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Lighter Chicken and Leek Pie

4 steps to a 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 carbs1. How? 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. Use a prepared top crust....

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Paper is for origami, not diabetes logbooks

I think I speak for many people with diabetes (PWDs) when I say that manually keeping track of diabetes data is a lot of work! Of course, there are a lot of things we do that take work—like brushing our teeth—yet we still do them. Why? Because there are benefits. In the case of tooth brushing, that means bright, white teeth, fewer cavities and a beautiful smile. Keeping a logbook is similar in that there's a payoff and it gets easier once you make it a habit. You can't learn from data that isn't there Years ago, I went to my diabetes doctor empty handed. Unfortunately, I also...

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To your health! Enjoying a drink with diabetes

To your health! Enjoying a drink with diabetes

Any time you get together with friends or family, especially during the holidays, you may feel inclined to raise a glass. Why not? Living with diabetes does not mean you can't enjoy a cocktail or some champagne. Just know how alcohol can affect your blood sugar numbers or interact with insulin or medications before you start pouring, so you can avoid any surprises. Nobody wants a holiday low Drinking alcohol can affect you in a few ways: When your liver is processing alcohol, it does not produce sugar to regulate your blood...

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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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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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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 living with diabetes or worry that others might, try to do these 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 live with type 1...

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Your most important back-to-school supply: Communication

There is nothing quite like the smell of pencils and the sight of new school shoes to bring memories of your school days flooding back. New teachers, a new routine and new friends can be exciting and scary all at once. If your child has diabetes, going back to school can come with an extra dose of complexity. A few tricks and a lot of open communication can make it easier. The early years Sending a child with diabetes to primary or grade school can be an exercise in faith. If your child depends on insulin injections, mealtimes, class parties, outings and excursions, and just the...

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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 flavor and a lower glycemic index (35 compared to 60), so it may not spike your blood sugar quite as high as table sugar1.Ingredients (Serves 8)Peanut base 1 ¼ cups of salted peanuts 3 egg whites (save the yolks for the chocolate cream) 1 ¼ cups of...

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