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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

This is a momentous edition. We begin the 4th year of serving diabetics and letting them learn alternative ways to help themselves with their diabetes — to see improvement, remission or cure.

I’m also going to introduce an important therapy this time.

Today also marks the 51st anniversary since my father brought us back to America, the land of his birth, and I often wonder if we would have had a healthier life if we had remained in Australia, where my sisters and I were born. I’ve seen massive changes in health in both places in the past 5 decades.

Unfortunately, only recently, Australia has joined the ranks of nations-in-trouble as its populace is generally over-weight and unhealthy, too. All the more reason to learn this landmark therapy!

In the same 5 decades, Dr. Brice E. Vickery, DC has been a caring, pro-active, observant physician who has put a vital piece of the Health puzzle together!

What Dr. Vickery has found confirms the accuracy of the foundation of Ayurveda, humanity’s first medical system, established in India 5,000 years ago — death and life begin in the colon — and that excellent digestion is the basis of Health.

In a world rampant with prescriptions of antacids of all kinds, this imbalance of digestive factors is a disaster. Usually, instead of excess acid, the symptoms of bloating, gas, burping etc., are really indicative of a stomach and digestive system which is under-served. It actually needs the ability to make MORE hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes and bile etc., to have proper digestion.

Without well-functioning digestion, protein components, especially, are not broken down properly into their individual amino acids.

Your body needs individual amino acids to build EVERYTHING!

These are called Free Amino Acids (F.A.A. – FAA).

Not only do most of us not have the critical FAA cellular building-blocks we need every second, but if whole or partly-digested proteins pass through the crypts in the intestinal wall, then our immune system reacts and food “sensitivities” or full-blown “food allergy” is born.

And, along with that, it means NONE of that improperly digested protein can be used by your body!

That issue also creates a “toxic load” as your body can’t use it, but must store it — the start of obesity —  and reflective of your overworked liver.

Dr. Vickery noticed many of his patients, with chronic conditions, like:

___   diabetes // hypoglycemia

___   fibromyalgia

___   chronic fatigue syndrome

___   Parkinson’s disease

___   GERD (gastro-intestinal esophageal reflux disease)

___   autism

___   celiac disease and Crohn’s disease

did well when he gave them a certain set of pharmaceutical-grade FAAs, using a patented  formula he invented and refined for decades.

Just any-old-formula won’t do, and the SOURCE and FORM of the FAAs is critical too. His formula also has other vital nutrients likely to be needed when your body is so depleted that its biochemistry is incredibly awry.

Why is protein important?

Even though many of us think we are succeeding in eating decently, did you know 9 out of 10 people lack the proper amount of protein in their organ systems for their bodies to function properly?

That’s amazing!

And, contrary to popular belief, a sufficient intake of protein in the diet does not automatically insure that your body is getting what it needs, because of improper digestion – both with hydrochloric acid in the stomach and with vital alkaline enzymatic buffers from your overwhelmed pancreas.

With excellent digestion, your body can manufacture thousands of systemic proteins which build and keep your body intact.  Without that ability, you’ll wither.

Protein is distributed throughout your body, providing:  structure, function, and organization of body systems. It is the foundation of your skin, nails and hair, and your blood, lymph and plasma. It is protein which  enables your muscles to contract and provides critical integrity to intestinal walls, so they can absorb the nutrients you need.

A bombed-out, caustic colon cannot absorb your nutrients properly and this is especially true in Crohns disease and also in celiac disease (where gluten allergy corrodes!).

Various internally-made proteins fight infection in your body and repair any tissue damage.  Your bone, lung and brain cells, and thousands of enzymes (that run the biochemical reactions to digest your food, repair damaged DNA and regulate all chemical reactions in your body) need protein for their structure and function.

Proteins help to carry oxygen to your cells! Other proteins remove toxins from the liver – which cleanses your whole body. The digested levels of protein vitally determine if your body makes 95% of all your hormones as well as whether there will be sufficient specialized proteins carrying hormones, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals to your cells.

When we talk about protein we are talking about your whole life-system itself. When we properly assimilate protein into our body-system daily, we are keeping the entire system intact, and it is catastrophic if we are lacking in vital amino-acids.

FAAs are the building blocks of thousands of proteins and enzymes, without which we cannot have Health.

Our body tries mightily to adapt if we are low on certain vital amino acids due to improper food choice and / or incomplete digestion. It will re-route and try other chemical pathways with up to 500 detours, but even then it is beaten, without success, oftentimes.

Protein is not stable, and it is constantly being used up and exchanged for new protein daily in a process called “protein turnover“.  About one pound of protein a day is lost in this process, so it needs to be replenished from your diet on a daily basis.

Here are some examples of turnover times for some of the most vital body proteins:

___   enzymes- 7-10 minutes

___    insulin- 30 minutes

___    liver protein- 10 days

___    muscle protein- 60 days.

In 1 year all the protein in our body has “turned over”, in good balance, or not.

Animal and vegetarian sources of protein provide the critical nitrogen element essential to your biochemistry.

There are 20 amino acids and at least 10- 12 of them are considered “essential” (most of these are critical life-long and some are “essential” only at critical times of development) because your body must get them everyday in food as you cannot manufacture them.

Nothing but protein sources can supply protein.

The carbohydrates and fats we eat are not part of the process, although they are also vital — especially the “good fats”, the Essential Fatty Acids from flax, hemp, borage or fish oils, and adequate vitamins and minerals — for proper biochemistry. Seaweed is a great source for the minerals, especially much-needed Iodine, as I have advocated for a long time.

And, to be digested properly, fats and carbohydrates need proper levels and types of proteins to make complete digestion happen.

EFAs must be carried to your cells by proteins and then absorbed there for your cellular energy to be produced!

And, diabetes prevents the conversion of EFAs to vital GLA and EPA — so diabetics need supplements for these vital fats, as well as proper digestion and transport proteins. Angstrom-sized, chelated zinc, magnesium and sulfur along with B vitamins and vitamin C are also necessary for proper conversion.  The minerals require proper types and levels of protein to be transported to your cells (that is, minerals must be chelated — on a label, that means it ending in —ate, for example the best form of magnesium is magnesium citrate).

Dr. Vickery says: “Adrenal fatigue, nutrient deficiencies and yeast metabolites all affect blood sugar and there is much information available about how the diet can be controlled in order to help a badly unbalanced secretory system regulate the blood sugars. What is not well known is the important role of protein in this whole system. Three things are core essentials for proper blood sugar regulation: a healthy nervous system, a healthy secretory system and properly functioning proteins dealing with sugar uptake and release from the cells.”

The blood detoxification process in your liver is an amazing two-phase operation in which the blood is filtered and toxins are broken down and prepared for removal from the body. This is known separately as the Phase I and Phase II detoxification pathway.

In a single minute of time, a healthy liver filters and detoxifies 99% of the waste material from two quarts of blood!

But, because the enzyme pathways of a sick or damaged liver will be unable to effectively break down and clear the body of this needed amount, toxins so poisonous material will end up in the blood again and then be  stored in body tissues (creating malfunctioning organs and obesity).

I hope you can see how important the complete digestion of adequate protein is!

So, if you are already ill with one or more of the imbalances (“dis-eases”) above, then you already know that this protein system is broken in your body. Pouring more (expensive) protein is not going to help and without great digestion, your supplement money is likely not benefiting you as it should, either.

The ONLY way known out of this vicious biochemical swamp is to have the full benefit of predigested, top-notch, single amino acids in the correct form and balance of FAAs. Dr. Vickery’s Platinum Plus Formula provides this, along with the needed companion vitamins and minerals.

Don’t go to the health store for FAAs. They won’t be sourced properly, sized-properly and won’t give you the benefit that Dr. Vickery’s patented formula will do. Period.

You can learn a great deal more on Dr. Vickery’s own site, where you can also purchase his products.

Spend time at http://www.supernutrient.com in the Science section, if you feel comfortable, otherwise surf the site to understand as much as you can to feel confident and especially read the Hypoglycemia page

Dr. Vickery says that the status of your spinal disks is a lesser known source of blood sugar problems, as compaction causes autonomic nervous system aberrations which result in poor blood-sugar sensing capabilities.  Glucose sensing neurons in the autonomic nervous system, are also involved in pancreatic and adrenal secretions.

He adds:

“There is also a certain protein, AMPK, that researchers suspect may also be an important part of the body’s blood sugar metabolism regulation. The AMPK apparently senses low levels of energy molecules(ATP) within the cells and activates processes such as glucose manufacture by the liver and cellular glucose uptake by glucose transporter proteins (GLUT4) within the cell.

An AMPK related protein is an enzyme made up of a total of 661 amino acids, 325 of which are the essential amino acids (those that can only be gotten from the diet). Studies also show that amino acids enhance the activation of AMPK.”

DO discuss this all with your physician, too.

Some diabetics, with severe kidney disease, especially need an expert to help them with this therapy.

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Best to all — Em

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For diabetics, even though Egypt is reaching out to enter a new epoch in its long history as a nation, its recent events brings up the issues of navigating the modern world for diabetics. For those with diabetes, worrying about family in Egypt during the recent revolution probably found their diabetic blood sugars upset or even out of control blood sugar levels. Stress does this. Those diabetics caught in the midst of the unrest also potentially found access to medication, food and medical care upset. All this means you always have to have a personal back-up food and medication plan and when you travel, even doubly so.

In solidarity with the hopes of the Egyptian people, in their quest for clean elections and honest self-government, I will share a recipe for Koshari – Egypt’s national food.

Like our hamburgers and fries, this is the food Egyptians love. It is usually vegetarian, filling and inexpensive. With fewer Egyptians eating at home, especially for lunch, the Koshari cooks work from street carts in the marketplace.

Their clanking serving spoons on the bowls holding the diverse grains, legumes, spices, and sauces makes a tapping sound, like music, and that draws the hungry shoppers and workers walking by. For the humblest workers, a breakfast of Koshari may be the only meal until just before bed, late at night.

Usually Koshari is a combination: of lentils, garbanzo beans (chickpeas, ceci), Egyptian basmati rice and a macaroni pasta. It is topped with: spice blends, garlic and  tomato sauce, then garnished with caramelized onions, vinegar and a tangy traditional Shatta salsa.

The preparation is important – all the legumes, macaroni and rice must be kept to small dollop-size portions, and each must be cooked separately, so that each item holds its flavor.

Rinse the cooked beans ( matpe or brown lentils) in boiling water, after cooking to remove any residual starch film – the impact of that technique is to feature each item’s taste, purely, then enhance them with a generally applied sauce that elevates the  dance into a whirlwind of flavor and aroma.

French green lentils (preferably organic) may not be a traditionally-used lentil, but these are much more nutritious.

This is a dish with many sources of vegetarian protein, so in the combination, there’s probably sufficient amino acids BUT as Egypt is not a wealthy country for the general population, the balance of carbohydrates in the dish is very high. This would be better to bring the meal more in a Zone recipe balance by adding 4 – 6 ozs. of a steamed or poached or grilled fish fillet, and a large green salad (including deep greens like kale, romaine, parsley and cilantro) which can stand up to Koshari’s spicy sauce while adding a counter-point.

I first saw Anthony Bourdain enjoying this dish on his series No Reservations and I was intrigued. It was hard to decide which Koshari recipe to use to represent a nation, but you’ll easily find more online if you want. Just remember, as diabetics, carbohydrates are the issue! Carbs must be fewer in quantity and frequency if they are from grains, period.

By adding oil and the fiber from beans and the salad, the blood sugar response timing is slowed down. Then, by only having a small portion of Koshari, bolstering the meal with healthy lean protein from fish and incorporating a salad, you have a better Zone meal, safer for those with diabetes.

There’s approximately 360 calories in the Koshari portion of the meal, along with about 63 grams of carbohydrate and only 14 grams of vegetarian protein — that’s why you need the 4 – 6 0z. portion of fish. My notes are included in parentheses.

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Guardian.co.uk Koshari

AHDAF SOUEIF’S TRADITIONAL EGYPTIAN KOSHARI

Serves 4

2 C  pasta (macaroni and broken-up angel hair pasta)
1 C Egyptian basmati rice, washed
1 handful vermicelli, cracked (this is like angel-hair pasta or thinnest spaghetti) (or chicken flavored Rice-A-Roni)

1 C brown lentils, washed (I suggest French green lentils)
2 medium onions
2 tomatoes, juiced (or equivalent of organic canned tomatoes)

1 T sunflower oil (or organic, extra-virgin olive oil is even better)
3/4t sea salt
1t   pepper

chili powder (optional)
chicken stock bouillon cube (optional)

tomato paste concentrate
4 cloves garlic
3 limes (or small lemons)
1 heaping teaspoon cumin

Additional Garnish: Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar, cilantro, parsley
4 – 6 oz. fish fillet – poached and put on the side
Salad ingredients – as desired, in a separate dish

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• Boil the second set of pasta, separately, in salted water till cooked (less than 10 minutes or instructions on box).
• Meanwhile, bring the lentils to the boil in water then simmer (20 minutes), taking care not to over-cook.

• Fry the rice and vermicelli briefly in 1T of oil then add 1C of water. Bring to the boil and season with a little salt. When the water recedes so that it is just a film on the surface, put on the lowest possible heat and cook undisturbed for 20 minutes. (OR you could use a box of chicken flavored Rice-A-Roni, if you want.)

For the Basic Red Sauce

• Put the juiced tomatoes into a saucepan.
• Heat some oil in a frying pan. Dice one onion finely and fry till golden.

• Pour the onion mixture into the juiced tomatoes. (You could now add the chicken stock cube to the mixture if desired.)
• Add 1t of pepper and 3/4t of salt. (If you like your food hot, this is the moment to add chili powder, to taste.)

• When the sauce has reduced nicely, add half a small carton or can of tomato paste concentrate and 1 ½  cups of water. Simmer.

For the tangy sauce – the “takhdi’ah” or “shatta

• Peel and crush 4 cloves of garlic.
• Mix with the juice of the limes (or lemons).

• Season with salt and up to 1 teaspoon of cumin (add in increments).
• Add spoonfuls from the red sauce into the shatta mixture. Start tasting after 12 spoonfuls. When you like the taste, stop. Finally, add a drop of oil to give it a shine.

Poach, steam or grill your fish portion, to balance the meal.

For the garnish

• Slice 1 onion into fine crescents and fry it dry in a frying pan for about five minutes (this is to get rid of the water in the onion).

· Add 3T of oil and fry till dark brown, but not burned. You must watch the pan!

• Drain the onion of any excess oil and spread on some kitchen paper towel.

To serve

• Place on a flat plate or in (rimmed) bowls. Put 1 layer of pasta, followed by 1 layer of rice, followed by 1 layer of lentils. Each layer is slightly smaller than those below. You make a dome.

(OR, add as dollops of the pasta, pasta mix and lentils, with the sauce and garnishes just in the center, so you can mix and combine more individually. This is the way I believe I saw the plate Anthony Bourdain was served.)

Spoon over the tomato sauce, then add some takhdi’ah in the middle. Add the fried onions on top of the  takhdi’ah sauce.

• Serve with the poached fish and a green salad on the side – preferably dark green, like rocket, spinach or watercress and fresh serve a non-acidic juice or water.

Follow with a glass of fresh mint tea. (This is very traditional end to an Egyptian meal.)

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Enjoy!

Next week, it will be 4 years since I started writing this blog. I hope I will continue to be able to be of service to you, Dear Reader.

Best to all — Em

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Valentine’s Day, the sweetest day of the year, is a demanding time for diabetics. With diabetes and obesity rampant, we have to show love in other ways, and not just one day a year either. Here are some healthier suggestions! And, as it’s my husband’s birthday soon, I get to do this double!

Start off with great, delicious breakfast and end with a romantic, healthier dinner dessert, and spend a life-affirming, balanced day in between. Let’s start!

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EM’S EGGS BENEDICTA – A VALENTINE’S DAY RECIPE

2 poached Omega-3, free-range eggs
2 toasted crumpets (Trader Joe’s and other fine supermarkets) *
4 oz. packet wild salmon lox (smoked salmon) without nitrites (Trader Joe’s and maybe Portlock brand)
1 t organic butter
2 oz. sliced Provolone cheese (i.e. 2 one-ounce slices)

Fruit or veggies on the side – preferably 1/2″ diced steamed sweet potatoes = 1 whole sweet potato**

___   Preheat your broiler. Start your kettle of water.  Prepare the 1/2 inch diced sweet potatoes in a steamer – either full cook or just rewarming from those made yesterday.

___  While the oven is heating, use the wide slots on your toaster and toast the crumpets a couple of times, so they are a little crisp. Prep your fruit or other veggies (better), if using more than the sweet potatoes.

___   Meanwhile, start poaching your eggs in an egg poacher.

Then spread organic butter lightly over their tops of the warm crumpets.

___   Wash the lox packet, dry and open it. Watch you animals if you have any — this is snatching time!

___   Next add one slice of provolone cheese to each crumpet and put it on a tray under the broiler — briefly — just until the cheese melts.

Make your warm drinks.

___   Once the cheese melts, remove the warm crumpet to the plate. Top with the poached egg and then the smoked salmon lox. Using kitchen scissors, you may feel ambitious enough to cut the lox into a heart shape, or not.

Set up the plates. Use the steamy sweet potatoes as a golden-ring around the crumpet. Serve.

* use crumpets, as with all their holes, they actually aren’t a big carb hit. So with the fat and with the protein, you have a slower glycemic meal. If you have veggies, it will be easier on your digestion than if you have fruit. But, if you have strong digestion, then you should be “covered” to add a few more grapes, apples or berries on the side.

** made day before and reheated, or made fresh. The sweet potatoes are important to use, as they are a very pH alkaline food to help offset the more pH acidic foods of the eggs, grains and dairy.

Also, I designed this recipe to compete with Eggs Benedict. I think it’s lots healthier and just as creamy and decadent tasting. Enjoy!

(c)2011 Em at http://DiabetesDietDialogue.wordpress.com
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And now for that decadent dessert …

Ellie Krieger’s DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND, CHERRY CLUSTERS

Make these the evening before Valentine’s Day, if you want.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep time: 15 minutes
Makes 12 clusters

1 C        toasted almonds (I leave them raw)
1/2C   dried cherries, coarsely chopped
6 ozs.   dark chocolate, finely chopped *
In a medium bowl, toss together the almonds and the cherries. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Melt half the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over the lowest possible heat, stirring frequently. Make sure the water is not touching the top pan.

Remove the double boiler from the heat and stir in the rest of the chocolate. Remove the top pan with the chocolate in it, gently wipe the bottom of it and set it aside for a moment.

Replace the simmering water in the bottom pan with warm tap water. Put the pan of melted chocolate on top of the warm water this time. This will keep the chocolate at the right temperature while you make the clusters.

Stir the fruit-nut mixture into the chocolate. Spoon out heaping tablespoon-sized clusters of the chocolate mixture onto the lined baking sheet about 1-inch apart.

Put them in the refrigerator to set for 15 minutes. Store and serve at room temperature.

* It is important to only use dark chocolate – 70% – 80% cacao is best, but “bittersweet” is the lowest you should use. NO milk chocolate!. Ghiradelli Bittersweet Baking Chocolate is a good choice, in America. Callebaut, elsewhere. Both of these are 60% cacao and a good balance of cocoa butter and chocolate nibs as well as sweetness. You do not need to use a 70% source.

Dark chocolate is filled with healthy compounds, especially anti-oxidants. If to find the cherries don’t sweeten it enough, then add some luo han guo, or 1 teaspoon of REAL maple syrup (which has some benefits for diabetics if used carefully).

Luo han guo is a natural sweetener available in good health stores. OR get something even better for a natural diabetic sweetener, online, Lakanto at Body Ecology.

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Enjoy a relaxing day and a Valentine’s walk somewhere beautiful, with a loved one. Valentine’s Day is not just for sweethearts, it’s for all those you love.

Make it an important day that sets the pace for many more during the year.

Live long and be happy and healthy. Each day is a Gift. Please treat it that way.

Happy 69th Birthday to my sweet husband of more than 40 years. You are a really special person!

Best to all,
Em

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This week, there are 2 major entertainment opportunities for you to triumph or crash-and-burn. How you handle celebrations is massively important to learn! Indeed, there are always healthy choices to make or bring; it’s only when you are at-the-mercy of your hosts that you must be truly skilled. Then, portion control and food-choice is your only line of defense, but even that can work!

I am NOT being a party-pooper, but everyone needs to learn responsible eating. There’s still plenty of choice and fun.

For Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rabbit brings good choices. You can celebrate as easily as buying a pomelo fruit (the huge grapefruit progenitor) (sometimes labeled “pummelo”. It is easy to peel; easy to segment and has a long tradition of being New Year food. Being grapefruit family, it does not work with some medications; your pharmacist should have told you if you are taking one of these.

Like other societies, the Chinese NY foods symbolize the desire for many Blessings. So, noodles are another symbolic choice used in recipes at this time. Luckily, noodles can be very THIN as well as numerous, so by using rice-stick type, extremely thin noodles, you cut down on the numbers of carbs!

You might also try this healthy wonton recipe. I would change the protein.  For better digestion, you should use just 1 type, and it need not be either of the ones suggested. You could just as well use fish, beef, bison, tofu, beans etc., – in fact, making your own style is a great idea!

For Chinese New Year Longevity Noodles, try these. Again, you can choose your protein source.

The importance of making good everyday choices is what Health is all about, along with staying moderately active. Jack LaLanne, America’s fitness guru since the 1950’s, died last Sunday, at the age of 94, still going strong and healthy until just the last, when he died of pneumonia. It’s been a wet, cold winter in California.

Jack LaLanne stood on the shoulders of giants, gurus like Paul Bragg, who are less remembered than they deserve to be.  But because Jack stuck with Paul’s regimens in order to regain his health, as a teenager, and then developed many new ways to educate people as he did throughout a long life, now more see that Health is an everyday choice. Jack left a great path to follow.

Now, SuperBowl Sunday looms on the horizon. Traditionally, this is a nutrition debacle in the making. How do you celebrate with friends, sensibly?

If you are not the host, then offer to bring something and make sure it IS healthy, as well as tasty. Make more of it, as you may find nothing else you should eat.

I am including some great links for healthy Super Bowl Recipes, below. If you host a party, then use these recipes, and you’ll all be better off while not skipping a beat for tasty treats.

By eating healthy food, you’ll find you’ll eat less.

Diabetes Recipes for Super Bowl

7-layer Nachos and Dip
Cinnamon Popcorn
Tangerine Green Tea Smoothie
Black Bean and Chipotle Corn Nachos with Ezekiel Chips
Turkey Burger Sliders w/ Sautéed Onions, Sharp Cheddar & Horseradish
Chicken Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Bites
Pomegranate Mojito Spritzer

Guacamole Recipes Make sure you have guacamole. It has very healthy fats, and avocados as well as the lime or lemon juice are alkaline foods which start to off-set the pH acid foods – beans, dairy, meats, alcohol and grains. Most fresh veggies are also pH alkaline choices, so make some lettuce wraps or rice tortilla wraps with veggies to help hold the fort, as salads are impractical and most would just be left (but try this Mexican Slaw!).  Asian Rice Circle Veggie Wraps, with a good, non-creamy dipping sauce (or none), should help get more veggies onto the platter, too.

By the way, beer is very bad for diabetics, so make sure you find something else to drink! Apart from the 2 beverages shown in the recipes above, consider a lower glycemic milk-shake. Here’s one from Jamie Oliver’s Milkshake.

I think you can cut back on half the fruit, add a teaspoon of real maple syrup and add several pinches of cinnamon (both the maple syrup and cinnamon help diabetics, if small quantities are used). Make sure it is the expensive, “real” cinnamon from Ceylon NOT cassia! Date sugar has a lower glycemic index than other sugars.

For a healthier pizza: Rice Crust Pizza. Test this out before hand to make sure that you know the size to cut it so the crust has integrity and won’t fall onto the carpet. Of course, it’s best if you have plates anyway, right!

You could also try this Healthy Pizza Recipe.

Now, I was wandering around Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods this week and noticed that there are many more choices for healthy chips — those made from beans, and those that are baked (including some new rice chips I had not seen before).  I don’t like the baked potato chips; they taste like cardboard. Of course, you can also use fresh vegetables to scoop up dips, instead of chips, too!

And, using hummus, black bean dip and other bean-based dips will help people fill up better and with healthier food.

At My Healing Kitchen.com , Jim decries the following statistics!

Scary Super Bowl Snack Facts:

___ 1,800: The amount of calories the average Super Bowl fan will consume while watching the game. To burn that off would take walking for 10 hours or jogging for four hours. That’s all the food (and more) than most sedentary Americans should eat for the day.

___ 30.4 million tons: The number of tons of snacks that Americans consume on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s twice the average daily amount. The vast majority of these snacks are terrible for people with diabetes because they spike your glucose levels and add to your weight.

___ 14,500 tons. The amount of potato chips Americans eat while watching the Super Bowl. These are highly inflammatory and will elevate your blood sugar dramatically.

___ $595 million. The amount of money American spend on Super Bowl snacks. Smart homemakers save money and improve their family’s health by making their own low-calorie, diabetes healing munchies. That’s a big savings in today’s economy. How much can you save? See next.

___ $172. The amount of money the average American household will spend on Super Bowl snacks and beverages. You’ll save a bundle — and be far healthier — by making your own.

Enjoy the game AND enjoy your Health!

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