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I am especially interested in your view of the diabetes dietary plans you might already have received and that you are trying to work with. What are they? What results? What problems?
I really appreciate your input. In addition to the millions of already diagnosed diabetics, there are at least 41 million undiagnosed pre-diabetics and at least 6 million undiagnosed diabetics in America, alone, it is imperative that everyone be informed.
These numbers are likely to rise worldwide, too, as our stress levels and planetary stress rises and as the empty Western Diet choices pervade and take over more nutritious traditional dietary patterns.
You have become a standard-bearer for a better educated populace by reading and participating here. I applaud you for your decision to learn more.
May there be satisfaction and Joy in the Journey! (TM)
PORTIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Eyeballing Food for Portion Size
For holidays and other social visits, you may not have a scale and/or the opportunity to weigh and measure your portions. Here are some tips to help you understand portion size (this is particularly important if you are taking diabetic medication):
Don’t start your visit or hectic day without a Plan:
It’s easy to overeat if you don’t have a road-map specifying your diet and exercise goals. Take the time to plan your menus — shopping lists and all. Prior to the holiday make sure you have your healthy finger foods around and don’t skip meals.
I advocate keeping a food diary, prior to the holiday when things get really hectic, as well as during the holiday — so you can accurately assess where you stand. Set measurable, attainable goals. Make sure you have made or requested tasty dishes that you can healthfully indulge in, and thereby feel part of the celebration. Be sure to take a snack with you, in case dinner is running late OR be willing to ask your host or hostess for an appropriate snack to tide-you-over until the meal starts.
I’ll add the substitution section later.
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