Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac for 11+ years. She holds 14 national, drug-tested powerlifting records and the Vermont State Bench Press record. Today, she is a cognitive health & chronic illness life coach at Living-in-Progress .
Five years ago, the way I ate and the way I exercised and the way I felt about my health was tremendously different. In many ways, I was a much different person. Not only did I purposefully and regularly eat gluten even though I had been diagnosed with Celiac disease , I ate a variety of things I would never voluntarily eat today. I knowingly would overeat when I was upset about something or was really stressed out. I gladly drank liquor and beer at parties during college. I ate pizza, ate Chinese food, ate candy and junk whenever I felt like it.
Don't get me wrong, underneath was the basics of good nutrition, but the overall concept of filling my body only with good, wholesome foods was not something I gave much thoug...
Sometimes, I hate food. I hate food when I've had dinner and have a low blood sugar and have to eat more. I hate eating in the middle of the night to correct for a low blood sugar and have to brush my teeth, again, before I climb back in bed. I want to eat what I want to eat without having to glance at the plate and carb count. In my body, eating and diabetes are in a constant fight!
In my teens, I got into a binge/purge relationship with food. Later, I told friends that God had made me diabetic, so I would not be anorexic. Food has been a necessary evil and I developed a mental game to keep myself healthy: make it a love relationship. Food can be a relationship that pleases, satisfies and fulfills. Learning about food and a culture's history with food is to learn about their health habits.
For example, a client told me about bitter melon. Bitter melon is a favorite food in India and it is revered as "diabetic ambrosia." Bitter melon is a highly bitter gourd, but with spices and yogur...
For most people the big benefit of eating organic food may be consuming less pesticide in their diets. But for people with diabetes it’s different.
High blood sugar means having a compromised immune system . Extra sugar in our blood exhausts the immune cells in our body and feeds germs. More than most people we need help.
This help can come from consuming antioxidants. Numerous studies have linked antioxidants to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including heart, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases (like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and certain cancers. Now, a major study that the British Journal of Nutrition published yesterday show that food grown organically has much higher levels of antioxidants than do conventionally grown crops.
The full-text of the study, “ Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses ,” is ...
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