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Chocolate, peanut, whipped-cream cake

Call it a cake, cream pie or layered dessert, your friends and family will call it delicious. Easy enough for a family dinner or impressive on a holiday table, this recipe calls for coconut sugar in place of refined white sugar for a more complex flavour and a lower glycemic index (35 compared to 60), so it may not spike your blood sugar quite as high as table sugar.1 Ingredients (Serves 8) Peanut base 1-1/4 cups salted peanuts 3 egg whites (save the yolks for the chocolate cream) 1-1/4 cups coconut sugar Chocolate filling...

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If you’re suffering from the heat, so is your equipment! Temperature can alter the results of blood glucose tests in a variety of ways—watch out for that! Loss of reliability Strips, insulin, insulin pumps and the like are sensitive to heat. That’s why it’s important to read storage temperature and usage condition instructions carefully. If necessary, ask your pharmacist for more information. If, for example, test strips or the glucose meter are not in proper working order and your test results are inaccurate, you won’t be able to calculate the amount of insulin you really need....

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Managing Your Diabetes At Work

We all have days when we’re just overwhelmed. No matter what field you work in, you’re always asked to produce more, faster and with fewer resources. What happens to managing diabetes, then? Stress, emergencies and blood glucose It’s a familiar refrain: stress increases cortisol and causes blood glucose fluctuations. And when your days at the office are a never-ending sprint, eating well, being active and testing your blood glucose can become secondary concerns… which threatens your health—and, ironically, that sacrosanct productivity by the same token! Jumping everyday...

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Celebrating With Joy… And Moderation!

Thinking about Thanksgiving—which, in Canada, is celebrated on the second Monday of October—and autumn in general never fails to conjure up plenty of images: the last leaves, children’s red noses, a piping-hot cup of tea, a comfy blanket left on the sofa, a roaring fireplace. And above all, a huge meal with relatives and friends! But let’s be honest: that meal doesn’t always include healthy options and ideal foods for those living with diabetes. There’s no lack of images for that, too: the huge turkey with its roasted skin and overflowing stuffing, potatoes drowning in butter, the uncle who falls asleep on the couch having drunk...

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Cholesterol: What Is It Good For?

It’s a fact that diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Adding high cholesterol into the mix can result in quite a threat hanging over your head. But you should know that not all fats are created equal—and that some are even good for you. Here’s a quick overview. What it actually is Cholesterol refers to a group of lipids (fats) called lipoproteins that are both produced by your body and found in your diet. They play an important role in keeping various body functions running smoothly, especially hormones and digestion. In fact, life would be simply impossible without cholesterol!...

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Money, Diabetes And You

Glucose meter, syringes, lancets, strips, insulin, medication… for many people, all of that costs a lot—sometimes too much. The burden is even heavier for the less affluent, such as seniors with fixed incomes, for example. According to Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association), 57% of Canadians living with diabetes say they are unable to follow the treatment they were prescribed because they can’t afford the medication, the devices and the associated supplies. Considering the risks of complications related to improper blood glucose management—neuropathy, strokes, blindness, amputation, etc.—this...

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Better Mac & Cheese

Easier, tastier, healthier mac and cheese? It's true! Replace some of the cheese with pureed butternut squash and skip the complicated stuff for a light, moist, flavor-packed version that kids and adults actually love more. Save about half the fat while increasing fiber. You can even use whatever cheeses and pasta you have on hand. Seriously Better Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese 500 g pasta (any shape), cooked 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (3-4 cups) 1.5 cups low-fat milk 1 cup low-fat chicken broth Pinch of salt,...

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6 secrets to enjoying weddings (without your numbers going crazy)

If June is supposed to be wedding month, then why are all of your August weekends booked with stag and stagette dos, and nuptials from morning to night? The trend has shifted, with more Canadian weddings taking place in August than any other month.1 You've already seen advice on managing diabetes at weddings and parties, so we'll skip the obvious (eat before you go! drink water!). Instead, here are some ideas for having fun without regretting it an hour later (or the next morning). 1. Raise your Champagne glass! You don't have to skip alcohol just because you have diabetes. Just keep it in...

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Healthy new year! 5 steps to getting back into your routine.

What healthy habits went out your window over the holidays? Portion control? Enough sleep? Getting your steps? The entire vegetable category? It's easy to wake up in January and realize that your routine isn't quite a routine anymore. So how can you get back on track? 1. Give up the guilt. You may have eaten too much, tested too infrequently or chosen eggnog over the treadmill. But that's in the past. Be glad you enjoyed the holidays, then let it go and look forward.2. Go to bed early. Give yourself the extra energy it often takes to get out of a slump.3. Clear...

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