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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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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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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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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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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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