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Make the season merrier with new holiday traditions

How many of your holiday traditions exist because "we've always done it that way?" If you could choose which ones to keep or toss, what would you decide? It's okay to reconsider anything that feels like it takes up more time, money, effort or calories than it's worth.   Traditions to review:• "Must haves" at dinner. Turkey isn't hard to make, but all the things that go with it (potatoes, gravy, cranberries, stuffing) start to add up. You can enjoy family time just as much with a spiral-sliced ham served with rolls and a salad. Or try a new global cuisine each year. As much as they might...

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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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8 Diabetes Hacks You Can Try Today

The diabetes community is great at sharing—especially when they come up with an idea for making life a little easier. Consider these Simply Smart tricks for managing your health and gear. Show emergency info on a locked phone. You may have your ICE (in case of emergency) contact noted in your phone, but that doesn't help if emergency workers can't unlock it. For Apple devices, important information that has been entered into the health app, such as health conditions, allergies and emergency contacts, can be accessed without unlocking. Android phones running on Android 7.0 or higher can display emergency...

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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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5 additions to your back-to-school-with-diabetes supply list

You've got the ICP (Individual Care Plan) written and the DCT (...

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