18 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day wisely

Imagine for a moment sinking your teeth into a hot juicy burger with the cheese lightly melted on it. I prefer mine plain just the cheese but many do not. Depending on your personal preference, you may enjoy ketchup or mustard on your burger. You may enjoy onions or lettuce. Whatever your preference ... my tip today: Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day wisely.

Your burger does not have to be beef. While I prefer lean beef, you might like bison or turkey or even a salmon burger. One recipe on Health.com suggests a mushroom and lentil patty with goat cheese.

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17 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Limit your salt intake

Salt raises one's blood pressure. As diabetics, we have an increased sensitivity to salt. This means high blood pressure is a common complication of diabetics. Hence, limit your salt intake.

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16 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Get your flu shot

The flu can be nasty and it spreads so easily. You should see your doctor or pharmacy for a flu shot. Most insurance covers it but you should check first to be sure yours does.

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15 September 2014

13 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Enjoy a cup of tea

Enjoy a cup of tea. Specifically, try Bilberry Tea or Sage Tea. Both are medicinal teas good for diabetics.

According to BattleDiabetes.com, the Bilberry (also known here as Huckleberry) Tea is great for Type 2 diabetics who are not insulin dependent. It also is often used to treat eye problems associated with diabetes. Sage Tea boosts insulin activity.

The article linked above only mentions Type 2 diabetics in the discussion about these two specific teas. I do plan on stopping in at an herbal faire in a few hours (if the rain has not chased away the vendors) and I will find out more information ... so if you are Type 1 or gestational  please feel free to comment below here as to what you use or check back tomorrow for my next tip!


12 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Watch the fats

We eat, as a nation, too much fat. That fat can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even cancer. Tip - limit your fat intake. Try fat free products or low fat products. That said, do keep in mind that fat free does not eliminate carbs or calories.

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11 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Take Notes

Take notes! Take notes with you when you go to the doctor. This helps you remember everything you want to bring up. Take notes at the doctor.

Personally, I have taken notes at doctor visits for a long time now. I'm not sure if it me getting older, the stress of life/teenagers, or the diabetes (my guess is the stress), but I find I forget things more so than I did in my youth. Notes help!

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10 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Adapt a Healthy Recipe

Have you found a recipe that sounds good enough to try but there is an aspect about it you do not like? Adapt it!

I am probably the world's pickiest eater and plainest eater but I came across a recipe for Grilled Chicken Parmesan on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Forecast section that sounds like something I would be willing to try ... plus or minus an ingredient.

Ingredients (as written on ADA's Diabetes Forecast site):
4(4 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4slices fresh tomato (1/4 inch thick)
4sun-dried tomato halves
2Tbsp.grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 1/2Tbsp.shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
8fresh basil leaves
1/2tsp.kosher salt
1/4tsp.freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil cooking spray

Chicken, when cooked so that it remains moist, is good. However looking at this photo, I have to admit the first thing I would do is scrape it clean and just eat the chicken, although I do like cheese. If I were to make this personally, I would simply adapt the recipe to suit my tastes and eliminate the fresh tomato and the sun-dried tomato halves. I would also eliminated the black pepper and instead use cayenne pepper. I would also find a way to include some garlic somewhere!

Click HERE to go to the ADA site for the full recipe.

Photo: from the Diabetes Forecast recipe page by Kyle Dreier

09 September 2014

Dining with Diabetics Class offered

Dining with Diabetes offers an understanding some of what you need to know about how to make smart dining choices. Cooking for new diabetics and those with pre-diabetes can often be a challenge, especially for those who do not like to cook or never really learned how to cook. The class is offered through the Penn State University (PSU) Extension Offices.

Click HERE to read the full article as it appeared on Examiner.com this morning.

Tip of the Day: Take a Class

Learning is an ongoing process. Take a class at your local hospital or clinic. Locally, the Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) offers pre-diabetes education classes, group sessions, classes on gestational diabetes and individual support. Most of the classes are free or covered by most insurances. Check out your local hospital or clinic today.

08 September 2014

Tip of the Day: Journal It

Do you keep a journal? Keeping one may well be helpful. Take note of how you are feeling and what is happening. Over time, you may see a connection between incidences. Review it before you go to your regular doctor's appointments. Make note of any trends or recurring items of note. Your journal can be as detailed or as simple as you would like. It is, after all, your journal.

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07 September 2014

Tip of the Day: If you're going through hell, keep going

"If you're going through hell, keep going," said Winston Churchill and it is so true. Let's face it - there are days when having diabetes absolutely sucks. It does not matter if you are type 1 or type 2. It does not matter if you take insulin or oral medications or control it diet and exercise. It does not matter if you are newly diagnosed or at the end of you journey. There are days that having diabetes sucks. Those are the hellish days, the days in which we must simply keep moving.

In simple terms, do not give up. Find someone to talk to. Allow yourself the occasional cry. Talk to your doctor if you must. Plan something you like. Give yourself something to look forward to. Give yourself a reason to keep moving on.

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04 September 2014

Free diabetic screenings offered at Sam’s Club

Diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that will be at least 350 million people in the world with type 2 diabetes by the year 2030. WHO suggests that people need to be screened for diabetes on a regular basis. Sam’s Club Pharmacy agrees.

Click HERE to read the full article as it appeared on Examiner.com.