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Handy Guide to Portion Control

Many people living with diabetes learn how to count carbohydrates in order to manage their 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 calories1, instead of "about" that much and "20-ish carbs...

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Travelling Tips

The long-awaited moment is finally here: you’re going on vacation and you deserve this break. While you pack your bags and look for your passport or your keys, here’s our basic guide to a memorable and hassle-free trip! Setting off! While travelling by car, bus, plane or train, make sure your diabetes medication and equipment are always close at hand. If you’re flying, make sure that your medication still has its pharmaceutical label and that your syringes and needles are stored in their...

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Travel Smart

Due for a holiday? San Francisco, Moncton, Milan or Kelowna: wherever you choose to go, the golden rule is to plan your trip carefully—and this is especially true when you’re living with diabetes. Before leaving Do your research. Does the destination have good access to medical care? What should you pay special mind to at mealtimes? What type of trip do you want to go on? Naturally, you won’t plan a week at the beach the same way as a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  Talk to your doctor...

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Exotic Flavours: A Recipe For Success

You’ve chosen your destination, watched all the slideshows, salivate at the delicious dishes that await you… and then, diabetes crashes your party. Yes, travelling impacts your routine, especially food-wise, but there’s no need for you to go hungry. Follow this guide! Before setting sail First, research your destination and its cuisine. For example, Mediterranean food is generally easier to manage than carb-rich Italian dishes (pizza and pasta ahoy!). Also, make sure you learn about local eating habits. In some countries, such as Spain, people...

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Here comes the sun!

The warm weather is finally here: time to cut loose on vacation, go on a picnic excursion, or laze by the pool. Let the good times roll! Here are a few ideas to help you get your proper dose of vitamin D this summer. Create your own personal oasis   After all those months of hibernation, the deck and the back yard are finally yours to enjoy! Since you’re going to be outside a lot, why not fix up your outdoor space just the way you like it? Plant a few fragrant flowers here and there, create a...

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A Handy Guide To Successful Outings

Summer is back and there's great reasons to get out of the house. In a perfect world, diabetes would also take a summer holiday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, but you can easily adapt your activities to it with a bit of preparation. Going camping? From no-service grounds to RV trips, there can be a lot of variety to your outdoor adventures depending on your preferences. In any case, you need a way to keep your medication and meter cool during the day. If you have access to a fridge, great! Otherwise, a cooler will work. Speaking of medication, always bring a bit...

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The Right Cure For What Ails You

Summer promises plenty of fun, but can also have bad surprises in store that may ruin the day. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but we’ve also got some tips for you if the damage is already done. Sunburn. Avoid it by using sunscreen and taking shelter in the shade when UV rays are at their strongest. If you’ve got a nasty burn, take a lukewarm bath or apply a wet towel to the affected area. Aloe gel is also a good option to reduce discomfort. Athlete’s foot. Sweat and lack of ventilation are...

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Our five tips for the summer

Lots of factors such as heat and humidity can affect your diabetes management. That’s why you need to take a few precautions. We’re here to help! Our five tips for the summer Beware of heat. High temperatures and dehydration can throw your blood glucose off balance. Always have water on hand and stick to shade when the sun is at its peak. Keep your equipment in a safe place. Your medication, insulin and diabetes kit must be stored in a dry and cool place, away from direct...

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Travelling with diabetes: Create memories, not stress

Guest article by Phyllisa Deroze Travelling is my favorite hobby. As a kid, I treasured my family's summer trips, driving to visit relatives. I fell in love with travelling because it gave me opportunities to see new places, try different foods and create memorable moments. As a college student, I spent hours on the internet planning trips to places that I couldn't afford to visit in real life. Today, I'm fortunate to travel several times a year and I have visited more than ten countries since being diagnosed with diabetes. It was scary at first. When I was newly...

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