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Portion Control – The Right Amount of Food

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Americans with Type 2 diabetes eat too much food and exercise too little. Studies indicate that diabetic Americans not only eat too much food, but we have a poor picture of the right amount of food. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are specific portions of certain food groups that everyone needs to eat every day in order to stay healthy.

Portion control is understands how much a serving size is and how many calories a serving contains. Portion control is important for weight management as the weight is defined by the total calorie intake. Healthy diabetes meal plans, using Aristotle’s philosophy, is the desirable middle between the extremes of excess and deficiency (over-eating and not eating enough), the “golden mean.” Portion control is eating a healthy diabetic diet meals balance of amount and types, of varied foods.

If you’re overeating, you’re not the only one – and you may be able to point at least a portion of your finger at the restaurant industry, which commonly serves two, three, and four times the recommended portion of food per meal.

Not sure whether or not you’re eating more than the correct portion? The FDA recommends an average of 2700 calories per day for men and 2000 calories per day for a mildly active male and female respectively.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So when you are about to devour the content of that large plate consider that a 180 pound person burns an average of 100 calories per mile from walking by wearing diabetic shoes. That person has to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat. Calories can add up – rapidly. DO THE MATH! OK 35 miles!

Here’s a brief analysis of recommended portions for commonly over-eaten foods:

* Cheeseburger or Hamburger

The recommended portion for a burger is only 3 ounces, which packs in a light 261 calories and 12 grams of fat. However, the average burger is 7 ounces, which adds more than 600 calories and almost 30 grams of fat to your daily diabetic diet plan.

* Beer and Wine

The FDA recommends that each portion of beer be only 12 ounces (about the size of a can of beer). However, a draft beer may be around 15 ounces. The 12 ounce portion adds only 153 calories to your diet while the larger beer adds 195 calories. the good news, however, is that beer does not contain fat. Yet, it may contain carbohydrates (around 12 grams in 12 ounces.)

As for wine, you won’t receive any grams of fat, but you can save about 50 calories by sticking to the recommended 5 ounce portion (which is only 120 calories). The average glass of wine packs on 168 calories and is served at 7 ounces.

* Ice Cream

Everyone is entitled to a little sweet treat every now and then, right? Well, be sure to emphasize the “little” when it comes to the cold stuff. The average serving size for a cone or cup of ice cream is one cup. However, it’s recommended that you only consume half a cup of ice cream or low fat desserts in one sitting. Half a cup packs on 137 calories and about 7 grams of fat.

* Pancakes

Who doesn’t enjoy a leisurely brunch or breakfast that includes a tall stack? Well, if you’re trying to maintain or lose weight, then you’d better go for diabetic breakfast that includes short stack – the way short stack. The average restaurant serves four pancakes per order. However, the recommended portion is only two. Two pancakes still pack on a healthy amount of diabetes carbohydrates (around 48 grams) and may cost you about 172 calories. Better yet – go for whole wheat pancakes that will reduce the glucose spike in your blood stream.

* Bagel

Next time you order a bagel to go, make sure that you only take about half of the bagel with you at a time. The average serving for a bagel is five inches across. However, it’s recommended that you only eat a three-inch bagel if you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight by checking through body fat scales. Cutting your bagel in half may save you about 200 calories.

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Looking after your diabetes!

I’m Deborah Susan, a dietician and personal trainer specializing in nutrition and physical fitness for diabetics. Today I shall write on how you can look after your diabetes and continue to lead a healthy, normal and fruitful life.

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The secret to continued good health and fruitful life despite diabetes lies in regular testing of your blood glucose, not missing any prescribed glucose tablets or insulin dosage and a healthy lifestyle. Today I will concentrate on how you can monitor your blood glucose.

Monitoring your blood glucose levels (Glucose testing strips)

The key to keeping your blood glucose levels or (sugar levels as it is commonly known), under control is to keep your sugar level within the recommended range of 4 to 7 millimoles per liter. Only regular monitoring with diabetic strips can help you achieve this.

diabetes supplementsMeasuring your own blood glucose levels is quite easy if you have a good quality branded digital blood glucose monitors. If you don’t have one the neighborhood chemist or any online website specializing in diabetes monitoring tools can help you.

When it comes to glucose monitors, accuracy is the key, so do not buy cheap Chinese glucose monitors. Our own branded blood glucose test meter (glucometers) is highly accurate and usually cost between $50 and $75. In addition to the glucometer, you will also need a box of test strips ($40~$60) and a pack of Lancets ($15~$25). The diabetic test strip and lancets are to be replenished as and when required. Replace the battery in the Glucometer as and when required. If the blood sugar meters does not have a battery level indicator you should replace the battery in the glucometer every six months or so. A weak battery can induce faulty results.

body fat monitorTip: Buy a blood glucose test strips that has a large digital readout, adequate memory and battery indicator.

When and how often you use the blood sugar monitors depends on your treatment, the food you consume and level of physical activity. Apart from regular testing at home, you should also do an HbA1c test every six months. This test is done at your local diabetes clinic and the result gives you an overall picture of your blood glucose levels. HbA1c test results should be as close to 7% (or below). Even a tiny fraction above 7% should be brought to the attention of your doctor.

You can keep your blood glucose under control by:blood glucose test strips

1) Eating regular small healthy diabetic diet meals so as to avoid major fluctuations in your blood glucose levels.
2) Including adequate levels of physical activity so the insulin in your body works more effectively.
3) Reducing any excess body fat by regular checkup with body fat monitor. (Include half yearly body fat analysis in your health plan/ schedule).
4) Take your diabetes (and any other prescribed) tablets and diabetes supplements according to the schedule given to you.
5) Monitor your blood glucose levels and learn to adjust your treatment according to the results.

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