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Diabetic Sugar Free Desserts and Candy

Having a sweet tooth accompanied by a medical condition that prevents you from eating sweets can be quite a maddening combination. Our experts have put together an article that mitigates the problem through sugar free desserts and candy. Read on.

Children and adults, teenagers and grandmas, almost everyone loves desserts and candies. Candy satisfies your craving for sweets. But the main ingredient in candies – sugar – is something that isn’t exactly good for your health. Sugar causes cavities and tooth decay. Sugared foods like desserts and candy will make you overweight, especially if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. And, for the diabetics candy is a big no-no. But, for all those candy lovers and for those who are diabetic, there is still hope. Sugar free desserts and candy is great for those sweet cravings while avoiding the dangers of sugar and maintaining a healthy diet.

Here are a few recipes for sugar free desserts and sugar free candies that will not only help you maintain a healthy diet, but will also satisfy your sweet cravings…

Sugar Free Chocolate-coated Fruits

Now, this is one of my favorite sugar free desserts that give you a healthy serving of fruits while satisfying your sweet tooth.

You need a few chunks of unsweetened chocolate or baking chocolate, fruits of your choice and some raspberry or orange flavoring. Melt the chocolate chunks on low heat. Cut up fruits of your choice, apples, bananas, pears, etc. and dip into the melted chocolate. Coat the fruit pieces with the melted chocolate and set to dry on wax paper. You might add a bit of flavoring to the melted chocolate to make this sugar free dessert more interesting.

Sugar Free Candy Cubes

You’ll need
3 oz. size boxes of sugar free Jello, 3 boxes
Boiling water 4 cups
Knox unflavored gelatin 4 packets

This is a quick candy recipe that is easy to make and can be served as a sugar free dessert at lunch. Mix all the powders and dissolve in the hot water. Stir for about five minutes until the powders are completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a flat tray and chill in refrigerator. Once cooled, cut into bite-sized pieces and serve.

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups

You’ll need
Unsalted Butter ½ cup
Unsweetened baking chocolate 1 ounce
Splenda Granular 1/3 cup
A tablespoon of cream or half-and-half
Peanut Butter 4 tablespoons
Chopped walnuts or nuts of your choice ¼ cup

Melt butter, chocolate and Splenda in microwave on ‘High’ heat till melted. Heat for about a minute or minute and half, but do not boil. Into the chocolate and butter mixture, add the cream and stir. Line ten muffin tins with cupcake paper and sprinkle nuts at the base. Divide and pour the mixture among the ten muffin tins and freeze the Peanut Butter Cups until firm. You need to store these in the freezer compartment as they melt quite quickly. If you don’t like to use Splenda, you could substitute it with honey.

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Controlling the portion size

Portion Control PlateI’m Deborah Susan, a dietician and personal trainer specializing in nutrition and physical fitness for diabetics. I’ve written over three dozen blogs covering various aspects of diabetes including symptoms, monitoring, explaining glycaemic index, carbohydrate counting, and correlation between body weight, lifestyle and diabetes and so on.

How often have you been told that to reduce your body fat (and thereby gain control over your diabetes), you need to cut down on your portion sizes? My clients always come back and tell me they have difficulty keeping control over portion sizes especially of foods that they love. Today, my blog will be on guiding you on how best to achieve and maintain that ideal portion size.

Over the years, manufacturers of food products (large scale and retail), have gradually increased the portion size of the food they package. The usual tactic is to initially offer a certain additional portion as “free” before gradually increasing the size of the package on a more permanent basis.

I remember about five years ago, when I used to purchase a bag of chips for my 5 year old son, the quantity of chips would be barely sufficient for him. Today when I see the bag of the same brand of chips at the local mall, it can easily feed at least 3 people. When you open a bag of chips they will turn soft in a couple of hours. A single person buying a bag of chips will therefore finish it all as quickly as possible.

Complete Wade Place SettingEarlier, restaurateurs and manufacturers of food products were guided by moral and ethical values. They were aware of food that was tasty but bad for health and therefore marketed it in small quantities just so it satisfied our craving for it. Today, the modern generation restaurateurs and manufacturers are guided by greed and the need to outperform the previous year’s revenue figures. While pop-and-mom establishments do exist, businesses have gone beyond the neighborhood food outlet; in fact, they have gone national and in many instances even global. These businesses have gone public and have a large shareholder base clamoring for higher profits. Ethics and consumer health be damned.

If you are presented with a larger portion of your favorite delicacy will you refuse? Therein lies the crux of the problem. Every food item bought and sold in the supermarket, mall, diner or local restaurant is a favorite for someone or the other. He or she wouldn’t mind eating a little extra. The problem is, over the years the ‘little’ has grown into gigantic portions.

So how do you control the portion sizes?

•    When you buy prepackaged food items, share it with at least two other people or, depending on the nature of the item, store 2/3rds in the fridge/air tight container.
•    While eating out, you can either request that the portion size be decreased, or pack away the excess food in the take-out container or simply leave it in the plate. You don’t have to eat everything that is put in front of you.
•    At home, if you feel that the portions have grown in size, I recommend you purchase quality portion control plates, bowls and scoopers. Portion control plates bowls and scooper will not only help regulate quantum of food consumed it will also help you in eating the right types of food.

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Dining Out with Diabetes

Mediterranean Diet and DiabetesMany Diabetics feel overwhelmed when they first start dining out after being diagnosed with Diabetes. After all, dining out removes some of the control you have over what ingredients and options you have for your diabetic meals. However, learning the dining out ropes may seem intimidating at first, but once you have a handle on it, dining out can be a true pleasure – and a relief if you spend much of your time in the kitchen.

As a recently diagnosed Diabetic, you should keep in mind that the principles of good nutrition are still in effect. Therefore, just because the menu offers high sugar options doesn’t mean that you should compromise your nutrition standards for the restaurant. Even if the menu does not offer items that are particularly low in sugar, you can (and should) always request that the chef take special care with your diabetes diet recipes. After all, your health is on the line! Many restaurants have special recipes for customers wishing to order sugarfree desserts or sugar free recipes. Sometimes, all you need to do is ask.

What to do when dining out:

•    Fried foods are tempting appetizers. However, most menus also offer fresh fruit, seafood or soup options. Select the Salmon seafood or soup.
•    When ordering eggs at breakfast, avoid scrambled eggs or eggs that could be mixed with butter or cream. Instead, opt for a boiled or poached egg.
•    Always ask for the dressing on the side. Many restaurants also offer sugarfree desserts in addition to traditional deserts or dressings.
•    Choose whole-grain breads when ordering rolls, crackers and biscuits. If whole-grain breads are not options, avoid eating breads made with refined flour.
•    Select brown rice over white rice.
•    Look for vegetables that come raw, steamed, stewed or boiled. Otherwise, make sure that the vegetables are not cooked with high-fat oils and butter.
•    Select lean meats, such as meats ending in “loin” (tenderloin, sirloin). Always ask for the gravy or sauce on the side of the dish.
•    For dessert, order fruit, yogurt or sugar-free ice cream. Though it may be tempting, unless there are other sugar free desserts on the menu, stick with the item with the lowest sugar level.
•    Never drink soda. Always opt for diet beverages, unsweetened tea or water.
•    Eat small portions (like you may at home, and take a doggy bag.)
•    Even when dining out, remember that you may have a special diabetes meal planning. Stick to it.
•    Don’t forget to take your medication. Grilled Fish Meal
•    Fat free doesn’t mean sugar-free. When in doubt, ask your waitress or chef for ingredients, or simply skip the item.
•    Plan to take some of your food home, even before eating. That way, you will avoid over-eating.
•    Approach buffets very carefully – start with a salad, take as much vegetables as you would like, avoid those croutons; tuck in the tomatoes; some sunflowers seeds, with no-fat or low-fat dressing and make that your first course. On the return trip, have more salad or follow the above guidelines for your entrée course.

For diabetic dessert, try the fruit. Remember some buffets, use canned fruit with sweetened juices, watch those; too much sugar. Fresh fruit is always best and they generically have those around the salad bar as well.

Dining out can often is a huge relief for families in which one person has Diabetes, but not everyone. When you dine out in such a situation, everyone can feel comfortable ordering foods that they enjoy and no one has to worry about cooking diabetic delivered prepared meals in addition to a meal that the whole family will crave. Keep in mind that by remembering your nutrition basics, you can eat large, very healthy diabetic diet meals without having to feel guilty. Bon Appétit. Enjoy.

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Top 4 Ways to Manage Your Diabetes Diet at Weddings and Graduations

Food for diabetesA Type 2 diabetic diet and meal plans is all about controlling the number of calories people with diabetes eat. Because, unused calories become body fat. And, excess fat cells reduce insulin’s ability to remove sugar from the blood.

With the summer just around the corner, it’s time to gear up for weddings, graduations, cookouts, and other celebrations that, often, involve large amount of food and small amounts of sugar-free options. Here are some tips to help you eat healthy & diabetic food plan (without having to take your own food) to this summer’s events.

Snack Beforehand

A healthy snacks for diabetics and diabetic dessert before attending a summertime event may help to satisfy you for longer than if youCarrots was to attend the event on an empty stomach. Have a handful of carrots with peanut butter about thirty minutes before the event. The sugar in the carrots will give you energy while the protein in the peanut butter will help you stay full.

Stay Hydrated

Food for diabetesWhile you certainly don’t want to make it through an event drinking water alone, water can help you to feel full if the healthy food for diabetes options is limited. Water will not only hydrate your body and keep you cool from the summer heat, but water will also keep your stomach from growling until you can get your hands on something healthier.

Skip the Bread and Buns

Bread is a normal part of many summertime meals. Whether you are served a roll at a fancy wedding reception, or a bun with that char-broiled burger, it’s important to remember that Diabetics need to be cautious when it comes to dining on diabetes carbohydrates. Therefore, remove (or avoid) the bread in order to stay in better control of your blood sugar level. And hey – don’t worry about people staring at you for eating a bun-less burger – skipping unnecessary carbs can be trendy, especially in the swimsuit season!

Appreciate the Veggie Tray

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Nearly all hosts and hostesses will set out a fruit and veggie tray for their guests, regardless of the kind of event. Veggie Tray Therefore, even if everything else on the table is cooked in grease, fried, or filled with sugar, healthy snacks of diabetes & food-seeking folks can find something to nosh on.

Pile your plate high with a variety of veggies and add a small portion of cheese and wheat crackers for fully well-rounded diabetic diet meals that would delight even the most meticulous nutritionist. Warning: stay away from dips, unless it’s a low-sugar yogurt dip. Veggie dips can quickly tack on an additional 300 or more calories without to what would otherwise be a healthy meal.

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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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Low Fat Dessert, Meal Plan & Snack Recipes for Diabetes

Recipes for diabetics are prepared by keeping in mind the health requirements of the diabetic person. If you have a sweet tooth, a low fat dessert recipe is a great way to treat your taste bud without worrying about weight or health problems. Low fat snacks for diabetics allow you to stick to your diet plan, yet enjoy tempting food.

When it comes to diabetes management, monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels become the chief concern of every diabetic person. If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes then one of the foremost things you should do is to have a good diet to prevent diabetes. You need to stabilize your blood sugar levels in your body and having the right kind of diet plan can surely help you in achieving this.

The inefficient use of insulin in the body is said to be the main cause of Type 2 Diabetes. It affects the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. One of the major symptoms of this disease is increased level of sugar in the blood. This is the reason that most diabetics are advised to eat  low sugar diet and sugarfree desserts.  In order to keep your blood sugar levels under control, a proper sugar free diet is very important. You should also choose foods high in fiber, like whole grain breads, fruits and cereals. These food items contain important vitamins and minerals.

Diabetics are encouraged to eat foods having a low glycemic index. The glycemic index ranks foods on how they affect our blood glucose levels. The higher the glycemic index, the greater an effect, a particular food has on raising your blood sugar. So diabetics need to eat foods with a low glycemic index.  If you are planning to present a diabetic person with a food gift, it is very necessary to know the person’s approved diet. There are many options available in the market for Food gifts for diabetics in the form of sugar free cakes and pastries. These foods enable the person to enjoy food without adversely affecting their sugar levels. You can actually take diabetic gift baskets for diabetics filled with goodies that are not harmful for their restricted diet if you choose the right food items.

A healthy diet along with regular exercises is vital for all the diabetic people in order to improve one’s cardiovascular health, improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Always remember that making some small changes in your life if you have diabetes can surely help you to reduce your blood sugar levels for a longer run.

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