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Lack of Sleep Has Startling Blood Sugar Impact

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 “Lack of Sleep Has Startling Blood Sugar Impact”

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What is the Glycemic Index?

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 “What is the Glycemic Index?”

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Quitting Sugar

quitting sugarA 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.
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Low Carb Snack Recipe with Video: Hummus Dip

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 “Low Carb Snack Recipe with Video: Hummus Dip”

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Low Carb Products Online: Buy Low Carb Foods From the Comfort of Your Home

Ordering OnlineWho 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.
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Spaghetti Squash: A Delicious, Healthy Alternative to Low Carb Pasta

img_2859_2009One 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 “Spaghetti Squash: A Delicious, Healthy Alternative to Low Carb Pasta”

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Guide to Low Carb Eating Out: Know Before You Go

Dining OutLow 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 “Guide to Low Carb Eating Out: Know Before You Go”

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Low Carb Tortillas: Say Hello to Burritos Again

TortillasOne of the foods I miss most on my gestational diabetes diet is burritos.  Nothing says comfort and easy cooking like burritos, but with more than 30 grams of carbs per traditional flour tortilla, burritos are a thing of the past for most people on a low carb diet.

I was so happy to discover low carb tortillas and a return to my wayward eating habits!  Surprisingly, they are inexpensive too, so even low carb dieters on a budget can enjoy burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas again.  I have researched several brands of low carb tortillas and have summarized the different brands available.  If you have found a brand not listed here or would like to share other ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below – I would love your input! Continue reading “Low Carb Tortillas: Say Hello to Burritos Again”

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Low Carb Shopping Guide: Low Carb Snacks You Can Buy When You’re Out and About

Vending MachineLet’s face it: We don’t always remember to pack low carb snacks for on the go, which leads to the opportunity for failure. I rarely remember to pack myself healthy low carb snacks because I’m simply not that organized. So when hunger hits and you’re out on the road, how do you maintain a low carb diet without just buying a block of cheese to gnaw on?  I’m putting together a low carb shopping guide to help you make informed decisions about what you can eat when you find yourself hungry and away from your stash of good foods. Continue reading “Low Carb Shopping Guide: Low Carb Snacks You Can Buy When You’re Out and About”

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The Master List of Low Carb Snacks for Low Carb Diets, Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes

Chilled Yogurt with BerriesLooking for a list of low carb snacks to give you some ideas? This list will be frequently updated as I come across more snack ideas that work for low carb diets, gestational diabetes and diabetic diets. Since most of us don’t have time or the inclination to cook elaborate snacks, most of these can be thrown together in a matter of a few minutes. If the snack item on the list requires a recipe, the name of the snack will link to its corresponding recipe.

Carb counts next to each item will need to be verified with your own brands, but this gives you a good estimate for each snack. Continue reading “The Master List of Low Carb Snacks for Low Carb Diets, Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes”