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Pros and cons of going vegetarian with diabetes

Have you noticed more veggie-meat options at your grocery store or favourite restaurants lately? Dairy-free cheese, meatless sausages and plant-based burgers are just a few tasty vegetarian selections that even meat eaters can enjoy. Even fast-food restaurant has a selection of meat-free burgers that's too good to pass up. Nearly 10% of Canadians have cut meat out of their diets1—people choose to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for a variety of reasons. Some want to lose weight, some care about animals, and others do it to support their health or the environment. For people with diabetes, a vegetarian lifestyle can...

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower

A smart, showstopping Thanksgiving side dish—whole roasted cauliflower your way Thanksgiving is all about the harvest, so why not make veggies the center of attention? This is the best roasted cauliflower recipe we've found—you can make it your own with nearly any flavors that complement the rest of your meal (even maple, although there may be enough of that already on the table). Prep is super simple and roasting brings out cauliflower's natural sweetness, making this recipe a winner. Do two or three for a crowd—they'll look quite impressive on a buffet.   Ingredients...

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Pros and cons of going vegetarian with diabetes

Have you noticed more veggie-meat options at your grocery store or favourite restaurants lately? Dairy-free cheese, meatless sausages and plant-based burgers are just a few tasty vegetarian selections that even meat eaters can enjoy. Even fast-food restaurant has a selection of meat-free burgers that's too good to pass up. Nearly 10% of Canadians have cut meat out of their diets1—people choose to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for a variety of reasons. Some want to lose weight, some care about animals, and others do it to support their health or the environment. For people with diabetes, a vegetarian lifestyle can...

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Sweet Surprises

People with diabetes often receive books, warnings and tips from healthcare professionals and dieticians about the importance of watching and counting carbohydrates (carbs). Carbs ARE important for people with diabetes—but they shouldn’t be the only factor in your food choices. What about sugar? Fat? Sodium? Cholesterol? Beneficial things like fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals? Limiting foods high in sugar and carbs is a great start, but it doesn’t guarantee the best food choice every time. Sometimes clever food packaging and “image specialists” can convince consumers a food choice is a “healthy” option. While it may have a high level...

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Two things we love about the updated Canadian food guide (and a yummy recipe)

Drink water. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Cut saturated fat. Avoid processed foods. The new Canadian food guide (updated for the first time in about ten years) is simple and doesn't include a lot of surprises. Two pieces of advice, however, stand out:   Include more plant-based proteins. Meat and dairy, while still part of the picture, have a less prominent role than in years past. Proteins from soy, nuts and pulses or beans can provide more fiber and less fat while helping to meet your nutritional needs.1    ...

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One resolution: Drink more water

If you have been reading us for a while, you know we are not big fans of resolutions. Goals? Yes. Commitments to yourself at any time of year? Certainly. However, we are bending our own rule a bit this year. Because if ever there were a resolution worth making—and super easy, to boot—it is this one: drink more water. Even better, drinking water may be able to help you with other goals and resolutions, if you were to decide to go that route. Here is a peek at how: Water for weight loss or management A 2019 study found a link between dehydration and overweight1, and...

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Finding Fats in Foods

If someone wanted to cut unnecessary fat from their diet, you might suggest they try eating soup and a sandwich for lunch, eating more salads and choosing desserts that are low in saturated fat. Sounds like a good plan, right?   Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. The fact is, saturated fats and trans fats are lurking in many foods that seem healthy. Here are a few examples:   Salad dressing. All those crisp, delicious vegetables are great for you—high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. But at 20 grams of fat per tablespoon, full-fat dressing can...

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Handy Guide to Portion Control

Many people with diabetes learn how to count carbohydrates in order to manage blood sugar, and others are asked to watch their weight. But one of the easiest ways to miscount carbs or calories is by underestimating portion sizes, so here are a few handy tips. Measure now, feel good later Using a food scale and measuring cups can save you a lot of worry. This way, you'll know that you had a half-cup of brown rice with 22 carbs and 100 calories,1 instead of "about" that much and "20-ish carbs/100-ish calories." Over the course of a day, small inaccuracies can add up....

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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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