Archive for December, 2009
It happens every year; it’s predictable, and I use it to my advantage. Beginning on Christmas Eve, I loosen up my eating standards. This year it began at lunch time as the Christmas cookies my husband and kids had made the night before were sitting on the counter. I ate two cookies after lunch, and it was all a blur after that! For the next four days, there were cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls, Christmas dinner, Christmas left-overs, and yummy Christmas drinks. I gained 4 lbs. (mostly water weight, because refined carbohydrates require a lot of water to digest). Today I sit here in my loose sweat pants, laughing at the idea of fitting into my regular jeans. But I’m glad I slipped. It’s an annual event that reminds me that I feel absolutely rotten when I don’t make healthy choices. I am tired, sluggish, and bloated. And I am SO READY to go back to my healthy way of eating. The extra 4 lbs. should be gone in a couple of days, and life as usual will resume. With the diet mindset, it’s kind of exciting to be able to crave the healthy lifestyle that we have so carefully cultivated. Happy New Year!
If you are dealing with the uncertainty of diabetes, a complicated eating plan just adds to your worries. A good diabetic diet plan is one that takes the guesswork out of whether or not your choices will impact your blood sugars negatively or positively. The American Diabetes Association recommends a diet with carbohydrate choices low on the glycemic index. This is a fancy way of stating that the types of carbs you choose matters to your health. Some carbohydrates can cause a dramatic spike in blood sugars which requires immediate management in order to prevent long-term complications. Additionally, it’s important to have the right balance of fats and proteins along with the carbohydrates in order to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Diet plans are just one of the many tools to help you manage your diabetes. Check out our tips on exercise and habits to maximize your health.
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The holidays are almost upon us; what can you do to give yourself the gift of health and a great self esteem? How about researching the best diet plans available to meet your goals? And while you are finding the right plan to fit your needs, we can help you with developing the right mindset to succeed. Diets are not just about making good dietary choices; success means reprogramming your mind to embrace an entirely new lifestyle. Issues such as exercise, developing a balanced approach to food and wellness, ditching bad habits that sabotage your efforts while learning new healthier habits — all of these things are paramount to the diet mindset.
So put yourself on your holiday gift list this year. The gift of health is one that keeps giving to you and your family over and over. Our website, www.thedietmindset.com, is dedicated to helping you make 2010 the best year ever!
The role of fiber is crucial for appetite control in any good diet plan. The benefits of fiber are numerous, but for now we will look at how it regulates the glucose that enters the bloodstream. When highly-processed, refined (low fiber) carbohydrates are consumed, they cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. This necessitates a surge of insulin to deal with the high sugar levels. Insulin is a fat-storage hormone, so if the food consumed causes a rapid sugar spike, insulin will do its job, and you will add body fat to your frame. To make things worse, once the insulin deals with the sugar and stores it as fat, the end result is you wind up hungry, even if you have consumed too many calories. Of course, the diet mindset goal is to reduce body fat, and that’s where fiber can help. Fiber slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, which causes glucose to enter the bloodstream more slowly. This keeps blood sugar levels stable, which in turn regulates insulin levels and keeps appetite signals under control. Ultimately, it is portion and calorie control that enables weight loss, and fiber is a strong ally in this area.