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Sugar Alcohol: A Good Low Carb Sugar Option?

Gute LuiseWe have become so conditioned to eat sugar that going without it is not only painful, but also extremely challenging. Go down the processed food aisle, and you would be hard pressed to find processed foods that don’t contain some form of sugar, whether it is plain cane sugar or any of the other sugars ending in “-ose.” When you start a low carb diet, many sweet foods can be eliminated or healthier fruit options substituted, but if you’re like me there are just some things you aren’t willing to forego, such as coffee. There is a reason sugar substitutes are so popular, but with health concerns arising about products such as sucralose, there must be another low carb sugar option. Continue reading “Sugar Alcohol: A Good Low Carb Sugar Option?”

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Top 5 Low Carb Shakes for Atkins and Low Carb Diets

You know what I love? Simplicity. And fast food. When you’re on a low carb diet, those things are not really great options anymore, but if you shift your priorities a bit, you will find the simplicity and fast food you need in low carb shakes. Low carb shakes are so good for breakfast when you’re crabby and not in the mood to deal with cooking, or when you’re on the go at lunch. Keep a few in the fridge at work and at home, and you can avoid a big slip when you’re craving a quick meal and don’t want the hassle of cooking. Continue reading “Top 5 Low Carb Shakes for Atkins and Low Carb Diets”

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I Really Miss My Low Carb Yogurt – What Are My Choices?

yogurt! I think I am still mourning the loss of my favorite yogurts. When you find a brand you like, it is difficult to leave it behind. That being said, since we have quit sugar, I feel much better about my health overall, so I feel like it is a fair trade. There are still times, however, when I really wish I had yogurt, so of course I had to find a way to get low carb yogurt the whole family could enjoy. Rejoice, low carbers, for there are options! Continue reading “I Really Miss My Low Carb Yogurt – What Are My Choices?”

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Low Carb Snacks You Might Not Know About: Popcorn

A light snack, perhaps?One of the easiest low carb snacks is also one of the most often overlooked. Low carb popcorn is a wholesome, healthy whole grain – it’s like two great foods in one! Popcorn is also incredibly versatile. If you are in the mood for a hint of sweet, sprinkle fresh popcorn with cinnamon, or go traditional with melted butter and salt for a salty snack that satisfies. ¬†At just 5 grams of carbs per one-cup serving, popcorn is one of those low carb snacks you can eat almost freely, and not feel the least bit guilty about! Continue reading “Low Carb Snacks You Might Not Know About: Popcorn”

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Glycemic Load vs. Glycemic Index

There seems to be a shroud of mystery surrounding the terms “glycemic load” and “glycemic index,” both of which are very helpful for following a low carb or diabetic diet. I came across this video that does a pretty good — and short — job of breaking down the two terms to help us understand just what each one means, and which is the most important in terms of blood sugar control. Continue reading “Glycemic Load vs. Glycemic Index”

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Finding Low GI Foods for Diabetics

Root VegetablesIn order to understand how to find low GI foods for diabetics, we need to first talk about what low GI really means. The Glycemic Index is a measure of how quickly a food converts to sugar in our bodies. While this is helpful information, it is not the whole picture. Just because the carbs in a food convert quickly to sugar does not mean that a particular food is going to spike your blood sugar through the roof. Continue reading “Finding Low GI Foods for Diabetics”

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Variety, Not Just Quantity of Fruits and Vegetables Can Lower Diabetes Risk

Fresh Fruits & VeggiesRecent research out of the UK suggests that eating a diet with a high variety of fruits and vegetables might lower the risk of diabetes by as much as 40 percent. The researchers followed more than 3,700 adults in the UK with a diet journal to compare their fruit and vegetable intake. Of participants on the lower end of the scale, at about two servings per day – which is about the same as the average American’s fruit and vegetable consumption — 21 percent were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That compares to 16 percent in people with the highest consumption of about six servings per day. Continue reading “Variety, Not Just Quantity of Fruits and Vegetables Can Lower Diabetes Risk”

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Low Carb Fruits on a Diabetic Diet

For me, one of the hardest things about a low carb diet was the fact that, although I know they are so healthy for me, fruits turned out to be a no-no most of the time. When I was eating low carb, I found very little room in my diet for any fruits at all, and that was hard. I can get rid of sugar and refined carbs, but when something natural is an enemy too – that just adds insult to injury. Continue reading “Low Carb Fruits on a Diabetic Diet”

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Quitting Sugar Side Effects

Fresh fruitNo matter what people might say, quitting sugar is just like getting over any other addiction. It is an addiction, and your body is going to have problems with you giving up something it really enjoys. When you are quitting sugar, side effects are par for the course. For the most part, you won’t notice the lack of sugar as much as you would notice the absence of other chemicals, such as nicotine or caffeine. Continue reading “Quitting Sugar Side Effects”

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What is the Normal Blood Sugar Level for Adults?

The American Diabetes Association has published guidelines to help us understand just what is the normal blood sugar level for adults. While we are all individual and unique in many ways, blood sugar is an area where pretty much everyone can expect to see the same numbers.

What is the Normal Blood Sugar Level for Adults?
There are two ways to determine the normal blood sugar level for adults: fasting blood sugar readings and post prandial blood sugar readings. Post prandial readings are those taken either one or two hours after eating, while fasting readings are taken first thing in the morning, when most people will have gone without eating for eight hours or more. Continue reading “What is the Normal Blood Sugar Level for Adults?”