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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Walnuts have high levels of Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
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...
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.
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!