Saturday, August 28, 2010

Type 2 Diabetes and Diet

Maintaining your diet when you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can be a real challenge, but it can also mean the difference between life and death. Those afflicted with type 2 diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin, or the white blood cells in the body ignore the insulin, affecting the body’s glucose levels. Stabilizing glucose is key to remaining healthy, and the more you can do this naturally through diet, the better.
 Regular monitoring of the blood glucose is required to maintain healthy insulin productions, and part of this process includes paying close attention to the food you eat, and how it affects your glucose. While this sounds like a lot of work, many of the health and diet recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes are literally no different than those advised by health professionals for a normal, healthy lifestyle. An ideal diet for most individuals, diabetic or otherwise, typically consists of fiber rich plant based foods, lean proteins, and slow-digesting carbohydrates.

In a fast-food designed world where few people have time to eat healthy meals, much less actively exercise, getting your diet on-track can feel overwhelming. One of the most important places to start is with your carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates have the most direct effect on your blood glucose levels because they immediately break down into sugar in your bloodstream. Foods high in fiber tend to also be high in carbohydrates, and depending on your doctor’s specific recommendations, you will be required to count and achieve a certain number of carbohydrates for every meal and snack time.

Counting carbohydrates may sound complicated, but with proper food labeling and accurate serving measures, you can easily prepare and consume the recommended number of carbohydrates without much hassle. When counting carbohydrates, one serving is equal to 15 grams of carbohydrates, and eating 30 to 45 grams of carbohydrates is recommended at each meal.

Fiber is another important part of a healthy diet, especially for people with type 2 diabetes. Fiber helps control blood sugar levels by slowing down the body’s absorption of sugar. It speeds up digestion, makes you feel fuller, and promotes healthy weight-loss, which is often recommended for obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

Between 25 and 30 grams of fiber are recommended each day. Fiber is found in foods like whole grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables and cooked dried beans. Label reading is just as important in gauging fiber intake as it is with carbohydrate intake, and a carefully planned balance between the two are essential to maintaining a proper diet.

Heart disease is a major risk factor for people with type 2 diabetes, which means you also need to take inventory of the number of saturated fats you consume each day. Properly prepared, low-fat dairy products, lean cuts of meat, fish and vegetable oils containing monounsaturated fats not only help contribute to healthy weight loss, but combined with fiber, can help reduce cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease.

Conscious eating combined with blood glucose monitoring are essential in getting your diet and your type 2 diabetes under control. When first diagnosed, it may feel overwhelming and even impossible to stick to the diet recommendations presented to you by your doctor. Over time these changes will become second nature, making it easy and even a little exciting for you to experiment with new recipes and foods you might not have tried otherwise.

Monday, April 12, 2010

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cabbage soup................ :(

Soup's On ... Always

All soup all the time should be the motto of the Cabbage Soup Diet. Sarah Michelle Gellar is a famous follower of the plan in which you slurp soup made from a watery mix of cabbage, peppers, onions and celery for seven days. It's no surprise that you lose weight because you're not eating much, but after your soup fast is over, the pounds pile back on.

Crazy fad diet part D

Dubious Cure

Kevin Trudeau's book, 'The Weight Loss Cure,' made HCG a household name. HCG, a hormone extracted from the urine of pregnant women, is used to treat reproductive problems, but injections of the hormone are also thought to curb appetite. We suspect any weight loss might be the result of the 500-calorie-a-day diet you're supposed to follow on the plan, not necessarily the self- or doctor-adminstered shots. The FDA denies weight loss claims about HCG, but the hard-to-find shots are still widely sought after. Aside from the obvious ick factor, there are some intense side effects including water retention, mood alterations, headaches, and high blood pressure. Men who receive the injections may get positive results on pregnancy tests.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Crazy fad diets part C

C is for Cookie

We like the sound of any diet that involves eating cookies and promises you'll lose 15 pounds in a month. Sanford Siegal, M.D., is the creator of the Cookie Diet in which followers eat six of his specially formulated cookies along with one meal a day. It's not surprising people lose weight on this diet, considering they're eating a mere 800 calories a day -- a calorie count so low that experts would classify this as a crash diet that is not sustainable. We classify it as just plain crazy.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Crazy fad diets part B

Fad diets are so alluring with their promises of fast weight loss and their skinny celebrity followers. The problem is that they're often unhealthy and make outrageous claims that are untrue. Here's a roundup of the some of the most strict and downright ridiculous diets around and the famous names that champion them.

Going Bananas

Eat bananas for breakfast and lose weight? That sounds easy enough. But the Morning Banana Diet  -- such a craze in Japan that grocery stores there can't keep the fruit in stock -- involves a little bit more than just eating this favorite breakfast food. On this plan, which is supposed to boost metabolism, you'll eat one or more bananas with room-temperature water for breakfast and have an optional snack at 3 p.m. You can eat anything you want for lunch and dinner. There are no desserts, dinner has to be eaten by 8 p.m. and you have to go to bed by midnight. Does it work? Japanese opera singer Kumiko Mori  announced on a TV show that she lost 15 pounds using the Morning Banana Diet. The creator's husband is also said to have lost 37 pounds. We're not sure those two instances count as solid proof of its effectiveness, but this diet certainly rates high on wackiness.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just the right motivation

Some of you may know that I love competitions, nothing like a lil friendly rivalry to get you motivated! I'm an all or nothing kinda girl and this time I'm diving in head 1st. Thank you to who ever suggested me following Buffmother on FB! She's got a killer web site for us mom's who love to be all fit, buff n fine. Buff is SSSOOO better then just being a skinny chic. so any way, 70 days till summer and 70 days to whip it in shape. Monday the weights will be stacked and the muscle will reappear. I haven't lost the muscle, just temporarily misplaced it LOL!

Any of my Ladies wanna join me in some friendly competition? then check here and join me! lets rip stuff up (muscles) and be lean mean machines, that can take on anything that's thrown our way