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Healthy Living: Eat Well!


If you’re new to diabetes, you may feel like your life is suddenly full of CAN’Ts: I can’t have this, I can’t do that….and it’s frustrating. Actually, though, your diabetes diagnosis can be a moment of empowerment. By changing your diet, you’ll be declaring your intent to become healthy—and what’s more awesome than that?

In many regards, a diabetic diet is really just a HEALTHY diet. You’ll be eating pure, natural, wholesome great foods—and that’s something everyone would be smart to consider! Instead of a chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy, enjoy a pan-grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli and a salad—and know that you’re being a positive role model to EVERYONE, not just diabetics. This is a healthy diet that benefits everyone!

Diabetics need to take care to balance carbohydrates throughout the day—that’s crucial. But diabetics don’t need to eat special, exotic foods. If it’s wholesome and healthy, it’s probably okay for a diabetic diet. Bread and desserts are part of that diet as well! Talk with your doctor and your dietician and you’ll find that what you CAN eat is actually what we all SHOULD be eating every day.



Healthy Living: A Gluten-Free Lifestyle & Bread… Sigh.


When you start eating a gluten-free diet, once you learn the basics, it’s really not that difficult. Most of your favorite foods will have a suitable alternative. But the one food that is really hard to prepare gluten free is…..bread. And that makes sense! If the main ingredient of bread (wheat flour) is something you can’t have, it’s going to be hard to duplicate it!

Oh, you’ll find gluten-free bread, all right, but many of the choices are pretty sad. One of the key concepts is to warm up your GF bread. Store-bought, gluten-free bread often tastes terrible at room temperature. Keep the bread frozen, and then toast it or microwave it a slice at a time, as needed.

There are recipes to re-create bread in a gluten-free format. There are also mixes. Many of these methods require a lot of exotic ingredients and long procedures. It’s worth it, though, just to sink your teeth into a chewy slice of bread once again!

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Healthy Living: Swine Flu & Diabetics


The H1N1 virus, commonly called swine flu, is spreading. Here’s the good news: Being diabetic does not put you at greater risk for catching the flu. And here’s the bad news: if you do catch the flu, as a diabetic, you’re more likely to face complications.

Since having diabetes puts you in a high-risk group, you should try to get the flu shot—both the standard flu shot and the one for H1N1, when available. If the worst happens and you do come down with the flu, be sure to let your health care providers and family know. They’ll want to monitor you for dangerous developments.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), it’s important for diabetics to keep their insulin going. Continue taking your medications, even if you can’t eat. Merely having the flu will raise your blood glucose levels, and irregular eating can make that even worse. Monitor your blood glucose levels more than you usually would, and if your numbers start to change, notify your doctor right away.

For most people, getting the flu means a week of uncomfortable misery. Diabetic patients face greater risks and complications—so it’s not something to take lightly. Work hard to prevent it, and if you do get the flu, contact your doctor.

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