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Summer Fun and diabetes management…

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!
Be happy-be bright-be you! ❤
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Latest report proves ‘SHOCKING’ sugar levels in hot drinks!

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!

 

Should sugar be taken out of your diet?

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Sugar isn’t all bad, not from fruit anyway. But sugar in high amounts is very bad, no matter what kind. Don’t understand? Read on to learn more….

Supplements are promoted more and more these days but supplements can’t match or duplicate all the protective strengthening elements of real fruits and vegetables. There are too many unknown and undiscovered nutrients in these nutrient-rich natural foods. These cannot all be synthesised.

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Without fruit, we negatively affect our personal potential for health, performance and longevity.

Today, you’ll hear a lot about not eating fruit, “no sugar,” and getting more protein. Protein is portrayed as the one safe macronutrient, which unlike fat and carbohydrates has not yet been demonized.

But does cutting all (or most of) the sugar out of your diet make any sense at all? I think you’ll agree that we need carbohydrate to fuel our bodies using whole natural food. But our brain is fueled only by sugar (glucose). The issue is not the naturally-occurring sugar from fruits and vegetables; the issue around sugar is from two words or actions that spell out all of the trouble—refined and added.

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So the answer is yes, if you are cutting out refined and added sugars. The answer is no if you are talking about the natural sugar in fruits and vegetables.

So how much sugar in your diet is too much? Should you limit sugars from fruit too?

Here are the essential insights you need to know:

Refined and added sugars contribute to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, impaired cognitive function, and cancers.

Refined and added sugars may be listed on ingredient labels as sugar, honey, evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar or fruit juice concentrates.

Regardless of the name, refined and added sugars are nutrient-poor substances that are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream, raising blood sugar and insulin to dangerous levels; or in the case of the higher fructose sweeteners, increasing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

As humans, we naturally incline towards sweet foods to gain the nutrients from fruits but we are now being controlled by nutrient-poor refined sugar. Only way out is to re-progarm ourself to reach for fruit rather then refined sugars. Even then the amount of fruit consumed should be controlled.

Fresh fruits provide amazingly sweet flavor packaged with fiber, essential nutrients, antioxidants and other phytochemicals that protect us against the same diseases that refined and added sugars promote.

Unlike refined foods with added sugars, nutrient-rich fresh fruits do not perpetuate sweet cravings and overeating. They nourish and detoxify your body, stabilize and strengthen your immune system and optimize the way you eat.

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Kids require healthy eating awareness from a young age! 

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. 

Nutritious eating is the key…