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To prevent stress...

I do yoga (power vinyasa) 5 times a week. It keeps me sane & is a great cardio workout!

- Submitted by AURYNGURL 3/27/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments

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Alway eat a protein with a carb.

While it is the most helpful thing to know about eating with diabetes, I am surprised how many people don't know this "secret." ALWAYS combine a carb with a protein at every meal or snack.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 7/18/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 22 Comments

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Take magical steps towards your miracle

I used to kick myself for what I should have eaten or should have done. Spark People has changed me. Now I imagine every positive step I take towards being healthy as magical.
-take my meds or do a blood sugar test
-choose a fiber rich snack
-go for a walk
-make a post on a Spark People thread
Some days I "run a marathon of steps" and some days are just one or two "baby steps" but they all mattter! They all add up. Look for an opportunity and run with it!
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- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 8/21/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Off all diabetic meds!!

after many years of taking meds i am now off meds; i did this by working out 30 minutes 5 out of 7 days which started out as simply walking!; increased fruits, water, veggies. really watched the carbs and protein. emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by BESEENU52 7/21/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 20 Comments

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Protein

I always eat protein when I eat carbohydrates. For example, if I eat an apple I will also have a serving of low fat cheese. I have found this helps my blood sugars from going peaking when eating foods with higher sugar levels.

- Submitted by CARD1001 11/2/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments

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Lots of water

Keeps blood sugar down

- Submitted by MILLAMOM2 11/4/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 8 Comments

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What increases Appetite?

Lack of sleep actually increases appetite and drives people to binge on unhealthy “comfort foods,” according to Dr. Charles Samuels, medical director of the Calgary-based Centre for Sleep and Human Performance. Lack of sleep boosts appetite, Samuels says, releasing hormones like ghrelin (which signals hunger) into the system.If the goal is weight loss, the number one thing—and this is very clear—is that you’ve got to get the sleep you need,” Samuels says

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 10/2/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

- Submitted by 7DWORPS 5/18/2010 in Weight Loss | 22 Comments

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Walk It Off ! ! !

Walk It Off!
Cooler fall weather is ideal for starting a walking program — besides the weight-loss benefits, you'll reduce stress, Lower your Blood Sugar and lower your risk of heart disease. Get out and Enjoy the Autumn Weather for Your Health ! ! !


- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 9/4/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 8 Comments

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Magnesium is Good For Diabetes

Magnesium protects us against heart disease, lowering blood pressure, protecting against diabetes preventing the recurrence of kidney stones and improving the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Magnesium supplements also strengthen muscles and work with calcium to ensure strong bones and protect against osteoporosis. If taken along with a diet rich in magnesium sources, they can protect against a range of illnesses. Magnesium and calcium should really be taken together.Consult your doc!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 12/15/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 10 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 137 Comments
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