"Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." -Mary Tyler Moore
This January I implore you to not make a New Year’s resolution (they don’t last long enough), but to strive to build habits that help you gain on your health. Here are a few ideas:
Would you believe me if I told you that potato starch can help drop your sugars and reduce your weight?
Let me explain about an important nutrient that you can easily add to your diet.
We know that ‘starch’ is bad for us, it converts into glucose and sends blood sugars sky high - so what makes this so different?
When I say bugs, I mean your bacteria. Bacteria outnumber your own cells 10 to 1. The bacteria that live in your digestive track are called your 'microbiome'.
Most of your bacteria live in your digestive system - we can’t survive without them.
Their job is to help us breakdown fiber and we get the benefit from the nutrients the bacteria provide.
How do they impact our health and our weight? We know that some bacteria can make us sick.
But what about other effects of having bacteria on board?
From A1c%, to cholesterol, triglyceride labs, to CRP - there are numerous tests we draw to understand how our diet is affecting our overall health. While research shows that 90% of heart disease is caused by modifiable diet and lifestyle factors, there is still a lot of confusion of what foods to eat and which to avoid. (1) Zooming in closer, I am going to layout some thought starters on cholesterol/cardiovascular labs, and propose some advice on how to hit optimal targets.
Let’s go back to when you were first told you had diabetes or prediabetes. Do you remember how overwhelming all the information could be?
Your doctor talking to you about medication. The doctor might even have told you to lose weight but you didn’t get told how.
Most doctors and nurses would’ve told you that fat is bad and to eat a low-fat, low calorie diet. I’ve spoken to many diabetics who have followed this style of eating and are so frustrated as their numbers get worse.
Granted I have yet to learn what it feels like to be in menopause and the likes, I surely know how to ride the insulin roller-coaster from past pregnancies, 12 months of nursing and frankly, being a fertile women. It's not an easy road, and typically, with a normalizing cycle, my first sign I need to adjust my insulin based on hormone influxes (ovulating/menstruating) is a high blood sugar reading without good reason. Also, let's be honest, there are a few cravings too.
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