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
No 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
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
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston assessed the health of 21 volunteers in a laboratory controlled sleep study that lasted six weeks. Although research has shown that sleep troubles can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, the results of this particular study were even more alarming. Continue reading
When you first enter the world of the diabetic diet, you will hear about the Glycemic Index and how foods you want to eat are rated on it. Especially for newcomers, all those numbers can be confusing. If you have been wondering, “Just what is the Glycemic Index?”, this video, though lengthy, does a pretty good job of setting things straight: Continue reading
A few weeks ago, we went through all of the food in our house, trying to eliminate every food that contained refined sugar. The results were astounding. Things I never imagined would contain sugar had it hidden in various forms in the ingredients list. We are quitting sugar completely. As I have mentioned, I suffer from gestational diabetes in my pregnancies, and GD gives a 60% increased risk of type 2 diabetes within 10 years. I don’t want that hanging over my head anymore.
Hummus is such a delicious, healthy low carb snack. An entire cup of hummus has just 35 grams of carbs, but the best part is it is packed full of protein and fiber, with 20 and 15 grams, respectively. Not only can you spread it on crackers or crispbread, but you can also dip celery or carrot sticks in it for even lower carbs. If you are unfamiliar with hummus, it is made from chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, with some spices and other items mixed in. Traditional hummus calls for other ingredients, such as tahini, but this low carb snack recipe is a great place to start with hummus. Continue reading
Who has the time to go shopping at specialty stores in the hopes that they carry low carb food that tastes good? Thankfully, Amazon has a staggering variety of low carb products online, so you can shop from the comfort of your home. Many of their items are available with Subscribe & Save, which means you can get a discount by signing up to receive them at regular intervals. This can be a huge money saver if you choose your low carb products carefully.
One of the things I miss on a low carb diet is a big, fat bowl of spaghetti. Pasta is really not an option, unless you buy low carb pasta, which can be expensive and still doesn’t add much nutritional value to a meal. So for quite a while, I have foregone any kind of pasta meal, even though my pantry is full of delicious spaghetti sauce. Talk about torment! And then it occurred to me: spaghetti squash would make an excellent alternative to low carb pasta! Continue reading
Low carb eating out can be tricky, but sometimes you just have to have something on the go. There are quite a few possibilities at large chain restaurants, so low carb isn’t entirely impossible, just difficult. If you are craving fast food or an evening out, the following guide to low carb eating out can get you some ideas and help you prepare for some good eats that won’t break your diet.
General Low Carb Eating Out Tips
If you’re headed to a new restaurant and are not sure what’s on the menu, there are a couple of ways you can keep a lower carb count while still enjoying the food. Continue reading