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As we discussed recently, the DASH Eating Plan was designed to help reduce elevated blood pressure by eating a low fat diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and dairy. This is an excellent eating plan, high in important nutrients calcium, potassium, magnesium, protein (especially from fish, poultry, and nuts) and fiber (from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), and it's low in sodium.
Perhaps you'd like to give the DASH diet a go, but aren't quite sure just how to incorporate the guidelines into your own daily menus. To help you get started, here is a one day sample menu plan.
Note: two versions of this plan are detailed below, one for a 1,600-calorie diet, and one for a 2,000-calorie diet - please choose the menu closest to your energy requirements.
Remember, we don't always eat the same foods, therefore some days you may meet the requirements set out by the DASH plan, while at others times you may not. This is fine, as long as the average over several days is clos...
Once the pancreas fails in its function to produce insulin when it is needed or in the right proportions needed, the body's blood sugar level becomes affected by the intake of other foods containing glucose. The impairment leads to diabetes and diet now becomes a critical concern.
Diabetes and diet becomes associated by giving great concern in planning the diabetic's diet. Otherwise, foods high in calories and carbohydrate will contribute to the presence of glucose in the bloodstream. Diabetes and diet planning should now work hand in hand as a way of managing the diabetes disease. Aside from diet, treatment includes medicines and exercise to control the blood sugar level.
To understand how and when the insulin fails, we must try to understand the main function of the insulin.
Below is a step-by-step description on how insulin affects our diet intakes:
1. During and after each meal, carbohydrates and proteins are broken down into amino acids.
It's so basic; we can easily forget to think about
calories. Diabetics are taught to "count
those carbs" and many of us have gotten carb counting down very
proficiently. What about calories? How do they figure into the life of people
As the number of obese and overweight people in America
continues to climb and we are bombarded with daily advertisements for weight
loss programs, drugs, and even surgeries, one has to wonder: is this really
such a complicated issue? Actually it's
quite simple. Generally, Americans eat too much and exercise too little, thus
the calories going in are outweighing (pun intended) the calories going out. Too much energy is being absorbed by our
bodies and then stored as fat.
I've hit a plateau with my weight. I'm happily 5-7 pounds lighter than I was
year ago. However, I really would like
to achieve my goal weight before getting pregnant with our second child. I'm only about 15 poun...
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