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 overweight or obese move toward a healthier way of living. After working and talking with thousands of people with diabetes over the last three years, I was able to help some 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. In some cases, it was because they were dealing with other medical issues, but for most, it was because I wasn’t able to help them transition mentally to accept the idea that they, too, could put their type 2 diabetes into remission by choosing to take back control of their health. I knew I needed to go…
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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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Is Cinnamon Good for Diabetes?

Is Cinnamon Good for Diabetes?

Supplements
Cinnamon is one of the supplements we get the most questions about, so we decided to dig into the research and find out if it really works. Before we get into the results, I'd like to start by saying that at Smart Diabetes Solutions, we are firm believers that diabetes can be successfully managed through healthy habits and nutritious foods and ingredients. We have shown this time and time again through our 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge and Complete Wellness Membership’s countless success stories. However, we realize that sometimes it's not possible to consume all of the foods and nutrients that can help your body keep your blood sugar numbers in check on a daily basis. And because of this, your blood sugar levels may fluctuate in and out of healthy range. The…
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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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The Best Milk to Drink For Those With Diabetes

The Best Milk to Drink For Those With Diabetes

Diabetes Food Tips
Our philosophy at Smart Diabetes Solutions is about transitioning over time to a healthy lifestyle. You will not find fad dieting ideas and promises of “quick fixes” here. Because of this approach, we understand that giving up completely on certain items that are part of your daily routine is not a good way to set you up for success. Milk is one of these things! Milk has been in the top 10 of most consumed beverages in the US for decades. We put it on our cereal, in oatmeal, in protein shakes, in coffee and drink it straight from the jug. It was part of growing up for most of us, and regardless of all the mixed messages out there regarding the nutritional values of milk, we still drink it,…
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The Smart Diabetes Food Guide

The Smart Diabetes Food Guide

Diabetes Food Tips
The world’s knowledge of nutrition has dramatically changed over the past hundred years. As a culture, we started off with beliving in ultimate balance; eating a little bit of every food group in equal proportion, and not too much of one thing. Then came the standard food pyramid you have seen for the past 20 to 30 years; a tiered approach with grains (breads, pasta and rice) representing a higher proportion for consumption than any other food group. In 2005, the USDA replaced the hierarchical levels of the food guide pyramid with colorful vertical wedges. The share of the pyramid allotted to grains now only narrowly edges out vegetables and milk, which are of equal proportions. The USDA added stairs up the left side of the pyramid with an image…
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How Many Carbs Should I Eat in a Day?

How Many Carbs Should I Eat in a Day?

Diabetes Food Tips, Managing Blood Sugar Levels
“How many carbs should I eat a day?” This question is asked often in the Smart Diabetes Solutions 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge, and for good reason. It’s extremely important for those with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and those simply looking to improve their health to know the amount of carbs needed to keep their blood sugar levels stable and boost healthy weight loss. Unfortunately, the question itself is too broad for a single answer or for a single number. Whether you’re a man or woman, your age, physical fitness level, and more are factors that need to be considered in order to get the answer for you. In this article, I will outline the factors you need to consider so that you can determine how many carbs you should personally eat each day. Do we…
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