The debate on whether the calories that
people with or without diabetes drink help to make us feel full isn't
over. But the evidence that they don't is mounting. My preliminary article, " Drinking Calories," appeared here last September. At that time I reported on the finding of obesity researcher Barbara Rolls.
“Calorie intake increased significantly when people drank a beverage
containing 150 calories with lunch, compared to when they had a
calorie-free beverage.” Now
researchers are learning even more about how the calories that we drink
don't promote satiety. Even the country's top nutrition expert, Walter
C. Willett, M.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, is on board.
MEDLINE credits him for more than 1,000 professional articles. But his
work that really impressed me was his non-technical book, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy (Simon & Schuster, 2001). "There does seem
to be something about drinking calories in the form of sodas that just
doesn't generate the st...
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 ...
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...
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