22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

June 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Good article on foods to avoid with diabetes, from Nachos to Restaurant French Fries. It lists all the bad ones but also gives a healthier version of the recipe you can make at home. All from Diabetic Living On Line. I left the web link at the bottom of the post.

 

 

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22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes
By Lori Brookhart-Schervish; contributing writer Marilyn Kruse, R.D., 2013
These top food offenders contain high amounts of fat, sodium, carbohydrate, and calories that may increase your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, uncontrolled blood glucose, and weight gain. The good news is you can indulge in your favorite foods and still eat healthfully with our satisfying and delicious alternatives.

 

Think Twice Before Eating These Foods
At Diabetic Living, we believe that eating with diabetes doesn’t have to mean deprivation, starvation, or bland and boring foods. However, some foods really are best left on the table or in the store. Everyone — with diabetes or without — would be wise to avoid or limit the foods on this list because they are high in saturated fat, sodium, calories, or carbs, or might contain trans fats. High amounts of sodium and saturated fat can lead to heart disease, while excess sugars, high carb counts, and added calories can cause unwanted weight gain and blood sugar spikes.

If you see some of your favorite foods on this list, don’t despair: We’ve picked healthier options for you to choose from that taste great. So you can have your fries and eat them, too — provided they’re baked rather than deep-fat fried.

*Nutrition information cited was gathered from company websites or food packaging.

 

Nachos
You walk into a restaurant and you’re feeling starved. A quick scan of the menu and there they are: nachos, one of your favorites. You order them as an appetizer and also order a meal. Unfortunately, most restaurant nacho orders equate to and often exceed an entire meal’s worth of calories, carbs, and fat. For example, a regular order of Chili’s Classic Nachos has 830 calories, 59 grams of fat, and 39 grams of carb.

Chili’s Classic Nachos (regular order)*
830 calories
59 g total fat
31 g saturated fat
1,630 mg sodium
39 g carbohydrate
N/A cholesterol

Taco Bell Nachos Supreme*
430 calories
23 g total fat
4.5 g saturated fat
690 mg sodium
44 g carbohydrate
30 mg cholesterol

You don’t need to give up nachos to eat healthfully. Make a few changes to the basic recipe, such as using reduced-fat cheeses and baked tortilla chips like we do in our Loaded Nachos recipe. Finally, make the nachos your meal, not your appetizer.

Make nachos at home with our mouthwatering recipe:….

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/foods-to-avoid-with-diabetes/?sssdmh=dm17.672121&esrc=nwdlo060413a

What to Eat with Diabetes: Best Chips

January 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM | Posted in cooking, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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The pass along article of the week from Diabetic Living On Line web site fits in for those Super Bowl Parties this weekend. It’s info about those Chips and Pretzels Snacks. I’ve left the start of the article along with the web link for all the healthy info.

 

 

What to Eat with Diabetes: Best ChipsDiabetic living logo

By Jessie Shafer & Jane Burnett, RD, LD
Looking for a better snack chip? Try one of our 18 winners or finalists that are dietitian-approved and taste-tested. We conducted blind taste panels with more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, and awarded the top-rated pretzels, flavored chips, cheesy chips, plain potato chips, BBQ chips, and corn chips our Diabetic Living What to Eat seal of approval.

Taste-Tested and Diabetes-Friendly
It’s not easy to find diabetes-friendly snack options — especially foods that are notoriously unhealthful, such as greasy chips and salty pretzels. But we knew there had to be some delicious products out there. So we went on a mission to track down all the options that met our nutrition guidelines. Then we sent those products through a series of taste tests.

Some were too crunchy; others weren’t crunchy enough. But after being tasted by more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, the best-tasting chips and pretzels rose to the top. The winner in each category received the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ award. Pop open a bag and taste how yummy healthful snacks can be!

Nutritional Guidelines

— 200 calories or less
— 5 grams total fat or less
— 2 grams saturated fat or less
— 0 grams trans fat
— 25 grams carbohydrate or less
— 250 milligrams sodium or less
— At least 1 gram fiber per 15 grams carbohydrate

Click the link below to read the entire article:

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/what-to-eat/best-chips-to-eat-with-diabetes/?sssdmh=dm17.648841&esrc=nwdlo012913

Another Birthday and Another Year Ahead of Cancer!

December 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Today is my Birthday, 54, and it’s always an extra personal celebration being a Cancer Survivor! To see another Birthday means I’m still here and staying ahead of cancer. It’s my dream before it’s my time to go to hear the Medical world announce that they have finally found a cure for Cancer! This coming July (2013), if all goes well, will be my 9 year anniversary of being Cancer Free. I still see my Oncologist BirthdayCakeevery 3 months, Scans and X-Rays every 6 months, and my dermatologist 2 times a year. Prevention, Prevention, Prevention! It’s huge for all Cancer Survivors to stay on top of it. I lost my left leg to Melanoma cancer back in 2001 and then had to fight again afterwards. Then I was involved in a Cancer Trial at University of Pittsburgh for one year along with 93 others. I was told sometime back that I was the only one to have survived due to the trial and whole lot of prayer from family and friends. A prosthetic leg, unfortunately, never worked due to the fact my leg was cut so short (Just under my left hip). But I have accepted being an amputee and life in a wheelchair. And through it all I feel very blessed! So Happy Birthday to me and very proud to say I’m a Cancer Survivor!

Living Well with Diabetes

November 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | 3 Comments
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Some great reading and helpful tips on Diabetes. It’s all on Diabetic Living On Line web site. I’ve left links below so you can read the entire articles. Check out the fantasic recipes while there!

 

Living Well with Diabetes
November is National Diabetes Month, and we’re raising awareness about diabetes. With good blood sugar control and reducing your risk of complications, you can take charge and enjoy life!
• 1. Control Your Blood Sugar
• 2. Lose Weight & Keep It Off
• 3. Reduce Risk of Complications
• 4. Get Physical Activity Every Day
• 5. Take Care of Your Heart

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/?sssdmh=dm17.632909

 
How to Eat What You Love
Diabetes shouldn’t equal deprivation. Moderation is key, and following a few tips can avoid bad habits that leave you with feelings of guilt. From pizza to potatoes, we give you options to enjoy the foods you crave.

Favor Whole, Fresh Foods
Processing foods tends to concentrate the calories and carbohydrate. Consider this: For 15 grams of carb, you could eat either 4 fresh apricots or just 1/2 cup apricots canned in juice. And for 15 grams of carb, you could eat either 1-1/4 cups strawberries or a mere 1-1/2 tablespoons all-fruit strawberry preserves….
Read the entire article by clicking the link below.

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/easy-ways-to-eat-healthy-portions/?sssdmh=dm17.632909&esrc=nwdlo112712t

Diabetes Health: 12 Ways to Eat Better at Work

October 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Posted in cooking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | Leave a comment
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Another informative article on diabetes from the Diabetic Living On Line web site. I’ve left a link at the bottom of the post so you can read the entire article. While there check out all their great healthy recipes. Enjoy!
Diabetes Health: 12 Ways to Eat Better at Work

Reach Your Goals!
Living a healthy lifestyle is a work in progress. Celebrate your small successes by reaching practical goals that will boost your confidence and your spirit. Diabetes doesn’t have to stop you!

Easy Tips to Stay on Track
If your job is a place where your commitment to eating healthier flies out the window, find out how you can make small changes that can give you big results.

1) Eat Away from Your Desk
Your desk is not a lunch table. Put aside your work and take a few minutes to relax and enjoy lunch away from your work space. Use that time to stretch, walk around, and enjoy a couple deep breaths to reenergize for the rest of the day…..

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/eat-better-at-work-with-diabetes/?sssdmh=dm17.622488&esrc=nwdlo100912a

What to Eat with Diabetes: Best Cold Cereals

September 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | 1 Comment
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Another great article from Diabetic Living On Line web site. You can click the web link at the bottom to read the entire article and cereal rankings.
What to Eat with Diabetes: Best Cold Cereals
By Jessie Shafer and Elizabeth Burt, R.D., L.D.
Looking for a better breakfast cereal? Try one of our 18 cereal winners or finalists that are dietitian-approved and taste-tested. We conducted blind taste panels with more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, and awarded the top-rated flakes, O’s, and puffed cereals our Diabetic Living What to Eat seal of approval.

Taste-Tested and Diabetes-Friendly
With options ranging from colorful sugar bombs to bland fiber buds, cold cereal choices may seem either tasty-but-bad-for-you or boring-but-healthful. We’re here to show you there’s a happy medium for your breakfast bowl!

Through a series of dietitian approvals for nutritional requirements and taste tests with more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, we narrowed 70 qualifying cereals down to six winners and 12 tasty finalists. These “best of the bowl” cereals were awarded our Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval. Pour one to taste how yummy healthful options can be!

Nutritional Guidelines

Every cereal tested had to meet these health requirements per serving (without milk):

— 150 calories or less

— Less than 30 percent of calories from fat

— 1 g saturated fat or less

— 0 g trans fat

— 30 g carb or less

— Less than 8 g sugars

— At least 3 g fiber

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/what-to-eat/best-cereals-to-eat-with-diabetes/?sssdmh=dm17.618512&esrc=nwdlo091812

Kitchen Tip of the Day

August 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM | Posted in cooking, fish, Food | Leave a comment
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Seafood is responsible for a lot of food poisoning, but it’s perfectly safe and very healthy if treated correctly. If you can’t use a fish immediately remove it from it’s original wrapping and rinse it in cold water. Wrap it loosely in plasic wrap and store it in the coldest part of your refrigerator, and use within two days.

What to Eat with Diabetes: Best Sweet Diabetic Snacks

June 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Another fantastic article from one of my favorite web sites, http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
They go over all the “Best Sweet Diabetic Snacks” from Rice Cakes to Brownie Snacks to  Cookies! You can click the link at the bottom of the post to read all the articles.

What to Eat with Diabetes: Best Sweet Diabetic Snacks

By Jessie Shafer and Jane Burnett, RD, LD
We’ve got your best picks for sweet snacks right here! These sweet diabetic snacks received the nutrition check mark from dietitians and taste approval from people like you. We conducted blind taste panels with more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, and awarded the top-rated brownies, cookies, bars, and graham snacks our Diabetic Living What to Eat seal of approval.

Best Sweet Snacks for Diabetes

To snack or not to snack? That is the big question for many people with diabetes.

With current oral diabetes medications, snacking is not necessary to avoid blood sugar lows. But in some cases, snacks can be helpful for weight control. The key is to avoid high-calorie choices like potato chips or candy. Instead reach for a better snack, such as one of these sweet options.

We snacked our way through 70 bars, cookies, and crisps that met our health guidelines. Then we asked more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, to taste and pick their favorites. And here they are: The top six snacks to receive the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval.

Nutrition Guidelines

*200 calories or less
*6 g total fat or less
*5 g sat. fat or less
*0 g trans fat
*30 g carb or less
*240 mg sodium or less
*At least 1 g fiber per 15 g carb

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/what-to-eat/sweet-snacks-for-diabetics/?sssdmh=dm17.599340&esrc=nwdlo052912&email=2933188293

Tip of the Day – Blood Sugar Control

January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living On Line web site.

Blood Sugar Control: Stay Active for Your Health

The American Diabetes Association recommends accumulating 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most days and doing resistance activities (pushing, pulling, lifting) three times a week.

Exercise:
• Lowers blood glucose levels.
• Helps your body use insulin better.
• Decreases total cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats) and increases HDL (good) cholesterol.
• Decreases blood pressure.
• Fosters weight loss and maintenance.
• Increases strength, endurance, and flexibility.
• Increases energy and feelings of well-being.

http://tips.diabeticlivingonline.com/?sssdmh=dm17.570489&esrc=nwdlo010312&email=2933188293

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