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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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Client Spotlight: Congrats Shirley C!

Client Spotlight: Congrats Shirley C!

Lifestyle Tips, Success Spotlight
Today we'd like to congratulate one of our group 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 not a clue…
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The Perfect Kale Salad for “Beginners”

The Perfect Kale Salad for “Beginners”

Diabetic-Friendly Recipes
Kale is one of those foods that we all know is incredibly healthy, but that most are afraid to try. Chances are you have tried kale in the past, you may have found it to be stiff, flavorless, and unpleasant. Although kale in its raw, undressed state CAN be all of those things... with the right preparation and the right dressing, kale can be very delicious and satisfying. The key to a good kale salad is acid, you need this to help break down the kale and make it softer and more palatable. My go-to is either apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, and/or lemon juice. In this recipe, we mix sweet apple cider vinegar with shredded apples, tart cranberries, and crunchy almonds. Give this easy kale salad a try and I promise…
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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 Use a Spiralizer to Cut Carbs (+ Pad Thai Recipe!)

How to Use a Spiralizer to Cut Carbs (+ Pad Thai Recipe!)

Diabetes Food Tips, Diabetic-Friendly Recipes
When eating a low carb diet, it is often difficult to find ways to enjoy your favorite foods. For those looking to better manage their diabetes, it’s especially important to cut traditional pasta out of your diet in order to prevent blood sugar spikes. This may sound discouraging, but this is where the spiralizer comes to the rescue! A spiralizer allows you to make your favorite pasta dishes by replacing traditional pasta with spiralized vegetable noodles. Although you can spiralizer many veggies using your spiralizer such as sweet potatoes carrots, cucumbers, and more, I find that zucchini works the best when making a pasta dish.   How to use a spiralizer to make delicious, low-carb meals Spiralizers are very simple to use.  Simply take it out of the box and…
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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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