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Picky, Picky, Picky

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Picky eaters…we all have either been one, will be one, or know someone who is currently picky about what they eat. There are so many different factors that make people picky eaters. They could have started life just not liking the flavor of much, maybe the textures of certain foods drive them away, or maybe lack of adventure has left them only having a palate for the tried and true.

Regardless of the reason, when a medical condition, such as diabetes – either type 1 or type 2, is added on, things become even more difficult at meal and snack times. One thing that we need to realize is that not all picky eaters are children. Many adults are as well. How can one combat this issue and break out of the “ho hum” routine? Here’s some tips on making meal time livelier.

  • Consider new recipes. With the world essentially at your fingertips, it has become so easy to find new ways to cook. Searching the Internet for diabetic friendly meals brings up a ton of different pages. Pinterest is always a great resource, as is Allrecipes.com. They both have hundreds of recipes to help bring new tastes to your palate.
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    Ground Turkey Noodles

    For those with young picky eaters, consider having them help you cook. Start from the very beginning by taking them to the grocery store. Have them pick out the ingredients for a meal. When preparing dinner, let them do the chopping if they are old enough. Most kids are happy to pour things into something else, and they love to stir. By allowing them to do this, they are more likely to try new things. It also teaches them to cook, which is a great skill to have.

  • Let them know that it’s okay not to like certain foods, but they still need to eat healthy. Leave the diabetes out of it. Their palates will change as they grow older. If they aren’t getting enough protein, offer them a chocolate protein shake. Toss in some fruit with a vanilla protein shake. Switch it up, let them help you make it.
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    Lemon Rosemary Pork

    Another option is having healthy pre-cooked meals delivered to your door. MagicKitchen.com is the perfect answer to this. The internet allows that picky eater to see what their meal will look like and exactly what is in it.The best thing is you don’t have to worry about fumbling about the kitchen trying to prepare something you’ve never worked with before. It’s quick and easy. The options are plentiful for those needing a diabetic meal. It’s almost like having your own private chef in your kitchen preparing foods you and your family will love.

Cooking for a choosy eater can be pretty tough. It gets discouraging when you’ve worked hard to make a meal that is good for your whole family. Turned up noses are never the desired outcome of your efforts.

Chile con Carne with Peas & Carrots
Chile con Carne with Peas & Carrots

Finding ways to help that fussy eater in your family change their mindset is a challenge, especially when they are diabetic. Now you have a few more tools to help you get through this battle. The tips/hints listed above are only a few ways to help please the finicky eater. Do you have a situation like this in your home? If so, what are the strategies that you use? I’d love to learn how you make sure your picky eater tries new things.

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Diabetic Diet Ideal for All

For the 21 million Americans with diabetes, losing and/or maintaining weight is of critical importance in order to avoid complications caused by the disease.  Most of them manage their weight through exercise and diet…and by diet I don’t necessarily mean being “on” a diet, because that implies their diet is temporary.  It is not.  It is the permanent state of making healthy food choices out of necessity.  It is a lifestyle, not a diet in the traditional sense, and we could all benefit from rethinking what the term “diet” entails as most diabetics already have.

carImagine, if you will, that you’re a car and you’re required to drive up a long, steady incline, which you complete without too much trouble.  Now imagine having to complete the same task with some “junk in your trunk,” say the concrete remains of a sidewalk that was just torn up.  You manage to make it up the hill, but your engine had to work a whole lot harder and as you climb that hill, day after day, parts begin to fail.  The same can happen to humans with excess weight (or too much junk in the trunk).  Complications ensue…heart disease, high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke, cancer, and type II diabetes.

scaleSo, as you can see, being overweight should be a concern to us all, not just diabetics. And one way to lose or maintain your weight is to follow the lifestyle choices most diabetics follow in terms of what and how they eat.  As always, most of us already know what’s healthy (fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein) and what is not (a venti cinnamon dolce latte, muffins the size of your head).  After all, this isn’t rocket science here.

One thing many diabetics do is strictly monitor and track what they consume.  In other words, they COUNT CALORIES…gasp!  And it’s a good idea for all of us.  Just count your caloric intake for a few days.  My guess is that the difference between what you believe that number to be and what it actually is will surprise you…in a bad, OMG way.  Another thing most diabetics do is plan their meals ahead of time and then stick to that plan…no spur of the moment stops at DQ for a $5 nail to place in your coffin. A diabetic diet just makes sense.

supermarketMany diabetics also limit the intake of their carbohydrates and consume non-starchy vegetables (avoid potatoes, corn and peas).  They also eat whole grains and avoid refined or processed flour and sugar (avoid Twinkies and Chips Ahoy cookies).  They eat only lean protein (fish, skinless chicken, pork, beans and soy products).  They eat fresh fruit and avoid the frozen or canned variety as they often have added sugar.  And lastly, they eat “healthy” fats such as those derived from avocados, olives, nuts and seeds.  Just remember, the best diet is one you can stay “on” forever.

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15 Facts on Type 2 Diabetes

doctorType 2 Diabetes is a well-known, potentially life-long disease. It seems to be more prevalent now than it ever has before. The good thing is you can control it by monitoring and adjusting your diet and exercise habits. If these things just don’t work for you, medication is the next step. I know I’m awful about taking medicine, especially if I don’t really want it. I’m not the only one out there like this and if type 2 isn’t controlled, it can spiral quickly into a very messy situation! No one wants that!! Here are some interesting facts about type 2 diabetes.

  1. The Big D…Diagnosis – When your doctor tells you that your A1c level is over 6.5, you are essentially being told that your pancreas isn’t keeping up with proper release of insulin. Glucose is released into the blood, which causes the pancreas to kick into action releasing insulin. This then allows the glucose to be turned into energy for the body. Risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases when your A1c is between 5.7 and 6.4; normal range is 4 -5.6.
  2. Symptoms or Symptomless? – Some people with type 2 diabetes don’t have symptoms at all. This may sound like a good thing, but I’m not so sure. No symptoms means that pesky, out of whack sugar level is wreaking havoc on your body…unbeknownst to you! Others have symptoms and let’s face it, some aren’t going to be pleasant. You will possibly experience a need for the bathroom often (most likely when there isn’t one available…Murphy’s Law), you’ll be very thirsty, you may have unplanned weight loss/gain, or weakness/fatigue, numbness and possible tingling in your hands and feet. Most of these are manageable or tolerable, but still very annoying.
  3. Complica200_elliot_p_joslintions, We All Have Them – Some of the complications of type 2 diabetes can be more than just annoying. They can be downright scary!! Think kidney damage/failure, vision issues, blindness, developing heart disease, strokes, depression, and amputation (yikes)! These complications are enough to encourage you to control this disease through diet, exercise and possibly medication!
  4. Who is Elliot P. Joslin? – He was the first doctor to specialize in diabetes. He started the first diabetes registry ever which was compiled from patients beginning in his third year of medical school. His aunt and mother both had diabetes.
  5. Diabetic friendly mealDiabetic Friendly Meals Really Exist? – Yes, they really do exist and yes, some can be quite tasty! Some things to think about are adding in extra veggies or substitutions. For instance, if you have a hankering for spaghetti, fine go for it! Just substitute some of the white pasta for whole wheat or better yet use spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini! Eating diabetic friendly meals is a great way to combat Type 2 diabetes. Another perfect way to do this is to order from a meal service, such as www.magickitchen.com. They have a plethora of diabetic friendly meals at great prices, prepared and delivered directly to you!
  6. People on treadmill in gym runningMove That Booty…and the rest of your body – Cardio and weight training are some exercises we all need to do, not just those with Type 2. It doesn’t have to be boring, though. Go for a walk…this time of year is great for this! Not only will you be getting out of the house, but you’ll also get to see some of the signs of the changing season. I don’t know about you, but seeing new life popping up all over the place is revitalizing and encourages me to keep moving. As for the weight training, you don’t have to be a member of a gym. You have weights right in your own home. Start slow with some cans of veggies and move up to a gallon of water (in the jug, of course) to work your arms and upper body.
  7. Your Age Matters – If you are 45 or older guess what? You should be tested for type 2 diabetes. Why? Simple, it’s a risk factor. Pair that up with other risk factors such as a close family member is diabetic, you don’t move your body enough, high blood pressure, or having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you should be tested even younger. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of risk factors!
  8. Always Brush Your Teeth – This is something my brother-in-law used to tell my kids when they were brushlittle! He’s right, though…and this is extremely important if you have diabetes. Dry mouth, thrush, and periodontal gum disease are things the diabetic should watch for. Did you know that gum disease can actually make controlling your glucose levels even harder? Teeth and gums aren’t just for eating anymore!
  9. Love Thy Kidneys – Kidney failure is not pretty. People with type 2 diabetes make up 44% (ish) of the cases of chronic kidney failure. This is even when diabetes is under control! Be sure to discuss those kidneys with your doctor.
  10.  One Doctor, Two Doctor, Three Doctor, Four? – Get used to seeing more than one doctor. Once you have type 2 diabetes, you need a team of doctors to monitor your health. That care team is going to make sure that no stone is left unturned, nothing has been missed. We’re talking a primary care doc, a dentist (see #8), an ophthalmologist (see #3), a dietician, and possibly an endocrinologist. I didn’t even count the cardiologist if you have a history of heart disease.
  11.  It’s a Numbers Game – You will get used to checking your glucose levels. Not just at the doctor’s office, either. You should be monitoring them at home as well. What are the numbers you should be looking for? Normal blood glucose ranges (for those with type 2) before eating a meal should be around 70-130 and less than 180 1-2 hours after the beginning of a meal. Bedtime might look a little different and range from 90-150. Your doctor should have prescribed a meter and test strips for you to use. Because I forget things so easily, my suggestion is to keep a log to share with your doctor.
  12.  It’s Greek, errr…Latin? – Random fact here…the word diabetes is actually Greek for “siphon”. What?? Remember one of the possible symptoms is having to use the bathroom bodyshapesa lot? Well, in this case, the ample amount of urine associated with diabetes is the “siphon” being referred to. The Latin comes in with “mellitus”, or honey (sweet). This was basically thrown on when doctors found out that a diabetic’s urine is sweet. (I’m not going to go into how they discovered this. Use your imagination!)
  13.  Apples to Oranges, I Mean Pears – For quite some time, I’ve heard body types labeled as apples, pears, hourglasses, bananas, spoons, etc. Did you know that those with an apple body shape have a greater risk of developing diabetes than those with pear shapes? Food for thought.
  14.  Men vs Women – Ahh…the age old competition. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t have a victorious ending for either. However, men have the higher risk of death from diabetes than women. Men, listen to your doctors and extend your life expectancy! Please!
  15.  Diet Drinks Need to Go – Drinking soda just isn’t good for you, I’m including the diet stuff, too. Who doesn’t love the bubbly, sweet goodness on a hot day? Well, that drink could be an additional risk to developing type 2 diabetes. The artificial sweetener may just lead to signs of glucose intolerance, which in turn can lead to type 2. I do have a bit of good news, though…especially for coffee drinkers! Those heavy coffee hitters have a lower risk of developing diabetes. The range to be considered a heavy coffee drinker 4-6 8oz cups. Keep in mind that this is not a license to knock back 6 large lattes. I’m talking black coffee.

There you have some fun and not so fun facts on type 2 diabetes. It’s not a pretty disease to have. Remember some key points: diet and exercise are vital and they don’t have to be boring or unpleasant!

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Diabetic Meal Plans Delivered- It’s Time to Get Back on Track, and We Can Help!

Ravioli_MixedVeg_Brocc_IMG_6526 (2)To all our diabetic friends, those at risk for diabetes, and those on a low sodium diet: the holidays, with their associated over-indulgence, are now officially over! No longer, at least until next Thanksgiving, can you use them as an excuse to fall off the dietary wagon and practice a seefood diet (you know the joke…I “see” food and then I eat it). No longer are you required to deal with enabling friends who exert tremendous amounts of peer pressure to get you to forget your dietary pledge, if only for one day, which usually turns into several. As the title of this blog implies, it is now time to get back on that dietary wagon and we can provide some assistance with our diabetic meal plans that are delivered right to your door.

All our diabetic-friendly meals are created with the collaborative efforts of our dietitian and chef to ensure that nutritional requirements and delectability are used in equal parts. Our chefs use the freshest ingredients in creating these meals which are fully cooked and then flash frozen to seal in that freshness. They are then packed in dry-ice and shipped straight to your door. You can then place them in your freezer to later enjoy at Stuffed_BellPepperyour leisure. You’re then never a few minutes away from a delicious, nutritious meal as that’s all the time required to re-heat them in either your oven or microwave.

All our diabetic meals contain a main course and one or two sides and are low in sodium, usually less than 500mg, and have a controlled amount of carbohydrates, usually between 20 and 45g, with none exceeding 65g. As for those meals, MagicKitchen.com offers nine meal plans to choose from, as well as one breakfast plan. They can be purchased individually as well, but you might have a difficult time choosing between the almost 70 meals we have to offer. And remember, no contract is required. You can alter or stop them at any time.

Look, eating healthy should never be a resolution to be broken by mid-February. It’s a lifestyle that should be adopted for life, especially if your health depends upon it. That being the case, why not allow MagicKitchen.com to take care of all your diabetic meal plans from start to finish? We’ll “deliver” every time.

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Six Tips for Diabetics During the Holidays

santa-partyYou already know it’s important to watch what you eat to help keep your blood sugar under control. And you do a pretty good job making smart food choices most of the time. But when you’re staring down a selection of delectable desserts, or get invited to a holiday party where carbs dominate the dinner table, then what? Keep these six tips for healthy eating in mind to enjoy the holidays.

1. Enjoy Time with Family and Friends

Food is at the center of many holiday gatherings. But the real reason you show up is the chance to catch-up, visit, and spend time with family and friends. Go ahead a have a bite to eat while you’re there, xmas-portion-contorlbut don’t make food the focus.

2. Practice Portion Control

Do your best to treat the holiday meal like any other day. Pay attention to the amount of food you eat. Watch out for foods high in carbohydrates like breads, pizza, pasta, and potatoes. If you do decide to eat dessert, plan ahead and eat fewer carbs at dinner. And pay attention to portion sizes. When you’re eating out, or go to a party hungry, it’s easy eat more than you really need to. Our Diabetic-Friendly Meals can help, because they’re all low in sodium and carbohydrates.

3. Bring a Healthy Dish

Got an invite to a holiday party with an assignment to bring a dish? A pot-luck-style party is pretty popular during the holidays. Don’t worry too much about what others will bring. Just bring a dish you like, and one that won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. Check out the selection of Diabetic-Friendly Meals.

4. Avoid or Limit Alcohol

hand-over-glassIf you drink alcohol and have diabetes, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, if you drink on an empty stomach, it can cause your blood sugar level to drop. The solution: eat something before you drink. Second, alcoholic drinks are high in calories. Many are also high in sugar and carbs like mixed drinks made with alcohol and soda, juice, or margarita mix. Find out if a sugar-free option is available. And if you do plan to drink, health experts recommend no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men. Another option, avoid alcohol all together and drink water instead.

5. Make Time for Exercise

x-countryA great way to combat eating excess calories during the holidays is regular exercise. It’s a good way to keep your weight in check, burn calories and fat, and help control blood sugar levels. You don’t have to run a marathon, but aiming to get 30 to 60 minutes a day of exercise can help. Take walk. Ride a bike. Or use the treadmill you got for Christmas last year.

6. Get Back on Track

If you eat more than you should at a party, it’s no reason to give up on eating healthy to control your diabetes. Just get back on track. Plan your meals ahead of time for a week or more. When you’re pressed for time, or don’t want to cook during the holidays, just pick out your favorite dishes from our Diabetic-Friendly Meals.

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Top Ten Fall Power Foods for Your Diabetes

When you have diabetes, you’ve got to monitor a number of factors to protect your health. Checking your blood sugar levels a few times a day is one of applethem. Regular exercise and weight management is too. But perhaps the most important factor that influences blood sugar levels is your food choices. If you have diabetes, add these Diabetic-Friendly top 10 fall power foods to your diet:

Apples
In a Harvard University study, researchers followed 200,000 people and monitored their blood sugar levels. They found that people who ate five or more servings of apples a week cut their risk of diabetes by 23 percent. Apples can also help you manage diabetes and control blood sugar levels. Try the Chicken & Apple Curry with Jasmine Rice & Broccoli.

asparagusAsparagus

This low-starch vegetable contains an antioxidant that helps control blood sugar levels. In a British Journal of Nutrition study, researchers found that people who ate asparagus at least a few times a week were more likely to have stable blood sugar levels and available insulin. Try the Grilled Chicken with Florentine Rice, Asparagus & Carrots.

Beans

Beans, also known as legumes, are a good source of fiber and protein for people with diabetes. Research by the American Heart Association shows that eating beans helps control blood sugar levels and lowers blood pressure, which are both important for people who have diabetes. Try the Chicken Cheese Enchilada with Tomatillo Sauce, Rice & Pinto Beans.

Broccoli

When you have diabetes, you have a high risk for other chronic conditions like heart disease. And if you want to prevent it, eat more broccoli. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating broccoli help cut the risk for heart disease and early death. Try the Spaghetti & Meatballs with Broccoli and Corn.

Buttered Carrots
Buttered Carrots

Carrots

Carrots may have a sweet taste, but they won’t raise your blood sugar level. In fact, carrots are low in carbohydrates, and a Stanford University study found that carrots may actually help control blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes. Try the Beef Patty with Carrots and Brussels Sprouts.

Fish

Eating fish a couple times a week is good for your heart and your health. It’s a recommendation from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans that applies to everyone, including people with diabetes. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids that provide a long list of protective health benefits. Try the Salmon Caponata with Orzo & Spinach.

Garlic

It may have a pungent aroma and give your breath a funky smell, but garlic is good for you. It’s a recommended food to include in your diet by the National Diabetes Education Program. Try the Spinach Mushroom Lasagna with Garlic Green Beans.

red-pepperRed peppers

If you’re trying to control calories to watch your weight and manage your diabetes, red peppers should be part of your diet. They’re loaded with antioxidants, help regular blood sugar levels, and eating a whole cup of red peppers is just fine because they’re a low-starch, low-carb vegetable. Try the Breaded Pollock, Peas with Mushrooms, Onions, Red Peppers, Carrots meal.

Spinach

Eat more leafy greens. It’s what the American Diabetes Association recommended after a study on the effects of fruits and vegetables. Researchers found that eating more leafy greens cut the risk of developing diabetes by 14 percent. And if you already have diabetes, eating spinach can help control blood sugar levels, too. Try the Vegetable Caponata with Orzo & Spinach.

Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are another food that should be part of everyone’s diet, including people with diabetes. Tomatoes contain high levels of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that protect your health in many ways. But steer clear of canned tomato products, that are often high in sodium. Try the Meatloaf & Tomato Sauce with Brown Rice & Broccoli, Peas & Corn meal.

Need more ideas to help you eat healthier? Check out all of our Diabetic-Friendly Meals.

 

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Diabetic Meal Requirements

???????????????????????People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as everyone else. Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There’s nothing like a good plate of food. Just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Worry not! You can still enjoy a variety of your favorites. If you learn how to plan your meals in order to manage your diabetes, then you can thrive.

If you are constantly asking yourself, “What can I eat?” it’s time to stop worrying! Diabetes should not make you feel deprived. You can easily get the long of a healthy diet and still savor a wide variety of delicious meals.

The super foods

A type 2 diabetes diagnosis requires you to make individualized meal plans in appropriate portions. It’s important to make calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium and vitamins a general part of your diet.

Dark leafy vegetables

Enjoy a plate of spinach, collards and kale. You can never have enough of this.

Citrus Fruits

Oranges, lemon and limes give you a daily dose of vitamin c and fiber.

Beans

There’s no better nutrition than that which is provided by a healthy plate of beans. It accounts for magnesium and potassium in your diet.

Other diabetes super foods include fish, whole grains, nuts, fat-free milk and yogurt.

Proteins

Proteins are a very vital part of a type 2 diabetic meal plan. The best protein choices are:

  • Plant-based proteins
  • Fish and sea foods
  • Chicken and poultry
Plated Meal- Spinach-Mushroom Lasagna with Green Beans from MagicKitchen.com
Plated Meal- Spinach-Mushroom Lasagna with Green Beans from MagicKitchen.com

For an ideal diabetes meal plan, about ¼ of your plate should come from high protein foods. It’s also important to pick grain foods that are most nutritious and are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

MagicKitchen.com Diabetic Meal Plans

MagicKitchen.com food delivery services account for the best diabetic friendly meals. Designed by a dietitian to be healthy and low in sodium, each nutritional meal pack comes with controlled carbohydrates. MagicKitchen.com diabetes patients can also make the most of the HomeStyle Diabetic Friendly meals.

Your type 2 diabetes should not restrict you from enjoying great meals such as beef, chicken, lasagna or grilled fish. When served in the right proportions, you can make the most of your meals and still stay healthy. Staying on a healthy diabetic diet doesn’t have to be a chore. Take these tips and savor enjoyment every time you pick up your plate!

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10 Tips to Control Blood Sugar Naturally

When you have diabetes, monitoring your blood sugar levels becomes a regular part of your life. With a combination of medication, good food, and healthy lifestyle habits, you can keep your blood sugar level under control. Here are some things you can do:

  1. Young woman at the marketEat healthy meals regularly.
    Forget about skipping breakfast or going hours without food until you have time for a late lunch or dinner. Eating regular meals and healthy snacks throughout the day helps prevent spikes in blood sugar. If you need a few ideas, check out the selection of MagicKitchen.com meals made for diabetics.
  1. Eat healthy carbs
    Not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbohydrates (white rice, white bread, cereal and pasta made from refined grain) can cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels. But you still need carbohydrates. Include some healthy carbs in your diet found in fruits and vegetables and whole grain bread and pasta .
  1. Measure serving sizes
    Using the old eye-ball test isn’t the best way to measure serving size. Most of us have a tendency to eat more than we should. If you’re cooking at home, measure serving sizes to make sure you don’t overeat. Eating too much can lead to weight gain and cause a rise in blood sugar. If tracking serving size seems like too much of a chore, we can help. Just pick your favorite foods from the list of diabetic-friendly meals at MagicKitchen.com.
  1. Keep Bars and Shakes on Hand
    It’s tough to follow an eating plan to control blood sugar levels perfectly. Stuff happens. You’re on vacation, haven’t gone to the store to stock your pantry and refrigerator, or you’re out and about and need a bite to eat. Anticipate this and keep a diabetic-friendly bar or meal-replacement shake in your car or handbag. You’ll be able to eat at regular intervals without reaching for less-than-healthy snacks that can increase blood sugar. MagicKitchen.com’s Protein bars are perfect for this purpose.
  1. cinnamonUse Cinnamon to Season Food
    In a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, researchers found that cinnamon helps lower blood sugar levels. It also had a positive effect on triglycerides and cholesterol for people with diabetes. Try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to tomatoes, lean meats, oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit. You’ll enjoy the sweet taste, along with better blood sugar levels.
  1. Avoid or Limit Alcohol
    Even though alcohol can lower blood sugar, it’s better to avoid or limit drinking. Alcohol prevents the liver from raising blood sugar levels when your body needs it. It could lead to extreme low-blood sugar levels. If you are going to drink, women should have no more than one drink per day and men should have no more than two drinks per day. If you’re not sure how alcohol may affect your diabetes, talk to your doctor.
  1. Drink Green Tea
    Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, and coffee drinks loaded with sugar can cause a serious rise in blood sugar levels. But if you’re craving a sweet drink, what can you have? Drink more water or try a flavored sugar-free drink. Some studies also show green tea is a good alternative to sugary drinks that won’t elevate blood sugar levels.
  1. Add a Little Vinegar to Meals
    If you want to enjoy a salad or steamed vegetables as part of your dinner, season them with a splash of vinegar. In a study at Arizona State University, researchers found that vinegar can help slow digestion and regulate blood sugar levels. One to two tablespoons is enough. Just keep sleepin mind it’s not a free pass to overindulge.
  1. Get Your Zzzs
    You need your sleep. Health professionals recommend 7 to 8 hours a night for best health. And it’s important if you have diabetes. Lack of sleep causes an increase in hormones that can make you hungry and lead to weight gain, which can have a negative impact on blood sugar. Create a regular bedtime routine to help get your Zzzs. Take a nap during the day if you have to. And if you’re still having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor.
  1. Be More Active
    You don’t have to run a marathon, but regular exercise has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. After enjoying your favorite MagicKitchen.com meal, go for a walk. Regular exercise will help you sleep better, control your weight, and keep your blood pressure under control.
Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce, Mashed Potatoes with Peas & Carrots - New Diabetic Meal from MagicKitchen.com
Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce, Mashed Potatoes with Peas & Carrots – New Diabetic Meal from MagicKitchen.com
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Best Foods for Type 2 Diabetes

When you have diabetes, you’ve got to be smart about your food choices. Wait too long between meals and your blood sugar levels drop. Sugary sodas, sweets, and too many carbs can have the opposite effect and cause a rapid and dangerous spike in blood sugar levels.

Enchilada with Beans
Enchilada with Beans

Medication and lifestyle habits help control blood sugar levels. Your food choices can have a big impact on regulating blood sugar levels and controlling diabetes too. Eat the right foods, and they’ll help keep blood sugar levels in check without any rapid changes. Make these foods part of your diet to control diabetes:

Beans
Beans, sometimes called legumes, are an ideal food to control blood sugar levels. They’re a complex carbohydrate that also delivers a dose of protein and fiber perfect for keeping blood sugar levels even and controlling hunger. A few MagicKitchen.com meals for diabetes with beans include Chicken Cheese Enchilanda with Tomatillo Sauce, Rice & Pinto Beans and BBQ Chicken Drummies, Brussels Sprouts, Black Beans & Corn.

Fish

Adequate protein in your diet combined with the right balance of complex carbohydrates and healthy fats and protein is a good eating plan for people with diabetes. In addition to beans, fish is a healthy source of protein. Need some ideas for dinner? Try the Salmon Caponata with Orzo & Spinach or Cod with Miso Ginger, Black Beans & Rice with Peas & Carrots.

Creamy Tarragon Mahi
Creamy Tarragon Mahi

Leafy Greens
Leafy-green vegetables may be one of the best foods for people with diabetes because they’re nutrient dense, low in calories, high in fiber, and help control blood sugar levels. Health experts recommend that half your plate be filled with vegetables and some fruit at every meal. Leafy-greens that are loaded with nutrients include broccoli, spinach, and peppers. You’ll find these MagicKitchen.com meals like the Three Cheese Ravioli & Spinach Alfredo, Chicken & Apple Curry with Jasmine Rice & Broccoli, and Stuffed Peppers.

Mushrooms

Life leafy-green vegetables, mushrooms are a good source of nutrients, fiber, and complex carbohydrates that taste great and won’t have a big impact on blood sugar. You’ll enjoy the Creamy Tarragon Mahi-Mahi with Mushroom and Artichoke and Breaded Pollock made with peas, mushrooms, onions, red peppers and carrots.

Egg Whites
If you like eggs, you’re in luck (just skip the yolk that includes a lot of calories). Egg whites are a great source of protein for diabetes. A single egg white only has about 16 calories but comes with 4 grams of protein. Add egg whites to your breakfast menu to control blood sugar keep your weight under control. Hungry for eggs? Try the Egg White Omelet and Turkey Sausage Links meal.

Make these foods a regular part of your diet, and you’ll see consistency in your blood sugar numbers, and enjoy lots of great-tasting meals.

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What to Serve the Diabetic Santa

Santa Claus seated for Christmas DinnerWhat do you serve for Christmas dinner when you have a diabetic guest? You do not want to have two dinners on one table – one for everyone else and one for your special guest. That would be awkward. But you need your diabetic Santa to enjoy the meal like everyone else.

Relax. MagicKitchen.com has a full menu of special diet meals, complete with a choice of main courses and side dishes, just for people with diabetes. The menu has everything you can expect on a Christmas dinner table, from meats, to fish and cheeses – besides the pasta, rice and noodles. Only you and the diabetic guest will know there is anything out of the ordinary on that table.

How to Choose the Right Food for a Diabetic Guest

People with diabetes are not supposed to eat foods that will upset their blood sugar levels. You can tell what those risky foods are by checking out the Glycemic Index. That is the nutritionist ranking of foods according to their effect on blood sugar. But you need not go that far. The bad foods are pretty obvious if you keep in mind that high sugar content and carbs are what you are avoiding.

So, forget candies, cookies, sodas and all sweet-tooth snacks like fries. Forget processed carbohydrates foods too – that is anything made from white flour like white bread and white rice.

french-green-beansBut, mercifully, people with diabetes can safely eat many kinds of ‘normal’ foods as long as the food is chosen carefully and cooked specially for them. For example, fried meats, fatty cuts, bacon, regular cheeses, poultry with skin and fried fish are bad for diabetes. Processed vegetables and fruits are also off the menu. Yet, fresh vegetables and fruits are perfectly safe – because they have no additives. So are certain cuts of meats and foods from wholesome wheat, rice or corn grains.

That is the secret of MagicKitchen.com’s HomeStyle diabetes meals. They include foods that seem so normal, only you and your diabetic Santa will know there is a special diet on the Christmas table. They include stewed and grilled beef, sweet and sour chicken, cod and shrimp. Even turkey is on the menu. Plus a variety of fruits, green and pinto beans, cauliflower, peas, mushrooms and whole grain pasta, rice and noodles.

Now everyone on the table can enjoy your Christmas dinner. Merry Christmas!

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