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5/20/14 10:46 A

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Interesting... most MDs know next to nothing about nutrition--they get to spend all of a month studying it, out of EIGHT YEARS of education! That's why we have the specialists, y'know? LOL

I do know holistic doctors have a more rounded expertise--I've even worked with a naturopath before-- but I honestly believe even your doctor would not suggest this kind of routine for me-- nutrition isn't a "one-size-fits-all", when it comes down to it. It's a very individual thing, and I have too many other health issues complicating things to make it work for me. That's why it's important that I keep my medical team in on whatever I try.

I like that we can share ideas, though!... it makes things interesting, coming up with new things to experiment with! (But I still don't like smoothies! LOL)
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/19/14 7:33 A

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FYI, I forgot to mention.

My eating was recommended by my holistic Doctor who is a MD.

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5/19/14 7:31 A

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Mostly Monday thru Friday I drink a smoothie for breakfast, and when I have class for dinner also with a salad for lunch. (when I am good)

Smoothie consists of

Blueberries
Whey or Soy Protein
Lecithin
Flaxseed (ground)
Water and Vegetarian vegetable juice

The flaxseed keeps you full. When I stick to this I am satisfied. Also, My salad is so huge, it is lunch and a snack.

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5/19/14 12:29 A

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Can't help you much with this question-- or maybe I can. Thing is, I DON'T LIKE smoothies myself--never could stand milk shakes, either, yuck!

Of course, as a child I didn't like ice cream, either--just sorbets and snow cones! LOL

I did ask my nutrition specialist this question. She said if I wanted to eat "baby food", once in a while was okay, as long as long as I made it myself and left everything whole... But she suggested a few reasons why not to. 1) It's hard to get the right balance between carbs and protein. 2) It's too easy to ingest so quickly that I'd tend to take in more than I need and get the "hit" on BG levels later, 3) eating normally slows that down, and 4) chewing is part of the digestive system. It mixes the food with enzymes in my mouth that start breaking down food before it gets to my stomach. These things are true for everyone, I suppose.

For myself as an individual, there is another reason; 5) I am a colon cancer survivor, and part of my prevention/remission maintenance includes a high fiber regimen: I actually have to ADD soluble fiber supplements to my veggies! LOL

When you make your decision, take into account any advice you may get from your medical team, as well as what you can learn from those of us who live with this...
...and good luck!
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes one mome


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5/18/14 8:25 P

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Depends on how you make your "Smoothie." If you use the whole veg, - including all the fibre, - and watch your consumption, you MAY be ok. Don't forget that fibre helps to control the rate of absorption. Juices are basically pre-digested foods and will quickly spike your sugars.

If you can't take the time to make breakfast every morning, you could try some make ahead options and freeze them so you just have to grab and go......

An example might be a ham and egg made in a muffin tin. I made these a lot when I was working. Or boil enough eggs for a couple of days and pre-peel them. Again, grab and go.

However, if you want to make smoothies because you just can't stand to eat solid food in the morning, read on.....

My sis and family usually have home made veggie "juice" every morning. They used a juicer that extracts the pulp. They recently bought a Vita Mix and they now throw the whole veg into the container and let it spin. She said the first day they used the same size glasses and it was too much! The fibre from the veg really filled her up so from then on she uses a smaller glass and it helps to keep her going until noon. (She only checks her fasting BS but so far it has been ok doing this.)

Don't forget that portions size is key. Most people tend to drink more than they eat and that can land them in trouble. I try not to drink any juices because they send my sugars into the stratosphere.

The main thing is you have to test. Test before you drink your smoothie, then test again in 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours. You will soon find out if this is a viable option for you, or not.

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5/17/14 11:54 P

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I often just have a cup of decaf with lots of cream for breakfast. Sometimes I add a few nuts. It works great for me.
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5/17/14 10:40 P

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AS a rule, I like smoothies for an occasional treat, vs. a meal replacement only because it does make my blood sugar go up more than eating food in the whole form.

Just what happens to me.

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What do you think of replacing a meal with a veggie smoothie? Is it a good option for a diabetic?
I have trouble, especially in the morning, meeting my calorie/carb goals.
Does anyone else drink them and how is/does it effect your glucose levels? Any favorite recipes?

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