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Low-Carb Diet Not All It’s Cut Out to Be

While there is very little doubt that consuming less carbohydrates is an effective way to lose weight and prevent or treat pre-diabetes, there’s a problem with a strict low-carb diet such as the Atkins diet. The fact is, most people simply can’t stay on it for very long.


Carbohydrate Rich food
Get Your Clues From Mother Nature

Mother Nature’s way of making sure that you get the right balance of nutrients in your diet is the reason for food cravings. You can’t live on calories alone. You need vitamins, minerals, proteins, and certain kinds of fats in your diet to stay healthy. Most of the foods we eat contain nutrients that are necessary for good health. When your diet falls short of providing some vital nutrients, your body lets you know by causing a craving for foods that contain what’s missing.

Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are essential to good health. Meat and dairy products are rich sources of protein and fats that you can’t live without. There’…
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How I Combined Meditation and Exercise to Reduce Stress

Why combine physical activity and meditation? Well, for one thing it saves me time. Usually I would meditate and then exercise. Now, I do both at the same time. While working out on my elliptical, the idea came to me. Since then I’ve been combining both. I was listening to Lord of the Dance RiverDance, which is one of my favorite pieces of music for my workout. You need to convert some of your favorite YouTube videos to MP3 files.

I have enclosed a few links of YouTube videos for your workout/meditation at the end of this post.

Elliptical Workout Source: bvretreatGood for Managing Stress

In addition to saving me time, I get to manage my stress. Those surges of adrenaline that are a result of nerve agitating mental experiences such as work frustrations, confrontations with other people, and time pressure. These surges of adrenaline cause your heart to pump harder, tense your muscles, and put you in an anxious state of mind.

While this is happening, adrenaline opposes the action of insu…

Why Is Your Body Not Able to Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels From Rising?

It took me a while until I was able to see the big picture how my pre diabetes, my diet, insulin, beta cells, and diabetes all related to each other. Once I connected all the pieces of the puzzle, I had a clear idea how to proceed to reverse my pre diabetes and not develop diabetes.


Diabetes occurs when your body loses its ability to keep your blood sugar levels from rising too high. Since 1970, obesity rates have skyrocketed along with an epidemic of diabetes in adults. As scientists have learned more about the cause of diabetes, it has become apparent that adult-onset diabetes (diabetes type 2) and obesity are just different manifestations of the same disease process. Some doctors call it “diabisity”. It’s clear what brings on adult-onset diabetes, and why so many people are overweight today.

The development of insulin as medication has been an important achievement of modern medicine. Insulin has saved many lives of both children and young people with type 1 diabetes since the 1920s.…

What Produces Sugar Glucose Literally Out of Thin Air?

Glucose Is the Building Block Of All Plant Life.
Most of the glucose molecules in plants and trees are connected by unbreakable beta bonds that form the structural material for leaves, branches, and roots. However, the glucose molecules in starch are linked together by weak alpha bonds. These are easy for the enzymes of plants and animals to break and provide a ready source of energy.

 High Carbohydrate Foods
Plants manufacture glucose literally out of thin air. They combine carbon dioxide from the air with water from the soil using energy from sunlight. Both plants and animals transform some glucose to fructose, a sugar that is very similar to glucose except for a different arrangement of atoms.

Plants also produce the sugar sucrose, a double molecule consisting of one glucose molecule linked to one fructose molecule. Cane sugar, the kind of sugar we use to sweeten our coffee and tea, is pure sucrose. The digestive tract breaks down sucrose into glucose and fructose before it is absorbed…

Pre-diabetes vs Diabetes Stage 1: And the Winner Is

Whats In the Name?
When I first read Riva Greenberg’s post “The Lie That’s Killing Us: Pre-diabetes” in Huffpost Healthy Living, I was a bit surprised. According to Ms. Greenberg "Recognizing pre-diabetes as “Stage 1” Type 2 Diabetes will get millions more people to take action to stop their diabetes from progressing.”

Blood Glucose Monitor
I thought to myself, what difference will it make if you call it “pre-diabetes” or “diabetes Stage 1”? Clearly, the name changes nothing about your status as a pre diabetic.

As I read on, I kept wondering how it is going to encourage “the nearly 80 million Americans” to do something about their “diabetes stage 1” that they are not doing for their “pre diabetes”? Are they really going to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent advanced Type 2 diabetes?”

I totally agree with Ms. Greenberg that we need new strategy. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) may have failed with its campaign to encourage pre diabetics to participate in preventiv…

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Are You at Risk?American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In 2015, Alert Day will take place on Tuesday, March 24.


The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or diabetes type 2 . Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.




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Why Curbing Your Sweet Tooth Will Help You Kiss Pre-diabetes Goodbye

How Do You Handle Your Sweet Tooth?
I will admit to being  a sugarholic in the not too distant past. However, I could not do that now. Over the past 7 years, I have retrained my taste buds. Now, very  sweet things do not taste as good to me. I am satisfied with just a small amount of sweets if any.






Sweets for teeth by sophie



I am not saying I don’t eat foods with added sugar. I do. My wife, Lynn, distracts me with her baking. However, the goodies I enjoy these days are barely sweetened. They contain only a fraction of the sugar you’ll find in the commercial varieties. Many of these foods, such as candies,  jellies, yogurt with fruit, and soft drinks, are too sweet for my taste now. I have no problem resisting them.

I can see how my kids have become sugaholics. My efforts to impress upon them why I decided to curb my sweet tooth only works sometimes. However, they don’t bring me my favorite chocolate or candy when they come back from a trip as often as they did in the past.
Change Your Tast…