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

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Eat Full Fat Peanut Butter

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.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 8/26/2013 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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Do What Works For YOU

Do What Works For YOU

Whether you are looking for advice when it comes to exercise, nutrition, losing weight, or any number of things don't feel like you have to listen to it all.

Different things work for different people. Instead of letting that get you down, let it inspire you to discover your true potential.

- Submitted by CANNINGNANNY 9/3/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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Exercise and BS level

I began exercising a year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was on Metformin until I lost about 70 lbs in 2009 I was able to stop all meds at that time.. I lost a total of 102 lbs through diet and exercise and my BS levels evened out beautifully. This is Sept. of 2015, and my BS AFTER breakfast was 112! I usually walk 2 miles. It is time well spent and has worked miracles for me. I have learned to love the results exercising gives me. Start where you're at, and go for it!

- Submitted by GERRTIE 9/4/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Walk More

I walk extra if I want to or I clean my house. My Dr., just told me this week I'll never get rid of my Diabetes. I don't take meds any longer, I just control it with diet.

- Submitted by LOULOUWLG403 5/15/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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CHEW YOUR FOOD

Cleveland Clinic psychologist Susan Albers, Psy.D. says.."simply chewing food more helps decrease hunger hormones".....try to chew your food at least 30 times....helps with digestion too...and slow down

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/2/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Be Prepared

I have found that if I prepackage my snacks (carrot sticks, any cut up fresh veggies), cut up fruit, cheese cubes, etc., I have a better chance of keeping my Blood Sugar regulated. No More Digging thru the cabinets for something to Snack On !!!! emoticon

- Submitted by CANNINGNANNY 1/16/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments

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The First Step is the Hardest !!!

A Little Exercise Goes A Long Way!

When I'm feeling sluggish and don't feel like getting a workout in, I tell myself I can squeeze in 15 minutes. Just a 15 minute walk. When I get on the treadmill, it often turns in to a 45 minute jog. The hardest step is the first.


- Submitted by CANNINGNANNY 7/31/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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Cinnamon Helps

If you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal in can metabolize sugar 20 times better as reported by Prevention Magazine.
Cinnamon seems to improve the blood levels of fats called triglycerides. 1/2 teaspoon of the spice each day helps in reducing blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Use some on your sweet potato, a cinnamon stick in your coffee, dessert dishes....apples and pears, etc.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 5/17/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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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.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 12/15/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 14 Comments
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