Jumpstarter Spotlight: Congrats Shirley C!

Jumpstarter Spotlight: Congrats Shirley C!

Lifestyle Tips, Success Spotlight
Today we'd like to congratulate one of our 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge members, Shirley Carter. We want to say "thank you" for being a positive part of our community! You have made excellent progress over the last year that deserves to be celebrated. Read on to get some tips from Shirley's journey, and get inspired to create your own success story! Here's Shirley's story, in her own words: "I went to the doctor for a routine blood test to check my liver function, as I had high blood pressure and this can affect your liver. She decided to run more tests, but I thought nothing more of it. A few days later, the results were back, I received a call from the doctor asking me to make an appointment with…
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How Compression Socks Can Help Diabetic Foot Swelling and Pain

How Compression Socks Can Help Diabetic Foot Swelling and Pain

Lifestyle Tips
Did you know compression socks can be a great for people with diabetes? If you struggle with swelling, circulation issues, or neuropathy pain in the feet or legs, compression socks are a great way to help reduce swelling and pain and keep feet and legs healthy and comfortable. Here's the top 5 reasons people with diabetes should try compression socks: 1) Increases Circulation Diabetes can cause a decrease in blood flow to the legs & feet. When left untreated, this can cause major complications. Gentle compression is a great way to help increase blood flow to keep feet healthier. Compression Socks can be worn daily and provide the gentle squeeze needed to increase circulation! 2) Decreases Swelling in Ankles, Feet, and Legs Many people with diabetes experience swelling. Mild compression…
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How to Care For Compression Socks

How to Care For Compression Socks

Lifestyle Tips
One of the best ways to combat discomfort in the legs and feet caused by diabetes is by consistently using compression socks. Now that you have ordered your compression socks, let’s make sure you get the most out of them. We will help ensure that you wear them properly to get the maximum amount of relief, and care for them correctly so they last as long as possible. When to Wear Compression Socks The goal of compression socks is to apply consistent pressure to the lower extremities, preventing numbing, swelling, tingling and burning sensation associated with long periods of standing and walking. With that in mind, you want to wear these compression socks throughout the day when you plan to be standing or sitting with your legs down for 2-3 hours…
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Oregano Oil for Managing Blood Sugar Levels

Oregano Oil for Managing Blood Sugar Levels

Managing Blood Sugar Levels, Supplements
At Smart Diabetes Solutions, our goal is to develop the most natural and sustainable methods for treating diabetes. If you have been part of our free 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge or the Complete Wellness Membership, you know that we focus on developing habits based around hydrating, eating whole natural foods and being more physically active. In addition, we like to discover other natural ways to stabilize blood sugar levels and treat diabetes symptoms while working towards improving long-term health. Oregano oil may be a great and completely natural way to do both. Diabetes affects about 1 out of every 10 Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control, and the market for diabetes medications are expected to almost double from around $31 billion in 2015 to more than $58 billion worldwide by…
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3 Simple, Natural and Proven Ways to Manage Blood Sugar Levels

3 Simple, Natural and Proven Ways to Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Lifestyle Tips, Managing Blood Sugar Levels
It’s tough to get past the idea that there’s a secret formula to managing blood sugar levels, lowering blood pressure and losing weight. There isn’t, and in the search for that secret you have most likely felt overwhelmed by the amount of diets, exercises, cleanses, detoxes, protein powders, weight loss pills and herbal supplements that claim they can solve a myriad of health issues. It’s tough to figure out what will work for you and your lifestyle. The solution you’ve looked for is simpler and more natural than you could have ever expected, and it gets back to the basics. The Four Pillars of Health (But You Only Need Three to Start) There are four pillars of health: hydration, nutrition, exercise and sleep. Each contributes to lowering blood sugar levels…
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How to Save Time, Money, and Manage Diabetes with Meal Planning in 4 Steps

How to Save Time, Money, and Manage Diabetes with Meal Planning in 4 Steps

Diabetes Food Tips, Lifestyle Tips
One of the most important aspects of your lifestyle that can make or break your diabetes turnaround or weight loss journey is nutrition. Many people are afraid to try a new lifestyle because they’re not ready to part with their favorite comfort foods and desserts. If you can relate to this, then good news! Here at Smart Diabetes Solutions, our philosophy is not about sticking to a strict diet, but rather about making a smooth transition to a healthier lifestyle. Our favorite way to do this is through meal planning! Meal planning is the best way to save yourself the stress behind figuring out what you should be eating. As added benefits, it also helps you save hours in food prep time each week as well as money on your groceries! Let's…
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Why Over 90% of Diets FAIL (And What To Do Instead)

Why Over 90% of Diets FAIL (And What To Do Instead)

Lifestyle Tips
It seems that wherever you look, there's a new diet claiming to solve your health issues like magic. While diets can absolutely help you lose weight quickly, they unfortunately don't work in the long-run. Did you know that 90-95% of people who go on a diet gain the weight back or more within 5 years? This unfortunate statistic is one of our biggest points of inspiration here at Smart Diabetes Solutions. That may sound strange, but we use this as a guide of what not to do! Today I want to show you our method for making sure you get the results you want, and that they last for life. Before we get into how, let's look at why 90% of diets fail: Diets generally deprive you by eliminating certain foods you have strong relationships with (bacon or ice…
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