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 getting healthy 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 the free 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge Facebook group to see how our challenge participants are doing. More days than not, I notice participants 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 diets,…
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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 from our 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge and Complete Wellness members 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…
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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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The Low-Down on Artificial Sweeteners

The Low-Down on Artificial Sweeteners

Diabetes Food Tips
How Do Diet Sodas and Flavored Drinks Really Affect Your Blood Sugar and Overall Health? First, I would like to thank everyone within the 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge Facebook Group for their questions, ideas and support. Everyone is interacting with each other and extremely helpful. The success of this group is far beyond what we could have imagined. This is very encouraging because the support we all provide each other is going to help us all stay on track as we progress toward better health. (Want to join the next free 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge? Click here to learn more!) Someone in the group asked whether diet soda was okay to drink, since it contains no real grams of sugar? This is an excellent question that I wanted to really draw out…
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The Diabetes-Sleep Connection and 14 Tips for Better Sleep

The Diabetes-Sleep Connection and 14 Tips for Better Sleep

Lifestyle Tips
All human beings need sleep. Although we are all have different sleep routines and patterns, the one commonality is that quality sleep makes a huge impact to everyone’s overall health. For those with diabetes, sleep is incredibly important to keeping your symptoms in control and improving your overall sense of wellbeing. In fact, it's so important we consider if one of our "four pillars of health!" In this day and age however, we have found ways to avoid getting the right amount of high quality of sleep. Rather it be for work, a highly active social life or simply not wanting to miss out on daily activities, as a society sleep has been knocked down our priority list and usually becomes one of the first things we give up when…
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Managing Diabetes on the Road: Part 2

Managing Diabetes on the Road: Part 2

Travel Tips
Now that you’ve read part 1 of “Traveling and Healthy Eating,” you know what to bring with you while you travel. Let’s go through some of the best ways to keep your food fresh throughout the journey. Quick Check List of Storage Items: Small/Medium-size cooler Ice packs/frozen water bottles Plastic/glass air-tight sealable containers Zippered half gallon and gallon bags Zippered sandwich bags Plastic wrap Aluminum foil Microwave-safe plates Full coolers stay colder longer, so properly pack the food and ensure the lid doesn’t stay open for extended periods of time. Store foods you’ll eat  last on the bottom and often-used food on top of the cooler. Cold air travels down so always put ice packs/frozen water bottles on top with pre-chilled cans and bottles on the bottom. Store perishable foods…
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