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29 Reasons You Should Never Go To The South Of France. 17 Reasons You Should Never Read "Harry Potter" The Health Benefits of Almonds for Diabetics. Updated June 18, 2014. Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board. Although nuts are generally high in fat, the healthy benefits of almonds start with the especially high concentration of monounsaturated fats, which has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

Almonds are also rich in the antioxidant Vitamin E , and the minerals magnesium (which improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body) and potassium (which is an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and muscle contraction). For diabetes, incorporating almonds into meal plans appears to decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar and insulin.

Eating almonds along with a high glycemic index food significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal and lessens the rise in blood sugar after eating. Tips For Adding Almonds To Your Diet: Sources: Weirdly Tasty Food Combinations that are Diabetic Friendly. Eat Pumpkin - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Updated October 27, 2014. Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board. It's that time of year - time to enjoy the aroma and taste of pumpkin. Pumpkin is so much more than pumpkin pie and pumpkin spiced latte - pumpkin takes on great versatility and is a wonderful addition to any meal. Pumpkin is a natural nutrition powerhouse, rich in vitamin A (important for eye health), fiber, and minerals, including potassium, iron and magnesium (the seeds). Some research suggests that higher intakes of magnesium can help to reduce insulin resistance and prevent high blood pressure - two risk factors that can increase the risk of developing diabetes.

Pumpkin is also naturally lower in carbohydrates than other fruits.That's right, pumpkin is actually a fruit. How Do I Roast a Pumpkin? In all honesty, this isn't the easiest thing to do, but it's well worth it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. For more ideas on how to cook prepare pumpkin: Cooking Low Carb with Pumpkin. Top Warning Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes.

Updated December 19, 2014. Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board. Look For These Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes: Many of the signs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are similar. In both, there is too much glucose in the blood and not enough in the cells of your body. High glucose levels in Type I are due to a lack of insulin because the insulin producing cells have been destroyed. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body's cells become resistant to insulin that is being produced. Frequent trips to the bathroom: Are you visiting the bathroom much more lately? Unquenchable Thirst: If it feels like you can't get enough water and you're drinking much more than usual, it could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go hand in hand with frequent urination. Losing Weight Without Trying: This symptom is more noticeable with Type 1 diabetes. Weakness and Fatigue: It's that bad boy glucose again. Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet:

Berries Health Benefits and Recipes. Updated December 19, 2014. How I love berry season! Besides being delicious, berries are one of the best nutritional bargains around. Low in fat, carbs, and calories, but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these yummy nuggets of flavor not only contribute to overall health, but may even help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as slowing the aging process. And thanks to the freezer, we can have the advantages of berries year-round. Basic Berry Nutrition Berries are not only sources of concentrated flavor, but little packets of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Why are Berries So Good for Us? The seeds of berries are mainly spread by birds and other animals; the bright colors of the berries help attract those seed-distributors. Health Benefits Links to more information about individual berries, with links to recipes: Berry Selection and Storage Berries tend to spoil quickly, especially if they're broken or stored in damp conditions. Serving Suggestions. Alkaline Diet - No Harm, No Evidence. Updated March 07, 2014. The hypothesis behind the alkaline diet is that foods high in sodium, protein and phosphates send your body out of its "normal" alkaline pH levels. Proponents claim the diet will improve your bone health, prevent or treat cancer, and keep you happy and healthy. The claims of bone health or cancer cures appear to be over-reaching.

Scientific research hasn't uncovered any solid evidence that the foods you eat cause your body to become "acidified. " As long as you're healthy, your body regulates the various pH levels of your body nicely, and while certain diseases such as kidney disease and diabetes might cause problems in pH regulation, there's no scientific evidence supporting the idea that foods you eat make your body more acidic. Possible Benefits The alkaline diet promotes an increased intake of fruits and vegetables and avoids overly processed foods that are high in sodium and saturated fat. What About Alkaline Supplements? Sources: Fenton TR, Lyon AW. What Are Whole Grains? Take Care of Your Ticker Wtih a Healthy Diet. Nutrition Basics: Understanding Grains. Updated March 08, 2014. What are Grains? Foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or any another cereal grain are grain products.

Grain products are bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, and tortillas. When selecting grains, it is important to remember that whole grains are preferable to refined grains. What is the Difference Between Refined and Whole Grains? Grain products can be designated into two different types, whole grain and refined grains. Grains and Nutrition Whole grains are far more nutritious and wholesome than refined grains.

Most refined grains have been enriched, meaning that nutrients that were originally found in the food have been returned to it during processing. The Fiber Factor Fiber, however, is not added back to enriched grains. To get enough fiber in your diet, choose whole grains, especially if you do not eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. Examples of Grains Some examples of less common whole grains include: amaranth millet quinoa sorghum. The Major Dietary Minerals - Basic Nutrition. How to Make Your New Year's Resolution to Eat Healthier Stick. Updated January 25, 2015. Every year, millions of people make resolutions to eat healthier.

A lofty idea? It’s certainly one that can be a reality, if you have a strategy. Here are some simple routines that will help you make your resolution to eat healthier a reality—and something you can count on for days and months to come. 1. 2. 3. 4. Chocolate chip cookies Peach Upside Down Cake Pumpkin Pie 5. 6. How to make ahead and freeze ahead How to cook wheat-free grains 7. 8. 9. 10. Which of these 10 tips will you adopt this year? Best Lunch Choices for Diabetes. Updated November 14, 2014. Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board. Meal planning can be tough. What will you eat today? What's for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Lunch is often a meal that people struggle with because they are rushed, eating at their desk or just too confused by all the options. I am a huge advocate of preparing meals in advance and in bulk. Below are some of my favorites: Grilled Chicken Vegetable Wrap Fill a whole grain wrap (preferably one with at least 3 g of fiber and about 20 g of carbohydrate) with chopped or sliced grilled chicken breast and leftover roasted vegetables.

*Quick tip: To find a whole grain wrap, look at the ingredient list. Quinoa Bowl Quinoa is an ancient grain that is naturally gluten free, rich in fiber and protein. Quick tip: You can substitute any other non-starchy vegetables for tomatoes and carrots. Tuna Spinach Salad Open Faced Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Sweet Potato "Fries" Sources: Preparation and Blanching Specific Vegetables for the Freezer. Eat Seasonally and Save. Using Fruits and Vegetables. How to Be a Vegetarian with Type 2 Diabetes. Updated December 15, 2014. Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board. A vegetarian diet is a diet that does not include meat, fowl, seafood or any products containing these foods.

There are a few types of vegetarian diets. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet, for instance, is based on grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans), seeds, nuts, dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian diet is rich in vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Get Adequate Protein: When it comes to diabetes, protein is an important nutrient - it boosts immunity, aids in satiety and slows down digestion which can help to regulate blood sugars.

Get Enough Good Fats: Some studies have shown that people who follow vegetarian diets see reductions in their bad cholesterol. High Fiber Carbohydrates: Studies show that vegetarians consume between 50-100% more fiber than non-vegetarians. Meet With Your Medical Team Websites for Vegan/Vegetarian Eating Sources: Willett WC. Unhealthy Eating - Strategies to Combat Common Unhealthy Eating Habits. Updated September 03, 2013. Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com's Medical Review Board. Although there are many strategies that can be used to address unhealthy eating habits, most fall into 3 categories: strategies to achieve dietary balance, strategies to help you be more alert to hunger and satiety cues, and strategies to address the external variables that often affect dietary intake.

Achieving Dietary Balance: It's a very common unhealthy eating habit to skip meals. Whether you're trying to lose weight or just in a rush, breakfast is often the first meal to go. Give yourself some variety. Identifying Hunger and Satiety Cues: Eating when you're hungry and stopping when you feel satisfied is easier said than done, but here are some tips that may help: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, stick to your meal plan.

Addressing Other Variables: Ask family and close friends to help support you and keep you on track. Whole Grains Can Cause Bloating. Two Crazy Questions to Reboot your Progress. Updated February 20, 2015. Have you ever failed to meet one of your fitness goals? You’re not alone. Change is tough, even for the toughest of us. But here’s a surprising trick: next time you’re stuck, why not ask yourself these two crazy questions. You’ve decided to make some changes to your health or fitness routines. You’re sick of the status quo and want to make some improvements. If you’re like most of us, you probably try to motivate yourself by imagining all the things you stand to gain from making this change. You visualize yourself completing that marathon, tossing out those medications, feeling more self-confident, lifting that heavy weight.

This kind of positive motivation is a great tool. But sometimes, even with these images of our successful selves in our heads, we find ourselves stuck. It’s also totally normal. Over the years, I've seen coaching clients run into this problem again and again. So I developed a little trick that makes it easier to get over the hump. Question 1. What Is Soy Sauce? Soy sauce is a brown, salty, liquid used as a condiment or seasoning in many Asian cuisines.

Soy sauce is made from fermented soybeans, salt, water and sometimes roasted grains. Soy sauce has an earthy, umami flavor, which makes it an ideal all-purpose seasoning. How is Soy Sauce Made? The traditional method for brewing soy sauce requires multiple steps and can take a days to months to complete, depending on the recipe. To make soy sauce, soybeans are first cooked to soften the bean. Next, bacterial and fungal cultures are added to begin the fermentation process. Roasted wheat or other grains may also be added to this mixture to provide a unique flavor. The soybean culture mixture is combined with a salt brine and allowed to “brew” for a specific amount of time. After the fermentation process, the mixture is pressed to extract the dark brown, flavorful liquid. Soy Sauce Varieties There are literally hundreds of soy sauce varieties. Soy Sauce Nutrition How to Store Soy Sauce. 24 Reasons Why No One Should Ever Have A Pit Bull As A Pet.

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Lets face it, I am not Supermom. I don’t have all the answers, and unfortunately, although I would like to take tears and heartbreak away from my kids, I know this is all part of growing up and dealing with the complexities and challenges of life. Looking forward into the not too distant future, if I was to come up with a list of what kids should know by the time they are 15, it would be the following. 1. I will never be your best friend. 2. As a parent, I may try to guide and influence you when you struggle to make decisions that I believe are in your best interest. 3. Yes, focus on the problem not the person, if it is a person who created the problem in the first place. 4. It take guts to own up and take responsibility when you mess up. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

How to Raise Kids Who Have Rock-Star Confidence, Even When You Don't. You want your children to have the confidence to go into the world and live fulfilling lives. At the same time, you want to protect your children from being hurt. Could your good intentions to keep your children safe conflict with their development of confidence? As an experiential educator with over 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents, I offer proven guidelines to help your children gain the confidence to face any challenge. Where does confidence come from? The Comfort Zone Model provides the ABC’s of confidence building.

All people have three distinct zones of functioning: The Comfort Zone, The Stretch Zone, and The Panic Zone. While we all have each of these zones, their boundaries are different for each of us. The Comfort Zone When we are functioning inside the Comfort Zone, we feel safe. The seeds of confidence are sewn in the Comfort Zone because we know exactly how to get our needs met. The Stretch Zone Imagine a weightlifter. The Panic Zone This is trauma. 1. 2. 12 Reasons Why Making New Friends Is So Hard and What You Can Do About It. After an uneventful and lonely day once, I wanted to pour my heart out to somebody so badly. Frantically scurrying down my phone for search of a patient ear to listen to my woes, I found myself scrolling down, skipping from one name to another. My Facebook page, Viber, WhatsApp listed 1000+ contacts but something made me skip names in my moment of fury.The plethora of relationships that we entwine ourselves today makes trust, faith, and being in a true friendship very difficult.

Growing up, getting married, having kids, or maybe being in a relationship has changed the dynamics of friendships today. One day, when a good friend confided in me some of her impending personal problems, I was horrified yet sad. Why has making new friends become so tough? 1. Relationships and that includes our friendships are becoming more and more virtual.

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