Diabetic Weight Loss Diet – Healthy Foods Benefit You

Diabetic Weight Loss Diet – Healthy Foods Benefit You

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If you are diabetic and overweight, you need a good diabetic weight loss diet to not only control your weight but also deal with leveling off your blood sugar.
Keeping your weight and blood sugar under control is imperative to reducing the likelihood you will suffer the very serious complications that are known to be associated with diabetes.

Obviously the key to losing weight is to choose healthy foods to eat. Foods that also help control insulin production and release are a plus, too. Learning to eat a balanced diet for some can be a little tricky. An important part of keeping you blood sugar levels under control is learning to balance protein, fats, and carbohydrates of every meal you eat.

Keeping carbohydrates under control is key because some carbohydrates convert almost immediately into simple sugars and cause the pancreas to dump insulin into your system to counteract the meteoric rise in blood sugar. If this is not brought under control, you will find yourself with more problems than just diabetes.

Who knows, maybe if you lose the weight you will not have to prick your finger all the time and inject all of that insulin into your body everyday. Maybe your diabetes will even disappear if you become fit and healthy.

Nutritionists and doctors have changed their thinking that all diabetics are the same and all can follow the same general diet. They can’t. A good diabetic weight loss diet today is tailored to the specific patient and promotes optimum nutrition for optimum health. Simple carbohydrates are kept to a minimum and protein that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids are encouraged. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in abundance in fish with the highest concentration found in salmon.

Diets low in fat and cholesterol and high in green leafy vegetables and high fiber foods like whole grain is very important in controlling diabetes. Fruits should only be eaten in moderation due to their high natural sugar content which can make blood sugar levels spike then fall rapidly due to insulin overload.

Blood sugar levels should be checked regularly before and after meals and before bedtime to get an accurate idea of how the food you eat affects your levels especially when trying to lose weight. Diabetes is no laughing matter and when you are trying to lose weight on top of the diabetes you need to be extra careful. Take things slowly, keep careful, accurate records of each blood sugar check and keep a food journal, too.

Get some ideas for planning your meals and snacks by going to the American Diabetes Association’s website and studying the diabetic food pyramid. You should be able to get some good information about diabetes and diet while on the site and learn to put what you learn into practice.

With Type II diabetes now in epidemic proportions in the United States because of the obesity epidemic following a good diabetic weight loss diet is as vital as the insulin you have been prescribed.

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Raw Food Diet

Raw Food Diet

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Eating raw foods is natural. Our bodies thrive on all that is fresh and vital. A raw food diet (or increasing the amount of raw food that you eat) is bound to bring a feeling of increased wellbeing.

Raw food diets are based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, preferably organic, such as a variety of fresh fruits and vegies, nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, fresh juices and purified water.

Why Raw Foods?

Basically a vegetarian diet, the raw food diet promotes eating and drinking ‘living’ foods. Living foods and juices contain the maximum amount of fibre found in raw produce, fibre that can be lost in processing. Such foods are easily metabolised and tend to be lower in calories than the average diet.

Heating food above 116°F destroys enzymes in food that aid in digestion and in absorption of food, diminishing its nutritional value.

Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

A diet of at least 75% raw food offers numerous health benefits, such as increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion, weight loss and reduced risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

A raw food diet contains little or no saturated fats, is low in sodium, high in potassium, magnesium, folate and fibre.
Raw food diets are also excellent detox diets. Different combinations of raw, living foods and juices can be used for colon cleansing, liver cleansing, kidney cleansing and skin cleansing.

The Basics of a Raw Food Diet

Any fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, beans, nuts, legumes, young coconut milk – even seaweed – can be menu items of a raw food diet. Your choice of foods may depend on your reasons for dieting, for example:

– sprouted brown rice slows glucose absorption and improves the metabolism

– cabbage supports healthy cellular function; radish leaves act as an anti-oxidant, as does Shitake mushroom

-carrots are a great source of vitamin A as well as encouraging healthy vision and a healthy cardio-vascular system

You can use a sprouter such as the Easy Green automatic sprouter to sprout seeds, grains, beans – even wheatgrass. Sprouts could be called a ‘super food’ – organic sprouts contain enormous levels of proteins, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll pigments and enzymes, and are the ideal natural supplement.

Sprouts can be used in salads and soups, or can be juiced. Fresh juices are a great ready energy supply and a good quality juicer, such as the Kempo Greenpower juicer, produces living juices that are full of essential nutrients.
A great juicing recipe to complement a raw food diet is carrot juice with potato, fennel and apple. Simply juice 4 medium carrots, 2 apples, 1 small potato and 1 small stalk of fennel.
Fennel has been shown to reduce and control inflammation of arthritis, it evens mood fluctuation and depressive states and has the rare nutrient called manganese, plus zinc and vitamin B complex.
The nutritional value of grains and seeds is impressive. They contain most of the vitamins – particularly A, B, and E. They’re also fantastic natural sources of unsaturated fatty acids and lecithin, and an excellent source of proteins.

You can even use soy milk makers (such as SoyQuick) to make non-dairy drinks from different beans, rice, nuts, seeds and grains to have with breakfast. If you want something a little more substantial than soy milk you can make your tofu (or, of course, visit a good health food shop).

Essentially, the idea of a raw food diet is to eat unprocessed foods for at least 75% of the time. If the idea of raw food isn’t very appetising to you, you can warm the food a little as long as the food isn’t heated above 116°F.

Cautionary Note

As with any major change in diet, it’s wise idea to consult your doctor before beginning a special diet. This is especially true for children, pregnant women, anyone with anemia and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition.

Even natural foods can conflict with certain medications, so please ask your doctor or pharmacist if you’re taking any medication.

Because a raw food diet is detoxifying some people suffer a mild detox reaction including mild headaches, nausea and cravings. These symptoms may last for several days and you’ll get more enjoyment out of your raw food diet if you cut down on things like meat, sugar and caffeine a week or so before commencing the diet.

Last But Not Least…

A raw food diet is certainly a good way to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Like anything worthwhile it takes time, energy and commitment. Because many of the foods for this particular type of diet are made from scratch there is some preparation time involved. There are many great products on the market that can help you prepare your own living food and save you some time as well.

Combined with regular exercise, a raw food diet is also an excellent weight loss method. If you’ve been feeling ‘a little off’, or just need a pick-me-up and some extra energy, then a raw food diet is certainly a good way to go.

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Surgery as Treatment Option for Obesity

Surgery as Treatment Option for Obesity

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There has been an overall increase in the number of people who have been diagnosed with being overweight and obese. These

two weight problems are generally the result of a person’s inability to use or expend energy that is gained through food

consumption. Specifically, the number of calories consumed by a person is not used up and are stored in the body as fat.

Use of stored energy or calories is often done through normal physical activity, normal metabolism, or exercise. To provide

contrast, obesity is defined as being overweight and fat in such a way that these condition already pose a health risk.

Being overweight, on the other hand, means that a person is above the generally accepted weight measurement for a certain

age, sex, and height.

Obesity can also derive from the genes of the person, his metabolism, behavior, environment, culture, lifestyle, and economic

status. All these factors contribute to being overweight and obese. This condition does not only affect the person’s self

confidence, but is at risk of other hazardous health illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, and

hypertension, among others.

Due to this, a number of weight loss programs have been established to help and support overweight patients in decreasing

their overall body weight. These programs ensure weight loss through dietary plans suited according to the person’s lifestyle

and eating habits, together with dietary supplements and regular exercises. Today, these weight loss programs are now more

flexible than before. Meals are attractive and can often be prepared in a matter of minutes. Low-fat and low-calorie foods

are now available in supermarkets, which is very convenient.

Unfortunately for some, their body weight can be already reach a very alarming rate that such weight loss programs would be

of no help at all. This occurs when a person seems to be very overweight and could not lose pounds by having a healthy diet

and exercise. If this is the case, then surgery might be an option for that person. Weight loss surgery is usually for men

who are at least one hundred pounds overweight and women who are at least eighty pounds heavier than that which is allowed or

within “healthy limits.” If the person has diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea but is not excessively overweight,

surgery can still be an option. By having weight loss surgery, a person would already have a physical limits to the amount of

food he or she can consume.

Gathering all the necessary information about the various surgical options would be the most important step in weight loss

surgery. Researching through the Internet, and asking previous patients who have done surgery can also help a person in

knowing what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Although the results of the surgery can be drastic, there are also

potential risks and complications that go with the procedure. This includes bleeding, infections, deep vein thrombosis,

marginal ulcers, spleen injury, and stenosis, among others. It is critical that these factors are thoroughly discussed with

the doctor, to make sure that the weight loss surgery would not harm the patient.

The effectiveness of the surgery will depend on several factors including the patient’s age, the weight before surgery, the

overall condition of the patient’s health, the surgical procedure itself, the patient’s ability to exercise, the commitment

in maintaining dietary guidelines and other follow-up care, and the motivation of the patient and cooperation of their family

members, friends and associates as well. By talking to other people who have experienced this kind of surgery, one can fully

understand what one needs to know and make the right decision that one can be comfortable with.

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