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

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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.

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.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 5/15/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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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.
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.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/29/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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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

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/24/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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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.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/23/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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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.

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!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/15/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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Oatmeal...Feel 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.
Add 4 walnuts to protect you heart or flax seed. Berries for even more fiber. Steel cut oats are denser. Good Carbs.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/9/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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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
3/4 cup of plain non fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of Cocoa Powder
top with 1/2 raspberries ( frozen or fresh)
160 calories

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/9/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by MARY2199 3/27/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Helping The Snacking 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.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 3/23/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments

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Lower Calorie Chocolate Peanut 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
2 Tablespoons @ 170 Calories and 12 carbs and only 35mg of sodium...Got mine at Walmart

Taste's good to me! Might be worth a try!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 2/8/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments
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