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

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Bitter Foods Help Burn Fat

Bitter foods can help keep sugar levels under control and also cleanse the body..diabetics tend to feel lethargic during the day, but when eating bitter foods, you will start to feel a lot more energetic through the day. By enjoying these bitter foods you are also cutting down on calories since these bitter foods also help to burn fats in the body..Sesame seeds is one of the main bitter foods for diabetes that will help control sugar levels.. sprinkle them on salads, in cereal oatmeal, & veggies

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/19/2014 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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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 the British Journal of Nutrition reported, it was found a significant loss of body weight and fat mass can be achieved by changing only one eating habit that is exchanging the saturated fats w/Evoo

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/7/2014 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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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.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/2/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Walk It Off !!!!

Walk It Off!
Now that Summer is here, We can get outside !!! It's 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 Summer Weather for Your Health ! ! !

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 6/1/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 3 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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