Tasty And Diabetic Friendly Smoothies For All!

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I would like to begin by emphasizing I am not a doctor, registered dietitian or nutritionist. I am a type 2 diabetic employing a one day at a time attitude towards all aspects of my health.  Anyone considering lifestyle changes regarding their eating habits should consult with their primary doctor, registered dietitian or nutritionist. In this manner, a plan can be made based on their needs for a healthy eating lifestyle. Everyone will have different needs. The ‘one shoe fits all’ theory can have far-reaching effects on individual well-being, especially for those of us suffering from diabetes and required to manage our sugar, carbohydrates, salt and fat intake daily. Your health is and will always be a priority. Please act responsibly before making any drastic eating lifestyle changes.

 

Smoothies Are On Everyone’s List!

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If we conducted a poll, we would have a healthy cross-section of representation on the smoothie radar. There are fruit smoothies, vegan smoothies, green smoothies, herb and spices smoothies, nuts, and legumes to name some of the popular ones. Not to mention, smoothies and combinations among some or all of them. Everyone seems to have their slice of tasty smoothie paradise. My emphasis and I would like you to think seriously about the balanced meal plan focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein while making your tasty and diabetic friendly smoothie. We agree we love our smoothies. We have everything to gain by making our taste buds come alive and our bodies reap nutrients and health benefits! A balanced tasty and diabetic friendly smoothie offers a very reliable means of getting much needed daily nutrients at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Diabetes: A Brief Overview

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What is Diabetes?

Most experts and diabetic individuals would acknowledge diabetes is a lack of insulin and is prevalent in children and young adults but can develop at any age (type 1). Children and young adults have to take insulin for the remainder of their lives to survive with periods of low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia), a way of life. On the other hand, some individuals do not have enough insulin or the pancreas does not use it properly (type 2). Adults are mostly affected by type 2 diabetes. However, with more and more children and young adults becoming obese or overweight the type 2 diagnosis will increase among their age groups.

 

What role does insulin play in our everyday lives?

 

According to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at https://www.diabetesresearch.org/what-is-type-one-diabetes, “Insulin serves as a “key” to open your cells, to allow the glucose to enter — and allow you to use the glucose for energy.  Without insulin, there is no “key.”   So, the sugar stays — and builds up– in the blood. The result: the body’s cells starve from the lack of glucose.  and, if left untreated, the high level of “blood sugar” can damage eyes, kidneys, nerves, and the heart, and can also lead to coma and death”. 1

Naming Some of the other known types of diabetes!

There are other known types of diabetes, such as Gestational Diabetes, where women who did not have diabetes experience a high level of blood sugar during pregnancy. It must be emphasized this condition must be recognized and treated immediately or could cause significant health problems for mother and child/children. In general, blood sugar levels would return to normal after pregnancy. However, this is not always a guarantee.

Additional types of diabetes discovered according to the  Joslin Diabetes Center at http://blog.joslin.org/2011/06/how-many-types-of-diabetes-are-there/called latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). Think of LADA as a slowly progressing version of type 1 with some of the characteristics of type 2.  In fact, some people call it type 1.5. There’s more.  Type 1, 2, gestational diabetes and LADA are polygenic—this means that it takes the involvement of many genes to cause the disease.  But there are other, much rarer forms of diabetes that are monogenic, meaning a change in only one gene is responsible for the condition. There are two types of conditions in this category: Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young  (MODY) and Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus (NDM)”.2

Another form of diabetes is Prediabetes. The Mayo Clinic stated at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prediabetes/home/ovc-20270022, “Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to progress to type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes — especially to your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys — may already be starting. Prediabetes affects adults and children. The same lifestyle changes that can help prevent progression to diabetes in adults might also help bring children’s blood sugar levels back to normal’.3

Eating Healthy with Diabetic Recipes

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Family eating- gluten freEating Healthy Benefits Everyone!

 

Eating healthy should be a goal and a priority for everyone. However, it is more than likely the majority of the general population do not follow healthy eating patterns. Are you interested in following a healthy eating plan? You should be. The time is now to combine your ‘nutrition and health’!

Let’s use the United States as an example. healthcare.gov in a web article, Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 *stated:

  • ♦ “About three-fourths of the population has an eating pattern that is low in vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oils”. 1
  • ♦ “More than half of the population is meeting or exceeding total grain and total protein foods recommendations, but, as discussed later in the chapter, are not meeting the recommendations for the subgroups within each of these food groups”. 2
  • ♦ “Most Americans exceed the recommendations for added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium”. 3

healthcare.gov  also added: “In addition, the eating patterns of many are too high in calories. Calorie intake over time, in comparison to calorie needs, is best evaluated by measuring body weight status. The high percentage of the population that is overweight or obese suggests that many in the United States over consume calories. As documented in the Introduction, Table I-1, more than two-thirds of all adults and nearly one-third of all children and youth in the United States are either overweight or obese”. 4

Some of these points from healthcare.gov are worth repeating. Around 75 % The United States eating habits include low vegetable, fruits, dairy, and oils consumption. On the flip side, there is high sodium, sugar and saturated fats consumption by ‘most’. High-calorie intake compound these problems with over 66%  with obesity and overweight as the by-product. What does all this mean? The underlying need is for improvement in healthy diet considerations!

A Diabetic Diet is Recommended as “The Best Eating Plan for Most Everyone”, by the Mayo Clinic!

Let’s take a look at an array of goodies on a diabetic diet such as Fish, poultry and lean meats, fruits, vegetable, whole grains, low-fat dairy, nuts, legumes, oils (example: Olive, canola) and seasoning to name most of the heavy hitters! That’s a list with a solid foundation for any healthy, balanced, enjoyable meal for anyone including a diabetic diet. In fact, the prestigious and #1 ranked hospital in the United States, Mayo Clinic in a web-based article on September 9, 2016, emphasized in a definition of a diabetic diet stating:

“A diabetes diet simply means eating the healthiest foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes.

A diabetes diet is a healthy-eating plan that’s naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories. Key elements are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone”.5 Let’s reinforce the last line of the quote again. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone. Ladies and gentlemen, it does not get any better in terms of affirming a diabetic diet is the best eating plan for most of us!

The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet
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Looking at the list recommended foods listed, there should be a familiar theme to everyone. These are everyday items on most of us shopping list. Therefore there is no additional cost beyond increased prices or lower prices in specific regions of the country over others. Keeping this in mind, islandburt.com will be offering an extensive array of diabetic/healthy recipes to satisfy and enrich the healthy lifestyle of eating for diabetics and everyone else. Eating healthy should become a priority for all of us.

It is my aim to supply all the diabetic recipes which satisfy and fulfills the healthy, nourished, tasty and mouth-watering eating delight for everyone! Are you ready to start eating healthy, while having the best meal plan? Keep coming back to islandburt.com and be satisfied with all the tasty, healthy and appetizing diabetic recipes on offer for all your meal planning. All bases will be covered for your complete healthy satisfaction while following the advice of the #1 Hospital in the United States. It’s a winning proposition!

Your personal healthy eating and living lifestyle take top priority.

Doctor Patient Consultation

As always, it is very important to consult with your doctor, nutritionist or dietitian before proceeding with specific recipes available. Each individual is unique and many different factors could come into play towards a healthy eating and living lifestyle. The focus should always what’s best for you and should be followed up with professional advise.

 

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Citations:

1-4. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion “Current Eating Patterns in the United States”. (Chapter 2) accessed December 18, 2016, https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/chapter-2/current-eating-patterns-in-the-united-states/

5. Mayo Clinic “Diabetes diet: Create your healthy eating plan.” Mayo Clinic Staff  accessed December 18, 2016, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-diet/art-20044295