Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Carbohydrate Counting Diet

Carbohydrate Counting Diet

Carbohydrates a very big impact on blood glucose levels as they are converted to sugar 
by the body in the process of turning the food into energy.  Too many carbohydrate 
servings can increase blood sugar levels.  It is important for a diabetic to control the 
number of carbohydrates that are eaten at each meal and balance the carbohydrates with 
protein while limiting fat intake.

In this type of meal plan foods are grouped into three different categories:  carbohydrates, 
proteins, and fats.  The majority of foods that you eat contain carbohydrates and this will 
be the largest food group.  Foods in this group include:

* Grains – breads, crackers, rice, cereal, pasta
* Dairy – milk, yogurt
* Vegetables that are considered starchy – corn, peas, and potatoes
* The rest of the vegetable family
* Fruit, including fruit juices
* Desserts and other treats – chosen in limited amounts

This diet will require you to measure your foods for serving sizes and read food labels to 
determine how many servings are carbohydrates it should be counted as.  It is standard to 
consider 15 grams of carbohydrates as one serving.  For instance, if you are having 
crackers as a snack and are allowed one serving of carbohydrates you would look at the 
food label to figure out how many crackers you can have.  If the serving size is 20 
crackers and that equals 30 grams of carbohydrates, for a diabetic that would be 
considered two servings.  In this example, you would half the serving size and eat 10 
crackers to equal 15 grams of carbohydrates.

After some time and experience you will become adept at counting carbohydrates and 
knowing what foods work well with your blood glucose levels and what ones don’t.  No 
two diabetics respond the same way to every food, you will need to learn what your own 
ideal diabetic diet is.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Dieting for Health

Dieting for Health

There is no greater reason to diet than for your personal health and well being. Those of us who are overweight know better than most the risks and possible consequences that may result because of our weight. Much like smokers however, the risks do not always seem quite so cut and dry until we reach our very own turning point. Whether your eating habits are born of an addiction to certain foods, an emotional need, or years of learned behavior and conditioning things will not change until you completely adjust your eating habits and your lifestyle choices.

Dieting for many has become a lifestyle in and of itself with people rapidly flip-flopping or yo-yoing from one diet to another with little success and growing despair over a sheer lack of results. The truth is that until you decide to forgive yourself for your failures and get right back on the wagon, so to speak, after falling off no diet is going to be successful. A simple diet isn't going to magically make the pounds disappear and constantly depriving yourself of those things you enjoy most may have a more detrimental effect than a positive effect.

The number one thing most people need to learn is that dieting isn't always a good thing. What most people who are overweight need more than anything else is to incorporate positive lifestyle changes into their daily routines. People scoff at the notion of taking the stairs or parking farther away and yet those are perfectly plausible methods of working a little more physical activity into your day. If those do not work for you how about learning to dance? Seriously, there are beginner dance classes in most communities that will welcome and invite dances of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels if you are willing to make the effort. What a great way to get fit, learn something new, and have fun without filling deprived. 

Another great thing about an activity such as a dance class (consider ballroom dancing with your significant other) is that you are not eating or tempted to eat during the time that you are dancing in most cases. Another great thing is that you are burning those calories you didn't eat. If dancing isn't you thing, try joining a walking club or finding another hobby. Anything that gets you on your feet and away from the temptation of your refrigerator is a good thing when it comes to dieting and weight loss. You cannot lose a significant amount of weight by dieting alone. You must incorporate physical fitness into your daily routine in order to achieve those immediate and visually stunning results that many dieters are hoping to achieve.

Another pitfall when it comes to dieting is that people give up far too quickly. Just as the results are beginning and progressing people get tired of the process or frustrated that they aren't accomplishing enough dramatic weight loss as quickly as they had hoped and give up all together marking off yet another failure when they could have achieved greater success than ever before if they had stuck with their original diet plan a little longer.

One more thing you should remember when it comes to dieting is that the scale can be your best friend or your worst enemy when dieting. If you are weighing yourself every day in hopes of watching the scale tick off yet another pound you are dooming yourself to failure. You will never achieve the results you are hoping for you if you are going into depressive bouts of Rocky Road or Chunky Monkey every night because you didn't lose 10 pounds overnight. 

When it comes to dieting there are very few diets that work. There are however, many lifestyle changes that when practiced consistently and aggressively will work. The thing to remember is that you are the one who must work because it is quite unlikely that any diet will. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paleo Diet

As I'm sure you've heard, countless individuals around the world have turned to the Paleo Diet and way of living in order to regain their health, energy, vitality and power. Just a few of the benefits user report are:
  • Leaner, Stronger Muscles
  • Increased Energy
  • Significantly More Stamina
  • Clearer, Smoother Skin
  • Weight Loss Results
  • Better Performance and Recovery
  • Stronger Immune System
  • Enhanced Libido
  • Greater Mental Clarity
  • No More Hunger/Cravings
  • Thicker, Fuller Hair
  • Clear Eyes
  • And So Much More!
In fact, when you toss all the false nutritional info out there aside and finally get back to your roots, there's really no part of your health and body that DOESN'T get better in some way.

And that's why the Paleo Diet is by far the fastest growing eating trend on planet earth. Because the results speak for themselves.For more information about this diet please click here link to the right under Paleo Diet
This information was taken from Why not check out this diet? It costs nothing to look at what this diet has to offer


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Avoid Dieting Make Positive Changes Instead Part 1

Avoid Dieting Make Positive Changes Instead

Why is it that merely saying the “D” word, you know “diet” brings immediate thoughts of failure to the minds of many men and women around the world? Could it be that we have all learned through trial and error that diets simply do not work? I know many of you are sitting back with jaws dropped at the moment. After all, this is an article about dieting, right? It is and it isn’t. Dieting is the kiss of death for many while a new phase in your life or lifestyle adjustment may be just the thing that will mean success for you and your fitness and health goals.

Eating for some is an addiction. Unfortunately, you can’t exactly give up eating all together as a smoker can give up cigarettes. I’m not applying by any means that giving up cigarettes is easy but how much more difficult would it be if you were forced to have three a day? At that point you may as well enjoy them every time the urge hits right? The same holds true for food. You must eat in order to survive. You cannot live without eating. This means that if food is a problem in your life, you must find a healthier way of viewing food.
Join me next week for part 2

Friday, January 3, 2014

Magic Bullet

Now that Christmas and New Years is over, we might start thinking about some sort of diet to lose a few pounds.One of my Christmas presents was a magic bullet.It has a great recipe book.One particular recipe in the book, I would like to share.It is called Smoothies & Protein Shakes.When I am getting ready for work in the morning, I don't feel like eating because of all of the running around.Instead I would stop and get a doughnut and coffee.Now I take this smoothy , I add fresh fruit,ice, a bit of juice or milk,I add a scoop of protein powder for a instant fat loss meal replacement.It only takes ten seconds to make.I discovered that in to weeks I lost 3 lbs.Also not stopping for donuts or coffee.I feel better and   I get to work earlier than usual.One of my fellow workers commented on my attitude saying that things must be right at home.So losing some weight does make a difference.If you have other ideas like this please feel free to comment.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Winter Weight Gain

When the snow flies, most of us are more likely to crave the foods that stick-to-you-ribs comfort food than a lighter diet. There’s no need to deprive yourself of the foods you love, just look for ways to modify your favourite recipes to make them healthier.This will help keep the pounds off.

Staying in on a snowy day? Use this opportunity to give your family a healthy cooking lesson. There’s no skill that is more valuable to your kids.than teaching them to cook healthy, nutritious meals from scratch ingredients.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lets Not Forget About Activity

What about activity?

Exercising  30 minutes a day is essential.
To make this easier, find an activity that you enjoy doing and why not think of it as “playing.”
everything you do, whether it’s walking,playing with your pet, or washing the car, burns calories.
Look for things that you will enjoy during your work out. Such as the beautiful weather, the park, or just be grateful that you can and are capable of performing any activity.
 join a gym or recreational center or walk in your local mall.
If you’re  intimidated to work out in front of others, buy or rent a walking DVD,  For every excuse that you deside to come up with, there will be a way to get around it
Accept that this is what you  need to do for the rest of your life and try to work on your attitude. You can learn to love activity, or at least, appreciate what it does for your health.We all have pitfalls,but we just have to pick up were we started and continue on.