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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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Dieting and Weight Loss Myth busters

I can eat pasta and other foods that are high in calories or carbohydrates as long as I go to the gym.

Going to the gym does not give you permission to eat just anything.  In fact, many people actually gain weight when they start exercising partly because they think that exercising negates the harmful effects of calories and carbohydrates in the foods that they like to eat. However, for a host of reasons, working out does not give you the freedom to eat anything you want.

One reason is simply mathematical: even if you exercise vigorously for an hour, it’s still unlikely that you will burn off more than 800 calories. However, one pasta dish can easily add 1,500 calories to your daily diet – and that doesn’t even count the bread and drink that might accompany the pasta dish. As such, you will consume more calories than you work off and those extra calories will lead to weight gain. Make a habit to check blood pressure regularly through blood pressure monitor.

If you are working out to reduce your weight and improve your overall health, then you need to also pay attention to the food that you eat. Healthy diabetes diet plan can not only complement and balanced lifestyle, but it can also make your workout easier and more energetic.

If I skip dinner, then I can eat dessert and not gain weight.

Just because you avoid consuming calories from a meal does not mean that you are giving yourself a blank slate to eat calories from dessert. While this method of weight control might work as a short term measure if calories were the only consideration, diabetics must pay special attention to the sugar levels that are found in their food. If you skip a healthy, vitamin-rich diabetic diet meals in order to “save room” for dessert, then you are depriving your body of the nutrients that will help it to thrive and stay in good shape. Instead, you are loading sugar into your system, which will cause your blood sugar level to rise and your body to store more fat. Be sure to eat at least three full and nutritious meals for diabetics a day and skip dessert in order to treat your body well.

Sugar is bad for me, so I will avoid it in order to keep my weight down.

Sugar is bad for all Diabetics for a number of reasons; however, it does not need to be completely avoided if you have a craving for it. Many diabetics will eliminate sugar from their diabetic diet plan completely because they know how bad it can be on their systems. However, they will still crave low fat desserts foods, so they will compensate for their sugar cravings by over-eating other “bad” foods, such as potato chips. While sugar is unhealthy for Diabetics, keep in mind that small portions of sugar are allowable on occasion when eaten with meals, and when you have taken your medication as prescribed. You may not want to consume a whole cup of ice cream, but you may be able to safely have a quarter of a cup without any negative side effects. When you first start learning how to manage your Diabetes, monitor your body with body fat monitor closely in order to determine how it reacts when you eat small portions of sugar.

As long as I eat healthy I don’t have to exercise.

Eating diabetic diet meal plans should complement a regular exercise routine. Some diabetics believe that as long as they eat a low-sugar diet and avoid alcohol and foods that are high in carbohydrates, they can manage their Diabetes and keep their weight under control. While many people can manage to stay thin without working out, it is impossible to keep your blood circulating properly and your muscles strong without putting in a few hours of exercise each week. The good news is that when you exercise by wearing diabetics shoes, you don’t need to dedicate an entire afternoon to working out. In fact, just 30 minutes each day is enough to help combat the negative effects of diabetes, reduce blood pressure, improve muscle strength, and keep your body healthy.

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Diagnostic tests to confirm (or deny) presence of diabetes

I’m Deborah Susan, a dietician and personal trainer specializing in nutrition and physical fitness for diabetics. Today I will write on diagnostic tests you can take to confirm (or deny) presence of diabetes.

blood glucose test meter Diagnostic tests to confirm (or deny) presence of diabetes

The most common tests are the urine and finger prick test. However, to be doubly sure, you need to conduct at least two or three lab tests including random or fasting blood glucose test meter and oral glucose tolerance tests. If test results are positive, it is a good idea to redo the tests on another randomly selected day.

Finger prick test. A finger is pricked with a sterilized device and a tiny drop of blood is collected and placed on a accu-chek active test strips. The strip is inserted into a digital diabetic test strip and an instant readout is obtained. This test takes less than a minute.

Urine test A chemical coated dipstick is dipped into a ‘sample bottle’ that contains a sample of your urine. The dipstick instantly changes color in proportion to the level of glucose in the urine. This test too takes less than a minute.

accu-chek active test stripsRandom blood glucose test A diabetic syringes is used to collect a small sample of your blood which is then analyzed in a lab. The results are often delivered the following day.

Oral glucose tolerance test You are requested not to eat or drink anything in the morning. A small blood sample is taken and sent for analysis to a laboratory. You are again requested to visit the clinic one hour after having lunch and fresh sample of blood is collected for analysis. The two pre and post results indicate your glucose tolerance level. A low tolerance level could indicate that you either have Type 2 diabetes or are on the verge of developing it.

Fasting Blood Sugar Testing Your last drink and meal should be at least 8 hours prior to taking this test. An insulin syringes is used to collect a tiny blood sample which is sent to the lab for analysis. The test results are usually received the same evening or following morning.

diabetic test strip If all the above test results are returned positive for presence of excessive glucose, I recommend you redo the test the following week preferably at a different clinic. If the second test set too returns similar results than you can be sure you do have diabetes. Typically, glucose above 6 millimoles / liter of blood is not normal and you should consult your doctor immediately.

If diabetes is confirmed, it would be a good idea to also run a checkup on your body fat percentage through body fat monitor, blood pressure by automatic blood pressure monitor, kidneys, liver and thyroid. Additionally you should undergo a foot examination (for circulation and nerve supply) and eye examination (check for any damage due to glucose buildup).

Blood Sugar Testing This article concludes information I had to impart on the pre-diabetic stage. My next article shall deal with post-confirmation stage i.e. monitoring your blood glucose levels by blood glucose monitors at home and how to take care of your diabetes.

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Relation between your lifestyle and diabetes

In this article we will dwell on lifestyle and its relation to diabetes.

Diabetes is a dark shadow that follows bad life style. Switching over to a healthy life may not get rid of the shadow but it will turn it into a less intense, pale reflection of its former self. Healthy lifestyle includes eating regular diabetic diet meals at the right times especially if we have to balance the effects of any tablets or insulin pumps for diabetics that might have to be taken. What are in our food – carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber – enables us to make choices that help control blood glucose levels.

Diabetes test stripsPrinciples of healthy diabetes meal planning

The principles of healthy eating for a diabetic are no different from that applicable for normal healthy humans. No foods are banned – but some should be eaten less often. Sometimes you might not have a choice about what food is available but generally you can adapt diabetes diet recipes and meals so that you can enjoy food while eating healthily.

The principles of healthy eating are:

  • Eat regular small diabetic meals ensuring you include a portion of carbohydrates (I recommend a portion control plates as it makes this process easier)
  • Eat more high fiber type 2 diabetes diet (including adequate quantities of fruits and vegetables).
  • Switch to wholegrain – it is tastier and healthier.
  • Cut down (don’t eliminate) fat.
  • Dramatically reduce protein from animal sources.
  • Dramatically reduce (don’t eliminate) sweets and sugar free candies.
  • Dramatically reduce (don’t eliminate) salt consumption.
  • Dramatically reduce (eliminate if possible) alcohol consumption.recipes for diabetics

Diabetes and carbohydrates

When you have diabetes, your body is unable to use foods that contain carbohydrates in the normal way. All foods containing carbohydrates are normally broken down into glucose. Glucose is converted into energy through action of insulin. Underproduction of insulin or insulin intolerance means your blood glucose levels will rise each time you eat carbohydrates. But you still need to eat diabetes carbohydrates otherwise there will be no energy. The trick then is to eating carbohydrates in amounts that will balance out the blood glucose tablets or insulin.

Type 1 diabetics taking short action insulin should eat food about at the same time they take insulin. Type 1 diabetics taking long action insulin should eat five small evenly paced meals.

sugar free candiesType 2 diabetics on the other hand, due to their impaired insulin production or action, should eat foods that take longer to be broken down into glucose. Therefore fruits and diabetic dessert should be consumed after meals. (So that it is queued in the digestive tract). Eat carbohydrates in moderation. If you are taking tablets for your diabetes you will need to take them in relation to your meals. Some tablets work by helping your digestive system break down the meals more slowly while other tablets work by stimulating the Pancreas into producing more insulin. Matching meals times to your medication is therefore important.

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