10 Diabetes Breakfast Mistakes To Avoid
I once went to see a friend who has diabetes. Her table was laid out with a wonderful breakfast for the both of us. However, it didn’t look too much like a breakfast a diabetic should be eating. There were carbs, carbs, and more carbs. To me it was a dream, but my thought for her was, “oh geeze, her blood sugar!” It seems innocent enough that we were having; croissants, jam, fruit, and array of fresh juices. For most people, this is a very healthy start. For diabetics, it is missing one key item that will help stall the burn of all those carbs – protein!” Here you will see biggest diabetes breakfast mistakes you’re probably making and you didn’t know you were doing it. Don’t make these breakfast mistakes to keep your blood sugar stable. At the end I have also included list of some commonly asked questions about diabetes breakfast. 1. Skipping Protein When you eat carbohydrates alone, they are digested quickly causing spikes in your blood sugar levels. When paired with a protein, they bind together and take longer to digest and burn up. If you have a bowl of cereal and toast, eat an egg with it. Fruit with Yogurt. Pancakes with Sausage. In a hurry? Just add Peanut Butter to your toast! 2. Smoothies on the Run Smoothies make you feel great! No doubt a good smoothie gives you a rush to get you going, but turns out its mostly a sugar rush. Make sure to check our 8 best smoothies for people with diabetes. Add a scoop of protein powder to slow the burn. Drink a smoothie and nibble a hardboiled egg. Skip the smoothie and have a bowl of oatmeal with some bacon! 3. Not Eating Breakfast You may have been fine without breakfast before diabetes, but after you are diagnosed you may not be anymore. People who skip breakfast actually have higher blood sugars during the Continue reading >>
Is Oatmeal Good For Diabetics?
Here are a few common questions and concerns that we always receive around oatmeal and diabetes: “Do u know if eating oatmeal is good for diabetics?” “I make steel cut oats in the morning and put in honey (from the honey place – real made) some chia seeds, walnuts, half an apple and pumpkin or other seeds if I have them – is this enough to balance out the sugar?” “My sugars go crazy when I eat oatmeal but I was told by a dietitian to eat it.” “I’m confused, can I eat oatmeal, not the packaged kind?” Is Oatmeal Good for Diabetics? (The Short Answer) The short answer: Oatmeal could be okay for you – some type 2 diabetics can eat it. But, it is a higher carb food and for that reason, many type 2 diabetics can’t tolerate it. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer on this, which is often the case with many individual food items. The question for you to ask is, how is your blood sugar and A1C? If you’re struggling to get it under control, you might consider eliminating the oatmeal and opting for lower carb foods (aka more vegetables). Or, you could try testing to see if oats influence your results. Is Oatmeal Good for Diabetics? (The Long Answer) Let’s explore a whole range of things to consider with oats and oatmeal – including nutrition, glycemic index (GI), research, and so forth. Research on Oatmeal and Type 2 Diabetes The research around oats/ oatmeal for type 2 diabetes treatment does show mixed results. A review in Food and Function, 2016, looked at a range of studies but only 4 of those studies included type 2 diabetic patients. An important point to raise is that the results concluded from studies in those without diabetes (healthy subjects) is NOT necessarily going to result in the same conclusions in people who already have diabetes Continue reading >>
Are Eggs Bad For You? Scientists Explain If Eating Eggs Every Day Is Healthy
Eating With Type-2 Diabetes: Food Is Your Friend
Living with or preventing type-2 diabetes doesn't mean your days of good eating are over. In fact, food is your friend, and is arguably one of the best ways you can treat — and prevent — the disease. "Diet and exercise is the best thing you can do to prevent type-2 diabetes or manage your blood-sugar levels," says J. Mark Beard, MD, a member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners who specializes in diabetes. "The first thing we tell patients if they're diagnosed with type-2 diabetes or are concerned about getting it is to lose weight with a proper diet and exercise." Leslie Fink, WeightWatchers.com recipe editor and nutritionist, says to look for foods that are good sources of the following: Look for foods that include: Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, breads and pasta, but avoid white flour. Complex carbohydrates are broken down slowly after consumption, leading to a slower release of glucose into the bloodstream. (Simple carbohydrates, meanwhile, are broken down quickly and can lead to a rapid rise in blood sugar.) Lean protein, like chicken, fish, beans, eggs and lean red meat. Protein builds and maintains muscles. It also keeps you full and makes you feel satisfied. Fiber, from vegetables and fruit. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that a high intake of dietary fiber can improve glycemic control. Small amounts of healthy fat, from oils like olive, canola and flaxseed; avocado; small amounts of nuts; and fatty fish like tuna and salmon. Studies have indicated that healthy fats can improve blood pressure, cholesterol and heart health. So don't despair. There are several options out there to keep things interesting. Fink offers several savory options to consider, including: Baked Potato Skins With Creamy Spinach and Turkey Baco Continue reading >>
Better With Bacon Recipes
Diabetic Living / Diabetic Recipes / Pork Crispy, crunchy bacon boosts flavor in any dish -- and when used in moderation, it can be diabetes-friendly, too. From bacon-wrapped appetizers to not-so-traditional BLTs, these recipes are better with bacon! Add some pizzazz to your everyday BLT! Crispy bacon paired with heart-healthy avocado equals a satisfying sandwich packed with vitamin C, protein, and fiber. Get fully-loaded baked beans featuring fresh bacon bits, peppers, and onions and seasoned with brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Make these beans your go-to side dish! Bacon brings out the flavor in fresh green beans while providing a low-carb side perfect with beef, chicken, or pork. Crumbled bacon mixed with a colorful medley of corn, soybeans, and jalapeno chile peppers makes this dish better. Drizzle bacon-infused dressing over your favorite salad! Preparing your own dressing saves on calories, carbs, and fat without skimping on delicious bacon flavor. Start your day off right with green sweet peppers, crisp bacon, and mushrooms topped with hot pepper sauce -- a great way to wake you up! Whip up these wraps for an on-the-go lunch or a light dinner. Protein-rich soybeans and bacon blend with jalapeno chile peppers and cilantro for a Mexican-inspired take on the classic BLT. No more boring cereal! Top oat bran with bacon, cheese, and tomatoes for a savory breakfast that leaves you feeling full and satisfied. Pack whole wheat pitas with Canadian-style bacon and scrambled eggs for a quick and easy breakfast. Bonus: Top it off with cheese and green onion for a healthy and satisfying meal with 18 grams of carb per serving. Continue reading >>
Health Check: The Good And Bad Of Easter Eggs, Chocolate And Hot Crossbuns
Health Check: the good and bad of Easter eggs, chocolate and hot crossbuns Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle Clare Collins receives funding from NHMRC, ARC, National Heart Foundtion of Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia Human Nutrition Research Program, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Campbell Arnotts, Horticulture Australia Limited and consults to Novo Nordisk. Australians love Easter but it seems we love Easter eggs more, spending more than A$185 million on chocolate over the holiday break. Painted or dyed eggs were given traditionally at Easter to symbolise new life. Chocolate Easter eggs first appeared early in the 19th century, followed by hollow Easter eggs in 1875 , when manufacturing advances allowed chocolate to flow into moulds. These days we dont have much restraint when it comes to eggs made out of chocolate, but how many regular hen eggs are okay to eat? And what about the other Easter favourite: the hot cross buns? Two recently published reviews examined research on the relationship between egg consumption and risk of heart disease and diabetes . They found that people who consumed the most eggs (six or more per week) had a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who consumed the least (one egg or less per week). While the reviews disagree on whether egg consumption increases the risk of heart disease in the general population, they both found that people with diabetes who consumed a lot of eggs had a greater risk of developing heart disease. Ditch the bacon and go for poached, not fried. Alpha/Flickr , CC BY-NC-SA However, recent research shows that it is what you eat with your eggs that matters most. In a study of 19,000 adults in the United States, eating eggs was associated with eating more fast foods Continue reading >>
Quaker Oats For Breakfast, Diabetes For Lunch?
Sitting down to a bowl full of sugar every morning is a pretty surefire way to lead yourself to a whole host of metabolic derangements down the line, whether or not your waistline is showing it. Insulin dis-regulation not only leads to difficulty managing blood sugar, but also has a direct effect on the status of the other hormones in our bodies which are the way most of our body functions are managed. This is where the old saying, “you are what you eat” becomes a bit freaky when we're sitting down to a big bowl of cereal to start our days. I've already ranted about Kashi comparing it's GoLean Crunch Cereal to an egg, because that commercial was and is appalling. If you even took one minute to THINK about how those huge vats of grains and sweeteners arrive on a truck at a factory door before going through miles of machinery to be portioned out into bags and boxes of cereal, you might possibly pause to think about whether or not cereal is even FOOD. Or perhaps not. I know I didn't think much about it before maybe five or six years ago. I ate tons of cereal. With skim milk. Seriously. And I was hungry ALL the time. After seeing the latest commercial from Quaker where The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper pimps their Oatmeal Squares cereal as a “superfood,” I couldn't resist another little rant. I don't even have time to get into every last detail here about how sugar and grains (yes, even “whole grains”) negatively impact our blood sugar and our waist lines. If you aren't clear yet on how that all works, a tiny bit of research will turn up TONS of information on how a low-fat/high-carb USDA-recommended diet promotes dis-regulation of insulin secretions in your body leaving you hungry, craving more sugar, likely still fat (despite the caloric deficit you struggl Continue reading >>
Dog Diabetes: What Your Dog Can And Cant Eat
Dog Diabetes: What Your Dog Can And Cant Eat Dog Diabetes: What Your Dog Can And Cant Eat Dog Diabetes: What Your Dog Can And Cant Eat The vet has probably explained a lot of things to you in regards to your dogs condition. Almost certainly, he has told you about treatment options, warning signs, and any other relevant information regarding canine diabetes. Sure enough, he has also mentioned lifestyle changes in order for your dog to remain healthy. Along with this, you should be given a list of diabetic dog food products and a weight management program that you should follow. However, if diabetic dog food is unavailable, or you simply refuse to feed your pet anything that comes out of a can or a box, then you can always concoct your own recipe. Just take note of certain Dos and Donts when it comes to what you should feed your dog. However, be sure to consult with the vet first before feeding your dog any food that he has not included in his list. - Meat with low fat content: This should include turkey, fish, chicken, and eggs. Fatty foods will only cause further complications to your dogs delicate condition. -Fruits and vegetables: Fresh ones are better, but do not feed in excess. Fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars and are very nutritious, but make sure to avoid raisins and grapes. -Grains: Your dog needs fiber to manage insulin level. Brown rice, oats, and millet are great for him so you should include this in his daily diet plan. -Brewers Yeast: This ingredient has a component called glucose tolerance factor that is very helpful in managing blood sugar. -Anything baked: Baked goods contain processed sugars which will certainly increase sugar levels in the blood. As you know, excess glucose level in the blood is never good. -Fatty food: You do not want your Continue reading >>
Type 2 Diabetes Diet Food List
Now some of the diabetes diet information presented below may be slightly different to what you are used to seeing. That’s because there are quite a few flaws in the common diet prescription for type 2 diabetes. In our work with clients we’ve discovered that a ‘real food’ approach to eating has helped control type 2 diabetes the most. That’s because there is more to managing diabetes than just counting cabrs! So we’ve put together this type 2 diabetes diet food list that will give you a great place to start. FREE DOWNLOAD Like a Take Home Copy Of This List? Includes Snack Ideas and Food Tips! Type 2 Diabetes Diet Food List PROTEINS Every meal should contain a source of protein for energy production and to fuel the creation of new cells. Below is a list of good protein sources to choose from. Protein also helps to satisfy the appetite, keeping you fuller longer. Lean Meats Lean beef; veal, flank steak, extra lean mince, sirloin steak, chuck steak, lamb. Pork Lean cuts of pork; pork chops or loin. Poultry Chicken, turkey, duck, quail, goose. Fish Tuna, salmon, cod, trout, bass, flatfish, whitehead, mackerel, herring, eel, haddock, red snapper, trout, drum, walleye, sardines and so forth. Seafood Crab, lobster, prawns, shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams, scallops, abalone, crayfish. Game Meats Venison, wild boar, kangaroo, deer, pheasant, moose, wild turkey, alligator, emu, ostrich, elk, bison, turtle. Many people don’t eat these types of meats but you can eat them if you like them. Organ Meats Beef, pork, lamb, chicken livers. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken tongues, hearts, brains. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken marrow, kidneys. Many people don’t eat these types of meats either but you can eat them if you like them, and they are very good sources of vitamins and minera Continue reading >>
Breakfast With Diabetes
Many people have been asking me about their breakfast choices lately, so hopefully this blog will help to answer some of your own breakfast questions. They usually want to know how to choose a good breakfast cereal, how much of it to have to keep them feeling satisfied til morning tea without disrupting their blood glucose results too much, what they can have instead of cereal that is quick and easy and still healthy and how to enjoy a breakfast out without tipping the scales too much. Before starting though I’d like to remind you to not make any changes to your current diabetes routine without first checking with your own health care professionals. These are meant as general guidelines only. Why do we need it? As people with diabetes, breakfast is important to us for several reasons: It helps to get our blood glucose levels of to nice level start, especially when we include a moderate amount of low-GI carbs It helps us to manage our appetite better as the day progresses, especially so we don’t end up very hungry and tempted to make poor choices It fuels our brain so we can mentally function better and cope better with the curve-balls that diabetes can throw at us It helps to reduce insulin resistance by providing us with the low-GI energy that our bodies need to function better What should be in it? A good starting place is a reminder that with each meal we should include low-GI carb sources, preferably 2 carbohydrate serves as a minimum, and a protein serve to ensure we have the slow release of glucose to keep our brain fuelled for peak performance and our tummies happy so we don’t crave poor food choices by morning tea. Extra fibre also doesn’t go astray. How to choose a good breakfast cereal? If you recall our earlier blog on label reading, when reading cere Continue reading >>
Getting Off To A Good Start With Breakfast: Part 2
In last week’s blog entry (“Getting Off to a Good Start with Breakfast: Part 1”), we talked about the importance of eating breakfast and all the health benefits that result from fueling yourself with food at the start of the day. So maybe now you’re convinced that eating breakfast is a good thing. But perhaps you’re scratching your head, thinking “What the heck do I eat for breakfast?” I suspect that a fair number of you would admit to eating some “unusual” things for breakfast. If you recall, in last week’s post I mentioned a poll done by ABC News in 2005 that focused on breakfast. Participants were asked about typical breakfast choices. Here’s a sampling of some of the more interesting items on the list: Cold pizza Spaghetti Peanut butter and banana sandwich Eggs and steak Cap’n Crunch (yes, adults eat this cereal too!) Pork loin and cheese Coffee Beer Liver and grits What have you eaten for breakfast? The point of all this is that if you don’t eat breakfast because you dislike cereal, or are lactose intolerant, or just don’t know what to eat, no problem. There’s no rule that you must eat “breakfast” food for breakfast. (How many of you have eaten a bowl of cereal for supper on occasion?) On the other hand, it’s not such a great idea to grab, say, a candy bar, or wolf down a bowl of ice cream. Likewise, a hamburger and fries isn’t what dietitians have in mind either. So what should you eat? Well, rules of good nutrition still apply. Try to aim for a breakfast that contains a balance of the three main nutrients that our bodies need for fuel and good health: carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Make sure that your breakfast includes fiber, too. If you’re counting calories, carbs, and/or fat grams, a dietitian is the best person to help Continue reading >>
23 Low-carb Breakfasts That Go Way Beyond Eggs & Bacon
When you’re going on a low-carb diet, whether it’s to cut down on grains or to move your body from a ‘carb burner’ to a ‘fat burner,’ prepping lunches and dinners are pretty straightforward. With grilled protein options, roasted veggies and big salads, you can get a ton of variety and nutrients into your meals. But breakfast? That poses more of a challenge, every single morning. So many breakfasts are centered around copious amounts of breads and grains and while you certainly could eat dinner-style meals in the AM, isn’t it more fun to start the day with something a little different? These 23 low-carb breakfasts don’t disappoint. From frittatas to muffins and burritos, these recipes will get you excited to head to the kitchen in the morning. When you’ve got this many delicious options, the only real question is which one to make next? 23 Low-Carb Breakfasts These hearty waffles use protein powder and flaxseed meal to ensure you’ll get a hefty dose of protein and fiber, keeping you full even without heavy carbohydrates. And with just one cup of fresh apple for 8–12 waffles, you’ll get the apple flavor while keeping low-carb. Frittatas are good, but an avocado frittata is even better. Baked right into the dish and topped with cheese, benefit-rich avocados add a punch of heart-healthy fats and flavor — plus they look great! Not only does this veggie low-carb breakfast recipe work great for brunch, it’s just as tasty as a weeknight dinner. Traditional “eggs in a nest” are buttered slices of bread with a runny egg cooked in the middle. This low-carb version uses zucchini “noodles” and raw bacon (opt for turkey or beef) to achieve a similarly crispy, delicious effect. The whole “flipping without ruining it” problem makes omelets diffic Continue reading >>
Can Diabetics Eat Eggs?
There are many debates and controversies regarding a diabetics healthy lifestyle. Some militate for an austere food regime, lacking important sources of vitamins and proteins, while others consider that diabetics can eat exactly the same foods as healthy people, but with minimum surveillance on the portions and the frequency of eating. Also, there was a long time shame about introducing eggs in a diabetics dietary plan. Since eggs are rich in cholesterol, many claimed they were unhealthy for people who already had to watch out everything they ate. However, most recent studies show no absolute side effect of eggs being introduced on a regular basis on a diabetics healthy lifestyle. Eggs represent an important source of vitamins, minerals and proteins. The only nutritional drawback is the fat content, as a large egg is equipped with some 155 mg of cholesterol and another 1.2 grams of saturated fats. There are plenty of nutritional and delicious dishes that include eggs, so why not benefit from all of them, including if you suffer from diabetes? The good thing is that most of these harmful ingredients (the saturated fats and cholesterol) are found in the eggs yolk, so it is quite easy to separate the yolk from the egg white and only stick to the latter. Omelets are rather irresistible, especially if they are paired with some fresh veggies on the side and a crisp slice of bacon. Sure, those who suffer from diabetes should cut off their fats, thus bacon is not really an option in their diets. However, most nutritionists recommend introducing eggs in a diabetics dietary plan since they are packed with vitamins and nutrients. You can easily find plenty of online recipes that include egg whites. Omelets can also be made out of two egg whites and a small whole egg without a pro Continue reading >>
Eat A Healthy Breakfast. It Can Help You Lose Weight. - The Boston Globe
Nutrition expert Eric Rimm suggests eggs for breakfast protein, oatmeal, and whole-wheat bread. If you begin the day with a good breakfast, many health professionals say, it can help you lose weight. That said, with the crazy time crunch in the morning, breakfast is often forgotten. What beckons is doughnuts and fast food, and good intentions quickly fall away. Youve probably heard it all before and theres science to prove it. But at some point, when it clicks that you should set aside time to eat well in the morning, youll see what a difference it makes to your intake all day. And who doesnt want to know the secret to weight loss besides eating less? Breakfast should account for 25 to 30 percent of an average persons daily caloric intake, so a healthy start can make a big difference. But before you decide what to eat for that first important meal of the day, you need to know what youre getting. According to Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the road to weight loss begins in the supermarket aisles, where its important to read labels carefully. Rimm points out that the words sugar-free can mean many things, including the addition of artificial sweeteners. We have evidence to suggest that sugar-free food actually triggers the same response from your body that sugar does, Rimm says. In some cases, if youre having a sugar-free food, the sweetness may still trigger your body to better absorb and store other calories from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats from the meal. He recommends foods that are both sugar and artificial-sweetener free, but says a small amount of honey can be a nice alternative to sweeten morning coffee or tea. The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. T Continue reading >>
Are Eggs Risky For Heart Health?
Ask the doctor Image: Olha_Afanasieva/Thinkstock Q. Does eating eggs really increase your risk of a heart attack? A. From what we know today, here's the bottom line: for most people, an egg a day does not increase your risk of a heart attack, a stroke, or any other type of cardiovascular disease. No more than three eggs per week is wise if you have diabetes, are at high risk for heart disease from other causes (such as smoking), or already have heart disease. Continue reading >>