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This site does not give medical advise. Consult your physican if you have a medical problem. This is a conversation among people who are finding a new direction in eating and living.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Three Foods That Prevent Good Health and Nutrition

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Photo by Jenny Erickson 

Have you ever wondered if the modern diet is the cause of all this Obesity and the common
Medical problems that are assaulting the industrialized nations of the world?

I have two articles that you need to read that will explain why we are in such a terrible situation where
people in larger numbers are overweight, have allergies like Gluten Intolerance, and more have developed Diabetes, have high Blood Pressure, and suffer Strokes and Heart Attacks in increasing number.

This Article deals with nutrition and our modern diet, pointing out 3 types of the food that we are eating to high a percentage of, rather than having a varied assortment of different types of foods.  If you have Gluten Intolerance, Diabetes, or are Overweight this article contains some information that just might point you in another direction and assist you in you quest for better health.  Continue reading here.

The page below has a free calculator that will give you information about whether you might be at risk for Diabetes
and some other diseases caused by being overweight or (if extremely heavy it is now called Obesity).

Dieting Demystified isn't so much about a diet, but a story by Cararta and what she found out when
she was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes.  Follow along with her adventure into the land of changing
eating habits in order to live with Diabetes. There is a  calculator located on this page that is useful in calculating how many calories you need each day for your individual information.  Continue reading Here.

If this information has been useful, please share it by using the FB or Twitter or other social links.  Spreading information and Education about Nutrition and Diabetes and how they are related is the only way this problem can be changed.  You can Help!

Monday, January 28, 2013

How to Lower Blood Sugar Without Medications

How to lower blood sugar without medications is the beginning of a new way of living. Most diet programs available today could be adapted to keeping your blood sugar in control. However, you must plan your calorie intake each day to match what your caregiver has prescribed for you whether it is 1200 calories or even 2000 calories depending on your body size, gender and activity level. So to get started let's discuss implementing your sugar control diet.

Meal plan or meal planning is necessary to successfully control blood sugar while becoming healthy from what you eat. The first step is to plan your schedule for Meals. Optimal results are obtained by eating: Breakfast, a mid-morning snack, Lunch, an afternoon snack, Dinner and a "just before bedtime snack". In other words 6 "meals" each day.

Healthy dieting must include foods in proportion from all the food groups: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. These food groups include most vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and beverages. Protein in small amounts in each and every meal and snack is required to make this sugar control diet work.

Protein is slower to digest, which keeps your metabolism working and helps prevent feeling hungry and deprived. Acceptable proteins include lean red meat, ideally no more that 3 oz.s. three times per week unbreaded fish, unbreaded chicken, raw nuts, eggs, cottage cheese and unsweetened (plain or flavored) yogurt can be used to satisfy your requirement for protein which should be 10% to 35% of your overall diet.

Dried beans, nuts and seeds can be considered protein but are sometimes "incomplete" so must be eaten with other foods so care in portion and calories is advised.

Carbohydrates includes fruits, vegetables and grains.

Vegetables: Vegetables, especially raw vegetables are your friend. Raw green and red vegetables are unlimited. Eat as much as you want at any meal or snack. Some vegetables have the reputation for burning more calories than they provide especially Celery. Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, are great "treats" when combined with a homemade yogurt dip flavored with zero calorie spices from your spice rack. Cooked vegetables regardless of color and yellow or orange vegetables and potatoes, rice, bread are in the measure category: 1/2 cup equals a serving or the equivalent of one slice of bread and must be calculated into your daily calorie allowance. The exception is corn creamed or whole kernel which is 1/3 cup. Some fun recipes are available at Cararta's Facts including peanut butter celery sticks.

Fruits: Fruits include almost any fresh fruits or berries except for mango and bananas. No fruit juice...except as listed under beverages! Fresh means fresh so no canned, dried fruit. Can use frozen if no sugar added.

Grains: Some diets restrict bread, oatmeal, grits and rice however I often have a sandwich for lunch including two slices of bread, all you have to do is make sure to include these calories in your daily allowance and have a protein filling and you will be fine. The body needs a certain amount of carbohydrate for quick energy while waiting for the protein to digest. A small baked potato with 1 tablespoon of regular sour cream with dinner is also acceptable. Again just keep track of what you eat!

Beverages: Water is great!. Unsweetened tea is fine and I especially like green tea which some tout as a helper in the weight loss game. If you count the calories in the juice, you can have fresh fruit juices with no added sugar  and diluted with water...half water-half juice (grape is good) but again count the calories! I love coffee, but found more than a cup per day seemed to slow down my weight loss. Your choice!

Not listed but important is fat. Every diet should include a certain small amount of fat. You can get this from lean red meat, oily fish, certain nuts, olive oil (salad dressing) canola amount daily equivalent to 3 pats of butter! Fat helps with sugar control as it's digestion takes longer than carbohydrates so it helps maintain a level sugar rate with fewer spikes and lows. Forget the fake "butters" what is in them is worse than fat!

While on the food part of this program: I personally do not like "lite" fat free, reduced fat, sugar free or artificially sweetened anything. Besides their unpalatable taste, they often contain more calories than the original because of attempts to make them"taste"acceptable. It has become accepted that some of these altered foods can cause digestive problems (diarrhea when over consumed). Decide for yourself.

Final recommendation regarding the diet part of the control blood sugar plan. There are certain supplements and herbs that can help control blood sugar. Two that I use are Cinnamon and Chromium. Do your own research or talk to a nutritionist.

Exercise: Exercise is necessary to lose weight and control blood sugar and stop taking medications. Just like the scheduled meal plan, exercise should be on the "menu" every day. The easiest, least expensive and probably the best exercise is Walking. Walking uses your whole body, especially if you swing your arms when you walk. Thirty minutes a day or the equivalent is required. Riding a stationery bicycle if you can't walk or don't have a place to walk will meet your exercise requirements. If you can't walk for 30 minutes, break it up into smaller amounts, gradually increasing until you can walk for 30 minutes.

Adhering to this diet will improve your life by improving your blood sugar level. If you are currently taking medications for your diabetes, keep a close check on your sugar levels and consult with your caregiver regarding adjustments to medications. Losing weight usually reduces blood sugar levels and leads to having more energy and less of that tired feeling common with uncontrolled diabetic blood sugar levels.

A footnote: If you are overweight or have close relatives with diabetes and uncontrolled blood sugar, there is the possibility that using this diet will help prevent diabetes or delay the onset of diabetes.

Finally follow your scheduled eating times using the correct food combinations and do a little walking and you will soon know how to control blood sugar levels without medications!

I am a Retired RN who has lived with Adult Onset diabetes for 30 years without taking medications and have outlined my diet and exercise program for reducing, controlling and lowering blood sugar levels. My site Diabetes Diet has more information to help in your quest for sugar control. In my case a 1200 calorie diet was necessary to lose weight and lower blood sugar.  As I get older the exercise is required to maintain control. 

My younger sister's Joella's fight with diabetes is detailed in a blog, Cararta's Facts with recipes and the ups and downs of trying to live on a Diabetic diet. She has an ongoing problem with combining the correct amount of food and exercise necessary to control her weight, blood sugar and diabetes.
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Lose Weight, Lose Fat, Control Diabetes  and
Diabetes Diets 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Raspberry Ketones and Burning Fat

Did You Know That Raspberries can help Burn Fat?

I kept seeing all these ads about ketones and Raspberries....

thought it was some kind of a know here today, gone tomorrow!

Well, a few days ago, I stopped and read on of those ads,
went to Google and did a search and you won't believe....

They haven't done a large number of "Scientific Trials" or whatever, but what
they have done is let people use Raspberry Ketones with a sensible diet and
and start losing FAT like crazy!

Even Dr. Oz according to one article I was reading.

From Raspberries? Plain old fruit on the vine?

Not quite that simple, but close. They extract and concentrate the ketones from the Raspberry (it is what makes raspberries smell so good!) and you take the supplement to to Burn the Fat....cause that is what it does!...Burn the double chin, burn the fat hips, burn the fat belly.....need I continue?

Watch the what the girls say about how well it works....I wouldn't have belived it.

Bet this will help with Diabetes...if you can get rid of the fat and the weight...Sugar control which means Diabetes under control.....Ya Hoo!

Until now, you'd have to eat thousands of Raspberries just to get enough of the Ketone enzyme to help fight fat, but now scientists have isolated that element and extracted it into a supplement that lets you get 300mg of Raspberry Ketone in every serving of Raspberry Ketone Max

Pick up Your Free Bottle.........

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Fight Diabetes2 and Win isn't on Joella's Menu

Update, Made on another site.  Shared here to explain what is going on with Joella and her Fight with Diabetes 2.

Joella Update November, 2012

The last time I updated was in 2011.

Unfortunately things with Joella have not improved.

She did diet and exercise enough to lose down to 161 pounds in February of 2012.

However, as of October, 2012 when our other sister went to visit her, she was back up in
weight to 184 pounds, even though she was telling me on the phone that her weight
was 168.

She has now either disconnected her telephone or has a different number.  I am no
longer able to talk to her unless she calls.  

It is disheartening to think about what is going to happen to her.

As far as I know she is still taking Insulin and two oral medications to try to control her
blood sugar and therefore manage the diabetes.

It will work for awhile, but if you don't eat a reasonable diet and exercise there comes
a point where the drugs can no longer be depended on for sugar (glucose) level control.

Elevated (high) glucose readings are the indication that the body is not able to process
the extra sugar and remove it from the blood stream.

1. Nerve damage...eyes, rest of body especially arms and legs.
2, Lack of sensitivity to injuries allow injuries to not be noticed and  treated.  
3. Circulation:  blood vessels that supply all the cells and organs become etched and plaque begins to build                                              
4. Poor circulation and nerve damage combine and result in:
5. Tingling feet and swelling....easy for sores to develop and not healing.
6. Heart attack and Strokes ...the final answer to untreated diabetes, most start because of 1 and 2 listed

The last time I talked to Joella in October she said her glasses weren't working as well.
She said she  might go get new ones.    She got new ones in early 2012 when she had lost weight  and her sugar readings were lower.....the glasses were not as strong as the old ones she replaced.  So here dieting and exercising in order to get her foot sore healed paid off with better vision.

Now with the weight gain, it sounds like the improvement is gone.
Another complaint....she said, "my feet and legs are tingling again and keeping me awake at night."  Her solution before was to drink milk every hour or so, all night long because it seemed to stop it.

Guess we can assume this is her same solution to the problem.
Until I manage to go see her, this is the last update I can do.  No information.

There is information about Diabetes, it sysmptoms, diets and articles with helpful suggestions available at:

This site has videos, articles dealing with what diabetes is and some suggestions and tips for managing diabetes.   This site: Cararta is more Joella's personal journey with diabetes for the past few years.
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad.   You are welcome to visit
Sugar Control Diet and read.   You may find something helpful that will change your direction if you are trying to lose weight or control type 2 diabetes.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Counter Top Pizza Oven

This is a Find!
Great for using at home, in your RV or the Dorm!  Easy clean surface....Besides doing Pizza, can cook things like cookies, fish sticks, biscuits, even cheese toast.  Bet it would even roast peanuts!

You can check it out here at Counter Top Pizza Oven  After you watch the Video!

Go Here to Check it out, was on sale last time I looked!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Eat Celery with Peanut Butter Filling to Lose Weight

Eating Celery filled with Peanut Butter and lots of Cabbage has helped Joella lose five pounds.  Only problem I see is this isn't a diet you are likely to stick with!.

Talked to her two days later and they were having Pork Chops, rice and gravy for dinner.  Didn't even bother to ask where the celery and cabbage went!

See sawing, up and down with weight is probably worse on your body than just eating sensibly and not gaining if you can't lose weight. 

Joella has a problem, she will diet heavy duty for a week, then go on a binge of eating and most times  she gains back what she lost plus a pound or two. 

It seems she has a problem with her bathing suits now....the bottoms are several sizes smaller that what she needs.  I'm beginning to believe that dieting and weight loss is as much a MENTAL problem as it is a body problem.  Joella commented on someone who shops all the time and said, "they love to spend money!"

I replied, "I guess it is like you.  You are addicted to eating and FOOD."

She was quiet for a moment then said, "I do love to EAT!  I guess if I'm going to lose weight I've got to do better at buying what I am supposed to eat instead of Pork Chops, Rice and Gravy!"

I said, that  sounds good to me, but right now I have to go and feed my dogs and cats.  
Will check with Joella in a day or two and see how her "new" grocery shopping went.  

Making up your mind and putting a plan of action in place and Following it works with everything, not just Dieting!

For some tips on what to eat to lose weight go and visit Sugar Control Diet.  


Curb Cravings With Green Tea: Helps The Body Burn Fat by Diana Walker

Green tea has a long history of healthful benefits and its qualities are significantly more effective than black tea. Both teas come from the carnellia sinensis plant but green tea leaves are steamed rather than fermented like black and oolong teas. This prevents a powerful anti-oxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), from being oxidized and therefore diminished.

Antioxidant Properties

Most of us have heard of the positive effects red wine can have on a fatty diet and its healthful benefits on heart disease. High amounts of catechins polyphenols, particularly EGCG, are present in green tea. And EGCG has twice as much resveratrol as red wine, making it a powerful weapon towards lowering cholesterol, inhibiting blood clots and negating the effects of a fatty diet.

EGCG is also used to treat diabetes and is reported to have glucose-lowering effects. In addition glucose can cause a person to feel hunger and by controlling insulin levels, you control appetite. Try drinking a mug of green tea at the first hunger pain and you are well on your way to managing your appetite.


Thermogenesis literally means heat generation. Green tea increases thermogenesis in the body, becoming a potent appetite suppressant and increasing fat oxidation, helping the body to use fat as an energy source. This means the body is preferentially burning fat over protein.

Green tea also raises the body’s metabolism, increasing the rate at which calories are burned. In a recent study, the combination of green tea and caffeine burned more calories than those given a placebo.

Add to its thermogenesis benefits, green tea also has energy-boosting properties, which makes it a perfect breakfast tea or mid-afternoon pick me up.

Other Healthful Benefits

There are many other conditions in which green tea is reputed to be helpful:

Killing cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells untouched
Treating Rheumatoid arthritis
Lowering LDL cholesterol
Preventing thrombosis which causes heart attacks and strokes
Addressing cardiovascular disease by inhibiting abnormal formation of blood clots
Preventing infection
Improving impaired immune function
Stopping certain neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s)
Treating multiple sclerosis
Preventing tooth decay by killing the bacteria that causes dental plaque

When you compare the heath benefits of green tea with the harmful effects of regular and diet soda, coffee and other damaging drinks, it is easy to see why green tea has a long and successful history of benefiting the drinker.

Adding Green Tea to Your Diet

Green tea has become so popular that it can be found in mainstream grocery stores as well as gas stations and convenience stores. There are many flavors and varieties of green teas so you will be sure to find a combination of flavors you’ll enjoy.

Consider also adding green tea water to some cooked foods. Adding tea to a pot of boiling pasta will affect the flavor in a fresh new way. Toss that same pasta with pine nuts, pesto and a dash of olive oil and you have a healthful dish with many antioxidant properties. Challenge yourself to find new and exciting ways to add green tea to your diet.

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