Food

“Mystery Carbs” Question of the Day

We like to think we’ve got a handle on this carb-counting thing. But the truth is, most of us have very little clue — not least because nutrition labels on packaged products are so darn confusing. One of our beta testers over at the new community recently posted this query:
When I’m counting carbs I often read the “category” of carbs that are in the food I’m eating (i.e. Dietary Fiber, Sugar, Other Carbohydrates, etc.).…

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Teaching Patients to Carb-Count

I always find it fascinating to have a window into diabetes “from the other side” — i.e. what doctors and healthcare providers are doing and talking about. Something that caught my eye in the latest issue of the AADE’s journal, The Diabetes Educator: a new 10-step guide to teaching carbohydrate counting, called (oh so cleverly!) C-O-U-N-T C-A-R-B-S.
It’s apparently a program to help nurses teach diabetes patients diet tactics with more confidence, which is “shown…

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Protein, Carbs, Whatever…

Sometimes you just don’t know what spikes your blood sugar. So you’ve been a “good diabetic” and gone low-carb and high protein all week long, and you’re STILL running over 180 too much of the time? Aaack!
As I was complaining about this lately, a number of commenters jumped in to point out that some of the protein we eat gets converted to glucose as well. Turns out this is correct, but with a number…

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Meet Ranae Whitmore: “Heartgirl” Who Transformed Her Life

Attention, please: This lady knows how it’s done. If you don’t think you can lose weight, get healthy, and turn your life around, read this…
I met Ranae Whitmore at the recent Health 2.0 conference. She was there because she is an example of the most amazing Health 2.0 success story you can imagine. In the last 20 months, this 52-year-old Red Cross employee from Iowa managed to transform herself from morbidly obese and dejected…

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Eat Your Greens

They keep telling us we should eat lots of veggies and fruit. Obviously, veggies are better — if you don’t want to spike your blood sugar, that is (D’OH). Well, I don’t eat nearly as many servings of greens per day as I ought to. And don’t pretend you do, either.
So what are our options then? Disguise the stuff? No, I mean like the celebs do, hiding them inside other foods that seem more…

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