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Flame Retardants Linked to Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Flame Retardants and DiabetesNew research published by the American Diabetes Association shows a connection between flame retardants and risk for type 2 diabetes.  According to the Korean study, those who were exposed to higher amounts of PBB-153, a common flame retardant, had twice the risk of diabetes and metabolic disorder than those who had the lowest exposure. Continue reading “Flame Retardants Linked to Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk”

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Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe in the Microwave

Meatloaf has long been a staple food in my family.  In fact, it is my Dad’s favorite meal, so I remember eating it often growing up.

Made correctly, you can enjoy low carb meatloaf and include it in your family’s regular meal plans.  This recipe is the same one my family eats and is delicious, low carb and oh-so-comforting on a cold winter’s night.

Most of the few carbs in this low carb meatloaf recipe are from the crackers and barbecue sauce.  You could easily adapt this to a no carb meatloaf recipe but substituting zero carb options for those two ingredients, but at 13 grams per serving, you really don’t need to worry. Continue reading “Low Carb Meatloaf Recipe in the Microwave”

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Have Diabetes? Your Hearing Could Be At Risk, Too

Diabetes can cause hearing lossIn a new study from Japan, experts examined previous research to see if there was a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss.  There was.

In fact, those with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing trouble than those without.  Additionally, younger diabetes sufferers seemed to be more affected by hearing troubles than older patients.

What this means for treatment and prevention is still unclear, but researchers do believe uncontrolled blood sugar levels (high blood sugar) may damage blood vessels in the ears, leading to hearing impairment. Continue reading “Have Diabetes? Your Hearing Could Be At Risk, Too”

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Mission Tortilla Chips Review

Mission Tortilla chips are my go-to snack food for those times when I want something simple and versatile. Perhaps the best feature for most of us on a low carb diet is the fact that they aren’t marketed as “low carb,” and don’t have the typical high price tag of a low carb snack. They are light, wholesome and made up entirely of good ingredients, a feat that seems to be getting more difficult in these days of highly processed mystery foods. Continue reading “Mission Tortilla Chips Review”

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Low Carb Crackers: Ryvita Crispbread Review

Purely by chance, I happened across some Ryvita Sunflower Seeds & Oats crackers at my local grocery store the other day.  They looked scrumptiously natural and healthy, and with just 14 grams of carbs (10 net grams) for two crackers, they seemed a perfect cracker to pair with cheese slices for an afternoon snack.  After munching on them for a couple of days, I’ve come to the conclusion that these might just be one of the best low carb crackers in the world.

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Low Carb Success Story

Hey guys!  As some of you know, I started this site after dealing with gestational diabetes with my pregnancies.  After having my last baby, I slacked off and started eating poorly again.  About two months ago, I decided to start back on a low carb diet.  Having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), I suffer from insulin resistance and I can feel when things are getting out of control, which they were again.  So I thought I would post to you my results and show you that good things can happen by just changing your diet!  Here’s my low carb success story, and I’d love to hear yours, too! Continue reading “Low Carb Success Story”

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Low Carb Chips and Crackers: Crunchy, Salty Snacks That Satisfy

chips photoHave you noticed there are different groups of people, such as dog people or cat people, morning people or -not- morning people, etc.?  There are also sweet people and salty people, and if you’re a salty person, it can be really hard to go without your salt fix.  Fortunately, there are many low carb chips and crackers to help you get your fix without compromising your blood sugar control. The suggestions in this article are based on the recommended 15-20 grams of carbs for a “low carb snack.” Remember, the key to blood sugar control is testing and monitoring, so check your blood sugar after eating these snacks to make sure they work for your unique dietary needs. Continue reading “Low Carb Chips and Crackers: Crunchy, Salty Snacks That Satisfy”

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Low Carb Snacks for Diabetics

ms. independentWhen I first began this site, it was intended to provide an easy list of low carb snacks for diabetics, and I remain true to that goal today, though with a few side trips. 🙂  Let’s face it: eating is hard when you’re a diabetic.  When you first get that diagnosis, it is like the world is closing in, and suddenly everything changes.  At first, it seems like a death sentence, like life as you know it will forever change into something miserable, flavorless, and full of rules.  As time goes on, though, your outlook starts to change, and things don’t seem so bad after all.  To get to that point, however, you need an easy path to take to help make good choices.  This site, and this post about low carb snacks for diabetics, will help you make easy choices that don’t require a lot of thought, time or effort to enjoy. Continue reading “Low Carb Snacks for Diabetics”

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Is Hummus Low Carb?

boyfriend bento 5-19-07I have noticed many searches on the question, “Is hummus low carb?”, so I wanted to write a post to address this. How you define hummus depends entirely on how you eat it. Hummus is not meant to be eaten alone like a sauce, but rather as a dip or spread to be enjoyed with another food. For that reason, even though hummus may seem to have a high carb count, it is actually low carb when taken in context.

My taco flavored hummus recipe has 44 grams of carbs per cup. You may look at that and think there’s no way we could say hummus is low carb, but have you ever sat down and tried to eat a whole cup of hummus? Talk about a bellyache! Also, it is important to consider that in that same cup of hummus, you are getting 20 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber. Not many low carb snacks can boast such impressive numbers. Continue reading “Is Hummus Low Carb?”

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The 5 Most Important Things to Learn about Low Carb Snacks

AppleMany people, when confronted with the idea of going on a low carb diet, either because they need to for diabetes or other health issues, or because they are trying to lose weight, approach low carb foods with the idea of finding ways to eat the way they did before they went low carb. What I mean is that we are constantly seeking ways to have our cake and eat it too, such as with low carb sugar options or low carb noodles.  While this isn’t necessarily bad, it can be quite self defeating if you expect to enjoy things the way you did before your low carb diet.  Here are some important things to remember when it comes to low carb snacks and dieting. Continue reading “The 5 Most Important Things to Learn about Low Carb Snacks”