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Chia Seeds

December 13th, 2007 · 343 Comments

You might think that everyone who has diabetes would know about a seed that is superior to other plant and marine sources of essential omega-3 oils. It is also high in antioxidants and fiber. Besides that, it is high in protein and lipids, is low in sodium, and has fewer net carbs than most other grains. [Read more →]

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The Fat Paradox

December 6th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Almost everything that we thought we knew about fat is wrong.

The “really bad fats,” according to Barry Sears of The Zone fame, are saturated fats, trans fats, and arachidonic acid. He says that the polyunsaturated fat known as arachidonic acid “may be the most dangerous fat known when consumed in excess.” [Read more →]

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Eat Fat, Grow Thin

December 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

The conventional wisdom of our health professionals is that a calorie is a calorie. “From a purely thermodynamic point of view, this is clear because the human body or, indeed, any living organism cannot create or destroy energy but can only convert energy from one form to another.” [Read more →]

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Eat High-Carb Low-GI Breakfast, Think Better

November 8th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Who would have thought that we can think better after eating whole grain barley for breakfast?

We knew that barley kernels cause our blood glucose levels to rise much less than any other grain. Whole pearl barley has a glycemic index of 25; the next lowest whole grain tested, rye kernels, has a GI of 34. [Read more →]

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Lose Weight Without Starving

October 28th, 2007 · No Comments

When you try to lose a few pounds, do you ever get so hungry that you feel like you’re starving?

If you are in that small group of people with diabetes who isn’t trying to lose weight, please go on to something relevant to you. And if you know how to lose weight without hunger, please add your tips as comments here. [Read more →]

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What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up…And Down?

September 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Wearing my new Guardian REAL-Time continuous glucose monitor continues to give me a lot more help in controlling my glucose levels than I ever expected. Few people who don’t have type 1 diabetes have used continuous monitors until recently. Most of the people with type 2 who have been using them take insulin, which makes glucose control critical. [Read more →]

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Dreamfields Pasta

August 16th, 2007 · No Comments

The information in this early article is updated in my article at “Is Dreamfields Pasta Good for People with Diabetes?

When I returned from a hike in the mountains yesterday, I was tired, cold, and wet and had food on my mind. I wanted pasta as a variation to my recent diet of salad for lunch and beans (as in chili) for dinner. [Read more →]

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Take This with Just a Grain of Salt

February 6th, 2007 · No Comments

When I was in high school, I lived in Southern California on the edge of the Colorado Desert. It was hot. In the summer it was especially hot. One summer I worked in a dairy washing bottles. That was incredibly hot. [Read more →]

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Antioxidant Foods

December 27th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Of the three cornerstones of diabetes control – nutrition, exercise, and medication – nutrition has to be the most interesting. That’s especially true because none of us knows much about it. [Read more →]

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David’s Diabetes Diet

September 26th, 2006 · 36 Comments

The food choices on my diet are easy. What I eat must taste great and provide great nutrition. Great taste is subjective and certainly varies from person to person. But great nutrition is objective.

All of us are still learning about nutrition. But we do know the foods that are good for us and those that we should avoid. [Read more →]

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