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Take Care and Be Well, My Friends

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It is with some regrets and some relief that I begin this last blog entry for DiabetesSelfManagement.com. It has been a very challenging exercise to continue to find new things to write about every week. I will be relieved that that pressure to perform will be lifted. As you see from my 40+ blog entries, emotional issues are plentiful, yet sometimes difficult to put into the words that all can benefit from. I hope that I’ve at least given you something to think about, even if you didn’t agree with what I’ve said. Read More “Take Care and Be Well, My Friends”

The Best Medicine?

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My husband walked into the house bearing shirts from the laundry and, as usual, hung them on the handlebar of my stationary bike.

“Honey,” I said, “I do use that to exercise.”

In response, he muttered something about not wanting his jacket to get wrinkled, then proceeded to hang the aforementioned jacket on the other handlebar. Read More “The Best Medicine?”

Recipe of the Week: Pear and peanut butter breakfast stacks

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Who says you have to eat traditional “breakfast foods” for breakfast? These easy-to-assemble pear, peanut butter, and graham cracker “stacks” make a hearty breakfast filled with fiber and healthful monounsaturated fat. For other creative breakfast ideas, see Amy Campbell’s blog entry this week.

Click here for the recipe.

And remember that hundreds of additional recipes are always available in our recipes section! Read More “Recipe of the Week: Pear and peanut butter breakfast stacks”

Keep on Keeping on

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During the last session of the TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) conference I attended yesterday, the moderator, Steve Edelman, M.D., asked those of us on a panel what messages we thought were most important to give people who live with diabetes. To summarize all five responses from the panel would be difficult, since each came from a different medical bias, but the essence of all the responses had to do with encouragement to “keep on keeping on.” Read More “Keep on Keeping on”

Getting Off to a Good Start with Breakfast: Part 2

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In last week’s blog entry (“Getting Off to a Good Start with Breakfast: Part 1”),
we talked about the importance of eating breakfast and all the health benefits that result from fueling yourself with food at the start of the day.

So maybe now you’re convinced that eating breakfast is a good thing. But perhaps you’re scratching your head, thinking “What the heck do I eat for breakfast?” Read More “Getting Off to a Good Start with Breakfast: Part 2”

What We’re Reading: Special Workstation Burns Extra Calories

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This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this story at www.medlineplus.gov at, a Web site run by the National Institutes of Health, about a workstation that combines a treadmill with a computer. This special desk, which was developed at the Mayo Clinic, helped obese people burn extra calories compared to sitting at a regular desk in a recent study.

You can also learn more about the study and see a picture of the workstation in this article at the Canadian news Web site cbc.ca.

Read More “What We’re Reading: Special Workstation Burns Extra Calories”

Heal Thy Self

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Today I have met with several people, some of whom have diabetes and some who don’t. When we interact, we often start by looking at the things that seem outside of the person’s power to control—things like work deadlines, anger from others, behavior of other people, or the numbers on the blood glucose meter. As the conversations continue, they provide an opportunity to identify how to manage those things outside of a person’s control. They also provide a chance to look at what can we do as individuals to heal ourselves. Read More “Heal Thy Self”

Recipe of the Week: Banana nut bran muffins

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Think you don’t have time for breakfast? Think again! You can whip up a batch of these fiber-rich muffins in less than an hour on the weekend, then freeze the leftovers for a delicious, microwave-and-go breakfast on busy weekday mornings. For more information on the benefits of breakfast, check out Amy Campbell’s blog entry this week.

Click here for the recipe.

And remember that hundreds of additional recipes are always available in our recipes section! Read More “Recipe of the Week: Banana nut bran muffins”

 

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