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 ...
When shopping at my local book store, I can just feel my taste buds start salivating as my arteries start to clog just a bit as I peruse the cookbook section. One shelf features Paula Deen’s cookbooks, as well as those of her sons. Another cookbook by the Lee Brothers focuses on stories and recipes for Southerners and those who want to be Southerners. There are all those cookbooks by the chefs from New Orleans (Emeril Lagasse, John Besh, etc.). And there are the cookbooks published by Southern Living magazine. All of these cookbooks offer wonderful Southern flavor; however, some of the recipes may not be the best things to eat on a regular basis if you value your health.
Why? According to a new study that was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013, there appears to be a link between a regular diet of Southern-style foods and a higher risk of stroke. This is the first large-scale study on the relationship between Sout...
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