Successful Diabetes Resolutions

David Mendosa Health Guide December 27, 2012
  • Everybody who has diabetes is going to change in the year 2013. The change coming to each of us will be significant or minor, planned or haphazard, for the better or for the worse.But it’s coming, ready or not.Change is an integral part of life. Scientists tell us that except for the neurons in...

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  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Dec. 27, 2012

    David, In the days when you do exercise, you hike for many hours. Do you think it's more important to get some exercise every day or to get a certain amount of exercise per week? Is 30 minutes a day for 5 days the same as, better, or worse than 150 minutes a week done on one or two days?

     

    I've already made my resolution. I resolve to eat more chocolate...

    RHMLucky777

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    David, In the days when you do exercise, you hike for many hours. Do you think it's more important to get some exercise every day or to get a certain amount of exercise per week? Is 30 minutes a day for 5 days the same as, better, or worse than 150 minutes a week done on one or two days?

     

    I've already made my resolution. I resolve to eat more chocolate in 2013, at least in January.

     

     

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Dec. 27, 2012

      Dear Gretchen,

       

      I don't know which is more important so I will do both!

       

      I just recently started to consume more chocolate, so I did no resolution in that regard. I am now regularly drinking at least one cup of hot chocolate every day, at least until the weather stays cold. Hot chocolate is to my mind the ultimate cold weather enjoyment.

       

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      RHMLucky777
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      Dear Gretchen,

       

      I don't know which is more important so I will do both!

       

      I just recently started to consume more chocolate, so I did no resolution in that regard. I am now regularly drinking at least one cup of hot chocolate every day, at least until the weather stays cold. Hot chocolate is to my mind the ultimate cold weather enjoyment.

       

      My ingredients minimize the carbs. I start with Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa, which has 3g of carbs (including 1g fiber) per 1T. I use a heaping t. Other brands of cocoa that I've tried don't taste any better and have more carbs.

       

      I add it to 8oz. of the Pacific brand of organic unsweetened almond milk, which has 2g of carbs. I heat that almost to boiling and mix together with the cocoa, a squirt of NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia, and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Don't forget the nutmeg, which is the real secret to good tasting cocoa and chocolate!

       

      Namaste, 

       

      David

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Dec. 28, 2012

      Thanks for a very nicely written article, David. As for the hot chocolate, I suggest try adding a little cayenne pepper and cinnamon for a rich Mexican hot chocolate.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Dec. 28, 2012

      Good ideas! I will.

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Dec. 28, 2012

      BTW, I like this article so much so, that I linked to it from my article, "Our Best Tips for Weight Loss and Healthy Eating in the New Year." And thanks again for your great tip on dinner fasts.

       

      MBL

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Dec. 31, 2012

      I have been making the Mexican hot chocolate that you suggested in your message for several days now. It's wonderful and I want to thank you so much!

       

      I love spicy food and drink, so the cayenne pepper is just my thing. I also love cinnamon and think that it can help us manage our blood sugar a little better. In fact, I even wrote several articles recommending...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have been making the Mexican hot chocolate that you suggested in your message for several days now. It's wonderful and I want to thank you so much!

       

      I love spicy food and drink, so the cayenne pepper is just my thing. I also love cinnamon and think that it can help us manage our blood sugar a little better. In fact, I even wrote several articles recommending it a few years back.

       

      What a great cold weather drink!

       

      Namaste,

       

      David

       

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Jan. 01, 2013

      Excellent! I am very glad that you like it, my friend.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Jan. 04, 2013

      Here's a way to make our hot chocolate taste even better. According to a report this morning, "Two researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford have proven that hot chocolate tastes better in an orange or cream colored cup than in a white or red one."


    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Jan. 04, 2013

      I saw that! Well, I did not actually read the article, only the headline (a la Tweet style, LOL). It made me recall back to my college days learning that fast food restaurant use the color orange because it stimulates appetite - thnk Burger King and Mc Donalds. I vowed never to paint any room in my house orange as my appetite already was super-sized!

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      RHMLucky777

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      I saw that! Well, I did not actually read the article, only the headline (a la Tweet style, LOL). It made me recall back to my college days learning that fast food restaurant use the color orange because it stimulates appetite - thnk Burger King and Mc Donalds. I vowed never to paint any room in my house orange as my appetite already was super-sized!

       

      Anyway, let me know if you try it and if it works. As for me, I have the flu and a sinus infection and don't have an appetite for anything at the moment but GF toast spread with some butter and cranberry stilton cheese, and peppermint tea with stevia. 

       

      I hope your NY is off to a happy and healthy start! Spring will be here before we know it! I hear the blossoms in the desert make for some spectacular photo opps.

  • Ballot
    Dec. 27, 2012

    Thanks for this article; a great reminder for all of us who have diabetes. Like you, I have missed exercising over the last few days. I went for a walk today with my grandchildren and it felt so good. When we exercise we get the benefit not only of lower BG but also the joy of feeling so much better. I will be 80 next month and I have decided to start over....

    RHMLucky777

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    Thanks for this article; a great reminder for all of us who have diabetes. Like you, I have missed exercising over the last few days. I went for a walk today with my grandchildren and it felt so good. When we exercise we get the benefit not only of lower BG but also the joy of feeling so much better. I will be 80 next month and I have decided to start over. Take to a higher level, so to speak, be diligent is exercise, work at deepening relationships, love eating sensible, Putting my meds in a weekly dispenser which makes taking them so much easier. This is living not sitting around waiting for the coming years. Get out and go somewhere on foot. I am going to begin again each day. Cheers to you David.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Dec. 27, 2012

      Dear John,

       

      You continue to be the person who I try to model my behavior on. Especially when you write about deepening your relationships. That remains one of my biggest goals.

       

      Namaste,

       

      David