5 Ways to Get More Protein and Omega-3 With Flax Seeds

5 Ways to Get More Protein and Omega-3 With Flax Seeds

Diabetes Food Tips
Flax seeds are fully of omega-3 fatty acids which are thought to be heart healthy. Just three tablespoons of flaxseeds have 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein! Flax seeds are a great way to add healthy fats to your diet to assist in blood sugar level stabilization for people with diabetes. But when exactly would you use flaxseeds, and how do you use them? Below are five of my favorite ways for incorporating flax seeds into your daily diet. Note: we prefer ground flax as they are easier to incorporate into your meal and are more easily digested. Here's a great organic ground flax seed you can try: Spectrum Ground Flaxseed. Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to your favorite smoothie recipe. Run out of eggs when baking? Replace each…
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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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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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The Smart Diabetes Food Guide

The Smart Diabetes Food Guide

Diabetes Food Tips
The world’s knowledge of nutrition has dramatically changed over the past hundred years. As a culture, we started off with beliving in ultimate balance; eating a little bit of every food group in equal proportion, and not too much of one thing. Then came the standard food pyramid you have seen for the past 20 to 30 years; a tiered approach with grains (breads, pasta and rice) representing a higher proportion for consumption than any other food group. In 2005, the USDA replaced the hierarchical levels of the food guide pyramid with colorful vertical wedges. The share of the pyramid allotted to grains now only narrowly edges out vegetables and milk, which are of equal proportions. The USDA added stairs up the left side of the pyramid with an image…
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How Many Carbs Should I Eat in a Day?

How Many Carbs Should I Eat in a Day?

Diabetes Food Tips, Managing Blood Sugar Levels
“How many carbs should I eat a day?” This question is asked often in the Smart Diabetes Solutions 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge, and for good reason. It’s extremely important for those with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and those simply looking to improve their health to know the amount of carbs needed to keep their blood sugar levels stable and boost healthy weight loss. Unfortunately, the question itself is too broad for a single answer or for a single number. Whether you’re a man or woman, your age, physical fitness level, and more are factors that need to be considered in order to get the answer for you. In this article, I will outline the factors you need to consider so that you can determine how many carbs you should personally eat each day. Do we…
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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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