Having diabetes doesn’t mean that you have to start eating special foods or follow a complicated diabetes diet plan. For most people, a diabetes diet simply translates into eating a variety of low cal but nutrient dense foods in moderate amounts and adhering to regular mealtimes. The Right Food Plan The right diabetes meal plan should fit into your schedule, while helping you improve your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers and help keep your weight on track. People with diabetes have to take extra care to make sure that their food is balanced with insulin and oral medications, and exercise to help manage their blood glucose levels. People with diabetes can eat the same food the family enjoys. However, it may take some planning to fit your favorite food into your meal plan and still manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. There is no one perfect food so including a variety of different foods and watching portion sizes is key to a healthy diabetic diet. Healthy eating includes eating a wide variety of foods including the following: Vegetables Whole grains Fruits Non-fat dairy products Beans Lean meats Poultry Fish Eat This, Not That! Glucose is … Continue reading Importance of a diabetes diet plan →
Yes, indeed! An apple a day can definitely keep the extra fat away from your body.
Have you ever wondered why eating certain foods significantly help improve your health while certain foods precipitate disease?
The most common cause of type 2 diabetes is eating too much of the wrong kind of carbohydrates. This is a path to self-destruction, eventually leading to high Blood pressure, high triglyceride, and low HDL (good cholesterol). Other reasons include a genetic predisposition to the disease, stress, and decrease in physical activity. Effective tips to manage type 2 diabetes Eat low glycemic foods such as oats, barley, bran, jowar, whole pulses, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Avoid sugar and foods containing sugar such as chocolates, desserts, sweets, soft drinks, white flour, cakes, biscuits, pizzas, rice, high sugar foods. Don’t drink fruit juices as they contain too much sugar (more than what a type 2 diabetic can handle). Reduce intake of saturated fats and hydrogenated fats as it increases insulin resistance. Fish oils have shown to improve insulin resistance. So eat fish 3 times a week or take fish oils supplements. Increase fiber in your diet by increasing your intake of green vegetables and whole grains. Walk for 30-40 minutes every day. We are not alone in our concern that type II diabetes is a growing national crisis. There are too many lives at stake and you have nothing to lose by … Continue reading Managing type 2 diabetes →
Going by the number of letters I have received in connection with cholesterol and diet, it seems that almost everyone above the age of 35 years is suffering from raised blood lipids. Cholesterol: the Global Epidemic Almost everyone has clogging arteries, chromium and zinc deficiencies, which can lead to diabetes. If you have a liver that does not function optimally, a high body fat percentage, low levels of essential nutrients, decaying teeth, bone degeneration, it isn’t something that has happened today that has caused your health to suddenly deteriorate. It is the result of years of unhealthy eating, over work, poor stress management, destructive habits like tobacco and alcohol and poor nutrient intake. Most people suffering from heart disease show a high heart risk ratio. That is the cholesterol / HDL ratio. This ratio does not only increases the coronary risk but also leads to insulin resistance and type II diabetes and even depresses the immune system. Low levels of the good cholesterol – HDL are mainly due to excessive intake of refined vegetable oils which are rich in omega-6 fatty acids. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid should be 4:1. Our Indian … Continue reading Cholesterol in a Nutshell →
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