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Dark chocolate bark—a (slightly) healthier holiday indulgence

Don't get us wrong—even though it's rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate isn't exactly a health food. However, because it packs huge flavor into a small serving, you can get that satisfying sweetness you crave without digging deep into the cookie jar. This version uses Christmas colors, but you can substitute any nuts or dried fruit you prefer. Dark Chocolate Bark Ingredients (makes about 25 servings of 20 grams of chocolate each) 500 grams dark chocolate, chopped (about 70% cocoa) 1 cup roasted, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped 1 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped...

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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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Better Diabetes Care in a Single Step

The big secret to living a long and healthy life with diabetes is not really a big secret.   There are certain phrases that seem to be played on a loop in every physician's office. "Check your blood sugar levels, administer medication appropriately, eat nutrient-dense foods and exercise," is common advice, but putting it into action can be a challenge. After all, when you're busy with work, school, family, social activities and other obligations, something has to be left along the way. Unfortunately, exercise is often the first thing to be dropped.   Why is exercise important for...

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A Makeover for Your Home and Habits

There are 2 ways even people who already manage diabetes well can make their self-care even better: Set up your environment for success Practise healthy habits   We tend to think people who do something well, do so because they are highly motivated or have lots of willpower. But that is not necessarily true. An environment that supports the actions you want to take can make a positive difference. And while willpower is great, it is a finite resource—it will run out.   Think about it this way. Keeping your toothbrush in the bathroom makes...

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What Is Resistance Training—and Why You Should Care?

Guest article by Christel Oerum, DiabetesStrong.com. I absolutely love resistance training! I love how empowered it makes me feel and how it helps me manage my diabetes.   Resistance training simply means that you put your muscles to work—building strength by using your body weight, resistance bands or weights. The beauty of all of these options is that resistance training doesn't have to happen in a gym and you don't need a lot of expensive equipment.   I find it so empowering because I love seeing myself get physically stronger week by week, and it is immensely satisfying to be...

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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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Aim for better, not perfect

Guest article by Riva Greenberg. Let's dispel a diabetes myth right now—the idea that you can manage your diabetes and blood sugar perfectly. You can't. There are so many tasks involved in managing diabetes and blood sugar that you will not be able to do them all, every day, with absolute success. For example, you won't eat perfectly all the time. There will be times an event will prevent you from being active. You may forget to take your medicine or log your blood sugar every now and then. Further, while we know keeping our blood sugar in the recommended target range helps delay or prevent diabetes...

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Travelling with diabetes: Create memories, not stress

Guest article by Phyllisa Deroze. Travelling is my favourite 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 diagnosed, diabetes management seemed...

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Shedding the diabetes stigma: Say no to blame and shame

You're already checking your blood sugar, seeing doctors and educators, and watching what you eat. Anyone who wants to judge you—including yourself—should be impressed by what you're getting right, not looking for ways to criticize. If you ever feel down on yourself for having diabetes, or worry that others might, try to do four things for yourself: Believe you didn't cause diabetes. You've most likely been told or read that diabetes isn't your fault, but do you believe it? Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you didn't do this to yourself. Diabetes is a complex...

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