A Different Approach: Why Do I Struggle to Gain Control of My Diabetes?

A Different Approach: Why Do I Struggle to Gain Control of My Diabetes?

Lifestyle Tips, Mindfulness and Mentality
When we started Smart Diabetes Solutions in 2015, I set out to help people who were struggling with managing their diabetes and weight move toward a healthier way of living. After working and talking with thousands of people with diabetes over the last four years, I was able to help people put their type 2 diabetes into remission (completely come off medications and get their A1C to normal range.) But I wasn’t able to help everyone. I looked back and wondered, why is it that some people had outstanding results, while most fall back into old ways? What I realized is that they key to overcoming diabetes starts and ends with the mind. The people who succeed first and foremost accept the idea that they, too, could put their diabetes…
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How to Reduce Your Sugar and Carb Cravings in 3 Easy Steps

How to Reduce Your Sugar and Carb Cravings in 3 Easy Steps

Diabetes Food Tips
Cravings are tough, especially for those with diabetes who need to actively manage blood sugar levels.  The good news is that cravings and sugar addiction CAN be a thing of the past. To understand how to break cravings, let me first tell you a quick story about how they form... *** You can get away with a lot when you’re young, especially when it comes to the things you eat and drink. During my younger years, I assaulted my body with the fattiest, sugariest and carb-loaded foods you can imagine. There were never any nutrient dense vegetables, good fats or lean meats in sight on my plate. However, at that time I was relatively active and didn't put on too much weight. This is why many people tend to ignore their health when they're…
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What is Mindfulness? The Key to Long-Term Health

What is Mindfulness? The Key to Long-Term Health

Lifestyle Tips
Take a look at this past month of your life... Think about every time you intended to do something positive for your health and didn’t. Think about how many times you have awakened with the motivation to change your eating habits, increase your level of physical activity or do something to reduce your stress levels. Now,  how many times have you done all those positive things for your health? See, it’s never as easy we want it to be. We think it has everything to do with motivation, or we believe our own excuses to comfort us because why we didn’t do something we believed we should. Motivation, excuses and your current habits are built upon the way you feel about your own situation and yourself as a person. Maybe…
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How to Avoid The Quick-Fix Health Trap & Achieve Longterm Health

How to Avoid The Quick-Fix Health Trap & Achieve Longterm Health

Lifestyle Tips
When it comes to reclaiming your health from diabetes and losing weight, there is nothing wrong with wanting quick results. It’s only human to decide you want to make a change and wish to reach the goal right away! Every day when I wake up, I log into our free Facebook group to see how everyone is doing. More days than not, I notice people asking for a quick way to get their blood sugar levels down or or lose weight. Unfortunately, developing healthy habits doesn’t happen overnight. And when it comes to dieting, results usually don't happen quickly enough for most people to stick with for the long-run. That’s why many of us look for a shortcut, or quick-fix. Quick-fixes come in many different forms. They may be supplements, short-term…
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What Are Complex Carbs and Simple Carbs?

What Are Complex Carbs and Simple Carbs?

Diabetes Food Tips
A common question we receive is what are complex carbs, exactly, and how do they differ from simple carbohydrates (carbs)? These are extremely important questions for people with diabetes to ask. Being aware of the type and amount of carbohydrates in your food can make the difference between having steady blood sugar levels and having too many highs and lows. Let’s start by setting the foundation for you. Many people are confused about what types of carbs come from which sources and the actual difference as it pertains to how your body digests them. But you have to understand first how your body reacts to all the different macronutrients before getting into how your body reacts to sugar and carbohydrates. What is a Macronutrient? Everything you eat is either a carbohydrate,…
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Focus On Health, Not Weight, When Managing Diabetes

Focus On Health, Not Weight, When Managing Diabetes

Weight Loss
Making health your primary focus can help with managing diabetes symptoms and weight loss. Over the past couple of decades, as the obesity rate rose in the U.S. and around the world, people looked toward dieting to assist with their weight loss goals. However, diets are completely inadequate when it comes to teaching proper nutrition, establishing healthy habits and reaching long-term goals. While weight loss is certainly an indicator that new healthy habits are working, weight loss shouldn’t be your main focus. Instead, we suggest focusing on the factors that really matter: your energy levels, blood sugar stability and your overall mood. Doing this involves increasing your knowledge of nutrition, becoming physically active on a daily basis and getting adequate rest on a consistent basis. These form the foundational habits…
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The Four Pillars of Good Health

The Four Pillars of Good Health

Lifestyle Tips
Hippocrates, a Greek physician who lived around the time of 460 B.C., summed up health with simple and powerful messages. Over time his messages have clearly been forgotten by many because as of today, health is now considered an extremely tough concept to understand. Eating balanced diets, exercising properly, sleeping well and avoiding over-consumption have become very difficult for millions of people throughout the world. With diseases like diabetes and obesity rates increasing throughout the world every year, I believe it is time to get back to the simple Pillars of Good Health.  There are thousands of different diets, pills and exercise plans for anyone looking to lose weight, gain control of their diabetes symptoms or even become more physically fit. Regardless of the seemingly unlimited information and resources available, obesity…
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