The Best Diet for People with Diabetes 0 1135

 

Diabetes is a serious medical condition that can lead to other health problems like heart disease. For some, it can lead to the development of mental disorders like depression. However, Type II diabetes may be prevented from becoming a full-blown case of diabetes through proper diet.

What is the best diet for people with diabetes?

Whether your goal is to prevent or control diabetes, the nutritional needs are similar, but you have to pay more attention to your food choices, specifically carbs. Regardless if you are following a strict Mediterranean diet or a heart-healthy meal plan, your goal should be to lose excess fat. So, how much should you try to lose? A great goal is to aim to lose approximately 5% to 10% of your total weight. Maintaining your ideal body weight can prevent your blood sugar levels from becoming unbalanced and can help maintain steady blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Every diabetic patient should aim to live a healthier lifestyle, meaning you become more conscious of the food items that you eat and become more active. This is a great way to help symptoms from worsening.

What is the risk among diabetic people?

The risk if you are diagnosed with Type II diabetes is being overweight and having most of the fat accumulate around your core belly area. Fats that surround your abdominal organs and liver are often associated with insulin resistance and that’s why anyone may be at greater risk of having diabetes if your waistline has:

  • a waist circumference of 35 inches or more (for women);
  • a waist circumference of 40 inches or more (for men).

Among the food products that you must avoid to prevent adding more weight around your belly are sugary beverages (soda, energy drinks, coffee, and sports drinks), processed products (candy, doughnuts, muffins, and even granola bars). Try to cut down the consumption of sugary foods to maintain a slimmer waistline and reduce the risk of diabetes.

What is the acceptable diabetic diet plan?

The diabetic diet plan need not be overly complicated. In fact, a person with diabetes can still enjoy eating his or her favorite foods provided the following practices are observed:

You can still satisfy your sweet cravings – Yes, definitely! Even a person with Type II diabetes can still have the sweet treats, but with limitations.
Focus of good carbs – A person with diabetes can still have carbs as long as they are good carbs like whole grains (brown rice and quinoa), legumes, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Avoid bad carbohydrates or anything processed like white bread and white rice because eating them could strip away the beneficial fiber that is vital in digestion.

High-protein diet is the best – A high-protein diet, particularly animal protein, may lead to insulin resistance which is vital in diabetes. A healthy diet must comprise of protein, good carbs, and fats because these three elements are vital if you want your body to function well.

What food products to include more or less on your diabetic diet?

Eat plenty of:

  • Healthy fats (nuts, olive oil, fish oils, avocado, and flax seeds)
  • Fruits and veggies (the colorful the fruit or veggie the better; whole fruit instead of juices)
  • High-fiber cereals, including whole grain bread
  • Fish, organic chicken, or turkey
  • Eggs, beans, low-fat dairy, and unsweetened yogurt

Eat less of:

  • Food products high in trans fats like hydrogenated oils or deep-fried meals
  • Fast food, particularly those high in sugar, baked goodies, sweets, and chips
  • White bread, sugary cereals, refined rice, or pasta
  • Processed foods including red meat

People with diabetes need not deprive themselves of enjoying a tasty meal as long as they aim for a healthy and balanced diet with the three essentials present (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins). The bottom line is that you are in control when making your food choices, so make your health a priority.

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Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 226

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

How to Pack Your Bathroom into Your Suitcase: Tips for Lightweight Traveling 0 6411

Suitcase Packing

Traveling with toiletries in carry-on luggage can be a bit tricky. Between the size restrictions on liquids and trying to stuff all of your liquids into a small zip-lock bag, things get frustrating. Below you can find some tips for packing your bathroom into a suitcase in order to help you travel lighter and smarter.

TSA 3-1-1 Rule
TSA 3-1-1 Rule

Tip 1: Don’t pack it if you are not certain that you need it.

Rethink everything you put in your suitcase, especially when it comes to toiletries. Many people try to put every product they have in their bathroom into their suitcase just in case they might need it. Remember, it’s easy to purchase toiletries just about anywhere you travel. A forgotten item is not the end of the world, simply head down to the local supermarket, drugstore, or pharmacy where ever you’re traveling and purchase that forgotten item.

Tip 2: Small Traveling Toiletry Bags with a clear counterpart

Having all your bathroom items in one spot makes traveling much easier. Find a small, flat, toiletry bag with multiple compartments that can fit your makeup, shower items, creams, brushes, and razors. But most importantly, search for a bag that has a clear compartment for your liquids, so that you can easily remove it from your carry-on when going through airport security.

Tip 3: Forget Travel-Sized Toothpaste

Stop buying travel-sized toothpaste, it is completely unnecessary. Standard-sized toothpaste tubes meet the liquids size requirements. Grab the toothpaste you use every day from your bathroom and bring it along with you, it is already small and lightweight so it won’t take up much space or weight you down, and it will save you a bit of money.

Tip 4: Travel-Sized Face Moisturizer

One of the hardest things to find is usually travel-sized face lotion. Finding a face lotion that fits the appropriate carry-on requirements is nearly impossible in the supermarkets and drug stores. After much searching, we found that Sanseti (https://www.sanseti.com/product/revitalizing-marine-moisturizer/) sells a fantastic face moisturizer that comes in 2-ounce jars, perfect for travel.  Don’t be afraid of the quantity, a little bit of this goes a long way.

Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer
Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer

Tip 5: When packing makeup: Less is more

Just take the essentials. Don’t take the whole makeup bag which surely has products in there that you never or rarely use. Select the products you use every day and put them into a small makeup bag for travel, ditching the items that you won’t need.

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