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Foods for Type 2 Diabetes – TypeFree Diabetes

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Food for Type 2 Diabetes

Food for Type 2 Diabetes

The Different Types of Natural and Artificial Sweeteners

Diabetics use several types of sweeteners as sugar alternatives. These sweeteners are sometimes natural, such as Stevia and fruit juice. Other sweeteners are man-made, such as Aspartame (as-per-teym) and Splenda. Read more… 

Type 2 Diabetes: Tips for a Summer of Healthy Cookouts

Nearly everyone knows about the dietary risks of summertime cookouts; the menu tends to be loaded with items that are high in fat, high in calories, and full of grease.  Read more… 

Salad Mythbusters

Croutons should be avoided.
Many people believe that they should not add croutons to their salads because of the added carbohydrates. Read more… 

Fast Foods Mythbusters

Chicken nuggets = Protein. However, chicken nuggets are a poor choice if you are looking to add low calorie protein to your diet. In fact, not only are chicken nuggets often fried and loaded with grease, but … Read more… 

Fruits and Vegetables Mythbusters

Because fruits and vegetables are natural, they are good for me. Read more… 

Energy Drink Mythbusters

Because energy drinks are made with vitamins, they are good for me.
Some energy drinks are made with vitamins. Read more… 

Artificial Sweetener Mythbusters

Many people living with diabetes avoid eating sugar, using guidelines like cutting out refined sugar in the form of candy, white bread, and desserts. In place of sugar, many choose to use artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and Splenda. Read more… 

Type 2 Diabetes and Grilling with Splenda

Planning a barbecue? If you want the menu to be healthier than the traditional picnic fare, there are plenty of tasty options. Read more… 

Nutrition Mythbusters

Myth #1: Carbohydrates are bad for you.
All carbohydrates aren’t alike. But carbohydrates are also found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and dairy products; Read more… 

Diabetic’s Guide to Carbohydrates

It is important for Diabetics to be aware of what a carbohydrate is and how it reacts within the body. In general, a carbohydrate is a unit of energy, similar to a calorie, that is derived from sugars ingested into the body.Read more… 

High Fiber Foods and Managing Diabetes

What Is Dietary Fiber?
Dietary fiber describes the part of the plant that can’t be digested. Dietary fiber is an important part of the Diabetes diet. Read more… 

Alcohol and Diabetes

Alcohol is a substance that has a very large quantity of sugar in it. For this reason, drinking alcohol by itself can raise the body’s blood sugar to very high levels, making the consumption of alcohol dangerous for many Diabetics. Read more… 

Diabetes and Diet Drinks

Diet drinks do not contain sugar, which has been proven to be harmful on the body. As such, diet drinks are widely believed to be a healthy alternative to their sugar-loaded counterparts. Read more… 

Appetizer and Snack Tips for Diabetes

There are a lot of great appetizer and snack ideas available to people with diabetes.  The important thing to remember is to choose good nutrition. That is foods with low calories, low Glycemic Index carbs, low fat, and high fiber.
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High Protein Diets – Risky for Diabetics

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High Protein Diets – Risky for Diabetics?

Many people with diabetes wonder if high protein diets are risky for diabetics. There are many diets available that offer quick weight loss. Some of these diets encourage eating more protein and less carbohydrates as the secret to weight loss success. This eating approach may seem like a good plan if you have diabetes, however, these diets do not come without risks.

Eating more protein and less high glycemic index carbs seems to make sense. Protein and carbs contain the same energy, 4 calories per gram. But, protein stays in your stomach longer thereby giving you a filled feeling for a longer period of time than carbohydrates. Also, protein does not affect blood sugar. However, the American Diabetes Association does not recommend high protein diets because the long term effects and complications are unknown. Chronic kidney disease is the stumbling block.

What is known?
Chronic kidney disease is a long term complication of diabetes. The kidneys get rid of urea, the by-product of protein digestion. If your kidneys are not working properly, it is harder for them to clean the urea out of the blood. If your doctor has told you that you have lost kidney function, you may need to eat a lot less protein. For more detailed information from Click the National Kidney Foundation.

What foods contain protein?
There are certain foods that are considered protein foods. Protein is found in large amounts in animal foods such as:

  • poultry
  • meat
  • seafood
  • eggs
  • cheese
  • milk
  • cottage cheese
  • Peanut butter and tofu are also high in protein

Following a diet that encourages large amounts of these foods could be harmful if you have kidney disease. If you have been told you need to follow a diabetic-renal diet, visit a Registered Dietitian that can develop a plan based on your specific needs. Even if you don’t have kidney disease, you still speak with a health care professional for their guidance.

Eat a Balanced Meal…But Less

Portion Control Plates

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Vegetarian Diet Great for Diabetes – TypeFree Diabetes

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Diabetes Diet Vegetarian

Vegetarian Diet  – Great for Diabetes

There are several types of Vegetarian diets, including strict Vegan diets (no animal products may be consumed) and lacto-ovo diets, in which vegetarians may consume cheese, eggs, and other dairy products. It is essential that vegetarians carefully balance their nutrition so that they are able to obtain the proper amount of protein to stay healthy

Vegetarianism and Veganism

According to the Mayo Clinic, Diabetics may benefit greatly from adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet. While vegetarian and vegan diets differ greatly in terms of what sorts of foods can be eaten, the major characteristic of both is that vegetarians and vegans do not eat meat. A vegetarian is generally a person that does not consume meat, but may consume animal products, such as:

  • milk and eggs (lacto-ovo vegetarian).
  • fish (pesco vegetarian)

A vegan, however, does not consume any animal products at all: No meat, eggs, cheese or milk. Also vegans do not use products made from or with animal products like wool, leather, cosmetics, etc.

Vegan diets tend to be healthy, when they are closely monitored and balanced with foods from every food group but meat and dairy. In fact, a vegan diet is cholesterol-free and low in saturated fats. Both vegan and vegetarian diets are low in calories and include large amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. As such, the vegan and vegetarian diet tends to include healthy foods that are low in fat and sugar.

Naturally, when a person consumes very little sugar and has a predominantly natural diet, he or she can usually lose weight and maintain that weight loss. Because Diabetes is a disease that is made better by limited sugar in take and by staying at a healthy weight, the vegan and vegetarian diets tend to be very suitable.

Additionally, while the vegan and vegetarian diets cannot cure diabetes, they can reduce the risk of common complications, such as heart and kidney disease. Heart disease is generally called by high blood pressure and cholesterol, which are both practically eliminated through a vegetarian diet. Kidney disease, which can be made worse by consuming protein, can be delayed by eliminating meat proteins and adopting the healthier vegan and vegetarian nutritional standards.

Before beginning a vegan or vegetarian diet, be sure to consult with your doctor or dietician. Vegan and vegetarian diets remove the most common sources of important proteins and vitamins. Therefore, it is important to understand what supplements you will need to take in order to make up for those losses. 

Even Vegetarians Need to Exercise!

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Diabetes Meal Planning – TypeFree Diabetes

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Diabetes Meal Plan

Diabetes Meal Planning

Diabetes Menu Planner

Chances are good that you are already well aware that the food you eat has a direct impact on your body weight and overall health. For example, most of us know that the more food we eat, the more calories we take in. Taking in calories gives us energy, but excess calories are often stored on the body as fat.

But, more importantly you need to be careful about the amount of sugar that you eat with each meal. White Rice is sugar in disguise. Read more…

Slow Cookers: Home Cooked Meal While at Work

After a long day at the office or while you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend, it can often be rewarding to return home to find your dinner already prepared for you. Even if you love to cook, a slow cooker meal can help you stay healthy and nutritious, no matter how busy your schedule gets. Say goodbye to fast food dinners and slapped-together sandwiches with these slow cooker ideas and tips: Plan a Dinner!!! Read more…

Family Meal Planning Mythbusters

Diabetic-friendly food is bland:
Diabetic-friendly food does not have to be bland. Anyone who has ever sampled many store-bought Diabetic-friendly foods may have the impression that the low-sugar items are tasteless and unfullfilling. However, Diabetic-friendly foods do not have to be bland at all. Read more…

1200 Calorie to 2400 Calorie Meal Plans

How much should I eat each day? This is a Diabetes menu guide to suggest how to use vegetables, meats, starch, fruit, and fats to meet your daily caloric needs. This menu guide ranges from 1200 calories per day to 2400 calories per day menu plans.Read more…

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