulin resistance

I was recently told I am insulin resistant and have some decreased liver function,as a result. My doctor told me to lose 10 pounds (I could easily lose 100 ;) . I am a big sweets eater and it was very hard for me to moderate the amount I would eat...it was all or nothing (usually all).
Then I...

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Keeping Bananas Fresh

Being Diabetic and watching carbs, I don't eat a whole banana. I eat half of one...When you buy bananas, take each one off the bunch so they are all separate. They last MUCH longer ! ! ! I cut one in half, eat half and put the other half (with peel on) in a sandwich bag, push the air out and stor...

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Don't Panic

When the numbers don't say what you want them to say, (scale, monitors), don't panic. Take a deep breath and remember you can start over at any time.
Any day and any time can be day 1.

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Run control Tests on your meter if numbers look wrong.

My Glucometer has test strips and a solution that enables me to make sure the meter and test strips are working properly. Dropping your meter, leaving strip container open and other things can affect meter or strips. If my numbers look off i can check it out. The company supplies the test solution o...

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Code Your Meter ! ! !

Back in May of this year, when I was diagnosed with the Big "D", they gave me a meter, we tested my blood and I went home to test 3 times a day. My readings were always in the 130's to 140's. I couldn't get my backlight to work so I started reading the manual on line. I came across the section on...

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