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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 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 is a Macronutrient? Everything you eat is either a carbohydrate,…
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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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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! So 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…
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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? Recently, someone in our free Facebook 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 so you can understand why all sodas, regular, diet or otherwise, are not good for you in one way or another. Because we’re constantly bombarded with extremely persuasive advertising on a daily basis, it’s tough to really get a handle on what’s good and not good for us. When you’re told a certain soda is “sugar free,” have you ever wondered how it’s still sweet? Or how this soda still has flavor although it has “zero” calories? Real sugar vs. sugar substitutes A 12-ounce…
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How The Glycemic Index Can Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

How The Glycemic Index Can Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

Managing Blood Sugar Levels
The Glycemic Index (GI) is an extremely important tool to have in your toolbox when looking to control and maintain your blood sugar levels and the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. It helps you see what you are eating in simple numerical terms, and when combined with a second number, the Glycemic Load (GL), you can fine tune your meal choices to keep your blood sugar at healthy levels and reduce blood sugar spikes. Let’s take a look at what these numbers really mean and how you can use them to take control of your diabetes. What Is the Glycemic Index? Dr. David Jenkins, together with Dr. Thomas Wolever and Dr. Alexandra Jenkins, conceived the Glycemic Index (GI) in 1979. The GI breakthrough was the outcome of research conducted at…
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