Type 2 Diabetes – How Lifestyle Changes Can Help You Deal With Type 2 Diabetes!

One of the hardest parts of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is the fact that you have to make dramatic and drastic changes to your lifestyle. If you don’t make these changes your diabetes will be impossible to live with due to the fact that your blood sugar levels will be out of control. After years of unhealthy diets, smoking, physical inactivity, and other poor lifestyle choices, it may be hard to make the necessary changes to manage your diabetes.

Being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes ought to serve as a major wake up call. It is a sign that your lifestyle was harming your body. Over time, your body could no longer handle managing your blood sugars on its own and in many cases this was due to problems such as obesity.

While you cannot cure your Type 2 diabetes, you can take steps to make sure that your symptoms are as minimal as possible. The best idea is to start by making changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. You can start off with small changes, and you will be surprised to see what a difference even these can make.

The first lifestyle change you should make is to focus on improving your diet. Shoot for a diet that is well-balanced with foods from all five food groups. Try to make sure that you aren’t eating too much of any one food category, and that you are eating enough fruits and veggies rather than a great deal of fatty foods. Give calorie counting a try, and make sure that you are not eating more calories than you burn.

Once you are on the right track to eating a healthy diet, you will find improvements in other areas as well. Improving your diet makes weight loss much easier. An emphasis on losing weight, even just a small amount, should be your other major focus. Research has shown that losing just 10-20 pounds can help people reduce their chance of becoming a Type 2 diabetic, or make managing their diabetes easier to handle. Finding out that you have Type 2 diabetes can come as quite a shock. It is hard to admit it to yourself that some of the lifestyle choices you made could have contributed to the development of this disease. As difficult as this may be, you have to realize the importance of changing your lifestyle. You don’t need to change everything at once… start off small by changing just one habit, and you will be on your way to controlling your blood sugar levels and your weight. …

Top 10 – Healthy Eating Alternatives to All Your Christmas Favourites

Christmas can be a difficult time of year when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet, managing your waistline and maintaining a fitness regimen. With the holidays fast approaching and inevitable family feasts looming large, here is a list of ways you can continue to enjoy your favourite, traditional Christmas delicacies while getting the most nutritional value and minimal calories from each.

1. Stuffing: Make with whole-wheat bread and cook separate to the meat so it doesn’t soak up any fats during cooking. Add onions and celery simmered in vegetable stock plus sage and spices for flavour.

2. Baked Potatoes: Sweet mashed potatoes or baked parsnips are a great alternative to a regular baked potato. If you find yourself limited to a baked potato, try topping it with yogurt or low fat cream cheese rather than butter.

3. Gravy: Instead of gravy mix or canned gravy, use natural gravy from pan drippings. Let the pan drippings stand so the fat rises to the top and can be discarded. Thicken with whole wheat flour and cook to your liking, finally add seasoning with pepper and sea salt for flavour.

4. Ham or Roast Beef: You want to avoid red meats and go for fresh seafood, grilled chicken or a traditional Turkey. Try to stick with the dark turkey meat as it contains more vitamins, less calories, has more of the “healthy fats”, and is also higher in protein.

5. Cakes and Pastries: While high in calories and trans fat, try replacing these appetizers/snacks with fresh fruit trays, salads or vegetable platters.

6. Chips and Dip: Bake whole wheat pita bread and cut into pita chips to replace regular potato chips and instead of high caloric dips or melted cheeses, stick with a low sodium salsa.

7. Corn: Keep veggies as close to raw as possible and do not overcook them. Avoid corn as it contains no nutritional value and is often linked to butter. Stick with spinach, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green beans and peas.

8. Eggnog: Water is always a good choice. It fills you up, has no calories and helps to flush out your system. Avoid soft drinks and go for real sugar-free, fruit juices. Stay far away from calorie rich Eggnog and enjoy a cup of partially skimmed 1% chocolate milk. If you fall victim to alcohol temptation, stick to a single glass of red wine.

9. Cranberry Sauce: Apple sauce is a great alternative but if you must stick with tradition, go with a homemade, whole-berry cranberry sauce as opposed to the canned stuff.

10. Ice Cream: A healthier choice to ice cream would be low-fat yogurt or frozen yogurt. Top with fresh fruit like blueberries or strawberries for additional flavour and nutrients.

When it comes to the gift of giving, it’s not about how much you spend but the thought that counts. Let this apply to your eating habits this Christmas as well. Spend less time indulging on the bad foods and put a little …