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

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Walnuts Are Good For You

Walnuts towards the end of a meal can help prevent the hazards that fatty food can do to the arteries and I just read that walnuts can help with back pain...they are very low in sugar and high in dietary fiber and lower the blood cholesterol levels by lowering the LDL ...Walnuts are good for your mood and 7 Walnuts halves can be good for your heart and arteries. How about a walnut raspberry salad? Yum

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 7/13/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Kale

Kale can slow the release of glucose to prevent insulin spikes...spinach and kale mixed together with olive oil and garlic can be stir-fried for additional benefits. Top with sesame seeds to lower your cholesterol.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/16/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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NUTS

Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids and diets that contain nuts help reduce the risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and help control weight. The healthy fats appear to be the secret nut ingredient that prevents heart disease. Not only walnuts but, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, and pistachios and cashews... an important part of a low-glycemic diet.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/16/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Have you tried Kefir?

Kefir is a great source of minerals like calcium & magnesium, & phosphorus, which helps the body utilize carbs, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance & energy. You can try Kefir over fruit or cereal, in your morning smoothie, or straight from the bottle..there is even Frozen Kefir. Kefir contains different types of beneficial bacteria than does yogurt, but tastes almost the same....it is also easier to digest and helps with fatigue. Has vitamins and minerals,protein..a good probiotic.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/13/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Flaxseeds Help

Flaxseeds help fight obesity and diabetes. Flax seeds have natural anti-inflammatory benefits which also help arthritis and they ward off cancer and heart disease.

Flaxseed helps curb hunger and is a source of protein and fiber. The are good for stabilizing the body sugar levels and relieving constipation. So...flax seeds daily can help to increase metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and increase energy.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/2/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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Plum Juice

PlumSmart Light is a lower calorie version of plum juice. The secret? They don't add in sugar! 60 calories and 15g of carbs

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 5/29/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Reduce Cholesterol With A Sweet Potato Burger

Walnuts have omega 3 fatty acids that protect the heart.....3 tbsp. daily helps reduce bad cholesterol. Mix small pieces into burgers,or to coat chicken or fish.

Add sweet potatoes to boiling water. Boil until soft
Mash the sweet potato,minced garlic1 onion, finely chopped.... rosemary, add walnuts and make a sweet potato burger.Spoon mixture onto foil in patty shapes. Bake on 375 for 35 minutes on each side. Serve with Daisy lite sour cream YUM!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 5/17/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 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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Toxins Get Stored As Fat

Prevention reports Our bodies are not designed to filter out chemicals and they usually get stored as fat. High Fructose corn syrup can quickly convert to fat in our systems. They also say artificial chemical can interfere with the brain and will throw metabolism out of balance.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 5/17/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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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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