Totally, not Really. The SlimLiars

SLIMLIARI dislike being lied to or mislead.

I don’t know anyone who does.

I also dislike people or companies who use other people for shameless self-promotion.

SlimKicker contacted me MONTHS ago to try out their website with the promise of keeping in contact with me and with allowing me to try their product for free.

None of those things happened.

Henceforth they shall be known as SlimLiar and I will not be reviewing, using, or endorsing them in any way. I contacted them multiple times asking if there was an issue or delay, they did not respond to me at all. Great customer service.

To review:

SlimKicker a.k.a. SlimLiar:

1. Lies

2. Terrible customer service

3. Bad to non-existent follow-up

4. Slow moving, inconsistent website. I’d much rather use one that didn’t judge me for all my choices.hell to the noHave a nice day!

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from DrugWatch.com: How to Tell Which Diabetes Medications Are the Safest

**DrugWatch.com was nice enough to offer another guest post! We thank them for their hard work! Remember, before changing or stopping ANY medications, please talk to your doctor!**

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent of diagnosed diabetes cases in the United States. Often referred to as Diabetes Blackboardadult-onset diabetes, it is a metabolic condition in which the body does not make enough insulin or respond to insulin correctly. It results in high blood sugar levels.

The use of prescription diabetes medications, along with diet and exercise, can help lower blood sugar. Patients should discuss the safest treatment options with a physician, and ask about the risks before taking a new drug.

Diet & Exercise to Control Diabetes

Maintaining a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and weight loss or weight management are essential steps in type 2 diabetes treatment. In fact, no diabetes drug claims to be a cure-all—each is recommended in addition to diet and exercise.

Those with type 2 diabetes want to avoid foods that convert easily into sugar, which means avoiding processed foods and simple carbohydrates. Instead, they should focus on eating foods that take longer to break down, like complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and vegetables.

Obesity is the biggest risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. In some cases, weight loss and a low-carb diet can eliminate the need for diabetes medication. Physicians can refer patients to a nutritionist, and there are many online tools available for diabetes-specific diet and weight-loss plans.

Daily exercise, performed at moderate intensity, is one of the most powerful treatments for type 2 diabetes. Exercising speeds up metabolism by burning fatty tissues and building up lean muscle mass. Patients will need to monitor their glucose levels before, during and after exercising.

Diabetes Medication

All type 2 diabetes medications are meant to lower blood sugar, though they differ in the way that this is achieved. Metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet) is an oral diabetes drug in the biguanides class, and has a long track record of success.

Metformin suppresses the liver’s production of excess glucose and improves insulin sensitivity. It is the only drug of its kind that is proven in the prevention of cardiovascular complications from type 2 diabetes and also lowers LDL and triglyceride levels.

Actos (pioglitazone) improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which allows the regulation of glucose levels. Unfortunately, long-term use of Actos has been shown to increase the risk of bladder cancer. Patients who experienced heart problems or bladder cancer after using Actos have filed more than 3,000 lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Byetta (exenatide) is a drug that mimics the function of incretin, a hormone that stimulates insulin production. Normally, incretin is broken down by DPP-4, which signals the body to stop producing insulin. Januvia (sitagliptin) and Tradjenta (linagliptin) belong to a class of drugs called DPP-4 inhibitors, which allow the incretin to continue stimulating insulin production and lower blood sugar.

Potentially fatal conditions, including acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, have been reported with Januvia and Byetta use. Tradjenta’s prescribing information was updated in 2012, and listed an increased risk of pancreatitis on the list of adverse reactions.

It’s important for diabetes patients to speak with their doctor about their medication options and the safest choice for their individual situation.

Linda Grayling writes for Drugwatch.com. Linda has a number of professional interests, including keeping up with the latest developments in the medical field. Join the Drugwatch community on our Facebook page to find out more.

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New Years Schmew Years.

It was brought to my attention that I missed a HUGE opportunity by not posting anything about:Holiday Collision Diabetiquette

1. Thanksgiving

2. Christmas

3. New Years Eve

Yeah, I get it.

BUT the holidays are over.

If you’re like most Americans you have just finished The Cycle:The Cycle

It also happens to be the time of year when a lot of this happens:facebook Diabetiquette

Now if you’re me and the majority of people you used to date are recently engaged, married or pregnant your first thought is, “Dear God. That could have been me!”

If you’re like most normal people, seeing your friends and family parade their good fortune around could really bum you out. Big time. (Yes, we know it’s not their fault and they have a right to share their happiness. Blah blah: I don’t want to hear it.)

Somewhere between your “Day of Regret and Shame” and your “Self-Induced Depression over current state of Body” you might decide an extra gin and tonic, or another helping of mashed potatoes, or another cookie… or an entire gingerbread house would taste REALLY good.

SPIT IT OUT! IT’S POISON!!!

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No, I’m kidding.

But I do think it’s important that emotional eating is brought up.

Me? I’m an emotional puker. Anyone who knows me can corroborate that story.

I’m not saying that being an emotional puker is better than being an emotional eater, but around the The Cycle being one is definitely going to pack on fewer calories than being the other.

In my short lifetime I have heard many older/wiser folks complain about holiday weight gain or say, “Watch out for the holidays!” as though they’re a monster who sneaks in while you sleep and forces fudge down your gullet.

I don’t think it’s the holidays that should be “watched out” for but I do think the accompanying stress, loneliness, money-anxiety, family-anxiety, anger, feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt should be kept under watch. Those are the big ones: the pound-packers. The chubby-makers. The fat-factory. Man there are a LOT of fun ways to say that.

Emotional eating is eating for any reason other than being hungry. So you aren’t getting the tummy rumbles and

light-headedness that come from being hungry, instead your ex-boyfriend from middle school just got engaged to his uber-peppy fitness trainer girlfriend of 6 months and it suddenly feels like a good idea to eat ALL the spaghetti.

Short Version:

It isn’t.

Long Version:

It isn’t.

There is an idiom floating around in the universe that goes something like this, “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.”

This is true and The Cycle is prime family time. This isn’t to say that your family (and not your friends) are the only people who can stress you out, but your family knows you very well and your extended family thinks they do so they usually bother you best.

Eating when you are not really physically hungry leads to extra poundage on your person. Now add all that extra special, extra terrible-for-you holiday food within easy reach and you slam right into “Self-Induced Depression over current state of Body” which if you’re an emotional eater–and you are, will probably cause you to eat MORE.

Another cycle for another graph.

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The point of reminding you that you can’t choose your family is this: there are going to be things and people around you who will make you anxious. It’ll be difficult to avoid them.

I think it is more important to recognize the things that trigger the response of emotional eating. That, you’ll have to do yourself with some quiet reflection. I don’t offer quiet reflection here.

If you cannot or do not want to figure out what triggers you, at least know the signs of emotional hunger vs. physical hunger.

Physical Hunger:

  • Empty stomach feeling
  • Tummy rumbles (or growls but that’s less cute)
  • Being dizzy, tired, light-headed
  • Cranky, can’t concentrate

Emotional Hunger:

  • Happens in an instant
  • Crave one specific type of food. Like bacon.
  • It is hunger that you have to fix IMMEDIATELY or else.
  • You feel guilty when you’re done eating.  (I mean soul-crushing guilt, not the giggly “I’m out with my GIRLS! Oh my God, we’re so bad -winky face-” guilt.)

I’m not going to say it won’t be hard to kick the emotional eating habit. It will take a lot of strength and time and patience but the payoff could be HUGE.

Not to get too touchy-feely but I think Socrates advised us to, “Know thyself.” I mean, he said it in Greek but whatever.

Also, it might have been a NUMBER of other Greek gentlemen, like Pythagoras, but I thought he was more in to triangles than philosophy. However, if it was Socrates I get to use this cool graphic I made:Socrates Know thyself diabetiquette

Point being: I might still be the girl who gets really annoyed at work and says, “I need bacon,” but now I know why.

And finding that one emotion-food has made it easier to find others. It’s also made it easier to be annoyed and say, “I need bac–k scratches when I get home.”

Your best bet is being prepared. That, and not being too hard on yourself at Thanksgiving when you eat the whole pumpkin pie because no, you STILL don’t know what you’re going to do after college even thought it’s been 5 years.

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What a Disaster.

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Hurricane-schmurricane.

I’m kidding.

If you think Lady Sandy is nothing to worry about you must be Lindsay Lohan AKA a completely insensitive illiterate doofus.

As of noonish yesterday (October 30th) Hurricane Sandy had killed more than 80 people, left MILLIONS without power and cost an estimated $7 billion worth of damage. But you’re right Linds, just project positive energy to those people who’ve lost their homes, their loved ones and their cities. It’ll warm them right up.

I heard that more than 90 hospitals had lost power and/or had to be evacuated. It made me nervous for what would happen if my own hospital had to be evacuated. What would happen to the people on life support if we lost power? I know most hospitals have a generator system but how long does that last?

Similarly, every time I think about the Zombie Apocalypse I wonder what my best course of action would be? I know, I know: fill the bathtubs with water but what about AFTER?

In any type of apocalyptic situation (be it a natural disaster or the undead) my first priority as a diabetic is finding insulin. And lots of it.

I know the mantra for life, “3 minutes without oxygen, 3 days with water, 3 weeks without food” but how long can I go without insulin? Hours? One day?

Basically I would end up playing a risky little game of balancing NOT eating food so my blood sugar wouldn’t go up but eating enough food so my body and brain don’t shut down.

My pancreas is a ticking time bomb. (I still look happy though, don’t I?)

Naturally thinking about these situations makes me worry and worrying makes me plan.

So I have come up with a Diabetic Emergency Contingency Plan or DECP:

1. Be alert.

Watch the news, read the paper, go to college for meteorology. If you don’t have ANY idea what’s coming it is much more difficult to prepare.

2. Be ‘That’ guy.

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You know the person everyone makes fun of because they are constantly nagging about the impending flood or the British? Well guess how many of those people died?

While I wouldn’t suggest living your life in a panick, it is more than within your reach to share imminent doom with others. You might save a life.

3. Stock up. Remember Y2K? Slightly embarrassing. But if you’re watching the news like I told you to you will probably be able to tell with a degree of certainty when the hurricane/blizzard/tornado is going to hit and where. So call your pharmacist NOW. Not later, NOW.

Oh you need test strips and insulin? Get. Them. Now. You don’t want to be the yahoo wandering around the wreckage of your hometown trying to find the CLOSED Walgreens which has probably already been looted for the good stuff. Of course I mean insulin, lancets, syringes and those types of things…

I read somewhere once that you should have a backup insulin pump. That to me is completely unreasonable because I am not made of money. The suggestion fills me with Wayne Brady rage. If I had an extra 5 grand lying around… well I wouldn’t be buying insulin pumps.

But there is a point to that. If you are an insulin pump user, you’re going to want to have some backup syringes on hand. You never know what kind of flood/fire/evil spirit will knock out your pump. You might need a prescription for those and that is something else that you need to GET RIGHT NOW. I guarantee your doctor is going to be too busy to fax you a prescription while he’s taking care of the hundreds of people injured by X disaster.

4. Stock up.

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I know I already used that one but there are SO many things you might need that are easy to forget.

Mini List!

batteries for glucose meter and insulin pump

alcohol wipes

bandaids/tissues/cotton balls

flashlight with which to read your meter

glucose tablets

glucagon

syringes, lancets, test strips

juice/fruit snacks

aspirin etc.

5. Waterproof that shiz.

Well before you go waterproofing things, you should first get copies of ALL your prescriptions. I’m talking insulin, metformin, test strips and whatever. Get a copy from your doctor. She or he WILL give them to you if you explain what they’re for and if you get them renewed once a year. It will not cost you anything to get a copy of your prescriptions because you’ll already be paying for the doctor’s visit and insurance won’t charge you until you fill.

So take copies of ALL your prescriptions, a copy of your insurance card, a list of numbers and addresses (doctors, friends, family) of people who know your medical situation, and whatever else (I don’t know, your birth certificate if you live in Arizona so they don’t try to deport you for getting insulin) and put it in a waterproof, fireproof pouch.

I don’t know of a company that makes something both water AND fire proof so my best bet would be buying a fire resistant pouch and putting that inside the waterproof pouch. You’ll thank me.

6. Identify yourself.

Hark, who goes there? A diabetic.

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On the off chance that something terrible happens to you, it would be excellent for whatever type of medical personnel find you to know that you have diabetes. That is on the list of pertinent information.

There are tons of cool medical alert bracelets now, my friend Kelsey has this rad version from American Medical ID. They look more like Livestrong bracelets instead of medical alerts.

I still have a jewelry type that my mom got me ages ago from Lauren’s Hope. You can hardly tell it’s not just a bracelet.

The important thing is that people check your wrists for medical information. Getting a tattoo of “diabetic” on your neck might look BA in prison (just kidding, you’ll get shanked) but no EMT will think to check your neck for anything other than a pulse.

7. Protect your meds.

I lived in Hadar, Ethiopia for a couple of months, desert-style, and the average temperature was 110 degrees F. We were 12 hours away from “civilization” which was a town with no electricity.

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While this experience was a total dysentary-filled blast, it required a lot of planning on my part. With no electricity and no shade, figuring out how to keep my insulin the proper temperature for WEEKS was terrifying.

Luckily, Bill Kimbel researched himself a solution!

He found the Frio Cooling Wallets which turned out to be literal life savers. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Not only would they keep a bottle of insulin cool, but there would be room for test strips and other medications as well.

They also make an insulin pump pack which not only keeps the insulin inside the pump cool, but it protects it from minor mishaps. Like falling and breaking your tailbone.

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It does require some cool-ish water to activate, but hopefully that’s around. And it doesn’t have to be clean or drinkable water so that helps a little.

8. Take care of your other human needs.

This means food, water/water purification tablets and things like that. I also think it’s really valuable to have an emergency phone charger. The one I’ve linked to is a hand crank version. That seems to make the most sense because the battery ones can die and the solar chargers are expensive and take a lot of time to charge. The hand crank should work for everyone unless you don’t have an arm and then I’m sorry for being insensitive.

Your phone can be a major resource for you and anyone else that might be trapped with you. Consider it.

Being prepared for a disaster might be the thing that saves your life. Who knows, maybe you can save someone else’s life who isn’t as prepared as you are. If nothing else, you have a really kick ass survival pack that you can show your friends at parties.

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It makes me feel ridiculously special when someone asks to be a guest blogger on Diabetiquette or asks me to review an article or product of theirs. It is almost as though what I say matters.

I’m just kidding, it obviously matters. Just look at my huge Facebook following!

Well, a website called SlimKicker found me and asked if I’d like to try their new product next year, but first would I try the website?

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Ah-ha, yes I would. 

I’ve tried online nutrition counters in the past with mixed results and I am more than thrilled to try this one! 

Also, look at the logo. Would I like to “level up my body”? 

I might not be entirely sure what that means but if it gets me anywhere closer to looking like the female (and albeit less Aryan) version of Daniel Craig’s 007–which is not natural–I’ll do it.

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As of today, I have begun.

I logged on to the website and registered myself. It asks you for your main goals and how you look now. It also promised that they’d never show anyone (you know, other than the team of market research people who are busily looking into your demographics).

Then you choose your diet/fitness goals. It let me choose to be a “just a normal” person which is just one of those things that makes me laugh. And by laugh I mean grit my teeth, but at least it was my choice.

Next, it tells you your results. Apparently I should be eating 1200 calories a day. That’s reasonable.

But, 75 carbs? Chunk that sucks. I think I eat like 45 carbs for breakfast… this is not looking good.

Later it asks you start adding the foods you’ve eaten during the day.

It gives you points (toward your reward for good behavior) just for adding foods but it does make fun of you a little for what you eat.

I added my typical soda and potato chip breakfast and got this message:

Well this is awkward.

I don’t know if I’m ready to commit to that.

As far as the SlimKicker website goes, it’s too early to tell. I’m going to keep plugging away and hit you back in a few weeks with the prognosis.

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I’ll never let go, Jack…

Thinking about The RMS Titanic fills me with a weird mix of emotions.

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My thought progression usually goes like this:

1. Oh man, I haven’t seen that movie in so long.

2. I wish Rose had said, “I will physically let go of you, but I will never mentally release you.”

3. Physics always wins.

4. That ship was huge.

5. There were real people on that ship.

6. I can’t believe so many died. I can’t imagine how terrible that was.

7. Now I’m picturing the sounds, the smells, the unrelenting cold…

8. Bummer.

9. That ship looks creepy now. Water ghosts?

10. I wonder if both of them (Jack and Rose) could have survived?

BAM! That brings us to October 2012. Myth Busters has settled my mind, they COULD have survived.

I am going to be honest with you, this Titanic talk is only vaguely related to what this post will be about which is being supportive.

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I talked about getting yourself a support system before but I don’t think I properly conveyed how important it is, as a partner, to BE SUPPORTIVE.

If your child, or friend, or partner has diabetes (type one or two) I think it is your responsibility to support them even in the most simple of ways.

Some might disagree with me and say that it is only the diabetic’s responsibility to take care of him or herself. That’s fine. We don’t have to agree on everything, but I am judging you and thinking that you’re kind of an a-hole.

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 If it helps, think about someone with alcohol addiction.

 I’m a little foggy on the exact steps but I’m fairly certain that if an alcoholic went through all the trouble of realizing their problem, admitting they need help, and going to some type of rehabilitation or meeting and continued to hang around with their “old drinking buddies” in bars or where ever that it would SEVERELY stunt their personal growth and make it almost impossible to change.

It is the same with diabetics.

For someone who is recently diagnosed with TOD or TTD a major lifestyle change is in order. Gone are the days of eating candy by the pound, refusing to exercise and being carefree.

Let me share an example:

A coworker of mine’s wife has TTD. Her TTD has progressed to the point where she needs to take insulin injections. Her doctor has requested she lose weight which she is unable to do.

Her husband routinely comes in to my office and complains about how much ice cream/bread/potato chips/bagels/cookies she eats and then is genuinely surprised that she cannot lose weight and has to take injections.

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Are you freaking serious? I ask him every time he complains WHY he doesn’t simply stop buying the cookies/cake/ice cream so it won’t be around to tempt either of them.

He responds with, “Why? I can eat it so why should we get rid of it?”

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This, of course, fills me with two things:

1. Rage.

2. A quote from Wayne Brady on Chapelle’s Show which I won’t write here but I will link to a video: Wayne Brady Chapelle’s Show. Go 10 seconds in.

Now I don’t actually say what I’m feeling because I’m from the Midwest, but I feel it hear it really loudly in my head on repeat.

Instead, I try to calmly explain how difficult it is to make these large changes in a world driven by food and sitting in front of computers (I realize this is ironic coming from me) and suggest that next time he does the grocery shopping maybe he should NOT buy the junk food. Not only will it remove the temptation but his wife will see that he is supporting her. Maybe that little burst of support will be the tiny extra push she needs to be healthy.

Something as small as knowing your partner has your back can make all the difference in the world.

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I am going to have to defer to a different married couple for an example of what good support can do.

The husband was diagnosed with TTD. He decided to start eating healthy and exercising.

Both of them threw themselves completely into helping each other. They buy healthy food, she packs him a healthy lunch filled with vegetables, they walk together, they bike ride together. She only eats healthy foods now as well.

It was never a question of WHO would have to give up what. It was just unconditional, loving support. And it works. They are both healthy and happy. They look 15 years younger than their real age. The husband’s TTD is more than in check.

It changed the game from “newly diagnosed diabetic” v. “my former lifestyle”, “my family’s lifestyle”, “advertising”, “the world” to a more simple “us” v. “the old us”.

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It just doesn’t get any better than that.

So if Rose had supported Jack more would they both have survived? Thanks to Myth Busters I think that answer is yes…

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Walk to Cure Abbi!

This is happening.

It’s my 25th birthday on September 21st and the Walk to Cure Diabetes is the 23rd.

In honor of my quarter century birthday my coworkers asked that I create a team for WTCD.

Visit my “personal page” and donate, donate, donate!!!

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Eyes, meet Stomach. Part Duex

The Duex.

I have to finish this post. It haunts me.

I last wrote about how TODs and TTDs should read labels. It was conveniently followed up by my first-ever guest blogger, DrugWatch.com, and their advice about label reading.

I wish I could title this next section Portion Size, but I already did that before so I have to be slightly creative here:

Portion Size Estimation:

BOOM! Minds blown!

Thanks Troll Me for the photo.

That’s enough screwing around for now.

Lettuce get down to business!

Recognizing that you need to eat a certain amount of food, or a portion size, is step one of the better eating/more responsible eating.

The next: recognizing how much 3 ounces of meat is while you’re “oot and aboot” is a total mind mash and on the whole, annoying.

However, if you’ve already spent all that time learning how to read food labels and you’ve memorized how many servings of what you’re supposed to be eating per meal you might as well go the distance.

(Cue Michael Bolton song)

I am going to give you a basic food plan. If it is not completely accurate to your age, weight, and gender… well that’s not my problem. I said basic.

Fruits: on average you need 2 cups of fruit/day

Veggies: on average you need 3 cups of veggies/day

Grains: you need 7-ish ounces of grains/day

Protein: 6-ish ounces/day

Dairy: 3 cups/day

Fat: you get 6 teaspoons/day. Don’t be a jerk.

*Now would be a really great time for a “size matters” joke but I won’t go there today. Insert your own!*

A dietitian could give you a list of what a cup of something looks like, or an ounce, etc. For example, a cup of veggies is roughly the size of a baseball.

Do you regularly carry a baseball around with you? How about a woman’s fist? I am a woman, I do not have woman-sized fists. I have tiny little baby hands that can barely tie my own shoes. This means I wear slip on shoes and will not be getting enough fruit.

So I am re-doing this. For you.

Protein: you should eat 3 ounce portions. Formerly this comparison was a deck of cards. Unless you’re a magician I’m assuming you don’t carry cards around with you.

Look at how big your iPhone, iPod (not nano or shuffle), android cell phone, or compact (if you happen to carry one around) is. THAT IS CLOSE ENOUGH.

So take your meat, hold out your cell phone, and only eat that much. It shouldn’t be thicker than any of those things either. Now eat that twice a day.

Fruits and Veggies: Cup sized portions are recommended but I usually don’t see how many cups of apple are in the apple-shaped apple I’m consuming.

My suggestion for this estimation would be, eat as many veggies or pieces of fruit would fit in a coffee cup. Not the FRIENDS-sized coffee cups that have become so popular, but a standard coffee cup.

Eat two coffee cups full of fruit and three full of veggies per day.

Grains: Grains are kind of tough. For example, an ounce of grain is one piece of bread. So if you feel like knocking this one out with minimal effort, eat 7 pieces of wheat bread in the morning and call it.

If you like rice, you have to go by cups. A cup of rice is hard to guesstimate but you could pretty safely say that if you’re eating enough rice that fills the bowl made by your hands when you put them together (cooked) that it’s a little more than a cup. This is also 2 ounces of grain.

Pancakes and waffles are a great way to get grains in the morning if you don’t want to just eat your 7 pieces of toast. BUT, if the pancake is AS BIG AS YOUR HEAD, it’s too big. If it’s as big as half your head, that’s a serving.

Dairy: If you’re going the milk route this should be a no-brainer. You need 3 cups of dairy so drink three 8 ounce cups of milk and quit. If you need to know how many 8 ounces are, look at a normal sized glass.

If you like yogurt, eat one container per serving.

If you like cheese… well, think of a Kraft Single. That amount of cheese is a half of serving of dairy.

If you have a piece of cheese or pieces of cheese that collectively make up the size of your cell phone (thickness too) that’s a serving.

Ice cream always bites me in the butt. As much ice cream as you can fit in a tea cup, TEA CUP, is a serving. That does not seem like enough and  I think MOST people don’t usually eat just that amount.

Oil: Estimating a teaspoon can be easy because let’s face it, teaspoons are
pretty common.

If you don’t have one, a teaspoon of butter is a pat of butter. One tiny little pre-wrapped pat.  You only get 6 per day, choose wisely.

Chances are you don’t need to add any fat/oil to your diet because you’re getting enough in the processed cheeses, ice creams and Taco Bell that you eat daily.

Hopefully this will help you when you’re eating out or lazy and at home.

I also take requests in the form of comments. Any foods you’d like help estimating?

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from DrugWatch.com: Reading Food Labels and Diabetes

The Food and Drug administration has done us all a great service by putting nutrition labels on packaged food. Now we know exactly what we’re eating. Most of us have thanked the government by ignoring the labels entirely, but people with diabetes should be paying extra attention. By reading food labels people with diabetes can make sure they’re getting exactly the amount of carbs doctors recommend to keep their blood sugar at a healthy level.

When you no longer produce insulin because of diabetes it’s only too easy to eat unhealthy foods that will cause your blood sugar to rise to dangerous levels. This is called hyperglycemia. When patients hit these blood sugar peaks they can have a potentially fatal heart attack. Now nutrition labels on food seem pretty important don’t they?

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar before eating should generally be between 80 and 120 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter). This is called your fasting blood sugar. Two hours after eating your blood sugar should be lower than 140 mg/dL. If your blood sugar doesn’t drop below 130 mg/dL after three hours, you may be becoming hyperglycemic, and should take steps recommended by your doctor to lower your blood sugar. If you are taking medications to regulate your blood sugar levels, make sure to avoid the drug Actos. Actos has been linked to severe side effects like bladder cancer and liver failure. Filing an Actos Lawsuit is always an option if you’ve been harmed by this dangerous medication.

How much a food will raise your blood sugar can be predicted by the nutritional values on food labeling. The header on the label that’s particularly important is Total Carbohydrates. You can use this number to add up the total carbs for each serving of food you eat.

The American Diabetes Association says that sticking to 45 or 60 carbs per meal should keep you at a safe blood sugar level. Fiber is a good carb for diabetes. If a food has five grams or more of fiber per serving you can subtract half the fiber grams from the total grams of carbohydrate for a more accurate carb count.

It’s important to note that Total Carbohydrates and the other nutritional values listed on the food’s label pertain to that amount of serving and not the whole package. There is generally more than one serving per package.

For each serving you will also find the calories from fat, and the daily percentage you should have of each of the listed nutrients. These percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet. If your doctor recommends you should consume less than 2,000 calories these percentages will no longer apply to you.

William Richards researches and writes about prescription drugs and medical devices for Drugwatch.com.

American Diabetes Association. Taking a Closer Look At Labels. Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/taking-a-closer-look-at-labels.html

American Diabetes Association. Carbohydrate Counting. Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/carb-counting/

**A note from Diabetiquette: This post pertains most to those lucky millions with type two diabetes or TTDs although it serves as a helpful remind to those of us TODs. We would like to thank DrugWatch.com for their insight**

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Double Bubble!

Two posts today because…

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We have a guest blogger!!!

DrugWatch.com is a website that gives “news and information about dangerous drugs and medical devices. Up to date information covering side effects, recalls, FDA warnings and lawsuits.”

I would suggest NOT clicking on that link that says, “Transvaginal Mesh” if you EVER want to have children. Seriously, do not click that link under any circumstances if you’re on the fence about some day having a child.

Anyway, they have written Diabetiquette an article about reading food labels. I will be sharing that with you folks tomorrow!

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