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Dark chocolate bark—a (slightly) healthier holiday indulgence

Don't get us wrong—even though it's rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate isn't exactly a health food. However, because it packs huge flavor into a small serving, you can get that satisfying sweetness you crave without digging deep into the cookie jar. This version uses Christmas colors, but you can substitute any nuts or dried fruit you prefer. Dark Chocolate Bark Ingredients (makes about 25 servings of 20 grams of chocolate each) 500 grams dark chocolate, chopped (about 70% cocoa) 1 cup roasted, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped 1 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped...

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Breaking Free Of The Sofa Without Forsaking TV

So you don’t have the time—or the inclination!—to go for a run or visit the gym? If you own a stationary bike or other type of exercise machine, combining workouts with binge-watching an addictive series is a no-brainer. Otherwise, fear not: there are still plenty of ways to work out in the comfort of your living room. No equipment needed besides comfortable clothing! You can choose from a wide range of exercises:Running in place, jumping jacks… as long as you don’t have a downstairs neighbour, that is!Leg lifts, sideways or forward kicksDrawing circles with...

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Sugary Drinks: Not So Sweet After All

The World Health Organization recommends reducing sugar intake to 10% of daily energy intake—in other words, 200 of the 2,000 calories that you consume in the day, or 50 g of sugar. And lowering that percentage to 5%, or 25 g, would be even healthier. That’s barely 6 teaspoons a day! One thing you quickly learn when living with diabetes is that sugar is everywhere. Keeping a close watch on what you eat is fine, but applying the same vigilance to what you drink is just as important. Soft drinks, for example, are like little calorie bombs. Each can has about 150 calories and 40 g of carbohydrates, or 10...

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Hot Hot Hot!

As nice as it is to bask in the sun, you still have to remain vigilant. Your blood sugar could rise with the thermometer and prevent your body from properly regulating its temperature. Result: you risk hyperthermia. What are the symptoms? Fatigue, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, excessive sweating, muscle cramps and headaches are all common symptoms. Who is at risk? The body’s ability to regulate its temperature in young children is not yet developed, and is reduced in the elderly, which increases their risk of suffering from...

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Give Some Sparkle To That Water

At the cottage, on the beach or during an evening with friends, it’s nice to keep a glass in hand without worrying about your blood sugar rising with your alcohol level. Drinking water is an excellent plan, but why not tickle your taste buds at the same time? Iced tea Commercial iced teas are often loaded with sugar, but homemade tea infusions, hot or cold, are simple, economical and low-calorie! Hot infusions You can infuse your tea as usual for a few minutes (in 65°C water for green tea, 80°C for oolong tea or 95°C for black tea), then leave it...

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Discussing Diabetes With Your Child

Just got your diagnosis? Or is your child growing up and starting to ask questions? In either case, you’ll eventually have to broach the topic with them. Here are a few tips to guide the discussion: Test the waters. Once the news is out, ask your child what they know about diabetes. Listen carefully, then set the record straight, correcting misconceptions if necessary (e.g., diabetics are contagious or can’t eat sugar). Be concise. Briefly explain what diabetes is, how your medication works and what you need to do to stay healthy. Choose simple words such as blood sugar instead of glucose....

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Managing Sick Days

Feeling fine? It's the perfect day to create a sick day plan. When you're feeling ill, you'd like nothing more than to lie in bed with a good book or movie. Yet that's when you need to focus even more on diabetes self-care. The key to sick days with diabetes is doing all of the thinking ahead of time. That way, when you don't feel like concentrating, you can simply follow the plan. What to include in your plan Involve your diabetes care team in developing your sick day plan1—ask them when you should call for help, how often...

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