Now we are hitting summer, a time to relax, unwind and enjoy, getting ready for the summer parties, picnics, barbecues, outings and events-a time when eating and drinking seems to be never-ending, do you agree?
Sometimes, these events can be constant over a few days; this constant eating and indulging means it becomes difficult to manage one’s diabetes-a challenging time it may seem. However, you can take charge and change your habit! By making more informed-wiser-healthier food and drink choices!
In contrary, to eating a usual meal that is finished once eaten, food at dates and events, do not have the same sense of ‘being finished’, we can always have one more snack or drink and become carried away whilst chatting away!
It’s up to us change these thought patterns, and create better choices for YOUR optimum health and well-being! Rather than eating too much, bear in mind your usual portion sizes and carbohydrate amounts on an ordinary day.
It’s great to socialize and have a delightful time, but take control and know when you should say, ‘no, thank you’, so as not to overeat and drink at the expense of YOUR OWN health! We believe in enjoying life to the full, to enjoy good food and drink in moderation, whilst being in CONTROL of your diabetes; as oppose to ignoring your body’s requirements in turn causing you difficulty in mind and body-short and long term. Having a mental or written ‘note’ of how to eat and drink sensibly whilst you are out enjoying yourself is vital for maintaining positive health and well-being, so be in control and keep the balance right!
Research findings estimated that more than 1/3 of drinks contain the same amount or MORE SUGAR than a can of coca-cola, which contains 9 teaspoons of sugar per can. Around 1.7 billion cups of coffee are sold each year and 1/5 of the population visit coffee shops daily (including teens).
A report by ‘Action on Sugar’analysed 131 hot drinks and found some of the worst cases; drinks contained more than 20 or more teaspoons of sugar!!! Drinks analysed included flavoured coffees such as mochas and lattes, hot fruit drinks and hot chocolates from coffee shops and fast food chains. The statistics showed that 98% of the drinks tested would receive the red nutritional value label for high sugar content. Some of the worst ‘sugar content’, for each type of flavoured drink are as follows:
-costa and Chai latte – Massimo with 20 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
-starbucks-white chocolate mocha with whipped cream – Venti with 18 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
-starbucks- Signature hot chocolate – Venti- with 15 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
-cafe nero- Caramelatte with 13 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero said they were committed to reducing sugar content in their drinks. To tackle the issue ‘Action of Sugar’ called for a reduction on the amount of sugar in coffee shop drinks, a 20% reduction in tax for unhealthy drinks and products as well as a ban on marketing and promoting these products.
But for now these drinks have more than 3 x the Government recommended maximum!! We will say choose the healthiest options when you go out for drinks and better still stick to your water and home-made smoothies!! Be happy-be bright-be you!
Healthy eating habits is key in preventing type 2 diabetes as well as maintaining nutritious cooking methods and incorporating exercise daily. Kids need to be educated about this from a very young age; from the home to the school setting. Health awareness is paramount to halt the rise of the type 2 diabetes epidemic.
Bitter gourd juice may not be the most tastiest vegetable, however it is a perfect juice for a Diabetic; besides most medicines are hardly tasty! It is best taken on an empty stomach in the mornings! Bitter gourd from the melon, squash and cucumber family has amazing benefits when consumed in moderation!
AMAZING BENEFITS OF BITTER GOURD!
Treats blood disorders such as blood boils and toxaemia, to solve this problem (mix 2 ounces of bitter gourd with lime juice and consume on an empty stomach for 4-6 months for improvement in health).
Treats respiratory disorders.
It contains a rich source of a certain plant insulin (a hypoglycemic compound), this plays a key role in lowering sugar levels in blood and urine. This juice helps in improving blood glucose tolerance.
Also, bitter gourd treats gout; it is great in cleansing the liver as it flushes out the toxins of the blood circulation. It reduces gout pain, thus providing relief.
Treats asthma and bronchitis.
2 ounces of freshly prepared gourd juice
Mix with honey in a diluted cup of water
WATCH OUT FOR HARMFUL EFFECTS OF BIITTER GOURD!
Although extremely healthy, more than 2 ounces of bitter gourd juice or consuming more than 2 gourds a day is not advisable; it can cause:
Abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
It is a ‘big no no for pregnancy’, as too much tends to stimulate uterus and may lead to preterm labour.
May cause adverse effects upon the body when consumed with other glucose lowering agents.
If suffering from glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), can cause a condition called Favism; if one consumes the seeds of biter gourds.. This condition can cause anaemia, headaches, fever, stomach pain