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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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Taking Care Of Yourself

The effects of stress are no secret to anyone: the body releases hormones that are directly responsible for a spike in blood glucose. It’s also common knowledge that depression is more common in people living with diabetes. And when you’re tense and tired, you are that much less motivated to manage your blood glucose. This creates a vicious circle that’s hard to escape. Getting some “me” time Paradoxically, when you feel time is too tight is when it’s most important for you to wrest some away for your personal use. Taking a good break renews your energy reserves. And when you’re worn out and...

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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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Can there truly be a "healthy chocolate cake?" We think so.

With diabetes, there's nothing you can't eat. It's all about moderation. Still, if you can reduce the fat while boosting the nutrients in a food without noticing the difference—or even improving on the result—that's a huge win. In this recipe, believe it or not (believe it!), beets add moisture without extra fat, and no one will be the wiser. It's so good, it doesn't even need icing! Chocolate Beet Cake Ingredients (serves 16) 3-4 medium beets 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1 cup vegetable oil, divided 3 large eggs 1 3/4 cups sugar 2 tsp...

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Lighter Chicken and Leek Pie

We've slimmed down this chicken and leek pie so it still has all of the comforting goodness of the original, without the extra fat, calories and carbs.1 How? 1. Skip the bottom crust. This may seem like cheating—of course a single-crust pie will be easier on the carbs. But it also means you don't have to pre-bake the bottom crust or try cutting through soggy pastry when you reheat the leftovers.2. Use a prepared top crust. Whether you prefer puff pastry or a regular short crust, a commercial crust is likely to be rolled out thinner than you could do on your own, saving time and...

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Life With Diabetes: Your Child And You

A diagnosis of juvenile diabetes is never easy to accept. The parents are worried, sometimes destabilized, and the child finds themselves having to take on large responsibilities for their age. Diabetes is easy to manage, but it requires a lot of discipline; insulin injections, blood glucose monitoring and diet plans are just a few important things to think about. Despite all this, your child needs to be able to experience a normal childhood without feeling limited or left out. So how can you make cohabitation with the disease easier? Here are some suggestions. Talk about diabetes with your child. Use simple,...

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When Diabetes Goes For The Eyes

It’s not a myth: diabetes really can affect eye health. Blood glucose, cholesterol levels and blood pressure are all variables that can cause serious long-term damage and, in the worst-case scenario, blindness. That’s why it’s so important to discuss this issue and focus on prevention. Here’s a quick overview to help you see the big picture. Glaucoma Glaucoma occurs when pressure builds up in the eye and damages the optic nerve and blood vessels. This disease causes a gradual loss of vision, starting with the periphery, and can lead to blindness if it isn’t treated. The big problem with glaucoma is...

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Diabetes And Sexual Health

In a society where sex is omnipresent, it’s surprising to realize that it’s still a taboo topic. Although we openly discuss many of the complications of diabetes, there’s very little talk about sexual problems—which occur more frequently and earlier in people with diabetes. When desire flags Blood glucose levels are sometimes behind this, especially if they’ve been poorly managed for years. The inflammation, nerve damage and circulatory problems caused by improper blood glucose management can hinder libido. There’s also a link between diabetes and low testosterone, a hormone that’s closely related to...

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