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Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee CakeIngredients

  • 5 C     tart apples, cored, peeled, chopped
  • 1 C     sugar or replace with 1/4 Tsp Stevia Concentrated Powder plus unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 C     dark raisins
  • 1/2 C pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2-1/2 C  sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp  baking soda
  • 2 tsp   ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Lightly oil a 13x9x2-inch pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples with sugar or Stevia powder and applesauce, raisins, and pecans; mix well. Let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in oil, vanilla, and egg.
  5. Sift together flour, soda, and cinnamon;
  6. Stir into apple mixture about 1/3 at a time just enough to moisten dry ingredients.
  7. Turn batter into pan.
  8. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
  9. Cool cake slightly before serving.

Yield: 20 servings
Serving Size: 3-1/2-inch x 2-1/2-inch piece


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 188
Total fat: 5 g

  • Saturated fat: less than 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 11 mg

Sodium: 68 mg

SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

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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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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How to Manage Adult Incontinence?

Incontinence in adults is a common effect for those who suffering from diabetes. Incontinence is a frustrating condition for many in which a sufferer has a difficult time controlling his or her urinary bladder. In such cases, individuals suffering from adult incontinence will lose control of his or her bladder when least expected, such as during the night or throughout the day, in such cases one should always use medically protected incontinence pads for men and women.

Adult incontinence productFor people who have been diagnosed with diabetes for more than 8 years, add a urologist or urogynecologist to your medical team. Bladder dysfunction resulting from nerve damage (autonomic neuropathy) effects 40% to 80% of the diabetic population. You may not even know your bladder is not operating properly.

Get to Know Your Unrinary System. The better you understand it the easier it will be for you to protect your urinary system. If you do not control your glucose levels using digital Blood Pressure Monitor, the sugar may damage your urinary system which includes:

The 2 kidneys – cleans the blood, controls the pH (acidity/alkalinity), controls the amount of sodium, potassium and calcium in the blood (electrolytes)

  • The 2 ureters – tubes that carry urine down to the bladder.
  • The bladder – a muscular container that stores and pumps out urine.
  • The urethra – a tube that allows urine to leave the body.

The chance of damaging the urinary system increases with the of years of poorly controlled blood sugar. The kidneys are damaged when:

  1. Glucose attacks the blood vessels that feed the kidneys thereby reducing the blood flow to the kidneys.
  2. The overly filled bladder is not emptied often enough resulting in bacterial growth in bladder. Then the bacteria moves up through the ureters from the bladder to the kidneys.

The enlarged bladder can be asymptomatic (AY-simp-toe-mat-ick). That is – as you lose the ability to sense a full bladder, the bladder is emptied less often. As you know, many diabetics drink a lot of liquids to ease their great thirst. The liquids and blood pass through the kidneys for filtration then deposit into the bladder as urine. The bladder stretches to hold more urine.

When the bladder fills but doesn’t expand, you will begin to accidentally leak urine in your clothes due to: Stress incontinence — your bladder leaks urine when you sneeze, cough, or strain. Urge incontinence is frequently feeling you need to urinate – but only a small amount of urine is released each time. At this stage adsorbent pads or adult diapers will have to be worn at all times. The worse case is when your bladder becomes paralyzed. Either the nerve damage is so severe the brain’s message to contract does not reach the bladder or the muscle of the bladder can no longer contract. At this stage, the bladder will have to be drained by a catheter (a device that enters the bladder through the urethra.

Use Adult incontinence product

There are many adult incontinence products available for individuals who suffer from the condition. These incontinence pads for men products vary a great deal depending on the need and application. For example, if individuals suffer from adult incontinence at night, they may prefer to use a bed pad. However, if individuals suffer from adult incontinence during the day, they may turn to bladder control pads or disposable briefs.

Adult incontinence products are designed for both men and women – though the designs may vary based on gender. It may be helpful for individuals to try several different adult incontinence undergarment styles before selecting the product that works best for them and their comfort levels.

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Core Principles of Diet and Nutrition!

The core principles of proper Diabetes nutrition are centered on reducing blood sugar levels and increasing healthy vitamins and minerals in the diet. Diabetics, especially, should adhere to the principles of the Diabetes Food Pyramid in order to ensure that they have balanced diabetes nutrition to keep their bodies healthy.

However, unlike the general population, diabetics are not always able to process glucose at the cellular level. That is why, it is important for diabetics to understand the chemical reactions that take place in their bodies as they eat food. Understanding the biology of Diabetes is the first step in taking control of your diabetes treatment so that you can live a healthy Diabetics life. Living with diabetes can be a challenge, but these tasty diabetes diet recipes make it easier, and the whole family can enjoy them as well.

Many Diabetics feel overwhelmed when they are first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, or Gestational Diabetes. Properly managed diabetes, will required you to make some basic lifestyle changes, especially in the way that you approach food. You will definitely need to limit your sugar/carbohydrates in-take.

For example, love pasta? Yes you can still have this food that you love. Only now, a better choice is whole wheat diet portion control platepasta instead of the traditional styles of pasta. Also, you need to limit your food serving sizes with diet portion control plate (one serving = 1/2cup cooked or ½ baseball) instead of all you can eat. Generally, for all the foods that you love, there is an acceptable alternative that makes you happy and your blood glucose levels also.

Know that these diabetes life style changes are entirely manageable and will make you healthier and happier as you begin to incorporate them into your regular eating habits. You can feel comfort knowing that millions of diabetics have had to make simple changes to their nutrition plans. To help Diabetics enjoy healthier food choices, many diabetes organizations have developed tips, diabetes meal plans, food, and healthy eating guidelines. Use our interactive learning module on Sugars and Starches to learn more.

Diabetes Healthy Eating Guidelines and Diabetes menu planner

Diabetes is a disease that is directly related to your sugar intake and corresponding blood sugar level. Due to the nature of diabetes, the body cannot process sugars the way that it should.

Therefore, in order to keep your blood sugar level as low as possible, it is important to limit the amount of sugar/carbs that you eat and take all medications prescribed by your doctor.

Remember that a starch unit can made up of thousands of glucose units.

Tips for limiting your sugar intake:

  • Choose whole grain products over products with refined flour.
  • Avoid eating sweets, such as desserts and candy.
  • Monitor your blood sugar level closely to avoid hypoglycemia (hahy-poh-glahy-see-mee-uh) low blood sugar or hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar levels.)
  • Avoid drinking sodas and other sugary beverages. Choose water instead.diet portion control plate
  • Limit intake of fruit juice, choose fresh fruit instead.
  • Follow the food guide pyramid and Mediterranean food pyramid.
  • Eat regular meals; no skipping!
  • Control your healthy portions sizes.
  • Choose vegetables and fruit over carbohydrates.
  • Limit dining out at restaurants that do not offer healthy choices.
  • Limit snacking especially if trying to lose weight.

Proper nutrition, diabetes vitamins, coupled with diabetes exercise and Diabetes medication, will help you manage your diabetes so that you can stay healthy longer. Take a moment to browse through this section for more information about health dining out, cooking at home with these recipes for diabetics, maintaining a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle and more.

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