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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #908-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
August 04, 2009
Hi,

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 908

We don't know if we've told you this before but because it's our favorite it bears repeating. It's taken from Christopher Robin's words. You must remember this: The diabetics are braver than they believe, stronger than they seem and smarter than they think. You have to believe that, just the way Pooh did. That said, let's start this off with the topics covered in this issue:

1. What's new at http://www.free-symptoms-of-diabetes-alert.com?

2. Top 10 Low Carb Budget Foods

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

4. Dessert Recipe

5. Some Humor and Diabetes Alerts and Tips

Now let's get on with the meat of this ezine:

1. What's new at http://www.free-symptoms-of-diabetes-alert.com?

First let's see what are the new additions to the website. We scoured the net for the most relevant news. We worked hard to make them live or clickable for you at the risk of Google getting mad because he hates broken links. But what can we do if the news provider deletes his news? It is still a small price to pay for the chance that you may like to read the whole story. Anyway, if the link is broken, you have an idea from the snippets of information:

Are Pumps Better than Injections for Diabetes?
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/are-pumps-better-than-injections-for-diabetes-1.1324845 It is great to know the advantages and disadvantages of using the insulin pump versus the daily injections. Now that they have made it possible for us to be more in the know, we are better able to make the necessary action we need to take. Knowledge is indeed power.

Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know for Your Diet
http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=8123138&page=1 This is an excellent article on diabetes diet and we thanked them for this. We hope you as readers of this diabetes website will go to this article as it will help you with menu planning and preparation. You can't go wrong if you follow the recommendations or suggestions contained in the article.

More Diabetes Myths You Should Be Aware Of
http://www.newtondailynews.com/articles/2009/07/17/r_oxi_vgbpqxwtpgcuvba3da/index.xml Those are good myths everyone should read and understand. We should not really subscribe to those myths that could put one in danger. It is better to double check them with trusted sites before jumping into conclusions that could hold one back in the management of diabetes.

How to Avoid Kidney Stones
http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hs-kidney-stones-0717,0,6304249.story These are such good suggestions to avoid getting kidney stones. We have heard about the grapefruit juice and that kind of solidified that information for us. And we love what they said about becoming a detective for our health as we are the ones who know our bodies the most.

Here's the new addition to the website:


Diabetes Prevention

Medical Bills

Here are the new additions at our sister site at Blogging for Diabetes and You You may be able to hit control and click to follow the link:

Kidney Disease Cause at Early Stage Uncovered?

Therapy for Cancer and Arthritis May Be Good as Diabetes Treatment

What Drug Lowers Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Among Diabetics with Kidney Disease?

Disabled Diabetics May Collect Social Security Benefits

Articles Published at Ezinearticles on:

Diabetes Drugs and Osteoporosis - Have You Heard the Connection?

Diabetes Risk and Sleep - What's the Connection?

You will find the above articles at Dr. Roger Guzman's Articles

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Top 10 Low Carb Budget Foods

It can be difficult and expensive sometimes to try to eat healthy with diabetes. We wonder at times what is a diabetes diet. But really it is simple because it just means eating healthy balanced meals in moderation with some carbohydrate control. Fortunately, we have a list of low carbohydrates that are low cost as well. Here they are:

  • Dried or canned beans such as kidney, pinto, black, navy are not expensive at $1 per can or even cheaper if you watch the sales. Half a cup of beans contain approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates, lots of fiber and some protein. They are good in soup, salad, chili, dips and tacos.
  • Eggs are also low carb and low cost but high in protein. Take it easy with the yolk for it has some saturated fat. We've eaten them fried, scrambled, as mushroom omelet, hard boiled which Roger loves and soft boiled which I enjoy. Why, Roger even eats it raw and I shudder at that for fear of salmonella poisoning but he is still hale and hearty.
  • Sweet potato, oh, how we love this not just because it contains carbohydrates, Vitamin A, fiber and potassium but for its lovely taste and ease of preparation. Just throw one into the microwave and voila! You have a vegetable to go. Watch the portion though for a small sweet potato has 18 grams of carbs (we halve this so we're fine) and 3 grams of fiber.
  • Canned tuna is a cheap source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and good for the heart. Add it to green salad with light mayonnaise, a little plain yogurt, onions and celery. Roger loves this but I must confess I am not a fan of tuna.
  • Peanut butter is high in fat but of the unsaturated kind that is good for the heart. It is also high in calories so go easy on this but it is low in carbs and inexpensive. Spread a tablespoon on a slice of whole wheat bread for breakfast or on an apple, celery and whole wheat crackers for a snack.
  • Fruits from melon to berries has 15 grams of carb per cup. A small fruit also contains 15 grams of carb.
  • Vegetables in season like tomatoes, leafy greens and zucchini in the summer are all low carb, low cost, and low in calories, but high in taste. Discover new ways of cooking them but I love them grilled.
  • Frozen vegetables are my friends because they are easy to prepare, low in carbohydrates and contain vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are also lower in sodium than their cousins, the canned vegetables.
  • Plain Yogurt is cheaper when you buy the large container rather than the smaller ones. It can be eaten at breakfast, or snack with jelly that is sugar-free and almonds. Add it to chicken, tuna, or pasta to make it creamier or in a dessert of fruit smoothie.
  • Oatmeal is a healthy food not only for breakfast but it can be added to burgers, meatloaf or any other dishes that require bread crumbs. It is high in fiber but it isn't really low carb but I sneaked it in here because my grandfather used to tell me to eat lots of it because it makes the horses healthy. Go figure that one out.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

For your ship to come in, you must first build a dock. - author unknown

What does that mean? For us, it just means, to expect something in return, one has to work at it. We cannot expect to be healthy if we do not eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, monitor the blood glucose level and follow doctor's orders. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but we just honestly want you to be healthy.

4. And here’s the dessert recipe we promised you.

This takes only 15 minutes to prepare but 55 minutes to cook. It is easy to prepare and oh so delicious. In the spirit of this month's theme of low carb, we chose this dessert recipe to feature because it is considered to be low carb as well.

Guilt-Free Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 4 separated eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • baking paper
  • 1/2 c Splenda sweetener
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 c light cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Splenda sweetener
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 c. sour cream

Procedure:

  • a. Set oven at 400 degrees and line bottom of 9-inch springform pan with baking paper.
  • b. Separate eggs and beat the whites with salt until stiff.
  • c. Beat Splenda and the egg yolks until thick, add lemon juice, beat in cream cheese until fluffy.
  • d. Mix in a small quantity of egg whites and the grated lemon peel. Fold the mixture of cream cheese into the rest of the egg whites and pour the whole thing into the pan. Shake it a bit to make it level.
  • e. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, lower the temperature to 300 degrees and continue baking for 40 minutes. When the cake top is set, turn off the oven and let the cake cool for an hour with the oven door closed. Remove from the oven and continue to cool it in a wire rack.
  • f. Whisk together the Splenda, sour cream and vanilla. Spread this on top of the cheesecake. Garnish with berries if your prefer.

Cool it slowly if you do not want to have cracks on the cake. Mine always comes out with moon-like craters but it still tastes delicious. The cake makes 12 servings. One serving has 165.2 calories, 7.7 total carbs, 2 g of dietary fiber, 4.4 g sugar, 12.6 total fat, 7.2 saturated fat, 5.4 g of unsaturated fat, 32.9 mg of potassium, 8.8 g of protein, 43.5 mg of sodium. Some ingredients are not in the data base so they were excluded in the nutritional analysis.

5. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.

John Keeler submitted this joke. A child was newly diagnosed as having diabetes, and when he was released into this not-so-understanding world from hospital, his parents noticed that whenever he took his injection he proceeded to wave his arm around wildly, windmill-style (a la Pete Townshend). Thinking that he had gone through a lot, they declined from asking him what he was doing, until some weeks later when curiosity eventually bettered them and also due to the fact that he always waved his arm about just after taking his jab. "What are you doing?" asked his incredulous parents. "Oh, just what the doctor said - he told me to always rotate the injection site..........."


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That's all for now our friends. Make sure you eat some of those low carb, low cost and low calorie carb. As for stress, kick it out the door. There are a few stress busters we know. Perhaps, we will feature a stress buster every week. We pray that we will have time to do it. Take good care of yourselves and thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter.

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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Did you miss the following back issues of this newsletter?

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Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 805


Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 806

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