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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.

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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 pistachio...

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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 c...

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Olive Oil And Fewer Sugar Cravings

Olive oil makes you feel full and tends to make you eat less and have fewer sugar cravings. Olive oil is a dense food and thru research it has been found that Olive oil and other nut oils do not make you gain weight. Olive oil is a digestive aid and is high in polyphenols. Proof.in September of 2003...

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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 relievi...

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Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are rich in complex carbs, which play an important role in keeping blood sugar levels steady.

Try a black-eyed pea taco with onions, garlic, cilantro.... the pea mixture, Shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and salsa or chopped tomatoes.

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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

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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, a...

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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
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Water In Plastic Bottles

Prevention Magazine reports if you drink from a Plastic Bottle or microwave food with plastic wrap chemicals may be leaching into you. Plastic contains a hormone disrupter and the higher levels of BPA ....the greater chance a person is to be obese. They also suggest flaxseeds to help remove toxins...

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